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First Lady Michelle Obama greets gymnast Nadia Comaneci, her husband gymnast Bart Connor, left, Paralympic athlete Linda Mastandrea, center-right , and other former Olympians before the Chicago 2016 Dinner in Copenhagen, Denmark, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009. From left in the background; athletes Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Bob Berland, David Robinson, Dr. Edwin Moses and Mike Conley. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

First Lady Michelle Obama greets gymnast Nadia Comaneci, her husband gymnast Bart Connor,

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First Lady Michelle Obama greets gymnast Nadia Comaneci, her husband gymnast Bart Connor,:

Unfortunately, I don’t yet have any photos of Michelle in Copenhagen to post.  However, I was able to find a video of her arrival.  As you can see, the First Lady is wearing a patterned jacket with matching dress underneath.  The design of the jacket/dress combination creates an interesting effect, as they are nearly identical, except that the jacket’s pattern uses circles and the dress’ pattern uses squares.  The jacket is drawn in at the waist by a black belt tied in a bow and the entire ensemble is complimented by silver heels and simple stud earrings.

While the First Lady certainly looks nice, this isn’t my favorite combination on her.  Mrs. Obama is a very sleek looking woman, and I find the patterns to be a bit too busy.

I’ll follow up with photos when I can get my hands on some, but in the meantime, you can also watch the short statement that the First Lady gave to the press after arriving.

As you probably know by now, First Lady Michelle Obama is leading the US delegation to the International Olympic Committee in an effort to secure the 2016 summer games for Chicago. I can think of no better person to represent the United States than Mrs. Obama. She is intelligent and well-loved.

The First Lady delivered remarks at a reception hosted by Mayor Daley in Copenhagen, site of the 121st IOC Session and XIII Olympic Congress.

We need all of our children to be exposed to the Olympic ideals that athletes from around the world represent, particularly this time in our nation’s history, where athletics is becoming more of a fleeting opportunity.

[T]hat’s what excites me most about bringing the Games to Chicago – the impact that it can have on the lives of our young people, and on our entire community.

[T]his is an opportunity for the United States to connect to the world in a really important way at a very critical time, and for each of us to show them our passion and sincerity to be part of the world in a very special way, and to let people know that we understand that sports saves lives, that it makes dreams come true, that it creates visions in kids’ heads to make them think they can be the next David Robinson, the next Barack Obama, the next Nadia Comaneci, the next Oprah Winfrey. Those dreams have to start somewhere, and for so many, they start when they watch the Olympics. And if we can show people that we understand that power and that possibility, then they will have the confidence that not only will we have the city – the Olympics in a city that works, but will execute this thing with the kind of passion and openness and sincerity that the world so greatly wants to see in us.

The full text of the First Lady’s Speech is available here.  Hopefully a video will be available at some point.  If and when it is, we will post it.

UPDATE: Here is a video with selected remarks from Michelle’s speech.  Unfortunately, I have been unable to find a video of the full speech.

Photo Credit: Richard Termine

Photo Credit: Richard Termine

The First Lady has made children one of her top priorities during her time in the White House, so it should come as no surprise that she is slated to appear on Sesame Street to promote gardening and healthy eating. In fact, Michelle is headlining the opening show of Sesame Street’s 40th season on November 10th.  I think it’s quite an honor and shows just how loved the First Lady is.

Unsurprisingly, the First Lady looks beautiful in this photo from the set. Even when she’s “dressed down,” the First Lady looks good.

This is Mrs. Obama’s second appearance on Sesame Street.  During her first appearance she talked about encouraging healthy habits in children.  Here’s a short clip from her first appearance.

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From our series of portraits with world leaders, we have the President and First Lady with Russian President Dimitry Medvedev and other dignitaries from central Asia.

The Russian First Lady Svetlana Medvedeva is looking very stylish in a white, knee-length jacket with black bow and matching black and white shoes. Does our First Lady have some competition in the fashion department?

For other images from this series, visit our 2009 UN Portraits page.

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Dmitry Medvedev, President of the Russian Federation, and his wife, Mrs. Medvedeva:
Nurbek Jeenbaev, Permanent Representative of the Kyrgyz Republic, and his wife:
Kanat Saudabayev, Secretary of State of the Republic of Kazakhstan:
Gurbanguly Berdimuhammedov, President of Turkmenistan:
Emomali Rahmon, President of the Republic of Tajikistan:

Continuing our series of portraits with world leaders, today we have the President and First lady with heads of state and other dignitaries from east Africa.

For other images from this series, visit our 2009 UN Portraits page. More photos will be posted there in the coming days.

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Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President of the Republic of Uganda, and Mrs. Museveni:
Dr. Navinchandra Ramgoolam, G.C.S.K. Prime Minister of the Republic of Mauritius, and his wife, Mrs. Veena Ramgoolam:
Ronald Jumeau, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Seychelles to the United Nations:
Roble Olhaye, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Djibouti to the United Nations:
Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda:
Oldemiro Baloi, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of the Republic of Mozambique, and his wife, Mrs. Baloi:
Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, President of the United Republic of Tanzania:
Raila Amolo Odinga, Prime Minister of the Republic of Kenya, and his wife, Mrs. Ida Odinga:
Gabriel Ntisezerana, Second Vice President of the Republic of Burundi:
Dr. Bingu wa Mutharika, President of the Republic of Malawi:
Ali Ahmed Jama Jangeli, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Transitional Federal Government of the Somali Republic and his wife, Mrs. Jama:
Ahmed Abdallah Mohamed Sambi, President of the Union of the Comoros, and his wife, Mrs. Djoudi Hadjir:

Michelle Obama wears a dress by Oscar Moises de la Renta to the Presidential Medal of Freedom Ceremony

It seems that the First Lady has some special connections in the fashion world.  Mrs. O reported earlier today that the beautiful red dress that you see Michelle wearing in the picture above is a one-of-a-kind piece from superstar designer Oscar de la Renta’s son Moises.  According to Mrs. O, “The dress is a one-of-a-kind piece made especially for Mrs. Obama and constructed from Gandini sponge crepe.”

Well isn’t that fancy.

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Michelle Obama wears a dress by Oscar Moises de la Renta to the Presidential Medal of Freedom Ceremony:

At the recent UN Summit in New York, Michelle and the President took photos with many world leaders. Michelle wore a stylish, muted yellow dress, and her skin has a beautiful luster in these photos.

Photos with other world leaders will follow in the coming days.

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NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen:
UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Mtengeti Migiro:
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

First Lady Michelle Obama co-hosted a dinner for spouses at the G20 Summit on September 24. Mrs. Obama is a stunning figure in a light, flower-patterned dress and pearls, seemingly prolonging the end of summer.

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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama pose for a photo during a reception at the Metropolitan Museum in New York with His Highness Sheikh Nasser Al Mohammad Al Ahmad Al Sabah, Prime Minister of the State of Kuwait, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

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