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Michelle Obama's artistic thank you to Svetlana Medvedev

Russia's first lady Svetlana Medvedeva and first lady Michelle Obama watch a dance and music program at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington Thursday. (AP/Jacquelyn Martin)

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!"

By The Reliable Source  |  June 25, 2010; 1:04 AM ET
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I can't imagine a little song and dance could have strengthened our ties to Russia than all the concessions Barrack gave exchange for what, the main ingredient in Chicken Kiev? just think what he'll give them now. By the way, Michelle is as convinced of her importance as her husband is of his. So the woman who was never "proud of her country" until a couple years ago entertains someone who is as relevant as Joe Biden's wife and she's "streghthening our ties with Russia"! I can't wait until she gets a few of Ahmadinijhad's wives over here.

Posted by: buggerianpaisley1 | June 26, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Why on earth attack Michelle Obama for reciprocating a gracious gesture with another gracious gesture--and giving talented young people a valuable experience? Of couse it's not as important as nuclear disarmament, but any warmth between nations is a good thing.

Posted by: MaineWoman | June 26, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Ellington School of the Arts is a national treasure. Thank you Mrs. Obama for showing it off to Mrs. Medvedev. Getting along as individuals makes the complex job of diplomacy a bit easier.

Posted by: Dick_Tuck | June 27, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Mrs. Obama will never be able to satisfy the bigots; and I believe sooner or later she will realize the hatred of the GOPers that can not help themselves from displaying their out right racism toward them.

Posted by: cwholcomb1 | June 27, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

I can't imagine that buggerianpaisley1 knows what a human friendship feels like...

Posted by: rwolf01 | June 27, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

BuggerPaisley is a f#cking retard - like all right-wingers. Who gives a sh!t what they think. I sure don't.

Posted by: chert | June 28, 2010 1:15 AM | Report abuse

Teeheehee...tee hee...


Look, you fleas...we are the are nothing...


No wonder Michelle Obama no longer has a law license.

Posted by: joesmithdefend | June 29, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

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