The First Lady in Europe



First Lady Michelle Obama, Marian Robinson, Malia and Sasha Obama arrive in London

The First Lady hosts a roundtable discussion with representatives from the Research for Equitable Access and Learning Centre and the Peace Corps, former prime minister of Australia Julia Gillard and students on expanding access to girls education around the world, Mulberry School for Girls, London

Holds a Q&A session with students, Mulberry School for Girls

Meets with British Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha, Downing Street

Meets with Harry ‘Prince’ Windsor, Downing Street

The First Lady, Marian Robinson, Malia and Sasha leave for Milan



The First Lady meets with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and his wife in Milan

The First Lady and the Presidential Delegation visit the Milan Expo 2015, tour the USA Pavilion at the Expo and participate in activities to promote efforts to support healthier families and communities.

With the theme “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life,” the Expo Milan is promoting a global dialogue about the future of our food system.

The USA pavilion is titled “American Food 2.0: United to Feed the Planet,” and it showcases American leadership on global food and development issues, science and technology, climate change, nutrition and health.



The First Lady, Marian Robinson, Malia and Sasha travel to Vicenza

The First Lady visits the US Army North to meet American military families, Vicenza

The First Lady, Marian Robinson, Malia and Sasha travel to Venice




The First Lady, Marian Robinson, Malia and Sasha tour the canal-crossed UNESCO World Heritage site, Venice



The First Lady, Marian Robinson, Malia and Sasha depart Venice for Washington DC





141 Responses to “The First Lady in Europe”

  1. June 15, 2015 at 8:07 pm

    LOTS of female agents in FLOTUS’ detail!

  2. June 15, 2015 at 8:09 pm

    The First Lady is definitely the best good will ambassador we can have for the USA.

    • 9 Vicki
      June 15, 2015 at 8:24 pm

      Yes she is. And so are her lovely children and mother.
      Also good that FLOTUS gets to avoid Congressional Picnic on Wednesday. PBO has no such luck. It has to be awkward—or not. The President seems to take everything in stride.

      • June 15, 2015 at 9:04 pm

        Vicki I would love to handle the Congressional picnic for POTUS. I would throw a pie in every single one of those Democrats who voted No the other day. One of those famous pie from that movie the Help. 🙂

        • 11 sam uk obama supporter
          June 16, 2015 at 2:40 am

          I love that movie bella, I would probably use the quote from Minnie too. “Eat my S***”!

  3. 13 Judith Fardig
    June 15, 2015 at 8:10 pm

    LL – congratulations again! Obama women are the best role models and ambassadors this country could ask for. I hope they have a marvelous time doing important work.

  4. 14 GGail
    June 15, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    Thanks Chips!

  5. June 15, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    For all you very late/very early early birds:

    6:0 AM EDT: First Lady Michelle Obama Participates in a Discussion on “Let Girls Learn”, London

    • June 15, 2015 at 8:19 pm

      We’ll see what kind of night my upstairs neighbor has. I just may catch this at 3am Pacific!

      • June 15, 2015 at 8:20 pm

        Yikes! What’s going on Meta??

        • June 15, 2015 at 8:32 pm

          My neighbors upstairs are crazy freaks who do crazy things at all hours of the day and night.
          Last night they woke up at 3am and decided to watch TV and bang pots and pans in their kitchen while they chased their huge dog around the apt. I think they’re drug addicts.

          I could write a book. Sigh.

          • June 15, 2015 at 8:35 pm

            Damn! I remember you saying you were having problems, but I had no idea it was this awful. Is there anything you can do?

            • June 15, 2015 at 8:37 pm

              Apparently not. I’ve tried all avenues, believe me. It’s been about 3 years but I’m starting to get used to it. LOLz!!

              • June 15, 2015 at 8:40 pm

                Threeeeeeeeeeeee years ….. on my flippin’ gawd, I would KILL them!!

              • 25 0388jojothecat
                June 15, 2015 at 8:46 pm

                meta you and Mighty Pam are having the same problems with neighbors living above you. If you both like where you live the next upstairs unit that becomes available see if you can take it if it’s the same, i.e one bedroom, etc. Some landlords allow it because the unit you leave they can still raise the rent and you keep the same rent if possible. My mom lives in a low income senior hud building and whenever a unit becomes available and if the current tenants ask to relocate they are very accommodating. Doesn’t hurt to ask.

