Looking good Ms. Lady and the girls are blossoming nicely too. It occurred to me upon viewing this image that we might not have the ailing Mr. Mandela around for much longer. This is one, as they say, for the books.
Mrs. Obama is adamant about protecting her girls from the scrutinizing glare of the media spotlight, and rightly so. When asked why she made an exception in this case she said her girls must not be so sheltered as to miss out on childhood experiences. To paraphrase further...they're not just on the world stage, they're also on Summer vacation. Perhaps the time is right for Sasha and Malia to be put into service as youth ambassadors. The Obama girls are children of privilege, yes, but they also represent a shining example of competent, education-focused parenting. This is a good thing, especially for children of color. As they mature, I hope to see more of them.
Video from "This Week with Christiane Amanpour"
The first grandmother, Marion Robinson, was also in travel with the Obama women for the First Lady's second solo trip abroad--the entire first family minus the Mr. So why did the current South African President, Jacob Zuma, deliberately snub the first lady and her lady crew? According to The Telegraph, Zuma sent "Corrective Services Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula to greet her on her arrival in Pretoria on Monday night, and one of his three wives, Nompumelelo Ntuli-Zuma, to meet her briefly on Tuesday."
A prison boss and a spare wife to greet the American First Lady, really? Do I need to read up on South African politics or is this an example of rude for no reason? Smells like sexism to me, but I don't know the guy. Things that make you go hmm.
The First Lady spoke to adoring crowds, took her girls on a mini safari, and promoted her healthful living agenda during her three-day, whirlwind tour of South Africa. Here she is teaching one Bishop Desmond Tutu how to do a proper push-up while showing us all how she gets those sculpted arms. Now that's how you do the role model thing.
To Mrs. Obama, continued success!
The Washington Post-World: First Lady meets Mandela
The New York Times: South Africa embraces Mrs. Obama
And get this...
The Telegraph: South African President Zuma snubs Michelle Obama