WASHINGTON--First Lady Michelle Obama hits Mexico City on Tuesday for her first solo international trip. She will be spending a lot of time with Mexico's First Lady, Margarita Zavala--like her a lawyer with young kids. The visit underscores the important U.S.-Mexico relationship. My story on Mrs. Obama's visit to Mexico--coming amidst growing concern about drug use and violence related to drug trafficking--is here.
On Friday morning, the White House released Mrs. Obama's schedule. Click below for the details. The East Wing added a Thursday stop in San Diego, Calif. for Mrs.Obama after she leaves Mexico City to make a West Coast swing to discuss the Obama White House anti-childhood obesity programs.
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FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA'S VISIT TO MEXICO CITY, MEXICO
In recognition of the deep ties between the United States and Mexico, First Lady Michelle Obama will visit Mexico City, Mexico, April 13-15, on her first solo official trip as First Lady. During this visit, Mrs. Obama will have the opportunity to engage the citizens of Mexico, particularly young people, and build on her recent conversation with Mexican First Lady Margarita Zavala around areas of interest to both first ladies.
The following is Mrs. Obama's public schedule including pooled and open press events:
Tuesday, April 13 - First Lady Michelle Obama will arrive at Benito Juarez International Airport in Mexico City. Mrs. Obama's evening arrival will be open press, however space is limited.
Wednesday, April 14 - Mrs. Obama will start her day by traveling to Los Pinos - the residence of President Calderón and Mrs. Zavala - where she will meet privately with Mrs. Zavala. This event will be closed press.
Upon conclusion of her visit at Los Pinos, Mrs. Obama will accept Mrs. Zavala's invitation to tour the Museo Nacional de Antropologia (National Museum of Anthropology). The museum is a centerpiece of Mexican culture and history housing the largest collection of ancient Mexican pieces in the world. This event attended by both first ladies will be covered by a pre-determined pool of American and Mexican press.
Then Mrs. Obama will visit with students and teachers at Escuela Siete de Enero, a public elementary school that serves local low-income students ages 6-12. The school also participates in a mentoring program with the American School Foundation (ASF), an academically rigorous, international, university preparatory school offering students from diverse backgrounds an American independent education, in Mexico City. Mrs. Obama's event will be covered by a pre-determined pool of American and Mexican press.
Mrs. Obama will then travel to the Universidad Iberoamericana, a multidisciplinary institution serving over 11,000 students including 800 graduate students, to address invited university and high school students from in and around Mexico City. Mrs. Zavala will attend Mrs. Obama's address as a guest of honor. This afternoon event is open press, however space is limited.
In the evening, Mrs. Obama will return to Los Pinos to attend a reception with women leaders organized by Mrs. Zavala. Following the reception, Mrs. Obama will have dinner hosted by Mexican President Felipe Calderón and Mrs. Zavala. This event is closed press.
Thursday, April 15 - Mrs. Obama will begin her day by thanking United States Embassy employees and their families. This event will be closed press.
Then Mrs. Obama will host a group of young leaders at La Hacienda de los Morales, an event center with a rich history dating back to the 16th century, for a breakfast roundtable discussion. Mrs. Obama will ask these men and women about their experiences and encourage them to continue their leadership in the community. Mrs. Obama's event will be covered by a pre-determined pool of American and Mexican press.
Upon conclusion of the roundtable breakfast, Mrs. Obama will depart Mexico City.
Thursday, April 15 - On the return trip from Mexico, the First Lady will stop in San Diego, California, for a Let's Move! event. Further details on this event will be circulated next week.