HOH’s One-Minute Recess: Where in the World Is Michelle Obama?

Posted June 21, 2011 at 11:30am

These days first lady Michelle Obama is the chic version of the classic kids’ book “Where’s Waldo?”

Last week she was in Los Angeles guest starring on the Nickelodeon hit television show “iCarly.” This week? Tooling around South Africa with the fam.

Obama invited (and paid for) her two daughters (Malia and Sasha), her niece and nephew (Avery and Leslie Robinson), and her mother (Marian Robinson) to accompany her on her first official trip to Africa.

First stop while in South Africa: meeting Nelson Mandela, 92, and his wife. (The iconic leader was hospitalized in January and has been out of the public eye since. Apparently, Mandela met the President Barack Obama in 2006 and has a cellphone picture of the occasion hanging in his office.)

In the afternoon, the first lady, Malia and Sasha visited Zandspruit Township Daycare Center.

“So we brought a gift,” she told the kids. “We brought you lots of books, some of my favorite books, some of the president’s favorite books, some of Malia and Sasha’s favorite books.” To sum up: Obama brought many books, and some are better liked by certain family members. Moving on.

“This is called ‘The Cat in the Hat,’” she said. “I used to read this book to Malia and Sasha all the time when they were little. I don’t know if they remember.”

For those who have forgotten what this literary rite of passage is about, the first lady reminds us in a long sentence.

“It’s about a little boy and a little girl who are home all day by themselves, and it was raining outside, and they were very bored, and they got a visitor that wasn’t invited. And he caused a lot of interesting stuff to go on.”

Yikes. It sounds like the plot of a terrifying horror flick when she puts it that way.

“OK, you ready?” she asked. “Malia, take it away.”

And the three Obama ladies read the book for the class.