Monday night will be Latin music night at the White House and first lady Michelle Obama has great expectations. "Even the president, you will see tonight, will shake his groove thing every now and then," the first lady proclaimed to a group of students visiting the White House midday Monday.
Michelle Obama invited local students to hear from music "legends and dear, dear friends" Gloria and Emilio Estefan, also Lila Downs, Romeo Santos and Marco Antonio Solis, before the evening's Musica Latina concert, part of the administration's "In Performance at the White House" series. (She also told the students that the Monday night audience would be full of "rich" and "fancy" folks.)
The adults had loads of advice for the youngsters.
Gloria Estefan pointed out the importance of both following dreams and having backup plans.
"I went to the University of Miami. I had a double major in psychology and communications and a French minor," the Miami Sound Machine singer told the crowd. "I wanted a real job just in case the music didn't work out because you never know. And I would recommend that, by the way, make sure you keep your tools sharp and have a career, but do what you love and find your passion."
Michelle Obama admitted that her husband was slow to grow into a stellar student, but worked hard once he did. "He was a little trifling as a young student – he will even admit that," she said to laughter. "But he woke up as a young man and decided, I have to get my act together."
The first lady also fessed up about one of her own shortcomings – she doesn't speak Spanish. "Me encanta la musica Latina," Obama attempted, which means "I love Latin music,"
"I'm trying," she laughed. "Both girls are taking Spanish and they think we're pretty pathetic."