|The President and Mrs. Obama, holding a gift of gardening gloves|
Washington, DC - Over the last five years I have taken literally thousands of photographs of First Lady Michelle Obama at work in her now world-famous White House Kitchen Garden. In honor of her milestone 50th birthday today, here are a selection of 17 favorites, with background commentary.
I have yet to photograph President Barack Obama with his wife in the crop rows, but the photo above is among my favorites. It was taken on June 3, 2011, a few hours after Mrs. Obama welcomed American Indian children for a combination harvest/planting in the Kitchen Garden.
As the President stepped off Marine One on the South Lawn returning from a day trip to Ohio, he presented his wife with two new pairs of gardening gloves, purchased at a family owned Toledo hardware store where he'd made a "surprise" visit. Mrs. Obama clutched the gloves as they walked together, smiling as if her husband had offered a lovely piece of jewelry. She's used the gloves at every gardening event since.
|The cover of Mrs. Obama's first book|
Less than a month from now, the First Lady will mark yet another milestone when the Let's Move! campaign enters its fifth year on Feb. 9th. The first seeds that were sown in the dirt of the historic South Lawn have now grown into a huge campaign that is daily impacting millions of Americans.
Here's a virtual, visual toast to another fifty years for the First Lady, and to plenty more stories.
|As for the First Lady's gardening gloves that began this birthday trip down the "50 and fabulous" memory lane: Sam Kass keeps them safe when Mrs. Obama isn't using them...|