First Lady Michelle Obama Reveals Her Favorite Things about Washington

Apr 8, 2010 8:35am

ABC News’ Karen Travers reports:


Mrs. Obama said that Washington, DC, is starting to feel like home, after living at the White House for a year and a half.


“It’s been a really good first year and a half,” she said in an interview with WJLA this week.

Like her husband has many times, Mrs. Obama lamented that the one key difference between her life in DC to that in Chicago is that she cannot just get up and go – for a walk, a dinner out at a restaurant or to play tourist at the city’s monuments and attractions.


Despite the restrictions of Secret Service and the fact that she one of the city’s most recognizable residents, Mrs. Obama has been out on the town quite a bit since moving to Washington, sampling new restaurants or dinning out with staff and friends. The Obamas celebrated their 17th wedding anniversary last October with dinner at the Blue Duck Tavern and the president threw a surprise birthday dinner for the First Lady at Restaurant Nora in January.


She said that famed chef Jose Andres’ Oyamel is her favorite restaurant in Washington, “because I love Latin food – a good menu, good margaritas.”


The First Lady said that her husband is a big fan of local hot spot Ben’s Chili Bowl (“He loves Ben’s”) but said that she has not tried out the half smoke haven yet.


Good Stuff Eatery also rates high on her favorites list for their burgers.


The First Lady said one of the things she loves the most about her new hometown is the Washington weather, noting that they didn’t have 90 degrees in April in Chicago, and the fact that the nation’s capital offers something for everyone.


“You can get lost in this place for a good week or more,” she said.


Mrs. Obama said she and her girls spent considerable time last summer visiting spots around town that focused on American history, like the Smithsonian Museums or the International Spy Museum, and venturing out to Luray Caverns in Virginia, which she deemed “amazing.”


The First Tweens, Malia and Sasha, rate the Spy Museum has their favorite place to take friends in Washington.


-Karen Travers

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