The first family spent Friday night at a lodge in Montana where Obama went fly-fishing -no, he didn’t catch any fish – and Michelle, Malia and Sasha went white-water rafting.
The next day they took a helicopter ride to Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming and accompanied by his sister Maya Soetoro-Ng her husband Konrad and their daughter, the party drove through the park in a motorcade, took an official tour with Park Ranger Katy Duffy and even stopped at the Old Faithful General Store where the President and Malia deliberated over which flavor ice cream to purchase.
Next stop on Obama’s weekend tour -Grand Canyon National Park.
The Obamas may be American royalty, but they’re spending their time as Parisian tourists this week.
Wrapping up his six-day trip abroad to the Middle East, Germany and the beaches of Normandy, the President joined First Lady Michelle and Malia and Sasha at the U.S. ambassador’s residence in Paris, where they’re staying.
The First Family’s tour of Paris began early Saturday evening at the Notre Dame cathedral, while on Sunday (which was Sasha’s 8th birthday) they took in the city’s best view atop the Pompidou Center.
“I would love nothing more than to have a leisurely week in Paris, stroll down the Seine, take my wife out to a nice meal, have a picnic in Luxembourg Gardens,” he said after taking his wife to dinner near the Eiffel Tower. “Those days are over, for the moment.”
The First Puppy has made his White House debut on Tuesday among a gaggle of photogs snapping Portuguese water dog Bo Obama, the President, First Lady Michelle and First Daughters Malia and Sasha.
“I love him,” Malia Obama, 10, said of her 6-month old pup. “He’s perfect.”
But scene-stealer Sasha, 7, called him out on his one flaw: “He doesn’t know how to swim!”
President Obama was obviously impressed with Bo–a gift from Sen. Edward Kennedy–said, “He’s a star. He’s got star quality.” But no matter how intrigued, the president, when asked where Bo will sleep, answered, “Not with me.”
In an open letter to Sasha, 7, and Malia Obama, 10, President Bush’s twin daughters Jenna and Barbara offer their own advice to the new First Daughters.
While the Bush twins tell the girls to “absorb it all, enjoy it all” when it comes to the White House and the culture that D.C. has to offer, from sliding “down the banister of the solarium” to attending the “Kennedy Center for theater,” they have one piece of advice that holds above anything else:
“Here is our most important piece of advice,” they write. “Remember who your dad really is.”
First Lady Michelle Obama donned a shimmering yellow wool sheath dress and matching coat by Cuban American designer Isabel Toledo to the inauguration of her husband Barack Obama.
Michelle discovered the work of 47 year-old Toledo through Ikram Goldman, a Chicago-based boutique shop that carries her other favored designers -Thakoon and Narciso Rodriguez.
Toledo says Michelle chose the lemongrass-colored dress for the optimism it represents.
Topping off her outfit, Michelle sported a pair of green leather gloves from J.Crew and green Jimmy Choo kitten heel pumps.
Daughters Malia and Sasha also wore pieces from J.Crew’s children’s line Crewcuts. Ten year-old Malia wore a double-breasted periwinkle-blue coat with a blue-ribbon bow at the waist and her sister Sashs,7, wore a pink coat with orange scarf and matching satin belt.
The evening’s inaugural balls saw Michelle in a white one-shoulder floor length gown by 26 year-old Taiwanese-born designer Jason Wu. A young designer who has only been showing collections since 2006, Wu found out his dress had been selected like everyone else did when the First-Lady walked out in it.
President Obama showed off his wife to a cheering crowd saying, “First of all, how good-looking is my wife?”
The First Couple danced to the song “At Last,” a 1940s song made famous by blues singer Etta James.