                • June 15, 2015 at 8:51 pm

                  I’m rent-controlled. If I move anywhere else in this building to a unit of the same size, I face a tripling of rent. That’s why the landlord doesn’t care about fixing this. But I appreciate your suggestion!

                  • 27 0388jojothecat
                    June 15, 2015 at 8:56 pm

                    So sorry to hear that. If you tried talking to them and asking the landlord to intervene and no help, the only thing you can do is retaliate in a way they would have to talk to you like cook something that is really stinky and the smell travels up to their unit, playing your television loud when they are sleeping. Do these people work or are they retired?

                    • June 15, 2015 at 9:03 pm

                      They’re young and it seems they just hang out.

                      I don’t want to match their behavior. I’ve done my best to try and let go of the aggravation because I really can’t fix it. It’s just the way it is. I love my city and I live in a great neighborhood, so I just do what I can to move on. Some days it’s harder than others!

                    • June 16, 2015 at 12:04 am

                      Your so like Pres. Obama. 😊 Do you bake your great recipes to entice them down to chat? 😉 Honey sometimes works or molasses!

                  • 30 purpleshoesla
                    June 15, 2015 at 11:17 pm


                    I’m sorry you are going through this. But, your overhead neighbors and your landlord (for not effectively addressing the problem) are breaching your covenant of quiet enjoyment which under CA law every tenant has a right to the undisturbed use and enjoyment of his/her rental unit. I went through the same thing where I live (also rent-controlled) with same type of tenants. My “neighbors” were in the entertainment industry with odd hours, woke me every time they came home, had frequent visits from loud guests and partying that started typically at midnight and went to 4/5 am almost every day of each week, and every week. They might as well have been partying in my unit that’s how crystal clear the noise was overhead and through a shared wall. I have a deep, white hot hate for thumping bass music to this day because of those jack-holes.

                    When I notified my landlord in writing of this (frankly) almost NON STOP breach of my quiet enjoyment along with documentation of all of the tenants’ disturbance, all the times I had previously and politely brought this to their attention (4.5 years of sleep deprivation for me) which they failed to address, along with the potential amount of money they would have to pay me for being constructively evicted and damages for the health issues and distress I was experiencing, those tenants were moved out. I’ve had decent tenants since then. Don’t get me wrong, it took some effort with my landlords, they tried to blow me off initially, and boo hoo work it out amongst yourselves codswallop. But like you, I’ve lived where I’ve lived for a long time, love my neighborhood and have been a model long term tenant. I’ll be double god damned if I was going to be the one to leave. Enough was enough. It can be done.

                    • June 16, 2015 at 9:44 am

                      You’re all so kind to offer support and suggestions. I’m so sorry you went through that awful situation. Sounds really crazy and I can relate, although I don’t have to contend with blaring music. OMG.

                      We do have the same quiet ordinance here, with the requirement of right to reasonable quiet from 10pm to 8am. I’ve gone to the rent control board and there is even a volunteer attorney group there. But none of them would take my case. I’d documented a year’s worth of disturbance with details of each and every time I’d been woken up to my manager and shared it with them but to no avail. I guess they are swamped with more serious stuff like evictions, which are a real problem here because landlords are trying to get rid of long-standing tenants and it’s not legal. I do have to say it’s gotten better for me over the last fews months for some reason but still can be aggravating even if it’s just once or twice a week. It’s always so hard for me to believe that people can be so obnoxious and self-absorbed when you live in a shared community. My original landlord would never put up with this but these landlords own several buildings and just don’t care about it. I hope for peace and quiet for all of us who are in this situation.

                • 32 MightyPamela
                  June 15, 2015 at 8:55 pm

                  ( psstt: jojo: MightyPamELA (always gotta use the full version, tyvm) <3)

                • 33 MightyPamela
                  June 15, 2015 at 9:00 pm

                  A wise idea, if it can be done. I wouldn’t want to live up on that top floor for several reasons tho, jojo: hot in the summer, cold in the winter. No windows or doors to the outer world, so no fresh air ever, only what comes it through the ventilation system. The heating and cooling systems are all on the rooftop, running day and night. And the PeaPatch gardens are up above that floor, tho only in use from spring to fall, there is a lot of commotion with all of us planting and tending, watering and maintaining. Also, here we can only move during the window around our annual lease time, if there is another apartment available. I truly believe, from what I have seen, I was blessed to get the very nicest and best apartment in the complex, but the building itself is a cheap, and hastily built senior housing under a group of Rmoneys, who use it for a tax write-off. Ai yai yai!!

