First Family Visits Latin America

First Family Visits Latin America
ESSENCE.COM Mar, 21, 2011

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President Barack Obama walks with daughter Sasha as he leaves the White House in Washington, Friday, March 18, as they begin their trip to Latin America.

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First Lady Michelle Obama walks with daughter Malia as they leave the White House on Friday.

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The Obamas walk off Air Force One as they arrive in Brasilia, Brazil. The President is touring Latin American countries calling for bolstering economic ties to open new markets and create more jobs.

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U.S. President Barack Obama reviews the honor guard during an arrival ceremony at Palacio do Planalto in Brasilia, Brazil, Saturday, March 19, 2011.

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The President, First Lady and Brazilian President overlook an official presentation at the Planalto palace in Brasilia. We love Michelle Obama’s suit dress.

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The First Lady walks alongside daughters Malia and Sasha upon arrival for a reception hosted by Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff at the Palacio do Alvorada, the official residence in Brasilia, Brazil.

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Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff greets the First Family upon their arrival in Brasilia.

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Michelle Obama and her two daughters attended a capoiera performance with young Brazilians, many from disadvantaged backgrounds who have participated in a range of U.S. sponsored exchange and leadership development programs.

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Michelle Obama applauds at the cultural performances at Oca da Tribo restaurant in Brasilia, Brazil, on Saturday.

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The First Family departed from Brasilia that same day and arrived in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Saturday night.

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US President Barack Obama waves as he arrives to deliver a speech on the deeply held values and interests that binds the US and Brazil at Theatro Municipal in Rio de Janiero.

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Barack and Michelle Obama take their daughters Sasha and Malia to tour the famous Christ the Redeemer Statue in Rio de Janiero.

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President Obama plays soccer with some children while visiting Ciudad de Dues Favela in Rio de Janiero on Sunday.

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President Obama plays soccer with some children while visiting Ciudad de Dues favela.

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The First Family pose for a group shot with a local children’s soccer team.

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The President and First Lady watch as a young boy does capoeira in the City of God favela.

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The President and First Lady are clearly moved by their young Brazilian hosts.

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Michelle Obama and her daughters enjoy the show…

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After two days in Brazil, the First Couple wave goodbye to the Brazilian people, as they head to Chile.

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US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle board Air Force One as they depart Rio de Janeiro on their way to Chile.

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First Lady Michelle Obama helps paint a mural with students at the site of a USAID project called ¡Supérate! in San Salvador, El Salvador.

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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama talk with Chilean President Sebastian Pinera and his wife Cecilia Morel during an arrival ceremony at La Moneda Palace in Santiago, Chile.

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First Lady Michelle Obama helps paint a mural with students at the site of a USAID project called ¡Supérate! in San Salvador, El Salvador.

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The President and First Lady point to guests in the crowd before the official dinner at La Moneda Palace in Santiago, Chile.

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The President and First Lady make a toast at the official dinner offered by Chile’s President Sebastian Pinera at the government palace La Moneda in Santiago, Chile.

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President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle and their daughters Sasha and Maila are welcomed by Salvadorean Foreign Minister Hugo Martinez, upon their arrival at the airport in the San Salvador.

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The First Family receives gifts from Diego Carpio, 13 and Sherlyn Artiga, 12, upon arrival on Air Force One in San Salvador, El Salvador.

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First Lady Michelle Obama raises her glass during a toast by President Mauricio Funes of El Salvador at an official dinner at the National Palace in San Salvador, El Salvador.

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The First Family walks to Air Force One in San Salvador, El Salvador.

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The First Lady and daughter Malia walk across the South Lawn March 23, 2011 upon return to the White House in Washington, DC.

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President Obama and daughter Sasha walk across the South Lawn March 23, 2011 upon return to the White House in Washington, DC.