First Lady — drum roll please
Some places put out the red carpet. The Interior Department got creative and put the drums out for first lady Michelle Obama’s visit. She was treated to a traditional drumming tribal honor song played by a 7-member Black Bear Tribal Group band on Monday.
“I am completely humbled and moved by all of you,” said the first First Lady to visit the department probably since Eleanor Roosevelt. She also announced that her husband would appoint a White House policy adviser on tribal issues.
Michelle Obama has been making the rounds of government agencies to listen and learn and show an interest in what they do. She previously visited the Education Department and the Housing and Urban Development office.
“So this is the third agency that I visited since we’ve arrived, and each of the agencies that i’ve seen have had a different flavor,” Obama said. (Now was that pineapple crunch or rocky road?)
Nedra Darling, a spokeswoman at the Interior Department, draped a bright lavender shawl with native designs over the first lady’s shoulders. Obama was only too pleased to model it.
The Obama family got a chance to appreciate some of the nature that the Interior Department oversees at the presidential retreat of Camp David in the Maryland mountains.
“We visited Camp David for the first time, and got to experience the beautiful, the beauty of those grounds, and it was just wonderful to get a bit of a break and to spend some quality time as a family in nature,” Michelle Obama said.
The first lady wasn’t the only Obama happy with a weekend away from Washington.
President Barack Obama told reporters Monday that Camp David was “beautiful,” adding he “hit a few golf balls, played a little basketball.”
Photo credit: Reuters/Jonathan Ernst (First lady Michelle Obama at Interior Department)