First Lady Michelle Obama has arrived in London in patriotic fashion, stepping out in a pair of outfits featuring Team USA’s signature red, white and blue. Obama is leading the U.S. Presidential Delegation during the Olympic Games in London, while the President Obama remains in Washington.
She stopped in at Team USA’s University of East London training facility for breakfast, decked out in a red and white striped jacket. The First Lady delivered a speech to the athletes, before stepping down for some quality time with them.
“I was just in awe of these athletes and my family, we would sit together for hours watching these men and women perform feats of endurance, speed and grace that would have us cheering at the top of our lungs,” Obama told her audience. “This summer, people across America are going to be supporting Team USA and not just by cheering you on from our living rooms, but by striving to live up to the example that you have set.”
Just hours later, she was promoting her Let’s Move campaign at a separate event, sporting a cooler blue outfit at Winfield House in Regent’s Park. Winfield is the home to U.S. Ambassador Louis Susman, who was in attendance along with David Beckham and other sports stars. The Let’s Move event brought in about 1,000 American military children, along with American and British students. A marching band played the University of Florida fight song as she took the stage.
“I’m so excited. I am thrilled to be here on London for the 2012 Olympic games,” she told the crowd. “I am proud to be leading the U.S. delegation to the opening ceremony.”
Olympic legend Carl Lewis was on hand for autographs, as well as former NBA star Dikembe Mutombo, a representative of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Obama joined in the fun and games with the children on the park lawn, showcasing her soccer talents. Still on the agenda for the First Lady in her first day in London are a reception at Buckingham Palace for the heads of state, and the official Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games.