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Obama takes Michelle out to celebrate 46th birthday with Chicago pals

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WASHINGTON--Happy Birthday, First Lady Michelle Obama. She turns 46 today, Sunday. The Obama administration turns one on Wednesday.

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On Saturday night, President Obama took her to dinner at Restaurant Nora, one of this city's best known special occasion eateries with a gang of Chicago pals as guests. The Obamas lingered at Nora's for four hours. My spy who happened by chance to be at Nora's told me the presidential party was in the private upstairs room--and the other guests were frisked and "wanded" before being allowed in the restaurant near Dupont Circle. Nora's is well known for serving locally produced organic food. The First Couple arrived at 6:38 p.m. and departed at 10:22 p.m.

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Here's the Chicago flavored guest list:

Marian Robinson, the First Lady's mother
Valerie Jarrett, Chicago pal and Senior White House advisor
Eric and Cheryl Whitaker, Chicago pals
Eric Holder, attorney general and his wife, Sharon Malone
Mary Nesbitt and wife Anita Blanchard, Chicago pals
Susan Sher, Chicago pal and the First Lady's chief of staff
Elizabeth Alexander, former Chicagoan (University of Chicago), now at Yale, delivered poem at Inauguration.
Cindy Moelis, Chicago pal and director of the White House Fellows program..
Jocelyn Frye, Mrs. Obama Harvard Law School buddy and Director of Policy and Projects in the First Lady's office


LYNN SWEET CHICAGO-CENTRIC FOOTNOTES:
1. Jarrett, the Whitakers, Nesbitt, Blanchard vacationed over the holidays with the Obama family in Hawaii. The same group also traveled to Oslo in December to see Obama pick up the Nobel Peace Prize. The same group was also at the Nov. 24 State Dinner.

2. Mrs. Obama, Jarrett, Sher and Moelis all worked for Mayor Daley in Chicago's City Hall.

3. Moelis' husband is Robert Rivkin, a lawyer who is general counsel to the Transportation Department, working for Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

4. Anita Blanchard, Associate Professor of Obstetrics/Gynecology at the University of Chicago, delivered Malia, 11 and Sasha, 8.

Last year, Mrs. Obama marked her 45th birthday on the Obama inauguration train making its way from Philadelphia to Washington.

The Obama daughters, Malia, 11 and Sasha, 8 were not at her birthday dinner Saturday night.

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Happy Birthday Michelle! You're inspiring and exemplary. You exude life and energy and I can see why. You eat the right food and do the right things by setting your own mark with confidence based on a firmly grounded moral compass. I feed off your enthusiasm to do what I need to do as an educator. Keep it up!!

Love and aloha,
Maraia

HAPPY BIRTH DAY TO MICHELLE OBAMA AND MANY MORE WE ARE SO HAPPY THAT YOU ARE OUR FIST LADY. YOU & OBAMA ARE DOING A WONDERFUL JOB AND WE WISH YOU SUCESS & GOOD LUCK .WE LOVE YOU AND WANTS YOU IN WHITE HOUSE FOREVER, ENJOY YOU DAY...ITS A CELEBRATION DAY.
TAKE CARE

Who pays for the Obama vacations and birthday bashes? Harry Truman used to make sure that those types of events came out of his pocket directly. My guess is that times have changed.....

Happy Birthday First Lady Mrs. Obama Hope you enjoy your Day!!!!!!!!! Love You

I think Michelle Obama looks fasinating & we would like to wish her a happy birthday & many more. Fasheena, Crenshawn, Roy & family 1-17-2010

I believe the name Mary Nesbitt is incorrect. It is Martin Nesbitt. He is the husband of Mary Blanchard.

Happy Birthday Michele.
Lots of Love.

It's beginning to look a little too lavish, with the Haiti earthquake etc. in the news.

At such times, who would care what the First Lady is wearing or how her hair is cut or styled.

Maybe Mrs. Obama and her PR team should do a style re-consideration and consider a charity trip to Haiti.

It troubles me that the family joins the President on the most juicy junkets, though I understand how educational it is for the children.

State and personal visits should be separated.

Kyi May

Kyi May you need to shut the hell up!! it's ger birthday she is allowed to enjoy it. Get a life fast.

This maybe a little late but Happy Birthday First Lady Michelle OBama. I love reading about everything that you do. It is so inspiring.

Doristene Phillips
Nashville, Tn

presidents pay for their personal expenses, including their meals in the white house. president Bush was surprised by that according to some accounts

The presidents DO NOT PAY OUT OF THEIR POCKET! Pay for meals, in the White House??? What planet do you live on?

Happy birthday Mrs Obama may god bless you on your special day and may he continue to bless you and the President and your daughters and may your stay in the White house be blessed and fruitful and memorable.

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