grand entrance

President Barack Obama, President Hu Jintao of China, and First Lady Michelle Obama descend the Grand Staircase of the White House, Jan. 19, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

9 Responses to “grand entrance”

  1. 1 VC prezofan2
    January 21, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    O ho, I notice the FLOTUS is in her proper place behind the men! 😉 Just kidding. Don’t throw anything at me. The thought popped into my head after seeing the previous picture with the two men alone, then this.

    • 2 Theo67
      January 21, 2011 at 11:00 pm

      I was wondering what she thought about having to walk behind the men, but then, I also thought that it looked like they were leading the way for her like guards for a very important person.

  2. 3 Oxfarm
    January 22, 2011 at 12:31 am


    If anyone had ANY doubts about that dress, they just need to see this photo. Ooof!

  3. 4 CEB
    January 22, 2011 at 10:08 am

    Yeah, I thought of that too (walking behind the men), but this is proper protocol, since she is not one of the presidents. But she is the woman behind who steers the great man; he admits this freely. There was a B. Walters (I think) interview where this seeming lack of equality came up; he stumbled over it and Michelle came to his rescue with a reasonable answer. I also like the view that she is the queen, the empress, and that the men are her honor guard and protectors.

  4. 5 sly
    January 22, 2011 at 10:16 am

    I was wondering where President Hu’s wife was,does he have one?

  5. 7 Sue in Minnesota
    January 22, 2011 at 10:24 am

    This photograph captures Michelle’s elegance so beautifully. Man, she has got it going on!

  6. January 22, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    I love the picture! First lady look beautiful. It doesn’t bother me one bit that she is walking behind the men.

    • 9 Sue in Minnesota
      January 22, 2011 at 2:27 pm

      She actually is what your attention is immediately drawn to, sorry guys, you are being outshined!

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