                  • 34 0388jojothecat
                    June 15, 2015 at 9:13 pm

                    I hear you both….no need to replicate bad behavior and when you like where you live you make do, know that it will pass. Meta since these are younger people they will move. My mom lived in a rent controlled building for over 30 years and she saw so many young people move in and move out. They normally don’t stay over five years due to jobs or relationship goes bad. It’s the older people who stay the longest and are more respectful usually. Good luck to you both.

          • 36 MightyPamela
            June 15, 2015 at 8:54 pm

            Oh shit. Mine had this weird on/off rumbling, groaning, terrible humming from 9:30p – 1:30a.. Had to write her a note at 1:45am and deliver it upstairs. Maddening eh, Meta. {{{{{ meta }}}}} Still, I may be a bit better off, because my neighbor is trying and today we met briefly for the first time, she thinks it’s probably a room air conditioner she bought, because it is really freakin’ hot up on that top floor.. Sigh. Keep you the Heart. ❤

            • June 15, 2015 at 9:05 pm

              These are young, very arrogant punks. They don’t care what anyone thinks of them. That’s the way it goes!

              • June 15, 2015 at 9:08 pm

                This is a great building otherwise in one of the best areas of the city, close to everything, and apart from them, a very, very quite zone.

            • 39 0388jojothecat
              June 15, 2015 at 9:14 pm

              MP did you give us the run down on the New Moon yet?

              • 40 MightyPamela
                June 15, 2015 at 9:25 pm

                Ha!! Busted, Jojo!! I came in precisely to do just that, and saw too much stuff to comment on, then popped over to FB, found this incredible and stark feature (plus an amazing article on TinyHouses <3) so, hang on, if I don't get distracted again, I will have it for you all.! http://www.hefty.co/truth-in-pictures/

      • 41 Vicki
        June 15, 2015 at 8:21 pm

        Oh no—Let’s hope you can get your rest.

    • 42 GGail
      June 15, 2015 at 8:28 pm

      I’ll catch the replay at 5:30am 😊

    • June 15, 2015 at 8:29 pm

      Thanks Chipsticks I will try to be up to see FLOTUS.

  6. 51 hopefruit2
    June 15, 2015 at 8:18 pm

    Good evening Chips & TOD! 🙂 Congrats LL on #1.

  7. June 15, 2015 at 8:18 pm

  8. June 15, 2015 at 8:26 pm

    • June 15, 2015 at 8:36 pm

      I’ve never seen this kind of relentless focus on eliminating terrorists. It’s just astonishing how many have been eradicated. I wish someone was keeping a list.

      • June 15, 2015 at 8:39 pm

        Why would anyone want to keep a list, Meta? That would require giving PBO credit….

      • 58 arapaho415
        June 16, 2015 at 12:11 am

        Sorry to hear about your upstairs neighbors.

        I moved to an apartment last year, after having lived in my own home for the past 29 years.

        I actually really like it, and my upstairs neighbors can be loud at times (we’ve got very generous patios, so they are out there with friends quite a bit), but they’re considerate — don’t stay up late partying. 🙂

  9. June 15, 2015 at 8:30 pm

    • 60 0388jojothecat
      June 15, 2015 at 8:49 pm

      Future Judges, Mayors, Governors, Senators, and maybe President. This President has inspired a huge number of minority males like never before.

  10. June 15, 2015 at 8:31 pm

    So Jeb made his announcement today, who was excited? Who cared?

  11. June 15, 2015 at 8:37 pm

    Glad to see that Vicki is in the “deep freeze” known as (WP) spam with me 😦 I guess I’ll watch game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals and live vicariously through FORUS50 and President Obama’s pulling for the Blackhawks!

  12. June 15, 2015 at 8:47 pm

    Ok TODers, making a couple of life changes which I’ll go into more detail about assuming that I stick with them. But, as part of those changes, heading back to working on my blog. Plan to write a couple of essays tonight, one on Bloomsday, and one of a series of essays on my relationship with the missus. They shall be published tomorrow.

