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US First Ladies Promote Investment in Women in Tanzania

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama, right, and former U.S. first lady Laura Bush laugh as they participate in the African First Ladies Summit: “Investing in Women: Strengthening Africa,” hosted by the George W. Bush Institute, July 2, 2013, in Dar es Salaam,
U.S. first lady Michelle Obama, right, and former U.S. first lady Laura Bush laugh as they participate in the African First Ladies Summit: “Investing in Women: Strengthening Africa,” hosted by the George W. Bush Institute, July 2, 2013, in Dar es Salaam,
Gabe Joselow
U.S. first lady Michelle Obama joined forces with her predecessor Laura Bush at a summit Tuesday in Tanzania to promote investment in women.  The conversation soon turned to talk about the unique power and challenges that come with being the wife of the president.
 
The two leading women came together at the African First Ladies Summit to talk about initiatives to empower women, as part of a project run by Laura Bush, through the George W. Bush Institute, established by her husband after he left office.
 
In her opening address in Dar es Salaam Tuesday, Bush said promoting the roles of women helps countries to become more prosperous and stable.
 
“We’re highlighting support for women at this summit because at all levels and in all parts of society, women play a critical role,” Laura Bush said.
 
The first ladies of Ethiopia, Mozambique, South Africa, and Tanzania were in attendance at the meeting which is looking at ways to empower women economically and socially by providing better access to health, education and financial services.
 
In a moderated conversation, Obama said she knows first-hand the power of education.
 
“I was a girl who grew up on the south side of Chicago. My parents didn’t have much money, but they invested in my education," Michelle Obama explained. "And they invested in my education as equally as they did my brother, there was no different bar. And as a result of that training and preparation I have had opportunities, and I am sitting here right now as the first lady of the United States of America because of education.”
 
As the two leading ladies dwelled on the opportunities that come with the position, they also noted they face the same challenges as other women in the United States.
 
Bush said too often the press just wants to focus on how a first lady looks, sending the wrong message to the nation’s youth.
 
“And that’s a problem everywhere in the United States for girls as well. The way you look. Girls worry about all sorts of problems that they should not have to worry about. They should be worried about what they’re doing and how they’re being educated instead of whether they look pretty or they look sexy," Bush noted.
 
Of course, as the wives of presidents, Obama said they also know that even those men, as powerful as they may be, are only human.
 
“I love my husband, but sometimes when he has like five things to do at one time, it’s funny to watch it, ‘You don’t know where your jacket is right now, can’t find that shoe, Mr. President,” she joked.
 
Dar es Salaam has become an unlikely meeting spot for the two first families of the United States, who operate on different sides of the political spectrum.
 
U.S. President Barack Obama and former President George W. Bush (R) attend a memorial for the victims of the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombing in Dar es Salaam, July 2, 2013.U.S. President Barack Obama and former President George W. Bush (R) attend a memorial for the victims of the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombing in Dar es Salaam, July 2, 2013.
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U.S. President Barack Obama and former President George W. Bush (R) attend a memorial for the victims of the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombing in Dar es Salaam, July 2, 2013.
U.S. President Barack Obama and former President George W. Bush (R) attend a memorial for the victims of the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombing in Dar es Salaam, July 2, 2013.
President Barack Obama and  George W. Bush also joined together Tuesday morning for a memorial ceremony at the site of the former U.S. Embassy in Tanzania, bombed in a terrorist attack in 1998.
 
The country of Tanzania is the last official stop on Obama’s three-nation tour of Africa.

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by: PCD from: IL, US
July 02, 2013 10:13 AM
How can Michelle pooh-pooh the press for concentrating on how she looks when it always appears to be one of her own top priorities. If she wants girls to stop concentrating on looking "pretty", she should start by presenting herself as a more modest, professional women.

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by: Catherine from: Memphis
July 02, 2013 11:41 AM
It was Laura bush that made the comment not Michelle Obama


by: Ophelia from: United States
July 02, 2013 9:43 AM
Promote and establish free energy. There is a lithium battery that could run an electric car for 27 years on 1 battery. We could have clean Tesla energy, cold fusion energy, enabling the entire world to have heat, AC, clean water, electricity. Imagine how good life would be if you didn't have to pay for fuel, gas, electricity, water. You wouldn't havet to work so hard, there would be more inventions, healthier food, water, air. Imagine how clean our earth would be, no fracking, drilling, polluting the oceans, the air. HUMAN NEED, NOT CORPORATE GREED.


by: John from: America
July 02, 2013 9:31 AM
I think it was a nice gesture....I hope Africa progresses as a Continent....it is important for Humanity....since, it is the cradle for us all.

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