July 23rd, 2012
03:03 PM ET
First Lady to lead U.S. delegation to London Olympics
(CNN) – The White House held a conference call on Monday to release the details of First Lady Michelle Obama's visit to London as the head of the U.S. delegation to the 2012 Olympic Games. Joining the first lady as part of the delegation will be former Olympics and Paralympics athletes Brandi Chastain, Dominique Dawes, Gabriel Diaz de Leon, Grant Hill and Summer Sanders.
“Leading our nation's delegation and traveling to London is truly a dream come true,” Obama said. “If anybody had asked me when I was 10, or 11 or 20 or actually 40 whether I'd be doing this I would have said not. Some of my fondest memories when I was young and not so young involved watching the Olympics on TV and cheering on Team USA and as part of this trip and my Lets Move! initiative to solve the problem of childhood obesity I decided that I wanted to turn that Olympic spirit and inspiration into action by using these games as a way to get more kids up and moving.”
The first lady will head to London on Thursday, and her official visit will begin with an informal breakfast for U.S. Olympians on Friday. Later in the morning, Obama will host a Let's Move! event for the children of American service members stationed in London as well as American and British students. Athletes such as David Beckham, Nadia Comaneci, Shawn Johnson, Carl Lewis, and Dikembe Mutombo will also attend the event.
According the White House, “Nickelodeon, The NBA and USA Basketball, U.S. Tennis Association, USA Field Hockey, USA Track and Field, Manchester United and Right to Play will provide sports stations for kids to get into the Olympic spirit by getting active.”
On Friday evening, the first lady will attend a reception at Buckingham Palace hosted by Queen Elizabeth II for visiting heads of state.
On Saturday, Mrs. Obama will meet with Samantha Cameron – wife of British Prime Minister David Cameron – before attending Olympic events. And on Sunday she will deliver remarks at a brunch for the U.S. Olympic Committee, U.S. Olympic alumni athletes and Team USA supporters at the U.S. ambassador's residence. Before departing on Sunday afternoon, the first lady will greet American military families stationed at Mildenhall Air Force Base.
Politics aside for a moment. Look at these 2 line ups! Just one word! Very impressive! OK, two words! The usual suspects will either get tingly over this or froth at the mouth! As for me, very simply, this is pretty cool! I recognize every name twith the exception of ms. Diaz de Leon. For teh most part, anyone of us would love to meet these folks! REGARDLESS of politics!
So much hard work to be able to participate in the Olympics. So many inspiring personal stories. Thank you all for showing us the incredible spirit it takes to rise above the most difficult tasks and reach for the best of what mankind can be. I am rooting for every single person.
Here we go again – another Obama off to either play or watch sporting events while the rest of REAL AMERICA are off to work. When will they learn. In times of trouble, Wall Street dropping like a rock, price of gas up 30 cents in less than 10 days, a mass murder in a Co theatre, bombing of tourists, no budget, .... the real leaders focus on solving problems, not go play golf, or basketball or go to sporting events. How dare the Obamas say they are for middle America & then act as the elitists they claim to despise!
OH NOES, THE WORLD IS ENDING AND THE FIRST LADY IS GOING TO THE OLYMPICS AS PART OF THE OFFICIAL DELEGATION THAT HAPPENS ON EVERY OLYMPICS. THE OUTRAGE! THE HORROR! WHAT IS MICHELLE THINKING FLYING A PLANE TO LONDON WITH THE PRICE OF GAS SOOOO HIGH AND IT IS ALL HER HUSBANDS FAULT! AND THE STOCKS!!!! MY GOD THE STOCKS ARE FALLING BECAUSE BARACK VISITED AURORA, CO AND THEN SPOKE TO OUR VETERANS AFTERWARDS! WHAT ELSE? OH YEAH, JERRY SANDUSKY WOULD NOT HAVE BECOME A PEDOPHILE IF ONLY OBAMA STOPPED WITH THE BRACKETOLOGY!!!
