Michelle Obama wows in Brazil with her Portuguese

Monday March 21, 2011

As US President, Barack Obama has by far racked up more air miles than any of his recent predecessors.

And his family seem to be enjoying the globetrotting lifestyle too.

He touched down in Brazil on Saturday, accompanied by his favourite ladies: wife Michelle, daughters Sasha and Malia and his mother-in-law Marian Robinson.

Crowds gathered to greet the family as they visited the famous statue of Jesus Christ that overlooks Rio.

And first lady Michelle charmed them instantly.

Having greeted them with "bom dia", the Portuguese phrase for "good morning", she added: "Is that it? That's all I have, unfortunately," drawing applause and laughter.

The family then enjoyed local entertainment which involved a martials-arts dance presentation and a samba drummers show.

Photo: © PA

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