Thursday, July 9, 2009


*Clothing line J.Crew, a favorite of Michelle Obama's, has used the first lady's daughters Sasha and Malia to market some of its spring and summer styles in a press release sent Monday titled "The Obama Girls Bring Some American Style to Moscow."
"Malia & Sasha wore J.Crew and crewcuts as they exited Air Fore One in Moscow -- stylish in their trenches, they also accessorized with ballet flat shoes," the release says.
Being impromptu fashion plates aren't the only activities experienced by the Obama ladies.
While President Obama met Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Monday to discuss nuclear arms control and other issues, Michelle and the kids were taken on a tour of the Kremlin by Svetlana Medvedeva, Russia's first lady.
Mrs. Obama, dressed in a peach-colored dress and belted coat, toured the Kremlin's Winter Garden and the Cathedral of the Assumption with Medvedeva. The Obamas were also guided through the Armory, which boasts a large collection of imperial regalia, and the State Diamond Fund, home to the 190-carat Orlov diamond and the world's largest sapphire.
On day two of their Moscow trip, Michelle Obama visited a school for poor children and a nursing college, both attached to a Russian Orthodox cathedral a 15-minute drive from the Kremlin.
"The work you do is very important," she told a group of 22 nurses. "Thank you for your warm hearts."
The enraptured nurses grinned back at Obama -- who wore a slender, sleeveless black and white knee-length dress -- and clutched her hand when she thanked them all personally.
President Obama spoke to CNN about having his wife and daughters along for the Moscow trip. He made particular mention of his 8-year-old, who woke him up in the wee hours to discuss the previous day's events.
"Sasha this morning around 4 a.m. just wandered into our bed and plopped down and started chatting," Obama said in the interview a few hours later. "That was sort of a highlight, although I'm a little groggy now as a consequence."
Asked if having his daughters joining his wife on a high-profile trip helps take the edge off the tough diplomatic negotiations, Obama told CNN it's fantastic to have his girls "being able to see the world and then report back to us on what they are seeing."
"You know it makes a huge difference," said the president. "The girls are just a joy. And then Michelle just, she's always — she's a star at home and abroad."

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