- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 11, 2009


First lady Michelle Obama on Tuesday said she and her husband are now Washingtonians and that means they plan to get involved in the city, as she visited with a group of teenagers at a health care center in Adams Morgan and told them she was once in their shoes.

“We’ve been visitors but now we live here. This is our community now,” she said at Mary’s Center.

“We were taught you have to get to know your community you’re in, and you have to be a part of that community and you have to get to know it in order to be actively engaged in it. D.C. is our community now and it’s our home.”

Mrs. Obama told the children, nine teenagers ages 16 to 18 who were at the center for an after-school program, she used to be “somewhat where you are.”

“I didn’t come to this position with a lot of wealth and a lot of resources. I think it’s real important for young kids, particularly kids who come from communities without resources to see me,” she said. “Not the first lady but to see that there is no magic to me sitting here. There are no miracles that happen.”

She also met with the center’s staff and got down on a purple rug in a classroom to read a book “Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See” to a group of children ages 3 to 5.

Last week, as two of his top administration nominees were withdrawing from consideration because of tax problems, President Obama and his wife got away from the White House to read “Moon Over Star” at Capital City Public Charter School.

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