First Lady Michelle Obama is in Atlanta today to celebrate the first anniversary of her “Let’s Move” campaign to reduce childhood obesity.
Mrs. Obama arrived in Atlanta around 12:45 this afternoon. Just hours after appearing on The Today Show with Matt Lauer.
North Point Church in Alpharetta was Obama’s first stop, where crowds lined the streets to hear her speak . The speech was carried live on Letsmove.gov, Mrs. Obama’s site about her healthy eating campaign.
She also visited Burgess-Peterson Academy, a public elementary school in East Atlanta, to tout the school’s work on promoting healthy eating.
More photos + a timeline of the First Lady’s Atlanta visit below:
With First lady Michelle Obama winging her way to Georgia, “Coach” Betty Jackson of Atlanta’s Burgess-Peterson Academy prepped for her visit the only way she knew how: By ordering fruit and vegetable snacks that the students will eat next week.
“I’m honored,” Jackson said. “It’s exciting she knows about me and Burgess-Peterson Academy. It says what I’m doing for the children is actually working.”
Timeline of the First Lady’s Atlanta Visit:
12:55 p.m. — First lady Michelle Obama’s plane has reportedly landed at Dobbins.
1:10 p.m. — Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and Sen. Johnny Isakson, among other dignitaries, are at Atlanta’s Burgess-Peterson Academy to greet First lady Michelle Obama. The White House, however, will not allow the press to see the first lady’s arrival and greeting. We’re being taken to a second-grade classroom, which will be Obama’s first stop.
1:35 p.m. — Michelle Obama arrives at Megan Kiser’s classroom at Atlanta’s Burgess-Peterson Academy, having been greeted by two of Kiser’s second-graders bearing a blueberry-laden fruit basket.
1:45 p.m. — The first lady is eating blueberries with the kids. It’s their snack of the day.
2 p.m. — Is now visiting with a kindergarten class, which is closed to the press. The second-graders she just visited practically tripped over each other to give her a hug, which she dispensed freely. She said President Obama loves to snack on figs. And that the kids need to read a lot and work really hard if they, too, want to be president.
2:15 p.m. — Michelle Obama just finished visiting the school’s organic garden, asking students what was growing (collard greens, potato, bok choy) and how they kept it growing (rain barrels).
2:20 p.m. — Has now left Burgess-Peterson Academy in Atlanta, and is headed to Alpharetta for a speech later this afternoon.
3:43 p.m. — Singing of National Anthem at North Point Community Church
3:46 p.m. — Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed is led to his seat in front.
3:54 p.m. — Robert Franklin, president of Morehouse College, arrives along with former surgeon general David Satcher.
CLICK HERE for more up to the minute updates of Mrs. Obama’s Atlanta visit via the AJC.