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Michelle Obama, Oprah, Daley at IOC opening ceremony. Pool report.

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Subject: Re: Pool Report IOC Opening Ceremony/ Amendment

As your pooler mentioned earlier, she is no Bionic Woman. I am assured
that both Valerie Jarret and Susan Sher, the first lady's chief of staff
were in attendance.

----- Original Message -----
From: Robin Givhan
Sent: 10/01/2009 02:56 PM EDT
Subject: Pool Report IOC Opening Ceremony

Your pool was on hold on the second floor foyer of the Opera House at
about 5:20pm when guests began to arrive to the strains of a chamber
orchestra.

The setting, Copenhagen's Opera House, home to the Royal Danish
Orchestra
-- among several Royal Danish musical ensembles -- was glorious. The
building, with its central sphere-shaped auditorium, sits waterside.
There
were dramatically overcast skies with just a bit of early evening sun
glinting off the water. Boats sailed along the waterway and historic
buildings were visible in the distance.

Inside, small tables covered in white linen were sprinkled throughout
but the only munchies your pooler could see were breadsticks. Where pray
tell were the canapes? Perhaps they arrived after your pool was ushered
into the auditorium.

The delegations arrived and sat grouped together stage right. Oprah
Winfrey
- hair smooth and pulled off her face was dressed in black (sorry,
couldn't see the full frock) and seated to the right of Chicago mayor
Richard Daley.
They were up front although not in the front row.

7:02 Lula is in the house -- President of Brazil, that is. Waves. Hugs.
Cameras focus on him.

Michelle Obama arrives in a pumpkin satin cocktail dress - full skirt,
sleeveless and with criss-crossing straps in the back. No, it is not a
warm evening in Copenhagen. But there is no weather in a motorcade. She
sits to Oprah's right. No sign of Valerie Jarrett, but alas, your pooler
does not have bionic eyes. So to recap: We have in a row, Daley, Oprah,
Mrs.
Obama.

We do not manage to eyeball other heads of state.

Ceremony begins with the Danish National Anthem and that is followed by
the Olympic hymn.

Speeches ensue by various Olympic officials including IOC president
Jacques Rogge. Welcoming remarks from Danish prime minister Lars Lokke
Rasmussen, who manages to merge athleticim with global warming -
referencing the upcoming summit on climate change that will take place
in Copenhagen.

Then the dancing began. First up was the Jockey Dance by The Royal
Danish Ballet.

Next was "Uncontaminated" a fabulously dramatic modern ballet performed
by dancers in chocolate brown leotards and a perfectly exquisite lead
ballerina.

Next came a song about springtime in Denmark. Then more classical
ballet.

The Danish National Girls Choir sings "Plant a Tree." The song is all
about uplift and what the individual can do to make the world a better
place.

A psychedelic tree grows on a video screen behind the girls who end their
song by posing like trees.

The Youth Ballet of the Royal Danish Theater performs -- ballet, hiphop,
jazz -- and exude much youthful vigor and underscore a message that the
youth are our future. Much charm oozed across the stage.

The evening ends with a George Balanchine ballet "Symphony in C." It was
performed by the Royal Danish Ballet. Music by Bizet.

Your pool was hustled through the mingling and eating dignitaries. (The
food arrived!!!) A Frank Sinatra song "The Lady is a Tramp" is being
crooned as we make our exit.

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