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Michelle Obama meets young Mexican social activists; lessons in passion and patience

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MEXICO CITY--First Lady Michelle Obama on Thursday morning hosted a roundtable discussion with a dozen young Mexicans from around the country, each telling their own personal, passionate story about how they are trying to help their communities.

Mrs. Obama was seated around a long table at the historic La Hacienda de los Morales, a restaurant and event venue dating back to the Spanish here in the 16th century. A U.S. State Department translator perched next to Mrs. Obama translated as the "stories" were told in Spanish. The press was provided simul-cast translations via a woman sitting at a table in a glass booth; transmitted via wireless devices with ear phones.

Said Mrs. Obama, who seemed taken with the personal stories: There is "power in their voices," she told the group. The U.S. Embassy in Mexico assembled the panel.

The don't need Bill Gates, they don't need Michelle Obama, Mrs. Obama said in praise.

Mrs. Obama, who flew from Washington to Haiti on Tuesday in her first solo international swing to tour the destruction from the Jan. 12 earthquake, said her parting thought to young people: learn the virtue of patience.

"When I went to Haiti, the only thing that happens in an instant is destruction."

Mrs. Obama is wrapping up her Mexico stay--she landed her Tuesday night--doing interviews with Telemundo and Univision. From there, her motorcade zips to the airport to fly to San Diego, where she shifts back to her signature domestic program, combating childhood obesity in the California event.

From East Wing guidance: First Lady Michelle Obama will visit a community farm that is supported by the California Endowment's Building Healthy Communities Initiative.

The Building Healthy Communities Initiative is targeting 14 geographically diverse areas across the state with significant, strategic, and sustained investments to transform these underserved communities into healthy communities.

The First Lady will meet with community farmers and volunteers, tour the garden, and give remarks.


She is expected to return to Washington Thursday night.

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