First Lady Laura Bush came to Bamako last Friday. She was here for about five hours, the last stop on a four-nation tour to promote the Administration’s initiatives in Africa. I saw her at the ambassador’s residence, where she gave a short pep talk to embassy workers and their families. (She said she might tell the Secretary of State about the broken air conditioning at the embassy. This elicited much applause.)
Allyson got to ride in the motorcade, which was pretty cool. (She also looked fabulous in her white jacket and skirt.) As “gifts officer,” she had to keep track of all the gifts the First Lady received (and make sure nobody handed her anything unexpected or unscreened). Everything went off without a hitch, and Friday night there was a big “wheels up” party at the deputy chief of mission’s residence.