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Michelle Obama inaugural dress debuts in Smithsonian

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First Lady Michelle Obama and her mother, Marian Robinson, looking at Mrs. Obama's newly displayed 2009 inaugural dress.

WASHINGTON--"So here we are, it's the dress," said First Lady Michelle Obama on Tuesday, standing next to the gown she wore at the inaugural, less than an hour before it was put in a glass case in the Smithsonian as part of its permanent exhibit on First Ladies.
She was joined at a ceremony at the National Museum of American History by Jason Wu, the 26-year old Taiwan born gown designer.

Mrs. Obama--with her mother, Marian Robinson in the front row--along with a gang of friends from Chicago--said she found the situation--I took it be standing next to her dress, about to become part of a museum exhibit-- a "little odd" but understood the historic nature of the situation.

Wu--who became famous overnight when Mrs. Obama choose his dress, put his hands over his heart and said "Mrs. Obama, thank you," when he spoke.

The Wu gown, Jimmy Choo high heels, earring, a ring and a bracelet are all now in a glass enclosed case.

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