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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Michelle Obama and Daughters Fly to Atlantic City for Beyonce's Sell-out Concert



Michelle Obama jetted in to Atlantic City last night to join 5,500 fans at a Beyonce concert.  The first lady was with daughters Sasha and Malia - but without her husband - at Revel Resorts, where Beyonce performed two dozen songs Saturday night.

The First Lady has made no secret of her admiration for the superstar - recently naming Beyonce as the person she would most like to be if she could be anyone else. 
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Dedicated fan: Mrs Obama is flying into New Jersey to watch Beyonce in concert tonight, where the singer is performing at the Revel Resort & Casino 

Governor Chris Christie was among the sell-out crowd packed into Revel's Ovation Hall.  Mrs Obama and the girls appeared excited throughout the concert, cheering Beyonce on. The daughters even sang along to the old school-sounding jam Love On Top.
 
The first lady got a roaring cheer that matched Beyonce's as she made her way to her seat in a shiny green dress. Some fans took photos while others screamed her name. One yelled, 'This is history!'

Mrs Obama is due back in Washington on Monday for Memorial Day events before she heads to New York to continue promoting her new book about the White House Kitchen Garden.
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Still got it: Beyonce performs for a sold out audience at the Revel Ovation Hall in Atlantic City on Friday night. It was her first show since having daughter Blue Ivy in January
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Mutual love: Beyonce described the First Lady as the 'ultimate example of a truly strong African-American woman' last month
In an interview promoting her book American Grown, Mrs Obama told People magazine: 'I'd be Beyonce. I'd be some great singer... It looks like musicians just have the most fun.’

Beyonce’s three-night stint of concerts are the main attraction at the opening of the $2.4 billion mega resort in Atlantic City. The tickets for the shows over Memorial Day weekend sold out within one minute. 

The First Lady will have brought the tickets herself although the bill for jetting to the concert could well be picked up by taxpayers. 

Mrs Obama is unlikely to be disappointed by her idol who won rave reviews for her first performance last night. 

USA Today's Elysa Gardner wrote: 'Backed by an all-female band and a tireless posse of dancers and backup vocalists, Beyonce reasserted her unique pop persona; she was at once angel and seductress, cool diva and woman of the people.'      
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Sold out: Tickets for Beyonce's three concerts at the Revel Resort & Casino sold out in less than one minute
The gig was the first time Beyonce had performed since giving birth to her daughter, Blue, in January. 

Speaking to the 5,500 fans at the Ovation Hall in the Revel, the 30-year-old said: 'I gotta say, it feels so good to be back home on stage.'

And the singer flaunted her post-pregnancy curves in custom-made costumes designed by Ralph & Russo, who used 500,000 Swarovski Elements crystals to create the show-stopping look. 

In an open letter Beyonce praised the First Lady as the 'ultimate example of a truly strong African-American woman.'
The pop-star posted the handwritten missive on her website last month where she wrote that she was 'proud to have my daughter grow up in a world where she has people like you to look up to.'

Beyonce and her husband, rapper Jay-Z, have been prominent supporters of the Obamas since his 2008 presidential campaign. 

Beyonce performed at Barack Obama's inaugural ball in 2009, where she sang the Etta James song At Last.
In 2010 the former Destiny’s Child singer took to the stage at the White House State dinner where the Obama’s hosted Mexican president Felipe Calderon.

More recently the singer has designed a T-shirt for the Runway To Win initiative, which is raising funds for the Obama re-election campaign, and last year she joined the First Lady in a Let's Move flash workout event.



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