.. Rep. John Lewis and former First Lady Laura Bush
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama attend the groundbreaking ceremony for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall in Washington, DC. Scheduled to open in 2015, the museum will be the only national museum to be entirely devoted to African American life, art, history and culture.
I think most of you have probably seen this video already, but for some reason HuffyPo and others think it’s only just appeared – it’s been on YouTube since March 2009, someone else just copied it and posted it two days ago!
AP: Dresses, china and mementos dating back to days when Americans referred to the first lady as “lady presidentress” or “republican queen” will return to view Saturday at the National Museum of American History, along with Michelle Obama’s dashing inaugural gown as a centerpiece.
The new exhibition “The First Ladies” features 26 dresses and about 160 other objects ranging from Martha Washington’s White House collection to a first look at Laura Bush’s china. It’s the 10th version of the first ladies exhibit in nearly 100 years. The last one closed in October as the museum moves historic objects out of its west wing for a major renovation beginning early next year.
First lady Michelle Obama and inaugural dress designer Jason Wu at the Smithsonian Museum of American History on March 9, 2010 in Washington, DC. Mrs. Obama continues a long tradition of first lady’s who have donated their inaugural gown to be on display at the Smithsonian.
Giant panda Tai Shan tugs in the snow at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park February 3, 2010 in Washington, DC. Wednesday was Tai Shan’s last day at the zoo before being shipped to the Chengdu Panda Breeding Research Center in China. He was born at the zoo in 2005. Under a deal between China and the U.S. , all giant pandas originally from China are only on loan to foreign zoos and any cubs they produce must all return to China eventually.