Tales from the Trail

Mrs. Obama’s Neighborhood

February 11, 2009

michellehugFirst Lady Michelle Obama’s “new neighborhood tour” landed at a community health center a short distance from the White House on Tuesday.

 She has stopped by a few federal agencies in the three weeks since Barack Obama became president. The nearly hour-long visit to Mary’s Center was Mrs. Obama’s first solo venture into a Washington neighborhood.

“Why did you want to come out and meet us?” asked one of the teens who sat with her. 

“Barack is real busy right now so I figured I’ve got the time on my hands and while the kids are in school, I figured I would come out and hear about programs and meet students,” Obama said.

She also read to a group of 3-to-5-year-olds and wrapped up with a call for hugs. Most of the kids complied.  “More, more, more, whatcha leaving me hanging?” Obama asked.  “Oh delicious. Thank you.”

Photo credit: Reuters/Joshua Roberts ( Michelle Obama visits community center near White House)

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