Innovative designers filled the East Room of the White House today for lunch.
Michelle Obama said the president was envious that she got to host the affair, because “really, deep down, he would have been an architect had he been as creative as all of you.”
The occasion was the National Design Awards, an initiative of the White House Millennium Council. The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum has organized the event since 2000, and the first lady is currently the honorary patron.
Twelve teenagers involved in today’s Teen Design Fair were invited to join the first lady and the winners for the lunch. She told the young people to learn from the artists’ penchant for risk-taking, and from her husband.
“He lost his first race for Congress,” she said. “By a lot. A whole lot. It wasn’t even close,” she said as the audience giggled. “He learned from that experience. He went on to a senate seat and a few other things.”
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