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Michelle Obama with children in the schoolyard of the Jan. 7 school in the Alvaro Obregon neighborhood in Mexico city. (photo by Lynn Sweet)

michelle mex4.JPGU.S. First Lady Michelle Obama and Mexican First Lady Margarita Zavala in the courtyard of the National Museum of Anthropology (photo by Lynn Sweet)


MEXICO CITY--The kids in the yard of an elementary school here chanted First Lady Michelle Obama's name "Mi-che-elle," as a big banner with red letters welcomed here, Bienvenida Sra. Obama."

The kids danced, sang and played games for the first lady, who at one point joined in. Near the end, she said she was not "leaving withouth a hug" and the kids flocked to oblige.


MEXICO CITY--The kids in the yard of an elementary school here chanted First Lady Michelle Obama's name "Mi-che-elle," as a big banner with red letters welcomed here, Bienvenida Sra. Obama."

The kids danced, sang and did calistenics for the first lady, who at one point joined in. Near the end, she said she was not "leaving withouth a hug" and the kids flocked to oblige.

The visit to the Escuela Siete de Enero--the Jan. 7 school--came after Mrs. Obama made a brief tour of this city's famed National Museum of Anthropology with Mexican First Lady Margarita Zavala, where they stood together in a courtyard listening to the Carlos Chavez youth orchestra and the National Children's Chorus.

Mrs Obama wore a wrap around print dress by Diane von Furstenberg and yellow flatss; Mrs. Zavala wore an ivory shawl around her pale blue skirt and sleeveless top with ivory pumps.

While the kids were singing "Jesu," the first ladies started to walk back into the museum; Mrs. Obama waved and said "Gracias."

Mrs. Obama started the day meeting with Mrs. Zavala at Los Pinos, the presidential residence, where the topics included the heavy lifting of a trip mainly focused on culture and kids: the cross border drug problem.

In a statement issued by Mrs. Zavala's office in Spanish said that during their private meeting this morning, Mrs. Obama showed "particular interest in the integrated focus that Mexico has given to the topic of youth addictions, and underlined the importance of continuing to exchange best practices in order to fortify programs to combat drug consumption in the United States."

I'm writing this from a filing room at the Universidad Iberoamericana, where Mrs. Obama soon will deliver a speech.

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