Robin Givhan: How Michelle Broke Her Silence In Moscow

08/08/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Robin Givhan Washington Post

First lady Michelle Obama began her only day of solo appearances in the Russian capital promising little more than a pantomime of handshakes and waves, silent embraces and inscrutable smiles. It seemed as though rank-and-file Russians weren't going to hear a peep -- nary an amplified throat-clearing -- from this first lady with the impressive résumé, executive bona fides, expressed love for the arts and a stated agenda of promoting community service. The first lady had no planned speeches and no prepared remarks on a day when she would visit an orphanage, a faith-based nursing program and a performance of folkloric dance.

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