Michelle Obama's artistic thank you to Svetlana Medvedev
Michelle Obama displayed her skill for cultural diplomacy -- and social reciprocity -- when she invited Russian first lady Svetlana Medvedev to an afternoon of song and dance Thursday at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts. Students at the Georgetown campus danced to Prokofiev and Cassandra Wilson and sang odes to their school's famous namesake and to New York City -- and jaws dropped when student Victoria Davis performed a dazzling version of George Gershwin's "Summertime," reports our colleague Robin Givhan.
The performance was a thank you to Medvedev, who invited Obama to a recital by the Moiseyev Dance Company when she visited Moscow last summer.
"It was wonderful. So I wanted to treat her to something special," Obama said when the two first ladies stepped onstage to thank the students. "You did me proud, Duke Ellington. Just in this performance you've strengthened the bonds between two great nations. Imagine that!"
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June 25, 2010; 1:04 AM ET
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