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Michelle Obama, Desmond Tutu team up for youth outreach event

June 23, 2011|By Katherine Skiba, Washington Bureau
  • First Lady Michelle Obama does push-ups with Archbishop Desmond Tutu, left, as they participate in youth activities at South Africa's Cape Town Stadium.
First Lady Michelle Obama does push-ups with Archbishop Desmond Tutu,… (Charles Dharapak, Pool )

Reporting from Cape Town, South Africa — Archbishop Desmond Tutu had his star turn Thursday with First Lady Michelle Obama in this scenic coastal city's new soccer stadium, built for last year's World Cup tournament.

The 55,000-seat playground was to be their stage for a program spreading the word about HIV/AIDS and encouraging young South Africans to turn to sports to stay healthy.

Several youth groups were to be on hand.

Photos: Michelle Obama in Africa

The retired cleric asked the first lady: "What do you feel? How are you feeling being here?"

Obama answered, gesturing to her two daughters, a niece and nephew: "It's not about us now -- it's about them."

The first lady is here with Malia and Sasha Obama; also, Avery and Leslie Robinson, her brother Craig Robinson's children.

Obama puts her own "Let's Move" campaign into practice Friday, when the family jets off to neighboring Botswana. They return Sunday to the United States.

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