cape town, thursday

First lady Michelle Obama stands with her mother Marian Robinson and daughters Sasha and Malia as they listen to former resident Noor Ebrahim on a visit to the District Six museum, in Cape Town, South Africa. Founded in 1867 as a mixed community of freed slaves, merchants, and immigrants, the apartheid government in 1965 declared it “white” and forcibly removed 60,000 residents and bulldozed their homes


First lady Michelle Obama reacts to a student’s question at the University of Cape Town


First lady Michelle Obama meets with Archbishop Desmond Tutu at Cape Town Stadium

First lady Michelle Obama does push ups with Archbishop Desmond Tutu

First lady Michelle Obama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu bump fists after they participated in youth activities raising awareness for HIV prevention at Cape Town Stadium

Pictured left to right: the First Lady’s niece Leslie Robinson; daughter Malia Obama; Archbishop Tutu, Mrs. Obama; daughter Sasha Obama, and nephew Avery Robinson.

44 Responses to “cape town, thursday”

  1. June 23, 2011 at 7:27 am

    The first jady is the best ever, if it was not for the economy both the president and first lady would be praised a lot more!

  2. June 23, 2011 at 7:28 am

    Here many links and good info to the speech last night:


  3. June 23, 2011 at 7:40 am

    You have heard John mica wants to privatize Amtrak?

    Well, dems are fighting fire with fire:


    Democrats fighting back, say it ain’t so? Lol!

    June 23, 2011 at 7:50 am


  5. 5 Fred
    June 23, 2011 at 7:59 am

    good morning TOD family.

    May GOD guide;bless and protect the President.

    May GOD watch over the First Lady and Malia and Sasha

  6. June 23, 2011 at 8:09 am

    The Obama ladies look lovely, so does Mrs. Robinson.

  7. June 23, 2011 at 8:09 am

    Good morning TOD Community, You know, I was checking out the expressions on FLOTUS and the serious look on Mrs. Robinson’s face. It’s probably a tear jerker as they listen to Ebrahim tell the story.

  8. June 23, 2011 at 8:09 am

    The Apartheid government was such a viscious viscious government.

  9. June 23, 2011 at 8:23 am

    The First Lady will be doing an interview with David Meir, I think that’s his name. Anyway it will be on ABC Evening News with Diane Sawyer tonight.

  10. 11 PoliticalJunkessa
    June 23, 2011 at 9:48 am

    Thanks for continuing to bring us coverage from South Africa, Chips. Such moving and powerful images. Our First Ladies are making me so proud. Love them!

    What an insane government apartheid rule was. Just hateful and insane. I’m glad they have at least memorialized many of these sites so people will never forget. We need such memorials here.

    • June 23, 2011 at 9:59 am

      I agree with you PoliticalJunkessa.

    • 13 isonprize
      June 23, 2011 at 10:50 am

      We do need memorials here. Unfortunately, our brand of American apartheid is just as bad. It’s insidious and just as long lasting. Sterilizing people, redlining neighborhoods, “prioritizing” city services, defunding public schools, building trash plants, electricity switching stations, etc in poor neighborhoods, profiling certain people to arrest them, not providing start up business loans. The list could go on and on…

      President Obama can’t fix it all. We have to do our part.

      • 14 P
        June 23, 2011 at 12:10 pm

        “President Obama can’t fix it all. We have to do our part.”
        That’s it right there! Some of these so-called black leaders are pissed by the conditions of black neighbourhoods under a black president. What are they doing? Nothing but bad talking the President left, right and center!! Eventhough Mr Obama is a black man he ran for President of the United States….that is everyone no matter racial background. I never heard this man while running for office claim to be a black leader. They on the other hand have gained public attention because of their claim to be leaders of the black community. While it is the President’s duty to address issue such as the inferior level of education given to areas that are prominently black which he has been doing with little support from the repubs as you correctly put it he can’t fix it all and should not be expected to fix it all. Futhermore the state of the economy doesn’t even allow him the opportunity to fix it all. Parents and community leaders (adults) have a huge role to play in this problem. Too many times BET and MTV are parenting black children!!!! The problem is a difficult one but it needs to be addressed as soon as possible. Each and everyone has a part to play!

