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Michelle Obama entertains spouses at G20 summit. Pickard China tea set, honey gifts


Michelle Obama with Carla Sarkozy, the wife of the French President (AP)

WASHINGTON--First Lady Michelle Obama is making her international entertaining debut this week, at the UN in New York and in Pittsburgh Thursday and Friday, overseeing the spouses program at the G20 summit.

In Pittsburgh, Mrs. Obama on Thursday hosted the G20 leader spouses at Rosemont Farm, owned by Teresa Heinz Kerry, the wife of Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and the widow of Sen. John Heinz (R-Pa.).

On Sept. 25, Mrs. Obama takes the spouses to a performance at Pittsburgh's Creative and Performing Arts School and later heads to the Andy Warhol Museum for a tour. At the school, there will be performances by students and stars: cellist Yo-Yo Ma, country superstar Trisha Yearwood and singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles.

Mrs. Obama's gifts to the spouses: "a one-of-a-kind porcelain tea set, White House honey, and a honey vase designed exclusively for the occasion of The Pittsburgh Summit 2009."

The tea set was made by the Picard China, headquartered in the far northwest Chicago suburb of Antioch.

click below for more details on the gifts.

Below, from the White House on the spouse gifts.....

The Pittsburgh Summit

Spousal Program


Gifts Presented By Mrs. Obama on the Occasion of The Pittsburgh Summit 2009

The presentation of gifts to visiting foreign dignitaries is one of the oldest traditions of international protocol. Mrs. Obama has chosen to present her guests with a gift that is both personal and historical: a one-of-a-kind porcelain tea set, White House honey, and a honey vase designed exclusively for the occasion of The Pittsburgh Summit 2009.

The platinum and purple porcelain design of the tea cups is classic and contemporary and inspired by the gold and purple White House China that President and Mrs. Lincoln used in 1861. The use of platinum on the saucer symbolizes Pittsburgh's steel industry roots; the use of purple is the color of the state flower of Illinois, the purple violet, home states of both Presidents Lincoln and Obama. The porcelain is one-of-a-kind and made by a century old family business in Illinois.

A rose in the bottom of the tea cup represents both the official flower of the United States and the American beauty rose, the official flower of Washington. There is a delicate three-flower bouquet that sits in the well of the saucer. It consists of the purple violet, the state flower of Illinois, the Mountain Laurel, the state flower of Pennsylvania and a rose, the national flower.

The White House Honey produced for this occasion came from the first beehive located on White House property near the First Lady's White House Kitchen Garden.

The glass honey vase is an original design inspired by nature and made of a brilliant lead free crystal mined from minerals found only in the United States. It is hand-blown and shaped by a California artist and signed by the First Lady.


What, no more iPods with the greatest speeches collection of the Pres??? Maybe next time the iPod with guest speeches by special buddies from Acorn, Palestine, Iran, Russia, Venezuela, North Korea and our very own missing senators Durbin and Tombstone. Guaranteed to leave you LYFAO!!

p.s. Hope the Pres is being real nice to them misunderstood gentlemen from NY and Colorado who are part of the impending terrorist plot against the US on US soil. I'd hate for them to be not read their rights, get three squares a day, plenty of sleep and a chance to exercise their religious rights....oh, and that wonderful little tea set and honey to sell on eBay.

I am proud to have Michelle be our First Lady. She is elegant, intelligent and beautiful - we are so lucky to have her representing our country.

it's really unfair to ms. obama to continue this's not even funny. no comparison. keep her next to val, or least there's a bit more elevation.

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