Having just flown on the same day as her husband, but separately, to Los Angeles, First Lady Michelle Obama will leave this week on a five day tour of the Far East to promote her “Let Girls Learn” initiative in Japan and Cambodia.
I wasn’t aware that there was a crisis in girls education in Japan. And I wasn’t aware that if there is, that it’s any business of ours.
Nevertheless, Michelle will embark on what will undoubtedly be a fabulously expensive trip there to make sure the Japanese gender reading gap is erased.
From the White House:
On the heels of the President and First Lady’s launch of the Let Girls Learn international girls education initiative, Mrs. Obama will travel to Japan and Cambodia from March 18-22, 2015.
While in Tokyo, the First Lady will meet with Mrs. Akie Abe, the Spouse of the Prime Minister of Japan, and deliver remarks on the importance both countries place on international girls education. The First Lady will also announce plans to deepen our partnership on this issue, including through a collaboration between the Peace Corps and Japan’s Overseas Cooperation Volunteers. Following their remarks, Mrs. Obama and Mrs. Abe will meet with Japanese university students and share stories from their own educational backgrounds.
Alas, there will be sightseeing.
The First Lady will travel to Kyoto on March 20 and visit the Kiyomizu-Dera Buddhist Temple and the Fushimi Inari Shinto Shrine. She will also greet staff from the U.S. Consulate in Osaka.
And then its on to Cambodia to shore up our critical relations with Khmer schoolgirls.
In Cambodia, Mrs. Obama and Peace Corps Director Hessler-Radelet will see up close how community-driven solutions – which are key components of the Let Girls Learn Peace Corps program – are changing girls’ lives.
While in Cambodia, Mrs. Obama and Mrs. Bun Rany, the First Lady of Cambodia, will meet with high school students and hear directly how they benefit from community-led programs like Room to Read and the Peace Corps.
Don’t forget the sightseeing:
While in Siem Reap, the First Lady will also visit Angkor Wat.
Here’s Angkor Wat.
Gosh. Unfathomably beautiful. There’s lots of places for girls to read there, looks like.
This can’t possibly be a vacation, because Mrs. Obama already had vacations in December, January, and February. Right? Right??
She wouldn’t do that on our dime. I mean, as I understand it, Mrs. Obama’s plane flew to Los Angeles in the draft of Air Force One just to save on fuel costs, as one of our readers suggested!
This is just good government, because who knows where the United States would be if Cambodian girls never learned trigonometry?