First draft: New wax likeness of Michelle awaits Obama
If a bleary-eyed President Barack Obama, tired after a whirlwind 8-day tour of Europe with a stop in Iraq, accidentally wandered a few blocks away from the White House he might be surprised to see his wife Michelle all dressed up in a red and black outfit complete with pearls.
It’s not his real wife, but just a wax likeness unveiled this week at Madame Tussauds museum. The wax Michelle Obama and a figure of the president are popular photo opportunities for tourists who take their photos making silly poses with the wax first couple.
Obama might have time for a quick trip to the Wax Museum today, because he has nothing on his public schedule after returning to the White House from his first international tour at around 3 a.m. this morning. Even Press Secretary Robert Gibbs has been given a reprieve from the daily public grilling.
Obama had a busy trip to Europe where he got a rapturous welcome in cities from London to Prague to Istanbul to Baghdad. His goal was to signal to the world a new U.S. approach that breaks with the “go it alone” style of President George W. Bush.
Since his last scheduled stop was in Turkey, he took a side trip and flew a couple hours to Baghdad where he met with U.S. troops and Iraqi leaders — urging Iraqis to take responsibility for their country so U.S. troops could leave.
Photo credit: REUTERS/Larry Downing (Tourist poses with wax figures of the Obamas at Madame Tussauds wax museum this week)