"Making a SPLASH across the Pond".

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    Apr 02, 2009 4:51 PM GMT

    Is this First lady awsome or what! You go Michelle! To win over the British Press! WOW!


    Michelle Obama charms queen away from protocol
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    LONDON – Michelle Obama has done what few others have managed — getting Queen Elizabeth II to break protocol.

    The first lady arrived Wednesday with President Barack Obama. After separate meetings on the eve of the G-20 summit, the couple attended an evening reception for world leaders hosted by the queen.

    Mrs. Obama clearly made an impression with the 82-year-old monarch — so much that the smiling queen strayed from protocol and put her arm around the first lady in a rare public show of affection.

    It was the first time Mrs. Obama — who is nearly a foot taller — had met the queen. The first lady also embraced her.

    A Buckingham Palace spokesman who asked not to be identified because of palace policy said he could not remember the last time that the queen had displayed such public affection with a first lady or dignitary.

    "It was a mutual and spontaneous display of affection," he said. "We don't issue instructions on not touching the queen."

    When the former Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating put his arm around the queen in 1992, the tabloids dubbed him the "Lizard of Oz." When his successor, John Howard, was accused of doing the same, a spokesman insisted: "We firmly deny that there was any contact whatsoever." In 2007, President Bush gave the queen a sly wink during a visit she paid to the United States.

    The Daily Mail said the "two women clearly took to each other."

    Wednesday's reception was followed by a dinner at Prime Minister Gordon Brown's Downing Street home, where the leaders' spouses were joined by notable British women, including "Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling and Olympic gold medal runner Kelly Holmes.

    "Michelle walks in and she is as she seems," Holmes told reporters Thursday. "So warm, engaging, a beautiful, beautiful lady — and I quickly got my photo in the middle of her and Sarah Brown," the prime minister's wife.

    Mrs. Obama also seemed to win over the often feral British press.

    The last time a first lady made such a hit in Britain was last year with French President Nicolas Sarkozy's wife, the former fashion model wife and songwriter Carla Bruni.

    But on Thursday, London's Times newspaper wrote "Carla who?"

    The BBC described Mrs. Obama as her husband's co-star rather than supporting act — appropriate for a Harvard-educated lawyer.

    "She seems to be a good role model," said onlooker Rebecca Smith, who waited outside Buckingham Palace Wednesday to catch a glimpse of the Obamas.

    "A strong, intelligent woman, I think she'll go down very well here," Smith told the BBC. "Michelle Obama has a strong aura about her, a bit like Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis."

    Mrs. Obama attended a rehearsal at the Royal Opera House on Thursday with the other spouses and guests. The program included music by Handel and a dance performance by Ballet Black, a troupe set up to give performing opportunities to black and Asian classical dancers.

    Wearing a bright blue dress by Jason Wu — who designed her inauguration gown — Mrs. Obama posed for photographs with Sarah Brown, Therese Rein, wife of Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso's wife Chikako Aso, and Laureen Harper, who is married to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, on the stage of the opera house.

    Mrs. Obama had other events in London planned for later Thursday. She visited a cancer center with other spouses Wednesday.

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    Apr 02, 2009 6:26 PM GMT
    Ducky45 said
    Mrs. Obama clearly made an impression with the 82-year-old monarch — so much that the smiling queen strayed from protocol and put her arm around the first lady in a rare public show of affection.

    It was the first time Mrs. Obama — who is nearly a foot taller — had met the queen. The first lady also embraced her.

    A Buckingham Palace spokesman who asked not to be identified because of palace policy said he could not remember the last time that the queen had displayed such public affection with a first lady or dignitary.

    It's prolly because Pres. Obama mentioned how much Michelle was looking forward to meeting the Queen. The poor Queen gets dissed so much, even by her own subjects, that it prolly gladened her heart to hear that someone really appreciated her.

    Thank god we have the Obamas to heal the horrible image Bush has given the US!
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    Apr 02, 2009 6:53 PM GMT
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    Ducky45 said
    Mrs. Obama clearly made an impression with the 82-year-old monarch — so much that the smiling queen strayed from protocol and put her arm around the first lady in a rare public show of affection.

    It was the first time Mrs. Obama — who is nearly a foot taller — had met the queen. The first lady also embraced her.

    A Buckingham Palace spokesman who asked not to be identified because of palace policy said he could not remember the last time that the queen had displayed such public affection with a first lady or dignitary.

    It's prolly because Pres. Obama mentioned how much Michelle was looking forward to meeting the Queen. The poor Queen gets dissed so much, even by her own subjects, that it prolly gladened her heart to hear that someone really appreciated her.

    Thank god we have the Obamas to heal the horrible image Bush has given the US!


    Umm no she doesn't. We just diss the other royals.
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    Apr 02, 2009 8:21 PM GMT
    Caslon10000 saidThe poor Queen gets dissed so much, even by her own subjects, that it prolly gladened her heart to hear that someone really appreciated her.

    No we don't, some don't agree that the Queen should be our head of state but no one ever really utters a bad word about her.
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    Apr 02, 2009 8:25 PM GMT
    Interesting that Mrs O was being villified for braking protocol and touching the queen - until the queen issued her statement - Now it's all wonderfulicon_exclaim.gificon_rolleyes.gif

    queen better be careful though coz you know what happens once you go blackicon_exclaim.gificon_biggrin.gificon_razz.gif
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    Apr 02, 2009 8:30 PM GMT
    Black Guy,

    I was in your corner until that last statement...ugh!icon_rolleyes.gificon_rolleyes.gif
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    Apr 02, 2009 8:32 PM GMT
    Blackguy4you saidonce you go blackicon_exclaim.gificon_biggrin.gificon_razz.gif
    You can then say you've put your arm around a black person??? WOW something to write home about there!
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    Apr 02, 2009 8:37 PM GMT
    Ducky45 saidBlack Guy,

    I was in your corner until that last statement...ugh!icon_rolleyes.gificon_rolleyes.gif


    Ducky- chillicon_exclaim.gif surely you noticed the smiley faces after the comment

    Not to say that it isn't trueicon_razz.gificon_biggrin.gif
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    Apr 02, 2009 11:44 PM GMT
    I hadn't caught on to how cool Michelle Obama is until this visit. She's clearly one to watch.

    I think the 'hug' with the Queen is actually pretty touching. (Or am I just over-reacting?)