First Lady Ponders First Women Before Her
By DeNeen L. Brown
First lady Michelle Obama hosted a White House dinner on Thursday night for 110 girls from local high schools, as well for the celebrities she had invited to Washington to go into schools and talk to students about reaching their dreams. The celebrities were seated among the students at round tables with fine china and place cards. Deep purple flowers sat in shallow vases on the tables. Sheryl Crow and Alicia Keys were set to perform later in the evening. The first lady took the stage and spoke of all the firsts sitting in the room, such as the first woman to dunk a basketball in the WNBA, the first woman of color to go into space and the first African American woman to be the ambassador to the United Nations.
"And then there's me, the first lady," Obama said. "As I look around the room into the faces of the young women who joined us today, I can't help but wonder who among us will be the next first."
Posted at 8:12 PM ET on Mar 20, 2009
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