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Former First Lady - Michelle Obama
About Michelle Obama
Born: January 17, 1964
Star Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: South side of Chicago,
Birth name: Michelle LaVaughn
Father: Fraser Robinson
Robinson (she lives at the White House with the Obama Family)
Brother: Craig Robinson (men's Basketball
Coach at Oregon State University)
Married: October 3, 1992
Husband (President): Barack
Honeymoon: Started in San Francisco, then spent a week driving thru' Napa Valley, Big Sur and Carmel.
Daughters: Malia and Sasha
Pets (First Dog) : Bo
Bo (Portuguese Water Dog — a gift from Senator Ted
Kennedy of Massachusetts). Malia and Sasha named
it Bo; their cousins have a cat name Bo and First
Lady Michelle's father was nicknamed Diddley (after Bo
Favorite Food: French Fries and Pie!
Guys Burgers & Fries, Comfort
Foods, Artichokes, Pulled Pork, Beets, Fresh Fruits and Vegetables,
Fashion: J. Crew
Designers: Jason Wu, Isabel Toledo, Azzedine
Alaia, Narciso Rodriguez,
Languages: Fluent in French
Favorite TV Show: Mary Tyler Moore Show (watched
while growing up in Chicago)
Favorite Entertainer: Stevie
Likes: Exercising — Weights,
Jump Rope and Kick-Boxing. Gotta keep her great arms in
President Barack Obama: Renegade
First Lady Michelle Obama: Renaissance
"A Touch of Ireland"
White House Fountains
In honor of St. Patrick's Day, the water in the fountains of the North and South
Lawns of the White House were dyed green. Michelle
Obama started this tradition on March 17, 2009.
& Vegetable Garden
at the White House
On March 20, 2009, Michelle Obama broke ground on the South Lawn at
the White House to plant a kitchen garden — the first at the
White House since Eleanor Roosevelt's Victory Garden in World War
II. The garden will provide organic herbs and vegetables for family meals and
First Dance as First Couple
at Inaugural Neighborhood Ball
Following the Inaugural Parade, the Obama's attended
10 official Inaugural Balls. Their first stop was the Neighborhood Ball where
they danced the traditional "first dance as the first couple" to the Etta
James classic "At Last" sung by Beyoncé.
FUN Washington DC Guided Day Tour - includes White House, U.S.
Capitol, Monuments and Memorials
Fun Washington DC Tours
1st Intl Trip as First Lady
March 31-April 5, 2009
President Obama and First Lady Michelle made their
first international trip together, visiting the
United Kingdom (G-20 Summit
in London), France and
Germany (60th Anniversary of NATO Summit), and the Czech Republic. The British
Michelle as "Mighty Michelle."
— London Outfits
Michelle Obama has an amazing sense
of style — it's no wonder that she's being compared
Stepping off the plane in London,
Michelle wore a bright yellow Jason
Wu dress (one of her favorite
designers) with black evening coat and her favorite Azzedine
Alaia belt — Barrack Obama refers to it
as her "Star Trek" belt!
The next morning, for her Downing
Street visit, Michelle wore a sparkly beaded cardigan and
pale dotted-green pencil skirt
J. Crew (one of her favorite stores) — and
yes, the sweater sold out!
in the day, Michelle arrived
at Buckingham Palace in a stunning black calf-length opera
coat by Jason Wu. At tea with the Queen, she wore
a chic black-and-white Isabel Toledo dress (yes,
her arms were covered) with a cropped black cardigan (by Azzedine
That evening at the Downing
Street dinner, Michelle looked fabulous — and
yes, she went sleeveless, showing off her world-famous toned
arms. She removed her cardigan from earlier in the day to reveal
her elegant black-and-white dress. She was a BIG HIT! Dinner
at No. 10 Downing Street was catered by famous TV chef Jamie
Oliver (known as the Naked Chef).
Queen of England
- Tea at Buckingham Palace
Two Most Famous Couples
in the World!
Barack and Michelle met
Elizabeth and Prince Philip at Buckingham
Palace in April 2009. The two most famous couples in the world
had afternoon tea together and exchanged gifts.
The Royal Hug— Seen & Heard Around
During the Reception at Buckingham
Palace, the Queen placed her hand
at Michelle's back — and Michelle reciprocated.
Etiquette dictates that NO ONE touches the Queen, this
unprecedented behavior caused a sensation around the world!
Gifts to the Queen
The Obamas gave the Queen an i-Pod filled with
her favorite show tunes and video footage and photographs of her
2007 trip to the
They also presented her with a rare
autographed songbook by Rodgers
& Hammerstein. One of the Queen’s favorite
musicals is Rodgers and Hammerstein’s "Oklahoma."
The Queen gave the Obamas a
silver-framed photograph of herself and Prince Philip.
Michelle's Inaugural Ball Gown
Inaugural ball gown was
designed by Jason
Wu, an American fashion designer. The one-shouldered white
full-length silk chiffon gown has crepe lining and organza
fabric petals, and is embellished with Swarovski crystals.
Jewels adorning the First Lady were
designed by Loree
Rodkin — white gold and triple rose-cut diamond earrings
with diamond drops (60 carats),
white gold diamond bangles and a white
gold and black rhodium rose-cut diamond signet ring (with a 10-carat
center stone). That's some bling!
Gown & Jewels on Display at the Smithsonian
" First Ladies of the Smithsonian" Exhibit
Following tradition, the Inaugural ball gown (and all the Rodkin pieces
Michelle wore) will
Museum of American History at the Smithsonian in Washington DC — to be
included in the ongoing "First
Ladies at the Smithsonian" exhibit.
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