Michelle Obama's Daily Diary Part 2

Michelle Obama's Daily Diary Part 2
ESSENCE.COM Sep, 02, 2009

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ESSENCE.com follows the First Lady with our Michelle Obama Daily diary photo blog. It’s your guide to everything Mrs. O.

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First lady Michelle Obama talks to group of children at the Labor Department childcare center in Washington on Jan. 14, 2010.

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First lady Michelle Obama talks to group of children at the Labor Department childcare center in Washington on Jan. 14, 2010.

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First lady Michelle Obama, accompanied by Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, speaks to the Labor Department employees in Washington on Jan. 14, 2010.

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President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama arrive at the White House January 12, 2010 in Washington, DC. President Obama and the first lady traveled to Delaware to attend a memorial service for Vice President Joe Biden’s mother.

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President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle walk out of the residence at the White House in Washington,DC on January 12, 2010 before departing to attend the funeral of Vice President Joe Biden’s mother Jean Finnegan Biden in Delaware.

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President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle walk out of the residence at the White House in Washington,DC on January 12, 2010 before departing to attend the funeral of Vice President Joe Biden’s mother Jean Finnegan Biden in Delaware.

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President Barack Obama walks with his daughters Malia and Sasha and first lady Michelle Obama as they arrive on the South Lawn of the White House on January 4, 2010 in Washington, DC.

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US President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama board Air Force One at Hickam Air Force Base in Honolulu, Hawaii, on January 3, 2010.

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US President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama wave as they board Air Force One at Hickam Air Force Base in Honolulu, Hawaii on January 3, 2010.

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US President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and their daughters Malia and Sasha visit the zoo in Honolulu, Hawaii, on January 3, 2010.

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US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama head to a gym on their vacation in Kailua, Hawaii, on December 30, 2009.

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US First Lady Michelle Obama leaves the Alan Wong’s restaurant after having dinner with family and friends in Honolulu on December 27, 2009.

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US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arrive at the Marine Corp Base mess hall to greet soldiers and their family member for Christmas in Kailua, Hawaii, on December 25, 2009.

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US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama walk to the motorcade after being greeted in the traditonal Hawaiian way upon their arrival at the Hickam Air Force Base in Honolulu, Hawaii, on December 24, 2009 for Christmas vacation.

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First Lady Michelle Obama greets well-wishers at Hickam Air Force Base on December 24, 2009 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

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US President Barack Obama, Malia Obama, Sasha Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arrive to Marine One prior to departure from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, on December 24, 2009.

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Malia Obama and Sasha Obama read the book ‘Snowmen at Night’ with First Lady Michelle Obama during a visit to the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC, on December 22, 2009.

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First Lady Michelle Obama reads ‘’Twas the Night Before Christmas’ to children as family dog Bo sits nearby during a visit to the Childrenís National Medical Center in Washington, DC, on December 22, 2009.

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First Lady Michelle Obama greets Santa Claus during a visit to the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC, on December 22, 2009.

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First lady Michelle Obama delivers Christmas toys from White House staff to the Toys For Tots Stafford County Distribution Center in Stafford, Va. on Dec. 16, 2009.

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First lady Michelle Obama delivers Christmas toys from White House staff to the Toys For Tots Stafford County Distribution Center in Stafford, Va. on Dec. 16, 2009.

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US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama sing with Mary J. Blige and Kristian Bush during the Christmas in Washington Celebration December 13, 2009 at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC.

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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama pose with children dressed as elves during the Christmas in Washington celebration on December 13, 2009 in Washington, DC.

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U.S. President Barack Obama, left, and First Lady Michelle Obama speak at the conclusion of the President and First Lady Obama attend the ‘Christmas in Washington’ concert at the National Building Museum which benefits the National Children’s Medical Center on Sunday, December 13, 2009 and aired on TNT on December 20, 2009.

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US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama walk across the South Lawn December 11, 2009 upon return to the White House in Washington, DC.

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US President and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama board Air Force One at the Gardermoen Airport in Oslo on December 11, 2009 to leave Norway.

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Nobel peace prize laureate, US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arrive to the Nobel Banquet in Oslo on December 10, 2009.

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Nobel peace prize laureate, US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arrive to the Nobel Banquet in Oslo on December 10, 2009.

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President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama wave from behind bullet proof glass on the balcony of the Grand Hotel to the crowds who had gathered outside for the traditional torchlight procession on December 10, 2009 in Oslo

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First Lady Michelle Obama removes dust from Nobel peace prize laureate, President Barack Obama’s suit as Norway’s King Harald looks on at the Royal Castle in Oslo.

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US President Barack Obama (3L) and First Lady Michelle Obama (2L) pose with Norwegian Queen Sonja, King Harald, Crown Princess Mette-Marit and Crown Prince Haakon at the Royal Castle in Oslo on before the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony.

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Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama disembark the board the Air Force One at the Gardermoen Airport in Oslo on December 10, 2009 as they arrived in Norway to attend the Nobel Peace Prize Award Ceremony.

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US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama board the Air Force One at the Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on December 9, 2009 en route to Oslo, Norway, to attend the Nobel Peace Prize Award Ceremony.

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The Obama’s listen to the national anthem during the 32nd Annual Kennedy Center Honors December 6, 2009 at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.

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The Obama’s attend the 32nd Annual Kennedy Center Honors December 6, 2009 at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.

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President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Sasha and Malia light the National Christmas Tree on December 03, 2009 in Washington, DC.

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U.S. first lady Michelle Obama reads the story ‘The Night Before Christmas’ to children during the annual National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony at the Ellipse December 3, 2009 in Washington, DC. Lighting the National Christmas Tree is a yearly tradition for the President of the United State during the holiday season.

