The First Family Enjoyed a Play Date in South Africa

The First Family Enjoyed a Play Date in South Africa

Michelle Obama and her family visited a community center where they read to and played with 25 children. The family also donated 200 books to the center.

Published June 21, 2011

First lady Michelle Obama and her family paid a visit to the Emthonjeni Community Centre Tuesday afternoon. They spent about 45 minutes with 25 elementary school-aged children whom Obama greeted with tickles and hugs. After the children sang a song welcoming the family to the center, which is located in the Zandspruit shantytown, the first lady and her family joined them in song.


There were gifts, too.


“We brought you lots of books: some of my favorites, some of the president’s favorites, some of Malia and Sasha’s favorite books,” Obama said.


According to the White House, the family donated 200 books to the center. Obama and her daughters read The Cat in the Hat to the children who later led the whole family in around of games. About 200 older children showed up at the center to get a glimpse of the first lady.


At the Apartheid Museum, she took a photo with 75 young women selected by the State Department to participate in a Wednesday forum on leadership. Obama told them that she wished she could hug them all and then posed in a group picture. As one observer twittered, Obama also said, “I want my daughters to be like you: strong, beautiful and hard-working.”


Don’t forget to check out for daily updates from the first lady's trip. Twitter users will be able to track updates about the first lady's experiences and interact with others who are following the trip with the hashtag #youngafrica.


(Photo: Pool /Landov)

Written by Joyce Jones


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