    • 70 GGail
      June 15, 2015 at 9:04 pm

      Really LL, I’m 2 seconds from contacting Larry H. Parker and suing you for breach of promise, for stringing me along, and toying with my affection. I’m going to include Lady T as my co-plaintiff.

  13. June 15, 2015 at 8:48 pm

    Ok, tired of having to log in 2x for every comment….bbl

    • 74 0388jojothecat
      June 15, 2015 at 8:51 pm

      Maybe that’s why we are experiencing so many hack attacks by China…..

    • 75 MightyPamela
      June 15, 2015 at 9:38 pm

      And constant crashing, rebooting, reset everything… thanks a lot snowjob. May you enjoy your ruskie prison with all its comforts of home. you will be there a long, long time.

  14. June 15, 2015 at 8:50 pm

    FLOTUS is lovely as always.

  15. 77 Nerdy Wonka
    June 15, 2015 at 9:00 pm

    First Lady Michelle Obama is such a wonderful ambassador for America. It’s always great to have her representing us.

    Thanks Chips for this marvelous post!

  16. June 15, 2015 at 9:01 pm


  17. 80 japa21
    June 15, 2015 at 9:06 pm

    Would you folks please keep Chips occupied on this thread?

    • June 15, 2015 at 9:08 pm

      You think you can send love letters to VC on an old thread and they’ll pass me by? Remember, old or new thread:

      • 82 japa21
        June 15, 2015 at 10:02 pm

        Hardly love letters. In fact, I am getting the idea that rather ticked off at me. After all, if I ever make it to your neck of the woods, you can be sure I would let you know.

        • June 15, 2015 at 10:07 pm

          They were a bit too smoochy for my liking, though. But fair enough, if you visit me all will be forgiven – and I’ll send VC a selfie of me with you and go ‘na, na, na, na, na’.

          • 84 vcprezofan2
            June 15, 2015 at 10:48 pm

            Don’t bother wasting your photographic skills, BTF. I wash my hands of him, wash him off my hands, whichever is fastest. Imagine finally rolling in here to find him giving *you* advance warning after having ignored me! Slow and slow-witted I may be but I do feel pain when I’m treated with such little regard…..and so publicly.

      • 87 vcprezofan2
        June 15, 2015 at 10:35 pm

        He sent me love letters??!! 😎

        So, what d’ya do with them?

    • June 15, 2015 at 9:10 pm

      Hey you, long time no see. Hope all is well in japa21ville!

      • 89 japa21
        June 15, 2015 at 10:00 pm

        Things going well. After all, the Blackhawks have the lead going into the final period of the game, and hopefully of the season.

    • June 15, 2015 at 9:20 pm

      Good to see you John and to know you survived Toronto traffic and all the rain!!!

  18. 92 amk for obama
    June 15, 2015 at 9:11 pm

    jeb! yet?

  19. June 15, 2015 at 9:21 pm

    Ugh, stomach full. Had an afternoon break with coffee and lemon cake.

  20. 111 MightyPamela
    June 15, 2015 at 9:26 pm

    What I really wanted to say: I LOVE LOVE LOVE FLOTUS’ hair, she is so fabulous! In every way!

  21. 112 Nerdy Wonka
    June 15, 2015 at 9:29 pm

    What an amazing leader!

  22. 113 MightyPamela
    June 15, 2015 at 9:32 pm

    Now for the serious business of the solar system: specifically our vantage point from precious Planet Earth! New Moon tomorrow 6/16/15 at 25.07 Gemini. 10:05am EDT. 7:05am PDT. Even cooler, planets visible at Twilight, Evening sky: Venus and Jupiter, towards the North, blew me away last night at 9:45. IF you look a bit Southward, you will see Saturn. All just so stunning!! I predict, if skies are clear, a couple days after the new moon, when the first gibbous moon appears, this sun/moon/planetary configuration will be mighty beautiful to gaze upon!! Watch for it.

    • 114 MightyPamela
      June 15, 2015 at 9:33 pm

      Oh, sorry, and Mercury in the morning twilight sky.

    • 116 hopefruit2
      June 15, 2015 at 10:11 pm

      We are cloudy through tomorrow night. Every time there’s a moon event, be it an eclipse, new moon, pink moon, or such, we have cloudy/rainy weather and you can’t experience the event. I feel so bitter! 🙂

  23. June 15, 2015 at 9:33 pm

    So rumors floating around that Boehner won’t negotiate with Pelosi on the trade deal. I hope that’s not true.
    This is getting so twisted, I can’t believe it.

