Michelle Obama Hosts First Ladies in Harlem
World leaders are meeting in Midtown Manhattan this week for the UN General Assembly, but up in Harlem, First Lady Michelle Obama hosted her international counterparts for lunch. On Tuesday, Michelle was joined by 49 wives of visiting heads of state at the Studio Museum in Harlem, a neighborhood she called the "cultural heart of the black community in the United States." There was even a princess on hand: Charlene from Monaco. But it wasn't all super traditional. Michelle also hosted an "unofficial" first lady, Valerie Trierweiler, the domestic partner of French President Francois Hollande. Each guest received a gift basket from Michelle, which included herbs and honey butter from the White House garden, as well as the cookbook New American Table.
Of course, the presence of women at the UN General Assembly is felt beyond the first ladies luncheon. Many countries have female leaders, including Germany, where Angela Merkel was just reelected this week in a landslide, and Brazil, whose president, Dilma Rousseff, made headlines today for a speech she gave at the UN General Assembly criticizing America. The Brazilian leader, who had already canceled her high-profile October state visit to Washington, called out the US for spying on her country and said: "Meddling in such a manner in the lives and affairs of other countries is a breach of international law."