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The official White House Christmas Tree, a Douglas Fir stands 18 1/2 feet high and nearly 13 feet wide, is seen in the Blue Room during the media preview of the White House holiday decorations December 2, 2009 at the White House in Washington, DC. The theme for the 2009 White House holiday decorations is ‘Reflect Rejoice Renew.’

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US First Lady Michelle Obama speaks in the Grand Foyer of the White House alongside members of the US Marine Corps and Toys for Tots President Retired Lieutenant General H.P. Pete Osman® as she thanks volunteers that decorated the White House for the Christmas holidays in Washington, DC, on December 2, 2009.

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The annual gingerbread house sits in the State Dining Room during the media preview of the White House holiday decorations December 2, 2009 at the White House in Washington, DC. The theme for the 2009 White House holiday decorations is ‘Reflect Rejoice Renew.’

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President Barack Obama watches along with Marian Robinson, first lady Michelle Obama, Sasha Obama, Craig Robinson and daughter Malia Obama during a college basketball game at George Washington University November 28, 2009 in Washington, DC.

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First Lady Michelle Obama, with daughters Sasha and Malia, gives a thumbs up after welcoming the official White House Christmas Tree at the North Portico of the White House on November 27, 2009 in Washington, DC.

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The official White House Christmas Tree arrives at the North Portico of the White House on November 27, 2009 in Washington, DC.

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First Lady Obama looks stunning as she waits to greet guest at her first State Dinner.

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President Barack Obama stands with First Lady Michelle Obama shortly before greeting Indian President Manmohan Singh and his wife Gursharan Kaur at the North Portico of the White House.

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First Lady Michelle Obama sits with a group of young women from the White House leadership and mentoring program during a presentation on the history and protocol for state and official visits ahead of the first State Dinner hosted by the Obamas for Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his wife Gursharan Kaur November 24, 2009 in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, DC.

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First Lady Michelle Obama waves to the audience as she stands with Mrs. Gursharan Kaur during a State Arrival ceremony in the East Room of the White House on November 24.

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President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama arrive for the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Awards ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington.

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First lady Michelle Obama visits Hollin Meadows Elementary School in Alexandria, Va., on Nov. 18, 2009.

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First lady Michelle Obama, and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack hand out fruit to school children at Hollin Meadows Elementary School in Alexandria, Va., on Nov. 18, 2009.

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First lady Michelle Obama hosts an event in the East Room of the White House in Washington on Nov. 18, 2009.

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First Lady Michelle Obama, accompanied by Colorado’s First Lady Jeannie Ritter on November 16, 2009.

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Students applaud as First Lady Michelle Obama arrives at the library at South High School in Denver, Colorado on Nov. 16, 2009.

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First Lady Michelle Obama applauds while hosting an event at the White House highlighting health insurance reform for aging women in Washington on November 13, 2009.

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First Lady Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama lay a wreath at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier on Veterans Day at Arlington National Cemetery

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First Lady Michelle Obama speaks during the ServiceNation launch of ‘MISSION SERVE: Forging A Continuum Of Service’ at George Washington University in Washington, DC.

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First lady Michelle Obama and Doctor Jill Biden, wife of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, laugh as a Alma Powell speaks during the ServiceNation launch of ‘MISSION SERVE: Forging A Continuum Of Service’ at George Washington University on November 11, 2009 in Washington, DC.

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US President Barack Obama (L) and First Lady Michelle Obama © arrive at Andrews Air Force Base, MD, November 10, 2009. Obama joins this shaken military community Tuesday in mourning victims of a bloody rampage amid growing questions about the chief suspect’s links to militant Islam. In a television interview on the eve of his visit, Obama said the question being asked was: ‘’Is this an individual who’s acting in this way or is it some larger set of actors?’’ Major Nidal Hasan emerged from a coma and was able to talk for the first time since he allegedly opened fire on fellow soldiers November 5, killing 13 people and wounding 42 others before being gunned down by a female police officer.

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Returning from Camp David, First Lady Michelle Obama walks with daughter Malia at the White House in November 8, 2009.

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First Lady Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama walk to Marine One with Marian Robinson, Sasha and Malia as they leave the White House on November 7, 2009 for the weekend in Camp David.

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First Lady Michelle Obama shakes hands with Energy Department employees, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2009, at the Energy Department in Washington. Mrs. Obama helped 10 Baltimore students prepare for an upcoming Science Bowl competition.

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First Lady Michelle Obama speaks at a Classical Music Student Workshop Concert, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2009, in the East Room of the White House in Washington.

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First Lady Michelle Obama smiles as an award receipient curtsies during the presention of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH) Coming Up Taller Award on November 4, 2009 in the State Dining room of the White House.

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President Barack Obama walks with First Lady Michelle Obama to host an event celebrating classical music in the East Room of the White House on November 4, 2009.

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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama listen as classical guitarist Sharon Isbin performs during an event in the East Room of the White House celebrating classical music, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2009.

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First Lady Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama share an intimate moment while listening to classical music in the East Room of the White House, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2009.

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The First Lady is seemingly laying low today but I managed to grab this pic for you all from the White House Flickr site.

Mrs. Obama talks with, from left, Chicago 2016 board member Marty Nesbitt, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett, Senator Richard Durbin and Education Secretary Arne Duncan aboard Air Force One prior to departure from Copenhagen, Denmark on October 2, 2009.

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First Lady Michelle Obama points out the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden outside the window while walking down the East Colonnade with one of the young women attending the girls mentoring event at the White House.

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Mrs. Obama speaks to a group of female students during an event to kick off a White House leadership and mentoring initiative in the State Dining Room at the White House today. The program provides local high school students the opportunity to discuss career paths with members of the White House staff, including White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers, White House Domestic Policy Adviser Melody Barnes and others.

