Gloria Estefan sings for lunch with Michelle Obama
The Queen of Latin Pop Gloria Estefan had Michelle Obama movin’ and swayin’ to the Miami Sound Machine music at the Congressional Club’s lunch in honor of the First Lady at the Washington Hilton on Wednesday.
Many of the truly politically connected women who had attended The First Lady’s Luncheon over the years generally agree it ranked right up there as one of the best choices for entertainment ever. Conga lines formed in the aisles. Nobody could sit still, not even the First Lady, as she threw her long arms up and swayed to Mi Terra, Don’t Wanna Lose You, and still more Estefan mega-hits.
In her introduction, Estefan said, “People tell me, I’ve been married to your music, I’ve been divorced to your music. Hey, whatever, it is fine as long as I’m there.”
Was she channeling Maria Kennedy Shriver? Who couldn't be subliminally thinking about the latest "Good Wife" in the news. La pauvre.
Praising Mrs. Obama (whose husband is a big Estefan fan) Estefan said: “We’re so proud of you. Thank you for giving our young women somebody incredible to look up to.”
From the songs of the Cuban-born singer to Luncheon Chair Mrs. Pat Mica’s (wife of Florida’s Rep. John Mica) bright yellow jacket, to the bright hot-pink and orange tablecloths, the event this year had an electric beach flavor. Tucked into the South Beach themed goodie bags were sandals, terry towels, tumbler drink cups, healthy treats, and Miami scents.
That said, silky gray was the power color of the day. The First Lady wore gray; so did Estefan. Maybe it’s the new black -- or the old red. The dresses were cool, stylish knockouts.
This year’s event benefits the “Negro Spiritual” Scholarship Foundation, the Florida Alliance for Arts Education and Operation Homefront. In her remarks to the more than 2,000 people in attendance, the First Lady honored military personnel and their families, and praised companies that hire families and people who served in the military.
Invited women, their friends and families flew in from coast to coast and from north to south. Spouses of Cabinet members, the U.S. Supreme Court and the leadership of the Senate and House, among others, were escorted down a long runway to the head table for the nearly three-hour affair. Georgetowner Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s handsome mate, Paul, traipsed the runway with a grin—and to the enthusiastic applause of the 99% female audience.