First Lady Michelle Obama Visits Botswana

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  1. ‘Obama Ye-Le-Le’: Michelle Obama given rousing welcome to Botswana by group of young dancers

    First Lady is greeted by children dancing in animal hide
    Obama family given personal welcome as dancers chant ‘Obama Ye-Le-Le’
    Mrs Obama helped paint a mural
    She paid a courtesy call on President Ian Khama

    Michelle Obama was given an especially personal welcome by 25 children when she landed in Botswana today.

    The excited group, clad in traditional clothing, greeted the First Lady as she arrived on the second leg of a week-long goodwill visit to Africa after flying in from Cape Town, South Africa.

    The youngsters, aged between six and 18, wore costumes of animal hide with shells around their ankles, as they clapped and danced, singing ‘Obama Ye-Le-Le’.

  2. HooRah! Loving this! I noticed that all the dancers were male. In some of the traditional dances, girls and women go topless. I think they didn’t consider a mixed dance to be seemly for greeting FLOTUS, lol. I wonder if she is going to the same game park we visited? Has to be if it’s close to Gaborone.

    I hope the girls and Mrs Robinson are really enjoying all this. It sure looks like they are in the pics. Thanks for the great job here, Ladies. It has been just great.

    • First Lady Michelle Obama Arrives in Botswana

      I love this so much!

      Thank You, Botswana!

      • Ametia says:

        SPLENDID! The Thrill and exuberance on FLOTUS’ face was magical to watch. Looks like Malia and Sasha enjoyed the welcoming dance too. Good get, SG2. I’m so enjoying the First Lady’s journey to South Africa. Thanks for keeping us up on the latest happenings.

        • OMG! I get choked up from watching Flotus’ journey and seeing the love bestored upon her! It thrilled me to see her receive a traditional welcome.
          I’m enjoying it so much.

      • The song is …. “Obama Ye-Le-Le”

        It bring tears to my eyes! It touched my heart!

  3. In Africa, Michelle Obama reflects on race

    CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – Considering she is the first black First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama does not talk a lot about race.

    Though a descendant of slaves and spouse of the first African American president, Obama is more likely to opine on healthy eating than controversial racial divides.

    But, by design or default, her trip this week to South Africa has brought the issue to the forefront of the diplomatic agenda.

    On her second official solo trip abroad, Obama confronted the remnants of the racial discrimination system known as apartheid, highlighted the struggles of the U.S. civil rights movement, and answered questions about her role as a high profile African American woman.

    The first lady and her husband, President Barack Obama, tried hard to transcend race during his 2008 presidential campaign. His positions on the economy, U.S.-led war in Iraq, and healthcare reform trumped, they hoped, any tendency among voters to focus on the historic nature of his White House bid.

    In Africa, however, Michelle Obama has been welcomed as the daughter of a continent she has only visited a handful of times, and interest is high in her unique position as a black presidential spouse and leader in her own right.

    “Do you still feel pressure being the first African American first lady?” a young student asked Mrs. Obama at a forum on Thursday at the University of Cape Town.

    At first Obama didn’t catch the question.

    “Do I feel –” she prompted back.

    “The pressure,” the student responded.

    “Pressure, oh, the pressure. I thought you said the ‘pleasure’,” Obama said, to laughter.

    “I don’t know if I feel pressure. But I feel deep, deep responsibility. So I guess in a sense there is pressure, because I don’t want to let people down.”


    The attentive, youthful audience did not appear the least bit let down.

    “I didn’t necessarily run for office. I was actually trying to talk my husband out of running for office,” she continued, again to laughter.

    “But now that we’re here, I want to be good because this is a big job, and it’s a big, bright light. And you don’t want to waste it.”

    Not wasting that “light” has meant, for the first lady, focusing on U.S. domestic issues such as combating childhood obesity and helping military families. Other than trips with the president, outreach on her own abroad has been limited.

    But aides said she herself chose South Africa for her second official solo foreign trip. And doing that meant dealing head-on with race.

    Which she did. In a well-received speech in Johannesburg, Obama touched on the struggle for racial equality in her own country as well as South Africa. She also met, to her delight, with Nelson Mandela, the former South African president and revered anti-apartheid activist.
    Asked for her take on the state of racial relations in the United States, Obama seemed circumspect.

    “I think we’ve grown. We have definitely grown,” she said in a joint interview with four reporters traveling with her on the week-long trip.

    “Who can predict how long it will take for us to continue to talk through these things and feel through them? But we keep moving. There is no point at which I felt we’ve gone backwards…It’s just been a gradual progression. And sometimes it feels too slow, but it’s movement.”


  4. First Lady Obama Receives Traditional Welcome in Botswana

    Twenty-five children ranging from 6-18, dressed in traditional Botswanian clothe, gathered to greet first lady Michelle Obama when she and her daughters arrived in the country this morning.

    The welcome group were clad in hide decorated with zebra print and shells around their ankles. As they performed another group of children waved U.S. and Botswana flags.

    The visit is a part of the second part of her weeklong- goodwill visit in Africa. While in Botswana Mrs. Obama helped paint a mural at the Botswana-Baylor Adolescent Center of Excellence. She also painted with members of the “Teen Club”, a group that supports a program for HIV infected children and teens.

    She was hesitant to leave the painting session, claiming she didn’t have time to blend the colors in the sun she was working on.

    Later in the day she’ll eat with the country’s female leaders, speak with the President Ian Khama and have dinner at a nature park, complete with giraffes, elephants and other animals.

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