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President Obama and First Lady Michelle Host State Dinner for the President and First Lady of Mexico

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President Barack Obama (R), and his wife first lady Michelle Obama (2L) stand with Mexican President Felipe Calderon (2R) and his wife Margarita Zavala after their arrival for the State Dinner at the White House on May 19, 2010 in Washington, DC. (Photos by Mark Wilson/Getty Images North America)

The United States and Mexico are linked by geographical, historical, familial, cultural, economic, and security ties. In recognition of these deep ties and the strong relationship President Obama has forged with Mexican President Felipe Calderón, President Obama and the First Lady will host President Calderón and Mrs. Margarita Zavala in the White House for a State Dinner.

Last night’s State Dinner was held in the East Room of the White House and the State Dinner Performance was held under a tent on the South Lawn of the White House.

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Welcome, Mrs. Obama!, ¡Bienvenida, Sra. Zavala!

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U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama (R) and her Mexican counterpart Margarita Zavala (L) run with second graders during a physical education class as they visit New Hampshire Estates Elementary School May 19, 2010 in Silver Spring, Maryland. The school was awarded the USDAs Healthier US School Challenge Silver Award in 2009 and partnered with a school in Mexico as part of the Monarch Butterfly Sister School Program. President of Mexico Felipe Calderon is on a state visit to Washington with the first lady of Mexico. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images North America)

Mrs. Obama invited Mexico’s First Lady Margarita Zavala to the New Hampshire Estates Elementary School in Silver Spring, Maryland for a Let’s Move! event, as part of the Administration’s activities to welcome the President and First Lady of Mexico. On their visit, Mrs. Obama and Mrs. Zavala talked to children about making healthy choices, skipped around the gymnasium and joined students for a “family style” lunch with plenty of broccoli to go around.

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The New Hampshire Estates Elementary School has a connection to both Let’s Move! and Mexico. A recipient of USDA’s Healthier US School Challenge Silver Award, the school stresses cooperative games and ways to maintain health through their physical education program and promotes social skills with “family style” lunches. It’s paired with a school in Mexico, as part of the Monarch Butterfly Sister School Program, which connects classrooms across North America to share projects on the Monarch butterfly.

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Official Arrival of Mexican President Felipe Calderón and First Lady Margarita Zavala

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Today, the President and Mrs. Obama welcomed President Calderón of Mexico and Mrs. Zavala to the White House. In remarks at the official arrival ceremony, the President emphasized what can be accomplished by working together and how this visit will advance the partnership between our countries even further:

Together, we can help create jobs and prosperity for our people. We can ensure that our common border is secure, modern and efficient, including immigration that is orderly and safe. We can stand firm, and deepen our cooperation, against the drug cartels that threaten our people. And given Mexico’s global leadership, we can stand together for the opportunity and security of all people, in our hemisphere and beyond.

Finally, Mr. President, your visit speaks to a truth of our time — in North America and the world. In the 21st century, we are defined not by our borders, but by our bonds. So I say to you and to the Mexican people, let us stand together. Let us face the future together. Let’s us work together. Trabajemos juntos.

Following the ceremony on the South Lawn, the President is holding a joint press conference with President Calderón in the Rose Garden. In the evening, the President and the First Lady will attend the State Dinner with President Calderón and Mrs. Zavala, joined by the Vice President and Dr. Biden in the East Room of the White House.

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First Lady Michelle Obama in Mexico ~ Day Three

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First Lady Michelle Obama met with twelve Mexican student leaders for a roundtable disucssion before departing Mexico City today. (Photo Omar Torres/AFP/Getty Images)

On her last day in Mexico City, the First Lady met with young people who are leading social programs and community initiatives to solve challenges in their communities ranging from promoting education to protecting the environment to improving health and wellness and expanding opportunities. The young Mexican leaders spoke about their work, their commitment to social progress, and their commitment to working collectively for the common good.

The First Lady will engage American youth around similar themes when she addresses the graduating classes of the University of Arkansas, Pine Bluffs, George Washington University, and Anacostia High School.

