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Friday, September 24, 2010

First Lady Michelle Obama Presents Gifts To the United Nations

The presentation of gifts to visiting foreign dignitaries is a time-honored tradition that helps transcend cultural barriers and offers a symbol of peace and friendship.

In honor of the 65th anniversary of the United Nations General Assembly, First Lady Michelle Obama has assembled an assortment of gifts that reflect her past 20 months in the White House.

The White House Kitchen Garden, which provides the Obama family and White House guests with delicious fresh produce, is the central theme behind this year’s gift.
Hand-picked, pickled vegetables from the White House garden.
The gifts include a special recipe of pickled, hand-picked ingredients from the White House Kitchen Garden, including sun gold tomatoes, okra, cucumbers, chocolate bell peppers, carrots, lemon verbena, and fresh herbs that are presented in jars with the First Lady’s signature.

The jars are topped with original artwork done by California artists, Michael Cronan and Karin Hibma, who were inspired by a photo of Mrs.Obama tending to the garden with children.

Three-wick soy candle
 Other gifts include a three-wick soy candle, an original design from the Chesapeake Bay Candle company, based in Rockville, Maryland.

The relief on the candle was inspired by a photograph of the frieze, an oak leaf and rose garland, which hangs above the North Portico of the White House. 

The national tree and flower, the oak tree and rose, symbolize strength and compassion.

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