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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 4 Update: On her final day in England, First Lady Michelle Obama visited a girls’school and charmed the students with her warmth and enthusiasm. She told them about her own desire to do well in school and that she was proof that a girl could achieve whatever she wants.
“If you want to know the reason why I am standing here, it’s because of education,” she told the 100 teenage girls. “I never cut class. I loved getting A’s, I liked being smart…. I thought being smart is cooler than anything in the world.”
She also said. “For nothing in my life ever would have predicted that I would be standing here as the first African-American first lady of the United States,” she said. “I was not raised with wealth or resources or any social standing to speak of. I was raised on the South Side of Chicago–that’s the real part of Chicago.”
The girls seemed deeply impressed by the First Lady’s message. She hugged many of them. Some were so overcome they burst into tears.
Michelle, towering over most of them, also posed for a group picture with the wives of the other leaders of the G-20 nations. For the photo, she wore a jaunty two-piece outfit, including a cardigan, which was partly argyle patterned and very fashion forward.
On Friday Michelle was in Strasbourg, France, for another much-watched moment, meeting with Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, the former-fashion-model wife of Nicholas Sarkozy, the President of France.
Both women were quite formally dressed for the occasion. No cardigan today for the First Lady. Michelle wore a flowing floral outfit, while Carla had on a gray silk dress. Both outfits were knee-length and both had soft ties around the neck, very lady-like. Carla is taller than her husband, and Michelle is almost as tall as President Obama-and both women wore very low-heeled shoes. Not a stiletto in sight.
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.