  24. June 15, 2015 at 9:34 pm

  25. 125 Nerdy Wonka
    June 15, 2015 at 9:35 pm

  26. June 15, 2015 at 9:43 pm

    OMalley has disappeared..

  27. 127 MightyPamela
    June 15, 2015 at 9:46 pm

    Ya’ gotta love how Sasha and Malia are not hanging onto the railing!! Neither is the lovely Cousin. Wonder where they learned that skill?? ❤ ❤ ❤ 🙂 🙂 🙂

  28. June 15, 2015 at 10:02 pm

    Jeb has no last name. Why isn’t he proud of his last name? Why isn’t he standing up shouting that he is a Bush and he is proud of his father and big brother. Bush 2016!!!!! Not Jeb! 2016.

  29. June 15, 2015 at 10:07 pm


    House GOP leaders are punting on voting again on President Obama’s trade agenda, possibly until the end of July.

    After Friday’s failed vote to pass aid for workers displaced by trade deals, known as Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA), Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) set up a process allowing the House to conduct a do-over of the vote by Tuesday.

    But Obama and GOP leadership aren’t yet in a position where TAA is any more likely to pass. So the House Rules Committee on Monday night attached a provision to a “rule” governing parameters for debate on the intelligence authorization bill that extends the possibility for the chamber to vote on TAA again to July 30.

    The House will consider the rule containing the provision to extend the possible trade re-vote on Tuesday afternoon.

    • June 15, 2015 at 10:08 pm

      This is precisely why TPA needs to be about implementing a fast-track and an up or down vote. These people cannot be trusted to get work DONE.

      • June 15, 2015 at 10:42 pm

        the DEMS are responsible for this fiasco…they voted against worker training (TAA) in order to torpedo TPA and ultimately TPP…to hell with workers…..YET this is supposed to be the reason they oppose a trade deal because it hurts workers….HYPOCRITES

  30. June 15, 2015 at 10:17 pm

    {{{{{{{{VP Biden}}}}}}}} will be making his first public appearance since Beau’s passing. He’ll deliver a speech on clean energy and climate change tomorrow in the Eisenhower bldg.

  31. 140 Bestpresidentever44
    June 15, 2015 at 11:02 pm

    Hello to my favorite people on the planet. Looongtime lurker and avid follower of almost all of you coming out today because I can’t contain the joy that MY, err… OUR, beloved FLOTUS, First daughters and First Grandma are finally coming to my part neighborhood. I’m stationed in Vicenza, can you believe it?? I couldn’t believe my luck when I first heard of this trip! Still not sure of the itinerary and schedule and how much exposure, if any, us simple gov’t workers, will be given, but I’m looking forward to Thursday like I never remember looking forward to anything in my life before, ok, maybe Nov 4, 2008 vote results. I have been DREAMING of getting a hug from our Hugger In Chief ever since 2008, I don’t know if a military installation is where that dream will come true, but for me, just being a few meters away from all of them and finally seeing them LIVE, will be just like having been hugged. I promise to delurk once more to fill you beautiful obama.diary people in after the event, hopefully with close up pics and good inside stories.
    In case I don’t the get the chance at all to see her, if they make this a closed or limited event, well then, I can always say I was in the same city as my beloved First Family for a few hours and felt their spirit in the air, and meanwhile, I’ll use this occasion to thank you obama.diary lovely people, for all the joy, comfort, information and pleasure you provide me while I’m so faraway in Italy, yet never miss a beat thanks to you all.

    • 141 vcprezofan2
      June 16, 2015 at 11:19 am

      Well hello there, BPE44! It’s so nice to ‘see’ you after all this time lurking. We here like to ‘see faces and hear voices’ of people smart enough to recognize we have the best president ever, so …..welcome! First, thank you for your service as a gov’t worker so far away from home, and I sure hope you get a chance for more that a virtual look-see or hug with FLOTUS.

      I plan to cross my fingers on your behalf on Thursday, BPE44, and do be sure you share your experience in a follow-up report, no matter how brief. Good luck!

      VC – TOD’s occasional Ambassador of Welcome

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