guests of honor (video added)

At the official dinner in Santiago, hosted by Chilean President Sebastian Pinera and his wife Cecilia Morel, President Obama offered a toast to his Chilean hosts. He said he and his family and staff, as they flew in this morning on Air Force One, were “struck by the incredible beauty of the Andes”.

“To you, and the people of Santiago and Chile, thank you for the extraordinary hospitality that you have shown both me, Michelle and our daughters. … thank you for the friendship and strong bonds.”

“For many years, this was a symbol of how Chile lost its democracy. Today, it stands as a testament to how Chile regained and rebuilt your democracy. … At a time when others around world are reaching for own rights struggling for their own sense of dignity, Chile sends a powerful message.”

Obama referred directly to the democracy movements in the Middle East and North Africa before offering this thought: “Democracy can’t be imposed from the outside, it must spring from within from the hearts and souls of those who seek it.”

29 Responses to “guests of honor (video added)”

  1. 1 CTGirl
    March 21, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    She is beautiful! The president is looking good too 🙂

  2. 2 Me4obama
    March 21, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    May be this will cheer me up. Thank u chipsticks u always come thru. The first lady looks very elegant.

  3. 3 anameti
    March 21, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    Our Potus and Flotus look amazing. I am glad to see how well the rest of the world appreciate them.

  4. 4 meta
    March 21, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    I saw this event on livestream and wowzers, Mrs. Obama was radiant and the President equally magnetic. I hope there will be video.

  5. 5 Perry
    March 21, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    Wow, wow, the First Lady looks blindingly beautiful in this photo! I can go to sleep now.

  6. 6 NewCenturyWoman
    March 21, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    Look at our beautiful First Couple. They both look absolutely gorgeous! :}

  7. 8 bjw2
    March 21, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    Do anyone know when they will return to the states?

    • 9 hopefruit2
      March 21, 2011 at 9:18 pm

      I think they have to make one more stop (El Salvadore) before they return. Not exactly sure what day they will be back. Maybe the MSM will calm down when our President is safely back home.

    • March 21, 2011 at 9:32 pm

      They’re back on Wednesday, bjw2, they visit El Salvador tomorrow.

  8. 12 Carolyn
    March 21, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    What can he not do while traveling that he can do from the oval office? The White House travels with him. The MSM and Congress should move up with the times. As if he could have changed this trip for the pleasure of a few Congressen who are petty…..do they not begin to realize the work and prep that go into a trip of this sort, on both sides…ours and the hosts…!!! Oh well……they’ll never learn. But we know he works hard all the time.

    • 13 Charmed
      March 21, 2011 at 10:27 pm

      Congress is on vacation this week so they’ve got some nerve complaining…..but they look wonderful.

  9. March 21, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    they look fabulous.

  10. 15 Proud of Obama
    March 21, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    Lovely, lovely, lovely couple.

  11. 16 P
    March 21, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    WOW Michelle is sooooooooooooo beautiful! I heard the chilean President told PBO he thinks Michelle is good looking and PBO had the same sentiment for the chilean First Lady. I must agree with both men (no homo) lol. I cannot stop looking at this woman she’s just gorgeous and to know she’s so intelligent it’s like THE COMPLETE PACKAGE! Go ahead Mr President!! 🙂

  12. 17 anniebella
    March 21, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    So proud of the President and First Lady.

  13. 18 collegekay
    March 21, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    FLOTUS is gorgeous. I love her dress. POTUS looks handsome as usual

  14. 19 Sue in Minnesota
    March 21, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    Michelle is absolutely riveting. President Obama goes without saying……dashing. But Michelle steals the show.

    I’ve spent a good part of today learning more about Bazil. I was curious about the capoeira demonstration the First Family was given yesterday. I had no idea that Brazil had a shameful history of slavery, not dissimilar from the U.S.’s. Capoeira, a combination of martial art and artistry was developed by escaped slaves as a form of fighting, and was an effective form of self defense and resistance against attempts of recapture. Then the music pulled me in a different direction, been shaking my tail feathers all afternoon(Ey-Macalena). I know the MSM is loosing their collective minds (and this is something new? – not), I am just not willing to go there today. Thanks to our First Family, I’ve been swept away, in my mind, to another culture, in a distant land. Thank you Obamas, for all you do and all you inspire, and helping me to preserve my sanity.

  15. 20 AnitaW
    March 21, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    Very cute picture of the First Ladies. They look like girl-friends. They look great!!

    • 21 HZ
      March 22, 2011 at 12:34 am

      AnitaW, I was thinking the same thoughts about the two First Ladies. They look as though they have enjoyed being in the shared space. Our POTUS and FLOTUS look so beautiful. What a blessing we have. It is refreshing to see that we can enjoy them so much when they are in other countries because these countries seem to just fall in love with our Frist Family. I feel that they make us so proud. And thanks to Chipsticks for this wonderful site.

  16. 22 Jazzjazzy
    March 21, 2011 at 11:52 pm

    Michelle looks AMAZING

  17. 23 anniebella
    March 22, 2011 at 12:26 am

    Looks like the President and First Lady were enjoying themselves. Good. Hopefully they weren’t thinking about those clowns back home.

  18. 24 anar
    March 22, 2011 at 1:30 am

    Just look at those shoulders!

  19. 25 M
    March 22, 2011 at 3:59 am

    Wow, that last pic of PBO has got to be one of my all time favorites! In a sea of people he rises above, smiles and shines. It makes me think of him being the “chosen one” or something like that. His stature makes me think of President Lincoln and I also recall reading that President Lincoln was not adored and recognized for his brilliance as a President until after his death. I wish this country would stop the posturing and bickering and that they would recognize what a brilliant, thoughtful, humble, strong leader we gave in PBO.

    Also, I’m with Mchelle above in wondering if there was any video footage from this event. Nice to see the Flotus with her hair down tonight. As the Furst Family represents the USA beautifully in South America they make me so proud.

  20. 26 M
    March 22, 2011 at 4:00 am

    Not “we gave” should be “we have.” Silly iPad keyboard!

  21. 27 blc
    March 22, 2011 at 6:46 am

    What an absolute gorgeous couple.

  22. 28 Suzette
    March 22, 2011 at 8:07 am

    Wow, the First Lady looks awesome in that dress, so fabulous.
    Also I would love to have known what they were all pointing at and smiling about.

  23. 29 Mea
    March 22, 2011 at 10:48 am

    They look amazing. FLOTUS is beautiful. I love her dress. I’m glad to see they can still smile and have fun with all that’s going on. I Love This Couple.

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