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Michelle Obama makes colorful Botswana visit

Saturday, June 25, 2011 - 02:00

June 24 - U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama focuses on children, women and democracy in Botswana. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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U.S First Lady Michelle Obama lands in Botswana Friday making her first stop at the Baylor Children's Centre where she joined young children painting a mural. The children's clinical center provides care and treatment to more than 4,000 children with HIV/AIDS, it was the first of its kind to be opened in Africa. The next stop for the First Lady, a woman's leadership lunch at the Sanitas Tea Garden, where she received an enthusiastic welcome. When she addressed the luncheon she spoke of Botswana's promise. SOUNDBITE: U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama, saying (English): "It is a pleasure to be here in this beautiful country that embodies what my husband has called ' vision of Africa on the move'-- that is Botswana -- thriving democracy, vital democracy, fast-growing economy and more importantly a kind and generous people who -- in this short amount of time -- have given me and my family such a warm welcome." At the lunch, Michelle Obama met 23 young women and nine women leaders, representing various sectors including media, education, business and government. The U.S. first lady also made a stop at the office of President Ian Khama -- the fourth president since the country gained independence in 1966. Deborah Lutterbeck, Reuters

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Michelle Obama makes colorful Botswana visit

Saturday, June 25, 2011 - 02:00