Sunday, February 22, 2009

FLOTUS, Michelle Obama welcomes students from L'Academie de Cuisine before the black tie White House dinner

First lady Michelle Obama, left, smiles while meeting with students from L'Academie de Cuisine as they preview meals for President Obama's dinner with the state governors, Sunday, Feb. 22, 2009, at the White House in Washington. Obama was joined by White House executive chef Cristeta Comerford, front right, and other members of the White House kitchen staff.

The newest item on her non-controversial agenda is healthy living. That's in addition to assisting military families, pushing work-family balance, national service, women's concerns and opening up the White House to the community.

The pictures tell a story of the first weeks of the administration and the first lady ramping up her public appearances. There's the nation's first couple in formal wear at the Alfalfa Dinner. And Mrs. Obama receiving an American Indian shawl at the Interior Department. The first lady greeting White House staff in the East Room and hugging a little girl at a school in the city. An empty frame waits to be filled.

The first lady on this morning is in her office.

Some days, she works from the White House residence. Her schedule isn't rigid. A few hours from now, Mrs. Obama will head to the Transportation Department.

Desiree Rogers, the White House social secretary, is outside the first lady's office door with her two deputies, Ebs Burnough and Joe Reinstein. The East Wing is producing its first big dinner tonight, a black-tie affair for the National Governors Association, and the operative word, Rogers is saying, is that the event should be "fun." The governors wanted to dance, so Earth, Wind and Fire was booked for the gig. Mrs. Obama was involved in planning the evening.


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