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The First Lady leading a discussion with a group of female students including Jasmine Gross (left) and Iris Vigil (right) during an event to kick off a White House leadership and mentoring initiative. Here’s a snippet of Mrs. Obama’s speech to the mentees:

“There are kids like me and Barack who grew up in modest circumstances, who didn’t have access to a whole lot of resources. But one thing that we did have were a few people in our lives who really took an interest, people who really wanted us to flourish. And that’s really all that it takes. It doesn’t take anything more than consistency and love.”

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FIrst Lady Michelle Obama and President Obama appear on the cover of The New York Times Magazine and talk about their marriage, relationship and Black love.

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Although I read the online version earlier in the week, yesterday’s New York Times Magazine cover story on the First Marriage brightened up my Sunday. Why? Lady O revealed that she had a standing Friday manicure and hair appointment back in Chicago for her weekly date with hubby and of long-term relationships she said candidly, “The bumps happen to everybody all the time, and they are continuous.”
If you haven’t read it already, (shame on you!) be sure to check it out.

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The White House is lit in orange as President Obama and the First Lady host Halloween celebrations in Washington, D.C. on Halloween day.

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President Obama and the First Lady greet parents, trick-or-treaters and local school children at the North Portico of the White House during a Halloween celebration.

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The First Lady, dressed as a cat woman, and President hosted a Halloween bash at the White House for schoolchildren and military families. Michelle hands out sweets to students from D.C., Maryland and Virginia schools.

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Check out these interesting pumpkins carved in the likeness of President Obama and the First Lady. They were sitting on display at the Old Navy Urban Pumpkin Patch in Manhattan (New York City) on October 23, 2009.

Do you think these pumpkins are fun or foolish? Leave me a comment with your thoughts.

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Look what I found while snooping around on the White House Flickr site. A cool pic of Mrs. Obama and Queen Silvia of Sweden meeting in the Yellow Oval Room of the White House on October 23, 2009.

I wonder what they were discussing…

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The First Lady and students from Bancroft and Kimball Elementary Schools harvest herbs and vegetables in the garden on the South Lawn in D.C. this afternoon. Mrs. Obama invited the local school children to help with the fall veggie harvest in the garden at the White House.

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Mrs. Obama with a student from Bancroft Kimball Elementary Schools. The First Lady talked to the children about the importance (and financial benefits) of healthy eating.

“For less than two hundred dollars we have planted enough food to feed not just the folks at the White House, but we’ve also given a lot of food to some of our neighbors, and we’re going to do that today,” Mrs. Obama explained.

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New York Yankees legend and Baseball Hall of Famer Yogi Berra is escorted on the field with Mrs. Obama and Dr. Jill Biden during Game 1 of the 2009 MLB World Series between the New York Yankees and the Philadelphia Phillies at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.

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The First Lady cheers for the home team during Game 1 of the World Series at the Yankee Stadium.

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The First Lady speaks at the James J. Peters VA Medical Center in the Bronx before attending Game 1 of the 2009 World Series which is being dedicated to “Welcome Back Heros.”

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Yet another book praising the style of Mrs. Obama is officially on bookshelves today. Top blogger turner author Mary Tomer penned “Mrs. O: The Face of Fashion Democracy” (Center Street) and the book includes interviews with folks like veteran Vogue editor Andre Leon Talley and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Robin Givhan.

By the way, a festive Lady O appears on the cover of the December 2009 issue of Glamour magazine. Glamour editors honored the biggest Women of 2009 in the issue so of course Mrs. Obama topped the list.

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The First Lady and the Dr. Jill Biden will be in the Big Apple tomorrow for Game 1 of the World Series! Earlier in the day both ladies will also join Major League Baseball and the New York Yankees in visiting patients at the James J. Peters VA Medical Center in the Bronx.

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Full Disclosure: I’m partial to the book on your left. You see, I witnessed ESSENCE Senior Editor Patrik Henry Bass work tirelessly to put this coffee table book together. The tome contains special speeches, memorable quotes (you know, the ones you stick on your fridge) and exclusive photos.

So, consider picking up “The Obamas in the White House: Reflections on Family, Faith & Leadership” for more insider scoop on the First Lady.

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As I mentioned last week, Mrs. Obama checked in via satellite with talk show host Jay Leno on Friday night. Although she was the one being grilled, the First Lady definitely kept Leno on his toes during the segment.

Mrs. O, who admitted that Stevie Wonder is her musical hero, debuted her PSA with Jill Biden for military families, revealed that the President often beats her in tennis and showed off her knowledge of her favorite childhood show, “The Brady Brunch” by naming all six children on the sitcom.

I personally loved that she wore the same Thakoon dress she also wore while her husband was campaigning last year. Shopping in your own closet ROCKS!

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Mrs. Obama spoke during a breast cancer awareness event in the First Lady’s Garden at the White House earlier today.

The afternoon event highlighted the need for health care reform and how pre-existing conditions affect insurance coverage of breast cancer patients.

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The First Lady applauds with breast cancer survivors Vernal Branch (left) and Joni Lownsdale (right) during the breast cancer awareness event at the White House today. Below is a snippet of Mrs. Obama’s speech:

“Let’s remember that there was a time when those affected by breast cancer never could have imagined all these pink ribbons that would one day grace the White House, offices, storefronts, lapels.

And it is my hope that if we pass health insurance reform, then 20 or 30 years from now, our daughters and our granddaughters won’t be able to imagine a time when any woman in this country couldn’t get a mammogram because she couldn’t afford it."

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The White House released the official Obama family photograph. Celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz photographed the family on September 1st, sitting in the Green Room of the White House.

Although I can’t see all of Mrs. Obama’s skirt what I can take in appears very futuristic…Loves that!

What do you guys think of the portrait?

