Michelle Obama headed to Africa
June 3rd, 2011
12:51 PM ET
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Michelle Obama headed to Africa

(CNN) – First lady Michelle Obama is slated to make a goodwill trip to Africa later this month, the White House announced Friday, part of her ongoing efforts to be a forceful advocate for emerging leaders abroad.

The official state visit, from June 21-26, will include stops in Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa, and Gaborone, Botswana, and is aimed at promoting education, health and wellness in addition to leadership. The first lady has engaged in similar efforts during past trips to Brazil, Chile, El Salvador, India, Mexico and the United Kingdom.

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  1. diridi

    cut spending....we do not need this needless trip....lady, first set yourself example....nation is under financial stress...not pleasure trips....we still love obama.....it does not mean, you need to go on trips...and enjoy...o.k,

    June 3, 2011 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  2. Common Sense

    What a dynamic team, President & Michelle Obama....2012!!! I pray much success for you guys as you represnt us well, thank God for y'all!

    June 3, 2011 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  3. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    Is it because SHE was born there? LOL. :)

    June 3, 2011 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  4. AZ DEM

    Obama's secret weapon come 2012 Michelle Obama...ooops did I just spoil the suprise?!?!

    June 3, 2011 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  5. Get A Grip

    Hey, why not another vacation for Michelle Obama. After all, she's not the one paying for it. We are, the hard working taxpayer.

    Gee, and to think her husband has preached how we should all cut back, vacation less, save money in these rough times of high unemployment, high gas prices, high food prices, etc. Oh wait, mybad, we should be cutting back and tightening our belts, not the Obama's. Sure would be nice if these two would practice what they preach. And that carbon footprint we're told to be careful of. Well, guess what? We should all worry about it, but not the Obama's.

    June 3, 2011 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  6. GI Joe

    Good for her.

    Laura Bush had to stay with W 24/7 to keep him out of the liquor cabinet (his favorite cabinet while president).

    June 3, 2011 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  7. bb

    Love you, Michelle!

    June 3, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  8. maikl

    Just spend money.We got a lot, but many don't have money for zoo.

    June 3, 2011 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  9. Gale

    Yep, she will be wanting the Nobel Peace Prize next for all the wonderful peaces she has brought about. Mo money!

    June 3, 2011 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  10. Larry

    Take the plate with you. Spend more money, Obumer can just print more for you to go play with.

    June 3, 2011 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  11. 7hawaii

    I hope she looks for a new home while she is there.

    June 3, 2011 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  12. obama victim

    hope she stays

    June 3, 2011 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  13. bill

    Is she looking for a new job?

    June 3, 2011 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  14. Darla (Edmonton, Canada)

    Before all the loons come out complaining about Mrs. Obama making this trip ... just one question:

    Who would you rather have representing your country - Mrs. Obama or Sarah Palin or Michelle Bachmann?

    Frankly, protect your country's reputation ... Mrs. Obama raises your profile and spreads goodwill. The other two are just escapees from the GOP asylum.

    June 3, 2011 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    Oh man...I can just see the lights flickering on and off in the Teatrolls heads right now..."Do I comment and tell her to stay there or is that totally racist? maybe if I just say something knee-jerk about Kenya and visiting Obama's place of birth? yeah, that's the ticket...then I can just cry foul and claim that anyone pointing out that I have no respect for black people is playing the 'race card' and that THEY are the one who is a racist." Don't think about it too hard, mey tinfoil hatted brethren. We already know what you're thinking. Your hive-mind thoughts are the most transparent thing in politics.

    June 3, 2011 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  16. STEVE HEISER

    I hope its a one-way ticket-steve

    June 3, 2011 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |