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Michelle Obama first solo foreign visit Haiti, not Mexico

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MEXICO CITY--First Lady Michelle Obama's Tuesday visit to earthquake devastated Haiti denied Mexico a coveted place in history: being the first official foreign destination of the first lady.

The White House and Mexican government officials used the "firstness" to underscore the close relationship between the two nations in briefing about the trip in the past weeks. But with the stop of Mrs. Obama and Second Lady Jill Biden gives Haiti, not Mexico the honor.

With Haiti and Mexico, the number of foreign countries Mrs. Obama has visited as First Lady--and with President Obama-- now numbers 11. She has been to the United Kingdom, France, Russia, Ghana, Denmark, Norway, Czech Republic, Italy and Germany. Mrs. Obama traveled to England and France last summer with daughters Malia and Sasha, but the trip was billed as a vacation.

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