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Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Robin Givhan from the Washington Post spoke on a panel about women and fashion in New York City last night and of course Mrs. Obama came up. Givhan pointed out that she would love to see the First Lady wear the downtown style of American designer Marc Jacobs. Hmmm. I guess I’m not mad at that. She added that Mrs. O has set an example for a lot of women who are over the age of 30 and felt disenfranchised by the fashion industry.

“She is perfect example that you can incorporate fashion into your life, and what makes you look good doesn’t necessarily negate your I.Q.,” Givhan said.

Stay tuned to see if Mrs. Obama wears Marc Jacobs in the near future…

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The First Lady spoke during the Healthy Kids Fair with local public school students and their families on the South Lawn of the White House earlier today.

The focus was on health and wellness, nutrition and physical fitness. Experienced chefs and nutritionists from around the country demonstrated healthy cooking, and preparing affordable meals for families. Mrs. Obama was joined by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, who also delivered remarks.

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The First Lady hula hoops on the South Lawn of the White House during the event promoting exercise and healthy eating for children this afternoon. Today’s Healthy Kids Fair is the latest initiative Mrs. Obama has taken part in to promote healthier living for all Americans.

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Mrs. Obama got her Double Dutch on during the event, too!

During Mrs. Obama’s remarks, she pointed out:

“When I was growing up, fast food was a treat. You know, we couldn’t afford to get fast food every week, so it was something you did on a special occasion. And we didn’t have dessert every single night.”

“This administration is going to be working hard to reauthorize our federal Child Nutrition program, because with 30 million kids relying on a school breakfast or a lunch as one of their primary meals of the day, we need to make sure that these meals are nutritious and well balanced, and that more kids can have access.”

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The First Lady Michelle speaking during a visit to the Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington, D.C. earlier today. To her left is Alan Zanella, a retired Marine. Here’s a bit of what Mrs. Obama had to say:

On Thursday, the President will keep a promise that he made on the campaign by signing into law the Veterans Health Care Budget Reform and Transparency Act. This legislation guarantees a timely and predictable flow of funding for VA medical care because that’s what’s required to guarantee better care to the men and women who serve this country.

After all, our veterans’ unwavering belief in this country is what inspired them to serve in the first place. They deserve our unwavering support in return.

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NBC has announced that the First Lady will respond to ten questions on the “Jay Leno Show” in the popular “10 @ 10” segment. This visit will mark the first time Lady O appears with Leno since his move to prime time.

The First Lady, who will visit the show via satellite from Washington D.C., will answer Jay’s questions this Friday, October 23.

Do you plan on tuning in to view the First Lady on the “Jay Leno Show” on Friday? If you were Leno, what would you ask her?

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President Obama and First Lady Michelle took Malia and Sasha to school yesterday, taking part in parent-teacher conferences in the early morning.

The Presidential motorcade first stopped at the elementary campus of the Sidwell Friends School in Bethesda, Maryland, a D.C. suburb, where Sasha, 8, is in third grade. After that, they traveled to the main Sidwell campus in Northwest Washington where Malia, 11, is in sixth grade.

The school was expecting Mrs. Obama; but the First Lady decided to bring along her hubby as well to the administration’s surprise.

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The First Lady will be featured in the November 2009 issue of U.S. News & World Report. Mrs. Obama penned a commentary on the U.S. education system in the issue. Here’s a snippet:

This is a busy time of year in the Obama household. Like so many parents all across this country, I watch with a mixture of pride and anxiety as my daughters stuff their backpacks, kiss me goodbye, and move ahead in another new school year without so much as a backwards glance.

We need parents to do their with leadership at home. We need to set limits and turn off the TV; we need to put away those video games and make sure that homework gets done. We need to reinforce the example that’s being set and the lessons being taught at school and make sure that learning continues at home."

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The First Lady has a lot going on today. She will be in Florida to attend the Florida Campus Compact (FL|CC) annual Awards Gala and Luncheon at the National Historic Landmark Freedom Tower at Miami Dade College. And she’s also headed to to Florida’s Eglin Air Force Base in the afternoon where she will meet with base leaders and military families. This visit is part of the First Lady’s ongoing outreach to military families.

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The First Lady having a good ‘ole time at the White House music series ’Fiesta Latina’ on the South Lawn last night. Salsa and Spanish classical music was featured. This concert is part of the ongoing music series the White House began earlier this year.

Participants included Marc Anthony, Gloria Estefan, the Bachata music group Aventura, and the Chicano rock band Los Lobos, with Sheila E. leading the house band.

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Mrs. Obama was met by more than 400 cheering employees at the Department of Health and Human Services in D.C. today. The First Lady talked a lot about childhood obesity. She stressed it as a “major public health threat” that in 20-30 years will translate into more incidence of heart disease, cancer and high blood pressure.

She added that about one in three U.S. children now are overweight or obese; it’s about one in two among African-American and Hispanic children. Mrs. Obama also urged Americans to make small changes like adding fruits to diets, ditching sugary sodas for water and cooking at home more often.

Lastly, she pointed out the Recovery Act has $1 billion in funding for prevention and wellness programs.

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President Obama, daughter Sasha, the First Lady and daughter Malia walk across Pennsylvania Avenue as they return from a morning service at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C. yesterday.

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The company that created the President Obama action figure, Jailbreak Toys, has done the same for the First Lady. Jason Feinberg of Jailbreak Toys says he thinks the Michelle Obama doll will outdo the President’s version, which has already racked up $200,000 sales.

Each doll will come with one of three dresses, all designed to show off the First Lady’s infamous arms. Mrs. Obama’s doll is scheduled to hit stores on November 20.

Are you considering purchasing this doll? Why or why not?

