Reporting from Mokolodi Nature Reserve, Botswana — A blazing sun slipped toward the African horizon on a crisp Friday evening. Flames danced from fragrant firewood arrayed in metal pits. A turquoise-headed bird, the size of a finch, sounded out a high-pitched "cheep-cheep-cheep" and performed aerial acrobatics before scribblers, sound technicians, photographers and security men and women whose trained eyes kept watch.
One minute shy of half past six, First Lady Michelle Obama showed up for dinner at Mokolodi, a round, fieldstone restaurant with a thatched roof. She was with her mother, daughters, a niece and nephew, most clad in hats and gloves. The first lady wore a olive-colored sweater with a yellow-and-black print scarf wrapped around her neck.
Such was the scene as Obama dined with her family and aides after arriving Friday in Botswana, the second stop in her weeklong tour of Africa.
Earlier, Obama met with President Ian Khama, a approximately 40-minute session in his office that was billed as a "courtesy call."