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Michelle Obama’s Trip to Europe
On their first trip abroad as President and First Lady, all eyes are on Michelle … and her outfits!
Day 3 Update: Did the President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama get too touchy with the Queen? That is the big question after the Obamas took tea with the monarch. One of the absolute no-no’s when it comes to meeting and greeting Queen Elizabeth is to touch her. Yet both Obamas were their natural exuberant “hands-on” selves.
The President gave the Queen a particularly affectionate two-handed handshake, which is usually considered inappropriate. Michelle put her hand on the Queen’s back after the Queen put her hand on Michelle’s back at the end of a particularly warm-hearted exchange. And no one seemed to mind. Before she departed, Michelle told the Queen, “I really enjoyed our meeting.” And the Queen appeared to really like our young President and his wife.
During the visit, the President gave the Queen an iPod as a gift. Elizabeth and Prince Philip, in exchange, gave the First Family a signed photograph. For their meeting, Michelle looked almost casual in a black and white outfit and pearls. The Queen was, dare we say it, pretty in pink, also wearing pearls. What was most noticeable was how the President and First Lady towered over the elderly royal couple.
In the evening, Michelle went to a girls-night-out dinner hosted by the Prime Minister’s wife, Sarah. She sat next to Harry Potter author, J.K. Rowling. We bet Sasha and Malia will be thrilled to hear all about that. The British papers and the British public seemed dazzled by the President and the First Lady. They are calling her “Mighty Michelle.”
Michelle Obama is in Europe along with the President. And don’t be surprised if she gets a Jackie Kennedy-like reception. She boarded Air Force One, smiling broadly and looking very elegant, dressed in a white coat trimmed with black, a black sheath, and black patent kitten heels. Starting with an important economic meeting with world leaders in London, the Obamas’ trip includes visiting five countries in eight days.
Though President Obama is very popular in Europe, some believe Michelle will get even more attention from the media. They were all abuzz about what Michelle would wear for tea today with Queen Elizabeth–would she go sleeveless at Buckingham Palace? Even more important, would she curtsy to the Queen? She and the President will also meet with Prince Charles and Camilla.
Other questions concerned what’s in her suitcase: Will she have a new outfit for every occasion or will she mix and match like a good traveler is supposed to do? Maybe she will even throw in a couple of J. Crew sweaters to prove that, like everyone else, she is economizing these days. Still, there is lots of space for luggage on Air Force One, and she has already established herself as fashion icon of trendy and innovative American style. No doubt that throughout their trip, she will be wearing top American designers and the eye-catching jewelry she usually favors.
Since the election, newspapers in Britain, especially, have been rhapsodizing over the U.S. First Lady’s contemporary taste and well-toned biceps. On her agenda in London, besides that visit to see the Queen, she will go to a girls’ school and spend time with Prime Minister Brown’s wife, Sara. The Browns, knowing how fashion-forward the whole Obama family is, gave Sasha and Malia a gift of Top Shop dresses when they recently came to America. In return, the Obamas gave the Browns, a selection of favorite American films. The gift, a package of videos, reportedly did not go over very well since the Browns rarely watch movies.
Other stops on the Obamas’ itinerary include Paris, Prague and Istanbul. In Paris on Saturday Mrs. Obama will meet Carla Bruni, Nicholas Sarkozy’s glamorous (former fashion model) wife. Carla is not coming to London. But on a recent trip there, she dazzled in Dior and flats. Fashionistas wonder if both Michelle and Carla will wear flats when the meet, sparking a worldwide fashion trend. Good-bye stilettos.
In London, President Obama will attend the G-20 meeting about the economy, and then will give a speech in Paris and hold a meeting with students in Istanbul. Some predict that Michelle will be his “secret weapon,” charming diplomats, the public and the media, while the President tries to convince foreign leaders to join with America in stimulating the economy and sending more troops to Afghanistan. On one of his own trips to Europe, President Kennedy once characterized himself as ” the man who accompanied Jacqueline Kennedy to Paris.” President Obama just may find himself in a similar position.
Let’s admit it, we want the President to be a big success in his important negotiations, but we also want Michelle to really shine. BettyConfidential.com will bring you daily updates on what Michelle Obama’s trip to Europe entails, what she will be doing and what she will be wearing. We know she will make us proud.