        • 15 theo67
          June 23, 2011 at 12:21 pm

          The President gave a speech to the LGBT community a couple of years ago, and he basically said that he knew they wanted him to focus on issues important to the gay community, but don’t they also benefit if he works on stabilizing the economy and the job market? Don’t they also benefit from improvements to health care and education? Don’t they also have a stake in ensuring that the world is a safer place? He told them that there will be time to work on personal priorities, but they have to remember that when he’s improving lives for Americans as a whole, he’s also making their lives better, too, and that his focus in the near term is on bringing about the greatest good and dealing with the problems that affect the greatest number of people. It was a very sensible speech, and was well received. Some of these niche leaders need to understand that the President is making things better for everyone, and they should carve out what’s good for their communities and run with it.

          • 16 P
            June 23, 2011 at 1:15 pm

            Very well said theo67!! I think these people are just plain haters because they refuse to acknowledge all the good things this President has done instead they harp on all the problems still facing the country. My thing is why hold a man accountable for something he never campaigned for…..you see they weren’t paying attention during the campaign, all they saw was skin colour and thought to themselves they no longer will have problems.

  11. 17 Jessica
    June 23, 2011 at 10:11 am

    They also went to lunch at a restaurant called “The Kitchen” (local and organic). I’m sad they didn’t get a chance to go to Robben Island (waters too choppy). That would have been a sight to see especially since they met Mandela on Tuesday.

  12. 18 Kasai
    June 23, 2011 at 10:38 am



  13. 19 GGail
    June 23, 2011 at 11:17 am

    Good morning Ghipsticks and TODers. Thanks Chipsticks for providing more moving photos with story. We should remember the past so as not to repeat it in the future. Oh, what I would give to receive a hug from FLOTUS!!!!

  14. 20 Debz
    June 23, 2011 at 11:51 am

    We have a beautiful First Lady, inside and out. That is all I can say.

  15. 21 P
    June 23, 2011 at 11:55 am

    Mrs Obama is blending in with the students! I could barely recognize her. She’s looking so gorgeous wow. This is quite an educational tour especially for her daughters, niece and nephew.

    • 22 theo67
      June 23, 2011 at 12:42 pm

      I love what she said when she was in England at Oxford and speaking to the students there. She told them that they will get more comfortable as they do more things that pull them out of their comfort zone. She talked about her very first solo appearance at the girls’ school in London, and how she has grown since then, and become more confident – and that they should feel able to walk into any room and hold their own since they’ve been able to walk into Oxford, shake her hand and look her in the eye. You can see that she herself has grown in confidence – even though she was an executive before (I don’t think anything can quite prepare you for the role of First Lady – especially with this level of historic significance), and she is able to hold her own in any environment. Her early “thank you” tours around the agencies showed her as a little nervous, but she’ clearly shows such strength and confidence now – she really inspires people that they can improve at anything they put their mind to. I mentioned to someone yesterday that she didn’t seek out this life in the public eye, but she’s excelling at it and probably exceeding even her own expectations. Her mother must be very proud – and her husband, too. She’s a real treasure.

      • 23 P
        June 23, 2011 at 1:33 pm

        She has grown into a public figure indeed. I remember during the campaign when she made the statement about being really proud of her country for the first time and the Republicans took it upon themselves to ridicule her and twist her words in a very unflattering manner. Now she is being deemed by some as able to connect to the public better than her husband. In fact many democrats are upset that she is not taking a much stronger role in the reelection of her hubby. But Mrs O is determined to be mommy in chief before any other role. This woman is the greater asset to her man and we are seeing it in her ratings as First Lady! Her confidence in herself is one I admire greatly. She’s a true example of a Lady. Grandma Robinson has nothing else to be but proud of her daughter and I see it in her eyes everytime her daughter hits the stage! Well PBO we all know from the way he looks at his boo he’s always in awe for many many many reasons 😀

        • 24 theo67
          June 23, 2011 at 3:21 pm

          You know, I think it gives the President freedom to do more and work harder knowing that she’s putting their children first above everything else. Most of what they do and the long hours they put in is for the future they want to leave their children, along with all other children. If they neglect their kids so they can focus on the country, then don’t they defeat the purpose? She’s more than capable of managing her own schedule, and if the President needs more of her time, I’m sure he’ll ask for it. The fact is, she’s incredibly potent with just a few words and appearances. The Democrats are upset that she’s not willing to sacrifice her family in order to get THEM re-elected. I’m sure she’ll do what it takes to get her husband re-elected. Dems should pull their own weight.