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The First Lady and President are joined by Girl Scouts and Girl Scouts officials in the White House. Yesterday, Mrs. Obama formally accepted the role of Honorary National President of Girl Scouts of the USA! Every First Lady since 1917 has been honorary president of the organization.

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Mrs. Obama is flanked by Girl Scouts CEO Kathy Cloninger and National Board Chair Connie L. Lindsey. The three women, along with President Obama met in an effort to pave the way for future discussions and collaborations around their shared agenda on girls and women’s issues.

“It is my great pleasure to serve as Honorary National President of Girl Scouts,” said Mrs. Obama. “With their innovative new programming, ground-breaking research, and emphasis on service and leadership, Girl Scouts is preparing the women of tomorrow to be a positive force for change – in their own lives, their communities, and across the globe.”

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President Obama and the First Lady arriving to an event for local middle school students to star gaze and conduct hands-on experiments with astronomers yesterday evening on the South Lawn of the White House.

The event was held in honor of World Space Week and over 100 students attended. Malia and Sasha joined in on the fun as well.

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Yesterday I read an in-depth article in The New York Times about the First Lady and her ancestry. The newly discovered story of Mrs. Obama’s maternal ancestors—the slave mother, White father and their biracial son, Dolphus T. Shields—for the first time fully connects the first African-American First Lady to the history of slavery, tracing their five-generation journey.

The findings were uncovered by Megan Smolenyak, a genealogist and The New York Times. The outlines of Mrs. Obama’s family history were unfolded with 19th century probate records, yellowing marriage licenses, fading photographs and the recollections of elderly women who remember the family.

These findings are not necessarily news to most of us who know the history of slavery in this country, but it is a reminder of how far America has come.

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With the help of museum curators, Mrs. Obama has chosen 45 pieces of art to grace the walls of the White House private residence and offices.

There are works by African Americans (seven paintings from three artists, out of a total of 47) four Native Americans and six women.

One painting of note is “Black Like Me #2,” on loan from the Hirshhorn (at the Smithsonian), by Glenn Ligon. Ligon is thought of as being one of the best African American artists working today, and also one of the smartest and toughest, according to The Washington Post.

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The Associated Press just released a report on the First Lady and the number of people it takes to run her life. Interesting stuff:

- Mrs. Obama has a staff of 24 people, at a cost of more than $1.5 million, according to an annual White House report to Congress.

- About 32,000 pieces of mail have flooded the Lady O’s base of operations in the East Wing since she arrived in January. Two staffers and a group of volunteers open and answer them.

- If she goes anywhere beyond the gates of the White House, complicated travel and security arrangements are required.

The article didn’t mention whether or not Mrs. Obama has staff members to help her arrange sleepovers for Malia and Sasha and assist with science projects but something tells me she takes those duties on herself.

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Some folks are in a tizzy over the First Lady’s speech to the IOC regarding her deceased father in Denmark last week.

“Some of my best memories are sitting on my dad’s lap, cheering on Carl Lewis and others for their brilliance and perfection,” recalled the First Lady.

The blogosphere backlash: She wasn’t sitting on her dad’s lap when she was cheering on Carl Lewis. In 1984, at the age of 20, she couldn’t have been sitting on her dad’s lap watching Lewis compete in the Olympics.

The above backlash also accused Mrs. Obama’s speechwriter of being sloppy while other blogs are flat out calling the First Lady a liar.

Hmmm. Mrs. O might have very well sat in her dad’s lap at 20. Or this might have been a minor slip-up. What do you think? Is this “tizzy” just hateration or could it be justifiable?

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The White House is now offering tours of its Kitchen Garden to students in local elementary, middle or high schools in the D.C. area.

White House chefs will offer tours of the South Lawn’s garden, a peek at the beehive and tips on healthy eating. Interested groups will need to complete an application between one and three months in advance. Tours will be offered most Tuesdays and Thursdays at mornings. However, the tour will not include a stop inside the White House.

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The First Lady and President Obama celebrated their 17th wedding anniversary at the Blue Duck Tavern near the Georgetown section of Washington, D.C. on Saturday evening. This award-winning restaurant primarily serves locally sourced and organic food which is right in line with the First Lady’s health initiatives.

Mrs. Obama paired her black cocktail dress and heels with an electric blue clutch for the romantic evening out with her hubby.

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The President and the First Lady walk hand-in-hand on the South Lawn after arriving back at the White House earlier today following a world wind trip to Denmark. President Obama later spoke about his trip to Copenhagen to lend support to Chicago to host the 2016 Summer Olympics games which was announced today to be held in Rio de Janeiro instead.

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President Obama leaning in to embrace the First Lady after he presented Chicago’s bid for the 2016 Olympics this morning in Copenhagen. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will vote on the destiny of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games after a final round battle today!

UPDATE: The votes are in and Chicago is out. However, the First Lady gave it her all for Chi-town. Here’s a snippet of her speech:

“I never dreamed that the Olympic flame might one day light up lives in my neighborhood.” But today, I can dream, and I am dreaming of an Olympic and Paralympic Games in Chicago that will light up lives in neighborhoods all across America and all across the world."

“Sports were a gift I shared with my dad, especially the Olympic Games. Some of my best memories are sitting on my dad’s lap, cheering on Olga and Nadia, Carl Lewis and others for their brilliance and perfection.”

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Mrs. Obama wearing Michael Kors during the Chicago 2016 bid presentation to be the host city for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. Being the dynamic speaker that she is, I’m sure Lady O left a favorable impression on the IOC. But, the competition was thick. Japan’s new Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama promised a Tokyo event would build bridges with the world and ensure a green future.

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The First Lady arrives to the opening ceremony of the 121st session of the International Olympic Congress yesterday in Copenhagen. Her gold cocktail dress with a fitted bodice and pleated skirt is accented with a trio of the First Lady’s signature brooches.