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First Lady Michelle Obama holds a round table with young leaders in the Hacienda de los Morales in Mexico City, Mexico, April 15, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Samantha Appleton)

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First Lady Michelle Obama in Mexico ~ Day Two

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First Lady Michelle Obama and Mexico's First Lady Margarita Zavala wave to children during a visit to the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City, Wednesday, April 14, 2010. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

On her first official solo international visit, the First Lady is traveling to Mexico with a special focus on engaging with the country’s young people. First Lady Michelle Obama will speak to university and high school students from in and around Mexico at Universidad Iberoamericana, a Mexico City University.

Remarks by the First Lady at Youth Forum — Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City, Mexico

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First Lady Michelle Obama gives address to the students at Universidad Iberoamericana on Wednesday, April 14, 2010. (Photo credit Reuters/Henry Romero)

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First Lady Michelle Obama attends a dinner held in her honor by Mexico's First Lady Margarita Zavala (Photo Imperio Resendiz)

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First Lady Michelle Obama’s Mexico Itinerary

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First Lady Michelle Obama greets Mrs. Margarita Zavala de Calderon, the First Lady of Mexico, in the Yellow Oval Room of the White House, Feb. 25, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Samantha Appleton)

In recognition of the deep ties between the United States and Mexico, First Lady Michelle Obama will visit Mexico City, Mexico, April 13-15, on her first solo official trip as First Lady. During this visit, Mrs. Obama will have the opportunity to engage the citizens of Mexico, particularly young people, and build on her recent conversation with Mexican First Lady Margarita Zavala de Calderon around areas of interest to both first ladies.

The following is Mrs. Obama’s public schedule including pooled and open press events:

Tuesday, April 13 – First Lady Michelle Obama will arrive at Benito Juarez International Airport in Mexico City. Mrs. Obama’s evening arrival will be open press, however space is limited.

Wednesday, April 14 – Mrs. Obama will start her day by traveling to Los Pinos – the residence of President Calderón and Mrs. Zavala – where she will meet privately with Mrs. Zavala. This event will be closed press.

Upon conclusion of her visit at Los Pinos, Mrs. Obama will accept Mrs. Zavala’s invitation to tour the Museo Nacional de Antropologia (National Museum of Anthropology). The museum is a centerpiece of Mexican culture and history housing the largest collection of ancient Mexican pieces in the world. This event attended by both first ladies will be covered by a pre-determined pool of American and Mexican press.

Then Mrs. Obama will visit with students and teachers at Escuela Siete de Enero, a public elementary school that serves local low-income students ages 6-12. The school also participates in a mentoring program with the American School Foundation (ASF), an academically rigorous, international, university preparatory school offering students from diverse backgrounds an American independent education, in Mexico City. Mrs. Obama’s event will be covered by a pre-determined pool of American and Mexican press.

Mrs. Obama will then travel to the Universidad Iberoamericana, a multidisciplinary institution serving over 11,000 students including 800 graduate students, to address invited university and high school students from in and around Mexico City. Mrs. Zavala will attend Mrs. Obama’s address as a guest of honor. This afternoon event is open press, however space is limited.

In the evening, Mrs. Obama will return to Los Pinos to attend a reception with women leaders organized by Mrs. Zavala. Following the reception, Mrs. Obama will have dinner hosted by Mexican President Felipe Calderón and Mrs. Zavala. This event is closed press.

Thursday, April 15 – Mrs. Obama will begin her day by thanking United States Embassy employees and their families. This event will be closed press.

Then Mrs. Obama will host a group of young leaders at La Hacienda de los Morales, an event center with a rich history dating back to the 16th century, for a breakfast roundtable discussion. Mrs. Obama will ask these men and women about their experiences and encourage them to continue their leadership in the community. Mrs. Obama’s event will be covered by a pre-determined pool of American and Mexican press.

Upon conclusion of the roundtable breakfast, Mrs. Obama will depart Mexico City.

Thursday, April 15 – On the return trip from Mexico, the First Lady will stop in San Diego, California, for a Let’s Move! event. Further details on this event will be circulated next week.

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