The Obamas celebrate Diwali
November 7th, 2010
01:42 PM ET

The Obamas celebrate Diwali

From a pool report by Jonathan Weisman from the Wall Street Journal

We were hustled downstairs for the main event into an auditorium festooned for Diwali in flowered wreaths and strings of lights draped from the walls. Children were dressed in bright Indian garb, salwar khamez, and traditional Koli clothes. The President and First Lady were handed candles to light the Diwali alter, which won them a round of applause. A girl told the couple that Diwali celebrates the triumph of light over darkness, to send out "a way powerful message. So sit back and enjoy."

They were then treated to some awesome, synchronized dances, lots of spinning and hand movements. "Outstanding." When the kids beckoned, the First Lady jumped up to join. The President resisted. His wife did a remarkable job keeping up with the kids. Then he gave in, did some not-terribly graceful shuffling," then threw in the towel and gathered the kids around for photos. The damage was done however. Great film.

Topics: India • Michelle Obama • President Obama

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