March 3rd, 2011
03:35 PM ET
WASHINGTON (CNN) –First lady Michelle Obama and first lady Margarita Zavala of Mexico took time Thursday morning to visit and read to kids at a local bilingual elementary school. At the Oyster-Adams Bilingual Elementary School all instruction is conducted in both English and Spanish, so this producer was one of the few in the room who did not understand the Mexican first lady when she read to the children in Spanish “The Whale Song."
Michelle Obama, reading in English, continued with her Dr. Seuss theme for the week by reading “A Cat in the Hat." (Yesterday she read Seuss’ “Green Eggs and Ham” at the Library of Congress.) Mrs. Obama added her own commentary as she read the book, mentioning that her own girls better not use one of her dresses as a kite, one of the mischievous antics in the book.
One lesson the first ladies learned from a similar visit last year, don’t take questions from cute little kids. Last May they made a joint visit to another Washington area school, and a young girl told Mrs. Obama that her mother said President Obama was ”taking everybody away that doesn’t have papers.” The question steamrolled into an immigration controversy the White House had not anticipated.
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