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Michelle Obama Turns 47; President Takes Her to Birthday Dinner

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First lady Michelle Obama turned 47 on Monday and President Barack Obama took her to a fancy dinner at The Source, a Wolfgang Puck restaurant in the Newseum, the museum devoted to journalism.

Last year, Mrs. Obama was also taken out by her husband for a birthday dinner, to Restaurant Nora, one of the nicest special-occasion places in town.

In 2009, Mrs. Obama was busy getting ready for the inauguration -- the Obama administration is two years old this week -- and celebrated her birthday on the inauguration train traveling from Philadelphia to Washington.

Earlier in the day Monday, the first family marked Martin Luther King Jr. Day by volunteering at the Stuart Hobson Middle School, where they helped a mentoring program organized by Greater DC Cares' Mentoring Matters Initiative.

There the president said, "This is just an outstanding program, an example of what Martin Luther King's birthday should be all about. I want to thank all the mentees and mentors who are participating.

"Dr. King obviously had a dream of justice and equality in our society, but he also had a dream of service, that you could be a drum major for service, that you could lead by giving back to our communities. And that's what this program is all about and that's what these participants are all about.

"Michelle and I and the girls are extraordinarily proud that each year on Martin Luther King's birthday, this is how we celebrate . . . making sure that we're giving a little something back to the community. And I hope that all the projects that are taking place all across the country on this day are getting similar attention, because this is part of what America is all about. And after a painful week where so many of us were focused on tragedy, it's good for us to remind ourselves what this country is all about. This kind of service project is what's best in us and we're thrilled with everybody who is participating."
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How many millions did that dinner cost?

March 07 2011 at 12:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Please Mr President ,take your wife by the arm and escort her properly.Walking 3 feet awayfrom Michele, with her arms crossed is not a good image presidential or otherwise.You need to set an example,be a gentlemen for all to see.A note to Michele's advisors,surely there is a wardrobe assistant amongst you.I am sure there are many designers who would love to cut her clothing to fit her frame much better than RTW.(ready to wear).These pictures ,while not at official functions are here forever.

January 22 2011 at 6:15 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to lifeisono's comment

Excellent comment regarding the wardrobe assistant as I've wondered the same myself. Some of the outfits she chooses to wear are totally unflattering and inappropriate. Are those thigh-high boots she's wearing?! Geez...!

January 30 2011 at 1:24 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Wonder how much that cost?? I am sure they are cutting back like the rest of us. Wonder why they didn't send the girls to the school Michelle visited for MLK day.....not good enough?

January 19 2011 at 5:51 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to vcrozas's comment

I don't think that is fair. Though we're experiencing tough times, I was taken out for a fancy dinner last month to celebrate my birthday as well. As for the the second part of your argument, the Obama's both come from blue-collar working roots. The don't give off the elitist vibe. The worked hard for what they have and have clearly instilled the same values in their daughters that no one is entitled to anything superior.

January 25 2011 at 1:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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