WASHINGTON -- First Lady Michelle Obama will lead a presidential delegation to Friday’s opening ceremony for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London and plans during her four-day trip to meet Queen Elizabeth, cheer on Team USA and inspire kids to get fit.
“Leading our nation’s delegation and traveling to London is truly a dream come true,” she told reporters during a conference call Monday. “If anybody had asked me when I was 10 or 11 or 20, or actually 40, whether I would be doing this, I would have bet not. Some of my fondest memories when I was young and not so young involved watching the Olympics on TV.”
Her trip begins Thursday. Scheduled highlights include a breakfast with U.S. athletes, a reception at Buckingham Palace hosted by the queen, a visit with U.S. military personnel at the Royal Air Force's Mildenhall base and a meeting with Samantha Cameron, the wife of Britain’s prime minister.
The first lady will take her Let’s Move anti-obesity campaign to the U.S. ambassador’s residence Friday, where 1,000 American and British children will be put through their paces at sports stations and get a chance to meet athletes including soccer great David Beckham.