First Lady Michelle Obama smiles as she arrives in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, July 24, 2009, to speak during the annual National Design Awards.
The First Lady celebrated the 10th anniversary of the National Design Awards at the White House today. The awards are part of the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, and recognize design excellence, innovation and public impact. The awards were launched at the White House in 2000 as an official project of the White House Millennium Council. Earlier in the day, the Cooper-Hewitt celebrated the awards with free public programs exploring design. The programs were moderated by White House officials, and were held at museums around the Mall.
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First Lady Michelle Obama speaks during the annual National Design Awards, Friday, July 24, 2009, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. At left is Smithsonian Institution Secretary G. Wayne Clough.