The First Lady Hits Her Stride in Africa

Michelle Obama is powerful, knowledgeable and compassionate on her trip.

Posted: 06/27/2011 10:01 AM EDT
The First Lady Hits Her Stride in Africa

First lady Michelle Obama has the ability to look beautiful while being powerful, knowledgeable and compassionate and all those traits were on display during her recent trip to South Africa and Botswana.

 

The Associated Press also reports that Mrs. Obama appeared to hit her stride as first lady as she travelled and spoke about her favorite projects: education and youth opportunity.

 

She did it all on her second solo trip without the president. At 20 public events during her five-day visit, Obama stirred African women attending a leadership conference and challenged them with her words, encouraged students make a mark on history, and had emotional visits with Archbishop Desmond Tutu and former South African president  Nelson Mandela. The first lady even found time to hang out with pal Oprah Winfrey.

 

While reluctant to speak about herself, Mrs. Obama told reporters that she had more freedom of action than President Barack Obama. "I have the advantage of really being able to set my own agenda and not having to deal with the day-to-day challenges that ... just keep coming at you. That's a privilege and there is real opportunity there,” she said.

 

(Photo: Charles Dharapaj / AP Photo)

 

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