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May302009

A Festive Floral

Photo by Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images

First Lady Mrs. O visited Bancroft Elementary School today. Students from the school helped to plant the White House kitchen in March and April; today, following a reception in which the First Lady stressed healthy eating, Mrs. O helped the students plant their own vegetable garden on school grounds.

Lynn Sweet's blog  for the Chicago Sun-Times has a full report. Our favorite quotes: "Here at Bancroft, we are big fans of carrots," one of the students read. "We are also fans of the first lady."

For the event, Mrs. O dressed in a floral cotton shirt, worn several times last year (see below). The top was paired with a lemon yellow tissue cardigan (J.Crew perhaps?) and light blue cropped pants.

Mrs. O wore the same blouse a year ago, stopping for an ice cream cone at Prince Pickler's Puckler's (Thanks chimene!) Ice Cream in Eugene, Oregon during May 2008:

Update: Mrs. O wears a blouse by Etro, available (as of 10/18/11) here.

IMG_0202 Photo by Flickr user Barack Obama / Creative Commons

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Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 1:01 AM | Unregistered CommenterJamie Holts

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Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 1:01 AM | Unregistered CommenterJamie Holts

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Hope your days continue good with your agreable existence.
Kisses from Brazil

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Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 1:22 AM | Unregistered CommenterJamie Holts

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Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 1:35 AM | Unregistered CommenterJamie Holts

What a beautiful picture! Mrs Obama looks like she matched her sweater to the kids' and she does look like she's having a loving, motherly moment with the lovely young girl - A picture to treasure forever I bet!

Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 1:42 AM | Unregistered CommenterLota

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Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 1:43 AM | Unregistered CommenterJamie Holts

Michelle you look so wonderful with that young girl! Keep being their inspiration they look up to you!

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Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 1:46 AM | Unregistered CommenterJamie Holts

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Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 1:49 AM | Unregistered CommenterJamie Holts

This looks so much like a mother/daughter moment, yet it looks like sister/sister moment. Mrs.O is so at home when she is with children her mothering instincts is so obvious.
Love you Michelle, the world is so much richer because you came along.May God bless you always.

Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 1:50 AM | Unregistered Commentertsetse

Hi. I read a few of your other posts and wanted to know if you would be interested in exchanging blogroll links?

Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 1:55 AM | Unregistered CommenterJamie Holts

Why can't I ever find video of her events?

Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 1:57 AM | Unregistered CommenterJoane

I love your site - the style of Mrs O is trully inspirational. How about you show one day her great watch Cartier Tank Francaise)?

Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 2:09 AM | Unregistered CommenterNatalia

Not only is that a gorgeous picture and top; it's definitely appropriate for helping students plant a vegetable garden of their own, as it invokes visions of gardening and shrubbery. I love the fact that Mrs. O is willing to get out there and work with kids, even in the most fabulous, fashionable frocks! :)

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Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 2:54 AM | Unregistered CommenterCafe Fashionista

What a blessing for our country she and her husband are!

Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 4:30 AM | Unregistered CommenterMarion

What a fabulous world now that we have such intelligent, elegant people in the White House! Dearest First Lady, I actually purchased a Time Magazine because you graced its cover.

Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 5:06 AM | Unregistered CommenterYour Name ruth

Gorgeous...love flower bouquets and this is a flower-design done right. SD

Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 5:22 AM | Unregistered Commentersd

Love to see people take time to work with and listen to KIDS. Mrs O is a National Treasure :)))) I am just wondering if any other First Lady was as active and so early on. I hope the next one (after 8 yrs :)))>>>> continues in same and I hope nation is truly inspired to more serving of community! GO MRS O you are completely beautiful inside and out

Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 6:42 AM | Unregistered CommenterMrs A

Yesterday I was mentioning that I didn't really love the cardigan with this blouse, because you can see the pattern through the cardigan because the fabric is so fine. For some reason it is JUST NOW occurring to me that yellow is probably be a Bancroft Elementary school color, and that's why she chose to wear it. (All the kids are wearing yellow t-shirts.) Now I feel stupid. If that's it, I think it's adorable that she made that choice.

Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 7:02 AM | Unregistered CommenterChristina

Whitehouse.gov has finally updated it's First Lady page so some of her events and videos are there now. It is not as current as the rest of the internet but at least now it has something up besides her bio.

Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 8:57 AM | Unregistered CommenterAnagrom

The Huffington Post website has a short slide show featuring Jill Biden's fashion from this week. It's in the Style section. She looks great!

Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 9:33 AM | Unregistered Commenterbmw

I don't know where I read this, but there's an article somewhere on the net, where she holds a little baby, and says she needs her "baby fix." LOL. Cute.

Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 10:04 AM | Unregistered CommenterIVA

I don't have anything to say about this outfit (good or bad) so I won't comment. On the other hand, I am waiting for tonight's outfit when she goes to Broadway with the Prez. It seems that our Mrs. O has become quite the New Yorker :)

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/05/29/obamas-to-hit-broadway-th_n_209310.html

Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 10:15 AM | Unregistered CommenterLilly

Lol... I dont know if it is due to difference in timezones, but there seem to be very early posts.
Mrs T, you can see how news hungry we are ...lol

Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 10:19 AM | Unregistered CommenterStylishgurl
Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 10:26 AM | Unregistered Commenterpeggy

She is the most warm, wonderful first lady ever. You can just tell from this picture how genuinely interested she is in this little girl. I also love the cardigan. She is just the best.

Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 11:11 AM | Unregistered CommenterME

More Mrs. O shopping inspiration... I'm going out to get me a white bag like the one Mrs. O has been carrying lately!

Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 11:26 AM | Unregistered CommenterIVA

Alsace, I thought I'd respond here to your comment from the Time Magazine post since you probably wouldn't see it there at this point (I've been away from internet for a while--sorry!). Regarding Platon, I see what you're saying about illustrations (you clearly know way more about these things then I do:). I'm glad you liked his stuff too; after I posted that info I went backed and looked at much of the site too, and I thought it was amazing--such an interesting perspective on the subjects.

Regarding the Time covers for different continents, WHAAAAAAAT??????? I had actually seen them lined up like that earlier and thought they looked a little different but thought it must be an optical illusion, but when I went back just now (you're right that it's not at the same URL now--you have to click "previous issue") I realized that you were absolutely right. That BLEW my MIND. Seriously, it makes me so angry. I have to take a deep breath or I will work myself up into a rage about it all over again. Whew!

Anyway, thanks for all of the interesting info.

As for this outfit, I am not a fan of the shirt, but her taste is certainly at least as valid as mine (she probably wouldn't like my shirt either!:), and as always I am fan of the First Lady herself, regardless of what she's wearing. It's so nice seeing another example of the the reciprocal visits idea she talked about in the Time interview.

Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 12:24 PM | Unregistered Commenterrachel

I will tell you what i love about her style. Sometimes she just likes to wear comfort (albeit she always looks nice) and doesn't have to be so formal like other first ladies. In doing so she doesn't intimidate. Imagine if you were a child in that classroom and saw her all brightly colored and yet accessible in her informal pants and top.

Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 1:17 PM | Unregistered Commentershelly

the pool report from this event is cute; apparently a handful of kids gave presentations about what they've learned from their garden project, and one gave a very enthusiastic report about the wonders of the carrot. my favorite picture is the one of Mrs. O with the adorable baby.

Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 1:28 PM | Unregistered Commentermoja31

I hope Mrs. O catches baby fever...yes I said it and I'm not taking it back. Sasha and Malia need a brother.

Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 2:15 PM | Unregistered CommenterThat Other Mimi

a little off-topic but it really jumped out at me, 8-) I must be the only Eugenian reading this morning . The ice cream shop in Eugene is Prince PUCKLER's (vs Picklers) -- a strange name, not surprised it got goobered up, but thought I'd correct, for the record. Now I have to go hunt the baby pic!

Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 2:47 PM | Unregistered Commenterchimene

Lol...That Other Mimi, you and me both!

Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 3:19 PM | Unregistered CommenterAudrey

@That Other Mimi,

LOL---no you can't take that back, but you should....date night doesn't have to mean baby night! Too funny, but I do like that wherever they visit, the places get alot of business and press.

I was looking at the Kennedy Center schedule, and their events are pretty meager throughout the year. With the Obamas in DC now, they should really get more broadway shows to come there now and should do some better advertising. Since date nights will become regular, the Lincoln Theater and the Kennedy Center need to get on the ball---they could become a "little NY" and a great boom for the theater industry. DC should do all it can to keep the Obamas nearby and generate tourist dollars. I'm sure Mrs. O and the Prez love to get out of town, and I don't blame them. But if DC is smart, they will capitalize and attract more of the businesses/theater groups that the Obamas patronize and turn DC into more than just a political hub. I'm planning a trip to DC this fall with my mother, and there's nothing worthwhile to me scheduled at the Kennedy or Lincoln Theaters. I would even lengthen my stay if they had some popular plays or shows---art museums and shows are my thing. I'm sure as time goes on, people will get used to the Obamas' active lifestyle and start catering to their interests more to bring in more people and tourists---anyway, they should if they're smart. The Obamas lived in Chicago and went out a lot, and I know Mrs. O just loves busy and active New York.

Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 3:21 PM | Unregistered CommenterJanelle

The funniest thing about the Time mag, that I couldn't find it anywhere. Maybe it was only on line and not for sale in the stores. I don't know!

Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 3:41 PM | Unregistered Commenterpeggy

Pictures of the Obama's departing to NYC on up on yahoo

Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 4:00 PM | Unregistered Commenteredwina

Hey Janelle, welcome to my neck of the woods in the fall! I hope you and your mother have a great time. I just wanted to mention: the Kennedy Center and the Lincoln Theater are important venues, but by no means are they the only game in town when it comes to theater. There's the Studio Theater, the Shakespeare Theater Company (which has a gorgeous new stage), Woolly Mammoth, Arena Stage, Ford's Theater...and if you were able to get just a little bit into the suburbs, theres Signature Theater in Northern Virginia, Round House Theatre in Bethesda Md, and I'm sure I'm forgetting as many theaters as I've named. A lot of these places may not play the big blockbuster shows like the Lion King, but there's so much more wonderful work out there than just those kinds of shows. I think that DC has a wonderful theater scene, and I look forward to the Obamas sampling it during their time here -- and I hope you get a chance to do so as well!

Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 4:02 PM | Unregistered CommenterChristina

only saw the back of the dress as they walked to the helicopter but it looked great from what i could tell. apparently the president spent the morning being a soccer dad again; lol i love this family.

Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 4:03 PM | Unregistered Commentermoja31

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