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Mrs. Obama meeting with International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques Rogge at a hotel in Copenhagen this morning. The IOC will choose the winning city in a vote tomorrow.

Will Chi-town be the winner? If so, will it be because of Mrs. Obama’s efforts?

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Mrs. Obama knows the way to Sesame Street and she’s making her way back later this fall. The First Lady’s office announced yesterday that to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the hit PBS series “Sesame Street” with an appearance on the November 10 season. The show is geared toward getting kids to grow and later eat veggies. Mrs. Obama first appeared on Sesame Street earlier this year.

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The First Lady is introduced by friend and television titan Oprah Winfrey before speaking at a dinner yesterday in Copenhagen. Both ladies are in Denmark representing Chi-Town as they rally for their beloved Midwest city to host the 2016 Summer Olympics.

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More celebs are showing their appreciation for Mrs. Obama. The latest display is from music’s bad girl Pink. The Philly singer announced that she’s a certified fan of Lady O at a D.C. concert earlier this week and praised Mrs. Obama for not wearing fur before launching into her hit “Dear Mr. President.”

“I have to give a shout-out to Michelle Obama. I love an animal-lovin’ First Lady!” screamed Pink.

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The First Lady arrived in Copenhagen, Denmark today. She and the rest of the Chicago 2016 bid team are competing with Tokyo, Madrid and Rio de Janeiro for the right to host the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.

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The First Lady graces the cover of the November 2009 issue of Prevention magazine. Check out what Mrs. Obama candidly shared on the realities of motherhood and family:

“Throughout my life, I’ve learned to make choices that make me happy and make sense for me. Even my husband is happier when I’m happy. I have freed myself to put me on the priority list and say, yes, I can make choices that make me happy, and it will ripple and benefit my kids, my husband and my physical health.”

Mrs. O sat for the interview at the White House in July and in the cover story also discusses what jewels she learned about motherhood from her own mom Mrs. Robinson, how she maintains a holistic healthy lifestyle and why she’s not afraid of aging.

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Standing in front of a backdrop of the Chicago skyline, Mrs. Obama spoke in support of Chicago hosting the 2016 Summer Olympics earlier today in Copenhagen. A chosen committee will choose the winning city in a vote on Friday, October 2, 2009 in Copenhagen.

I wonder if Mrs. Obama plans to address the staggering youth violence taking place in the Windy City as of late…

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President Obama (center) walks out of the Jefferson Memorial after visiting with his family yesterday. Mrs. Obama (in white top) is flanked by Malia and Sasha. The President’s niece Suhaila Ng (left), sister Maya Soetoro-Ng (second left), brother-in-law Konrad Ng holding daughter Sevita also joined in on the fun.

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The First Couple arrive at the annual Congressional Black Caucus Phoenix Awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. on Saturday evening. Mrs. Obama dazzled in a sophisticated Jason Wu cocktail dress.

Ambassador Susan E. Rice, actors Danny Glover, Cicely Tyson, Sheryl Lee Ralph and musician Wyclef Jean were among the honorees. The well-attended event was hosted by actor Jeffrey Wright and National CARES Mentoring Movement founder Susan L. Taylor.

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President and Mrs. Obama wave to the crowd with Congressional Black Caucus Foundation chairman Representative Kendrick Meek and Black Caucus chair Representative Barbara Lee at the annual Congressional Black Caucus Phoenix Awards ceremony in D.C. on Saturday evening.

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The First Lady walking Bo on the South Lawn of the White House on Saturday. (Isn’t he getting big?) Mrs. Obama had just returned from Malia’s soccer game.

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Mrs. Obama hands the family dog Bo to President Obama as they leave Malia’s soccer game on Saturday.

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Mrs. Obama poses with other G-20 spouses at the Creative and Performing Arts School in Pittsburgh this morning. Apparently this school is very “Fame” and currently has about 40% minorities.

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The First Lady speaks before watching a musical performance with other G-20 leader’s spouses at the Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) School in Pittsburgh this morning. All 21 spouses in attendance took a tour of the school and many professionals also took to the stage including Sara Bareilles. Mrs. Obama confessed that her hit “Love Song” is on heavy rotation on her iPod.

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The President and First Lady welcome British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and his wife Sarah as they arrive for the G-20 Summit dinner in Pittsburgh at the city’s Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.

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The “Michelle Melt” at Good Stuff Eatery in Washington, D.C. was unveiled today by chef Spike Mendelsohn, a former contestant on Bravo’s “Top Chef.” Mendelsohn developed it in collaboration with White House chef Sam Kass who previously cooked for the Obamas in Chicago.

The recipe: free range turkey burger, caramelized onions, Swiss cheese, ruby red tomato, crisp lettuce, South Lawn herb garden mayo (contains the same herbs that are found in the White House garden started by Mrs. O) and a freshly baked wheat bun.

Mendelsohn plans to donate proceeds from the burger’s sale to the D.C. Central Kitchen which distributes food to homeless people.

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Wearing a feminine Thakoon number from the 2010 Resort Collection, Mrs. Obama gets her laugh on while the President holds his chuckle in.

Mrs. O presented “personal and historical” gifts to the spouses of global leaders attending the G20 Summit. They included a one-of-a-kind porcelain tea set, a hand-blown honey vase designed for the Summit and signed by Mrs. Obama and honey made from a beehive near the White House garden on the South Lawn.

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The President and Mrs. Obama heading to Air Force One at JFK Airport in New York earlier today. The First Couple were en route to the G-20 Summit in Pittsburgh.

In the evening, the First Lady will join the President in welcoming world leaders and their spouses at the city’s Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. The event will mark the opening of the Summit.

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President Barack Obama and the First Lady wait to receive guests at the G-20 Summit dinner.

