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First Ladies Who Lunch

(Official White House Photo by Samantha Appleton)

Michelle Obama and Nancy Reagan finally got a chance to get to know each other. The two first ladies had lunch in the White House residence today, where they dined for more than an hour and "had a lovely conversation," according to the White House.

By The Reliable Source  |  June 3, 2009; 6:16 PM ET
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How sweet of Michelle to have lunch with Nancy after Nancy revealed she had felt snubbed by Obama during the signing of the stem-cell research go ahead. Everyone feels better now.

Posted by: zen99 | June 3, 2009 10:25 PM | Report abuse

Class shows it's above politics.

Posted by: msjn1 | June 4, 2009 9:04 AM | Report abuse

Please...please...Mrs. Obama please restore the beautiful French 19th century scenic wallpaper that was in the President's Dining Room. It was always one of the most beautiful rooms in the private family residence. Installed at the direction of Mrs, Kennedy, it shows the history of the American War for Independence. The current damask on the walls just shows the last administration's lack of historical knowledge. Allan Reyes Palm Beach

Posted by: allan6 | June 4, 2009 9:40 AM | Report abuse

allan6, might you be thinking of another room? I was interested in seeing a photo of your description, but the site says this room was an office during the Kennedy administration:

Posted by: ShaniG | June 4, 2009 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Exciting! How nice to see they're doing First Lady-like things, rather than getting involved in political issues, etc. I feel much better now.

Posted by: Sutter | June 4, 2009 12:52 PM | Report abuse

One of the things I like best about Michelle Obama is that she's not afraid to do traditional "First Lady" things if she feels like it, without worrying about whether people will criticize her for conforming to outdated female stereotypes. Maybe this shows that we've reached the point where women really can play whatever role they want--including being a traditional First Lady.

Posted by: swmuva | June 4, 2009 1:08 PM | Report abuse

To ShaniG: The President's Dining Room is the bedroom suite on the northwest side (second floor) of the White House. It was chosen by Mrs. Kennedy and her interior designer Sister Parish to be the second floor dining so that the family would not have to go downstairs to the State Floor to use the Family Dining Room (Mrs. Kennedy's least favorite room in the White House)directly under this room. You can see the room's original design in any vintage White House guide book. Or you can also find the book in the first Parish-Hadley Book under the "White House" chapter. Every first family has used this second floor dining room for the last 49 years. Hope this helps. Allan Reyes Palm Beach.

Posted by: allan6 | June 4, 2009 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Alan6 is absolutely correct. This room was not an office. Jacqueline Kennedy also had a kitchen installed in the NW corner of the WH as the WH kitchen is on the ground floor. When this bedroom next door, (where Alice Roosevelt's appendix was removed), was converted into the dining room, Mrs. Kennedy had the scenic wallpaper hung. Betty Ford had it removed (or covered), only to be re-installed (or uncovered) by Rosalyn Carter. It remained until Hillary Clinton hung a new covering held by batons as the scenic paper was far too fragile according to experts, to be removed again. At least it is preserved underneath. Laura Bush then changed Hillary Clinton's wall covering, though not historical, not horrible like the present wall covering. But, I agree with Alan6. Mrs. Obama, please take this dreadful wall covering down & bring back the historic wallpaper. Mrs. Obama is probably waiting a respectable amount of time before putting her imprint on WH decor. Mrs. Bush did more redecorating during 43's second term.

Posted by: gourleymusician | June 4, 2009 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Are we allowed to comment negatively about Mrs. Obama's cardigan/shell eyesore or is that not allowed? I know she is a trendsetter/fashion leader, but come on, it's atrocious.

Posted by: jiboo | June 4, 2009 3:59 PM | Report abuse

I agree with jiboo about the cardigan & shell combo. The cardigan is too small, and combining stripes with that print isn't working.

Obama has been disrespectful to Mrs. Reagan on at least two occasions, so it's nice to see that she was gracious enough to forgive him.

Posted by: WashingtonDame | June 4, 2009 10:59 PM | Report abuse

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