First Lady Michelle Obama spent a rather busy Tuesday in New York City.
Her day began on what she declared one of her favorite events since her husband, President Barack Obama took office in January. She taped an appearance on "Sesame Street" with Big Bird and the loveable Elmo. [no word on if the First Lady was allowed to tickle Elmo]
Later in the day when she spoke to employees of the United States Mission to the United Nations, the First Lady joked, "I never thought I'd be on Sesame Street with Elmo and Big Bird, and I was thrilled. I'm still thrilled. I'm on a high. I think it's probably the best thing I've done so far in the White House."
The First Lady was introduced by the US Ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice (Getty Images)
Mrs. Obama's visit to the UN was the 10th governmental agency she has visited on her meet and greet tour. "From what I'm seeing in my agency visits, people are ready and willing to sacrifice and roll up their sleeves," she said. "Your work links the world to America and American ideals that are beacons of hope for millions of people."
First Lady Obama's NYC visit was culiminated with her keynote speech at Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People event. Wearing a full length black gown, beads and hair looking very glam with a sleek, swept bang, Ms. Obama made news by announcing President Obama's budget next year will include $50 million to help expand nonprofit programs across the country to promote national service. (AP Photo)
As someone laid off last week from a non-profit, I know personally there are many organizations that provide great service to the community and nationally that are truly suffering hardship during this economic downturn.