|Wives of world leaders take tour of White House with First Lady Michelle Obama. AP images.|
White House Curator Bill Allman helped facilitate the tour, pointing out the history of several White House rooms. For instance, did you know that the East Room had been used by past presidents for roller skating by Presidents Garfield and Theodore Roosevelt and, later, the daughter of President Carter? The room was also used for wrestling. Theodore Roosevelt hosted a Chinese wrestling exhibition there, according to Allman.
First Lady Fashion
Food and wrestling aside, we'd like to also point out the fashion and grace of First Lady Obama during the tour.
Notice how Mrs. Obama towers over the other wives in the photo below as she leads the first ladies through the White House, her purple dress swaying this way and that way, as she seeming makes a youthful-like rounded turn.
South Side Flavor
Along with the first ladies' White House tour, Mrs. Obama also hosted NATO leaders’ spouses at the Gary Comer Youth Center on the South Side of Chicago for a bit of South Side flavor.
While there, the spouses joined the Center’s youth members and faculty at a performance by the South Shore Dance Drill Team, the Chicago-based Muntu Dance Theater known for their African and African-American dance, music and folklore performances, and Soul Children of Chicago which uses music to motivate and inspire young people. Founded in 1980, the South Shore Drill Team uses performing arts to engage urban youth by teaching responsibility and camaraderie through its dance routines and performances around the country.
Later that evening, Mrs. Obama hosted NATO Leaders’ spouses to the Art Institute of Chicago for a private dinner.
A very busy First Lady Michelle Obama.