          • 25 utaustinliberal
            June 23, 2011 at 6:28 pm

            Spot on Theo, spot on. “Dems should pull their own weight.” The First Lady and President have a busy schedule and they’re raising two wonderful daughters in the White House, they don’t have the extra time to hand hold and pander to whiny dems who are grown up and know how to campaign, how to push issues and agendas forward and who for some reason are too scared to fight the true opponents (repugs) so they instead pile up their garbage on the President. They’ll do what they can but if Dems don’t help themselves and advance their causes, then tough titties.

            As for the wonderful pictures of Mrs. Obama in South Africa, gosh they fill my heart with delight. She is such a natural in any environment she inhabits. She connects with both young and old and is genuine in her joy. I love the outfits she’s been wearing, because she’s been giving nods to various African designers and African prints. That shows in a small but significant manner how culturally aware she is and how respectful she is of other cultures, and traditions. I laughed at the pictures of her doing push ups, crunches and playing soccer with Archbishop Desmond Tutu. FLOTUS has some serious stamina. I can’t even imagine any other First Lady being as active and warm as she has been. She sure is leaving some big shoes to fill for her successor in 2017. I looooooooove that she got meet and spend time with Archbishop Desmond Tutu. That man is a saint in my opinion. I adore him.

  16. 26 MissMapleLeaf
    June 23, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    Mrs. O looks awesome in that black jacket. 🙂

    • June 23, 2011 at 1:22 pm

      I hope their will be a video of FLOTUS talking to the students. Once again the pictures are so nice. Look at FLOTUS doing her push up, shows she is use to doing them. She and the President often work out together. We are bless to have POTUS and FLOTUS. I hope Sasha and Malia are enjoying themselves. I know they will talk the President head off when they get back home.

      • 28 P
        June 23, 2011 at 1:36 pm

        I think she has put Mr Tutu to shame with her push ups 😆 and there she is with her significant fist bump 🙂 . She’s so pretty!!!!!

    • 29 ber6964
      June 23, 2011 at 2:18 pm

      I totally agree and a note SP, you don’t need to ride a bike to be a Coool Chick like Mrs.O!!

  17. 30 Janelle
    June 23, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    Here’s a quick preview of Mrs. O’s interview tonight with ABC’s David Muir:


  18. 31 Sue
    June 23, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    So proud of our FLOTUS! So proud of our First Family!

  19. 32 AnitaW
    June 23, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    Mrs. O doing us proud. Smart, lovely lady.

  20. 33 GGail
    June 23, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    Yippeeeee, more pictures! God bless Archbishop Tutu, he’s looking healthy and God bless FLOTUS and her family proudly representing the USA.

  21. 34 Ceb
    June 23, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    Love the updated pictures. Michelle is just too much; a multi-faceted woman who opens her arms literally and figuratively to embrace the world. She looks so moved by the people she is meeting, yet she is also able to show her funny side and to join in the fun. The world has never seen a First Lady, from any country, like Michelle. She does her country and her family proud.

    Archbishop Tutu is a lovely man.

  22. 35 lisalovesobama
    June 23, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    Check out the kid in picture 16 checking out Mrs. O 😆 you got good taste sonny, but that one’s taken. PBO put a ring on it long before you were born 😉

  23. 36 Ceb
    June 23, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    That young man in the single photo with Michelle looks a bit like PBO.

  24. 37 ber6964
    June 23, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    Mrs O gets more and more beautiful!

  25. 38 Puddin
    June 23, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    Mrs. Michelle Obama is AMAZING! While viewing each and every picture and clip; all I can say is AMAZING!!

  26. 39 isonprize
    June 23, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    Just for a moment, just for a second, imagine any other First Lady doing push-ups, PUSH-UPS, with Archbishop Desmond Tutu!!

    😆 😆 ;lol: 😆 😆

  27. 44 HZ
    June 23, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    You all are just priceless, and I love it. I think it is just a complete honor for our First Lady to be doing push-ups with the wonderful Desmond Tutu. He is at least 79 years of age and still looking great. Also, I have seen many First Ladies, but none of them have(in my mind) ever been seen mingling and be so intouch with the young people around the world and in DC as this First Lady. (And we have had some lovely First Ladies) However, I just feel that our current First Lady is just being so graceful with her intellect, her physical stamina, her fun-loving attitude, and her willingness to really show that she is there in the moment when she is in the presence of all of these beautiful human beings. She represents our country so beautiful. I feel for the person who will have to stand up and take her duties in 2017. However, we will continue to enjoy her sweet spirit, her diligencey in carrying the message to all young people all around the globe , and to give those beautiful hugs and encouraging words to these young people. This is a blessing to watch her and the girls each day on this lovely trip. We love you, Our First Lady. Safe travels.

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