thank you illustrating the short sightness of it all. No stocks don't fall because the prez visits Co – they fall because Washington fails to provide leadership & stability – no budget – no stability. Ditto on the gas prices. No the world is not ending because Mrs goes to the olympics, but the perception of the Obama taking so much leisure time when there is so much needing to be done in Washington. And your Sandusky comment is just pure as*nine. Let me just think like you & sit back and say everything is just fine. Hugh Dumas
WHY DO YOU ASSUME THIS IS LEISURE TIME? THIS IS A DUTY OF A DELEGATE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA TO THE WORLD WHICH IS WHAT THE OLYMPICS IS ALL ABOUT. YOU EVEN FAIL TO SEE THE EVENTS THAT ARE BEING SPONSORED HERE WHICH ARE AN EXTENSION OF THE FIRST LADY'S BATTLE AGAINST CHILD OBESITY. YOU CAN RAIL ABOUT OBAMA ALL YOU WANT FOR WHATEVER FAILURES YOU CLAIM BUT THIS IS HARDLY A CASE FOR ANY OF THAT. FAR FROM IT.
ALSO, LET'S COUNT HOW MANY VACATION DAYS THE PRESIDENT AND HIS FAMILY HAS TAKEN COMPARED TO HIS PREDECESSORS. YOU'LL BE IN FOR A SHOCK.
1. The market isn't "down". so wrong.
2. Federal Spending is at its LOWEST since Eisenhower in OBAMA'S TERM. so you're wrong again.
3. How could you possibly correlate Obama with the shooting at Colorado? With that logic then every single murder in every single U.S city should be Obama's fault, right? Oh yeah you realize how ridiculous you sound? Just stop being complicated and join the right team already. Do some research, the world is at your fingertips, literally.
Maybe she is going to support ann romneys dancing horse!
proud to have the first lady representing our country. USA is the land of opportunity and she proves this. Forward 2012
America needs, and deserves a better first lady ... and a better President.
AMERICA DISAGREES WITH YOU. I KNOW BECAUSE HE JUST TEXTED ME.
No matter the politics, this First Lady is the best, most down to earth, warmest First Lady I have ever seen. She has represented all women and there will never be anyone like her. I know everything has to be picked to pieces, there will never be a perfect President or First Lady. No one will ever be satisfied but at the very least you can see this family is real and their actions speaks volume. When you look at people's faces and the hugs she gives, you can tell she cares. I love the combo power of First Lady Michelle and Dr. Jill Biden. You can't fake the looks on people's faces. I have never seen so much support for the Military other than photos of First Lady Elenor Roosevelt. I'm glad she is going over to London to represent the USA. Keep doing what you First Lady Michelle Obama.
I really could care less if obama's wife is at the OLYMPICS. As long as she remembers it is about the AMERICAN athletes not her or her husband. The Athletes have worked hard to be there It is THEIR time to shine. not obama or his wife.
I wonder why the Conservatives only have a problem when it is Michelle Obama doing these things, They were all silent when Laura Bush went to China for the Games, they are silent now Mitt and Ann Romney are heading for the Olympics to see their ballet horse.
It's interesting that michelle obama is suddenly very proud of her country. Does she really think that Americans have forgotten what she said when her incompetent husband was campaigning..."I've never been proud of my country"...this is not forgotten...I can't imagine ever saying that about America...I love my country no matter what the circumstances and so do most Americans.
WHAT HAPPENED TO HER SAYING ON OPRAH SHOW (WE ARE JUST COMMON PEOPLE AND LOVE TO JUST SIT ON THE SIDELINES). LAST TIME SHE WENT TO THE OLYMPIC COMMITTE WE COULD NOT EVEN GET IN THE TOP 10 FOR THE GAMES. HA HA HER AND OPRAH DID IT THEN HA HA ALSO HER COMMENT (FOR THE 1ST TIME IN MY LIFE I AM PROUD OF AMERICA) WE ARE NOT VERY PROUD OF HER ACTIONS
And as I said last month, another excuse for a tax payer paid vacation for the Obama's that is not going to keep U.S. Dollars inside our borders. I wonder how many of her friends she's going to be taking that we the tax payers will be flipping the bill for. Nothing like taking vacations when the country is broke and most can't get out of the city yet alone the state, but she can travel.
No offense, but Big Whoop!