On her first solo foreign trip, First Lady Michelle Obama visited Mexico last week, kicking off an international tour in which she will be focusing on “engaging the world’s youth in conjunction with [a] broader vision of global engagement,” according to ABC.com.
After experiencing what she praised as rich culture, warm people, and great food, Obama was asked whether she thought Mexico was safe to travel to. Her response:
Our embassies are not discouraging American visitors. I think that they are encouraging them to be aware and to be smart as they travel…I would encourage any American to spend time here.”
Obama flew into Mexico City, where she was greeted by the U.S. ambassador to Mexico Carlos Pascual, Mexican ambassador to the U.S. Arturo Sarukhan, and of course, dozens of children. While in Mexico City, she visited with children at the elementary school Escuela Siete de Enero, observed a youth performance at the National Museum of Anthropology which she toured with Mexico’s First Lady Margarita Zavala, and delivered a speech addressing the importance of engaging communities through youth outreach.