The First Lady hosted the inaugural Pittsburgh Summit Spousal Program at the home of local philanthropist Teresa Heinz. Guests enjoyed dinner at Rosemont Farm, which featured livestock and produce from the farm in the evening’s menu.

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Here, Mrs. Obama continues to greet guests at the U.N. at the President’s General Assembly speech yesterday.

The First Lady also joined spouses of Heads of State and Government for a press lunch hosted by Mrs. Ban Soon-taek, wife of United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. Last night, the President and First Lady hosted a reception for Heads of State and Government.

Stay tuned for more pics from the First Lady at the G-20 Summit in Pittsburgh!

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The President walks side-by-side with the First Lady (wearing a Michael Kors silk shantung suit) at the United Nations headquarters in New York City this morning. Mr. Prez delivered his first speech to the group as Commander-in-Chief during the 64th session of the United Nations General Assembly.

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There is yet another book on the shelves about The First Couple. But “Barack and Michelle: Portrait of An American Marriage” (William Morrow) is different from the pack. Penned by New York Times best-selling author Christopher Andersen, the tome delves into some un-pretty details on this love affair we rarely hear about.

Reportedly, the book claims the First Lady gave her husband the silent treatment at one point in his campaign because so many women “pushed their bodies up against his and slipped phone numbers into his pockets.”

“Michelle, understandably was not amused,” Andersen writes. He quotes her as saying, “…I want to tell these women, ‘Back off. Get a life.’ It’s just embarrassing.”

Are you interested in reading this book? Why or why not? Sound off!

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Makeup artist veteran Derrick Rutledge checked in with me about working with the First Lady. Rutledge first worked with Mrs. Obama last March and has also provided his services for Chaka Khan, Patti LaBelle and CeCe Winans. Here’s what he had to say:

On Mrs. Obama’s flawless complexion:
Exercise and lots of water are the first steps toward better skin. She exercises regularly and encourages the entire country to do so, too.

Products Used When Working With Mrs. Obama:
I custom blend products for her; they can’t be purchased.

Makeup Tips for Working Moms Who Are Inspired by Mrs. Obama’s look:
Keep your look simple and clean. Important: Find someone who knows your face shape and can contour your natural eyebrows. Poorly shaped brows can prevent a flawless face from looking stunning.

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President Obama pulled out his secret weapon again this morning. The First Lady amplified his message on the country’s need for health care reform during an event in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, D.C. She discussed the plan’s impact by featuring stories about women and families affected by the current health care system. She also shared how important the health and wellness of her own daughters Malia and Sasha forces her to consider all mothers of every income and class when encouraging health care reform support.

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The First Lady hugs Debi Trauth of Cincinatti during the event. Trauth is a widow with a teenage son who recently lost her job. Also pictured at left is Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

During her speech, Mrs. Obama pointed out that women usually carry the load when it comes to dealing with health care (they’re the ones who choose their children’s doctors, make and take the kids to appointments, etc.). There was knowing laughter from the almost exclusively female audience when she noted that women are also the ones who are responsible for dealing with their husband’s care.

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President Obama and the First Lady arriving to a ceremony to award the Medal of Honor to Sergeant First Class Jared C. Monti for his heroic actions in Afghanistan, at the White House yesterday. Monti sacrificed his own life in an effort to save a injured comrade while on patrol in Afghanistan June 21, 2006.

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Mrs. Obama visited a new farmers market located just two blocks from the White House earlier today. The market offers meats and produce and local farmers. The First Lady picked up chocolate milk (maybe for Malia and Sasha?), black kale, eggs, cherry tomatoes, mixed hot peppers, pears, fingerling potatoes and cheese.

“I’ve learned that when my family eats fresh, healthy food, that it affects how we feel, how we get through the day, and that’s whether we’re trying to get through math homework or whether there’s a Cabinet meeting or whether we’re just walking the dog,” shared Mrs. Obama.

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I just read a thought-provoking commentary by Leslie Sanchez on CNN.com about the First Lady. It covers Mrs. Obama’s style and how her fashion choices have a much larger meaning than most of us probably realize.

Good stuff.

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President Obama plants a big one on the First Lady’s cheek as they arrive at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute 32nd Annual Awards Gala in Washington, D.C. last night.

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The First Couple happily watch a judo demonstration during an event on the South Lawn of the White House promoting the city of Chicago’s bid for the 2016 Summer Olympics. Track legend Jackie Joyner-Kersee (in white shirt) joins in on the fun.

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The President and First Lady deuce it out in a fencing match during the White House event today.

They were joined by Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, representatives from Chicago2016, United States Olympians and Paralympians, along with schoolchildren from local D.C. area schools to discuss the ideals of the Olympic movement and the Obama administration’s commitment to expanding access to healthy, constructive activities like sports for all of our nation’s children.

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Last week the White House announced that the First Lady will travel to Copenhagen, Denmark, in support of Chicago’s historic bid for the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. On October 2, Mrs. Obama will attend the 121st International Olympic Committee Session at the Bella Center – Copenhagen Congress Center. There the host of the 2016 Summer Olympics will be selected from the remaining four candidate cities: Chicago, Madrid, Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo. Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor to the President and fellow Chi-town representer,will accompany the First Lady to Copenhagen.

“There is no doubt in my mind that Chicago would offer the world a fantastic setting for these historic games and I hope that the Olympic torch will have the chance to burn brightly in my hometown,” shared the First Lady.

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The Obamas were busy last Friday. The White House just released this photo of Mrs. Obama and the President meeting with the Crown Prince and Princess of the Netherlands in the Yellow Oval Room on September 11 after their 9/11 tribute.

Doesn’t the First Lady’s scarlet sheath look familiar? She also wore it to meet with Laura Bush at the White House shortly after President Obama won the election. Recessionistas take note!

