The Year in Michelle Obama 2011

The Year in Michelle Obama 2011
ESSENCE.COM Dec, 02, 2011

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The First Lady looks at handmade cookie Christmas ornaments made by children of active duty military service members at the White House.

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The First Lady takes time to attend a special BBQ lunch with service members and military families from the local community prior to a NASCAR competition in Florida.

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Mrs. O. wears a gorgeous floral dress to the APEC Spousal Luncheon at Kualoa Ranch in Ka’a’awa, Hawaii.

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President Barack Obama and the First Lady Michelle Obama step out the White House to greet trick or treaters for Halloween.

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A fun family outing, First Lady Michelle Obama and Pres. Obama stop to pick up pumpkins for Halloween at Wood’s Orchard in Hampton, Va.

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In September the First Lady released an official Whit House portrait of the family’s lovable Portuguese Water Dog, Bo. What a gorgeous picture!

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In October President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama walk attended the opening of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, DC.

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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama walk out to greet South Korean President Lee Myung-bak and his wife Kim Yoon-ok at the White House.

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We love how the First Lady’s “Let’s Move” campaign has soared to new heights! Hundreds of school children attempted to break the world record for the most people doing jumping jacks in a 24-hour period.

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Ever the girl next door, First Lady Michelle Obama, wears a hat and sunglasses, while pushing a shopping cart as she carries her purchases at a Target department store in Alexandria, Va.

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A day of fun! First Lady Michelle Obama participates in Nickelodeon’s 8th Annual Worldwide Day of Play in Washington.

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The First Lady talks with patrons at a Darden’s restaurant during a ‘Let’s Move!’ event in Hyattsville, MD.

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First Lady Michelle Obama and Serena Williams talk during a U.S. Open tennis clinic highlighting the importance of physical activity for kids at Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York.

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We love this photo of the First Family heading to St. Johns Church. The Fist Lady looks lovely in a daffodil-printed Jason Wu dress.

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The First Lady, in a Duro Olowu top, participates in pregame activities during the Washington Nationals game in D.C. Mrs. Obama’s Jordan Alexander beaded bracelets are lovely!

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The First Lady spends time with her hubby on the Fourth of July while hosting a picnic for military families.

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First Lady Michelle Obama and her daughters Sasha and Malia share a close moment as they listen to their tour guide during their safari tour.

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The First Lady meets with Botswana’s President Lt. Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama in Gaborone, Botswana.

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We love how physically fit the First Lady is! She and Desmond Tutu do pushups as they participate in youth activities to raise HIV awareness in South Africa.

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Our First Lady addresses students at the University of Cape Town in Cape Town, South Africa.

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A gorgeous portrait of Mrs. O and her daughters as they visited Nelson Mandela at his home in Houghton, South Africa.

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Taking care of the kiddies, our First Lady visited a care facility in Washington, where she announced ’Let’s Move! Child Care’, an effort to raise healthy eating and living for young children.

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The President and First Lady, in a Naeem Kahn gown and Alexis Bittar bangles, host a State Dinner for German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her husband Joachim Sauer in Washington.

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The First Couple boards Air Force One at London’s Stansted Airport on his way to France.

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The First Lady Michelle Obama prepares to speak at an event at the White House about supporting and retaining women and girls in science, technology, engineering and math careers.

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Fancy and stunning, Michelle O The First Lady walks off of the stage in the East Room of the White House in Washington, after speaking during the Smithsonian’s Cooper Hewitt National Design Awards luncheon.

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First Lady Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia, along with dog Bo, receive the White House Christmas tree at the White House in Washington.

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Barack Obama and The First Lady walk across the tarmac before their departure from JFK International Airport in New York. They attended the National Sept. 11th Memorial in New York City.

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Our First Lady, in a Jason Wu floral dress, and her daughter Malia share laughter during a walk to church in Washington. Mrs. Obama looks lovely in a daffodil-printed Jason Wu dress.

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First Lady Michelle Obama waits to speaks at an event where she helped paint a mural a a youth center at Joint Base Anacostia-Boling in Washington.

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Getting her fitness on! Michelle Obama exercises with Olympic gymnast Dominique Dawes and others on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington during an event announcing the creation of a program to promote military family wellness on May 9, 2011.

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A dazzling Michelle Obama enters the East Room for a Mother’s Day event May 6, 2011 in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC.

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First Lady Michelle Obama stops to have a little fun after President Obama joked with her during a Cinco de Mayo reception in the East Room of the White House. Obama said ‘You do not want to be between Michelle and a tamale.’

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First Lady Michelle Obama joins chef Jacques Pepin, Al Rokor, and Kelly Ripa, at a healthful cooking exhibit during the Easter Egg Roll festivities at the White House in Washington. She’s probably handy in the kitchen!

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Barbara Walters, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden on ‘The View,’ live in NYC.

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First Lady Michelle Obama, Jill Biden and Sesame Street characters during a USO and Sesame Street event honoring National Guard members and their familiesin Columbus, Ohio.

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All work and all play, First Lady Michelle Obama helps a youngster to hit a ball as she interacts with military family members at Coors Field in Denver.

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Jill Biden and First Lady Michelle Obama arrive with baby gifts while visiting expecting mothers during Operation Shower, a celebration for pregnant women whose husbands are service members in N.C.

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First Lady Michelle Obama hosts a Remarkable Women dinner in celebration of Women’s History Month in the East Room of the White House March 30, 2011 in Washington, DC.

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First Lady Michelle Obama participates in planting with local school children at the White House Kitchen Garden in Washington, DC.

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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, March 22, 2011.

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First Lady Michelle Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton take part in the 2011 International Women of Courage Awards ceremony at the State Department in Washington, Tuesday, March 8, 2011.

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First Lady Michelle Obama laughs it up as she reads the Dr. Seuss book ‘Green Eggs and Ham’ to elementary school students during a kickoff event for the National Education Association (NEA) Read Across America Day, at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC.

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Always regal and inviting, First Lady Michelle Obama speaks to youth about the legacy of Motown while Motown founder Berry Gordy looks on. Also on hand are Smokey Robinson and John Legend.

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In this photo provided by NBC Universal, First Lady Michelle Obama appears on the “Today” show in New York Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011.

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First Lady Michelle Obama poses with Oprah Winfrey during taping of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” at Harpo Studios in Chicago.

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First Lady Michelle Obama speaks as she joins business leaders from Walmart in Washington, DC.

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The President and First Lady wait to greet Chinese President Hu Jintao for the first White House State Dinner of the year.

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US President Barack Obama holds First Lady Michelle Obama as they leave after having dinner at The Source restaurant in Washington, DC.

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US President Barack Obama waves with First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House in Washington, DC.