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Check out the First Lady participating in a United We Serve volunteer event at a Habitat For Humanity site in D.C. on September 11. She is flanked by Julie Bindelglass, a junior at George Washington University and Shakir Cannon-Moye, a senior, to kick off the First Lady’s challenge to George Washington University students to give back.

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Another great shot of Mrs. Obama painting on September 11. George Washington University students have committed to perform 100,000 hours of community service to secure Mrs. Obama’s attendance as their commencement speaker in spring 2010.

Nice!

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President Obama and the First Lady observe a moment of silence to mark the eighth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks that took place on September 11, 2001. Here, they bow their heads on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC.

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President and Mrs. Obama on the South Lawn as they continue to observe the eighth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Later today the President will deliver remarks and participate in a wreath laying ceremony at the Pentagon Memorial in Arlington, Virginia.

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Mrs. Obama with Vicki Kennedy (second right), wife of the late Senator Edward Kennedy, and Jill Biden (right), before President Obama addressed a joint session of the U.S. Congress at the U.S. Capitol last night in Washington, DC. The President addressed the joint session to urge passage of his national healthcare plan.

Looks like the First Lady was being an extra supportive wife before her hubby’s big speech. By the way, what do you think of her dusty rose Moschino suit?

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During the speech, Lady O didn’t just sit with members of the political elite. Several working class folks who have been directly impacted by our country’s present healthcare system were very nearby. They included Dave Gorman, a Vietnam vet from Gaithersburg, Maryland and Katie Gibson, a recurrent cancer survivor from Bozeman, Montana.

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Tonight, President Obama is scheduled to deliver a speech to a joint session of Congress about his hopes for creating affordable health care for everyone in this country.

Sitting in Mrs. Obama’s box in the House gallery will be several Americans who have suffered from high medical costs and insurance practices.

I hope to share pics and more updates tomorrow morning on the First Lady’s role in this important speech.

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I recently read in The Chicago Tribune about a new jazz work inspired by the life of the First Lady. The composition about Mrs. Obama had its world premiere in Chi-Town last Tuesday at the Spertus Institute. It was commissioned by the Jazz Institute of Chicago.

One highlight of this work seems to be when singer Dee Alexander — assuming Michelle Obama’s voice — cried out: “How could I know?” How could Mrs. O have anticipated, in other words, that the man she married would become a symbol to millions?

Fitting that this show would launch in Mrs. Obama’s hometown of Chicago. I wonder how long it will be before other cities begin to follow with similar musical tributes.

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So, you thought the hoopla over Mrs. Obama’s arms was over? Think again. The latest issue of Women’s Health magazine has an exclusive interview with the First Lady’s long-time personal trainer, Cornell McClellan. He’s claimed to have put Lady O through 1,872 workouts. She started working with McClellan at his Chicago fitness studio, Naturally Fit back in 1997.

“She’s truly committed herself to the importance of health and fitness,” McClellan told Women’s Health. He added, “We take a holistic approach that includes strength, cardiovascular, and flexibility training.”

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The First Lady and daughter Malia as walk across the South Lawn after arriving at the White House in Washington on September 6, 2009. The Obamas had spent several days at Camp David, the presidential retreat in Maryland.

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Another pic of the Obamas returning home last weekend to the White House after spending a little time at Camp David. Both Malia and Sasha (not shown) are scheduled to return to their school, Sidwell Friends, today.

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The President and First Lady were interviewed earlier this week at the Whie House by TIME Magazine Managing Editor Rick Stengel. This shot was taken during the interview of the First Couple. Looking forward to the story… (Doesn’t Mr. Obama look very interested in whatever the First Lady is saying?)

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In light of the recent TIME magazine article regarding the First Lady’s hair, I checked in with uber hair stylist Tippi Shorter. She has worked with starlets like Alicia Keys and Rihanna. Below are Shorter’s top strand tips for achieving a ‘do like Mrs. Obama’s:

1 – Trims are extremely important for maintaining the sleek lines in a bob cut like the one Mrs. O sports.

2 – The Smart Heat Flatiron from Gold-N-Hot is great because you don’t have to worry about selecting a temperature.

3 – Ojon Daily Intensive Shine Treatment keeps hair shiny and moisturized yet doesn’t weigh it down for ultimate body like Lady O’s tresses.

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As you guys should know, the majority of the Muslim community is presently observing the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. I would be remiss in not mentioning the White House dinner that the President and First Lady hosted on last night. The affair was held in the State Dining Room and guests reportedly dined on a delicious meal of chicken, peas, potato-leek puree and date and almond-studded salad. For the inside scoop on this dinner, check out this blog post of our Washington Correspondent Cynthia Gordy.

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Earlier this week the White House released an exclusive video of Mrs. Obama spilling the beans about her garden. Kudos to her team for releasing it now since there has been so much speculation recently about this garden containing toxic veggies and what not.

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After you view it, leave me a comment and let me know what you think.

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I found this image snooping around on the White House Web site. I like this pic of the President and First Lady casually talking in the Blue Room, don’t you? This picture was taken before the start of the Presidential Medal of Freedom Ceremony on August 12.

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More digging for rarely before seen pics…I also uncovered this gem on the White House Web site. Here, the President looks at a birthday card with Sasha during a party with his staff in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on August 4. The First Lady and Malia look on from the left. Desiree Rogers is in floral on the right observing with a smile as well.

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The Obama foursome happily walk on the South Lawn upon return to the White House yesterday. It looks like they enjoyed their week-long vacation at Martha’s Vineyard.

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The First Lady and President during the funeral services for Senator Edward Kennedy on August 29. Former President Bill Clinton, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former President George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush were also in attendance. The services took place at the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in the Roxbury section of Boston.

During the President’s eulogy he called Kennedy “a champion for those who had none; the soul of the Democratic Party.”

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