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Michelle obama

The queen of vegetables

It's that time of year again, when Hollywood stars and journalists get to rub shoulders with the folks on Capitol Hill, and everyone pulls out the Nerd Prom jokes.

At this year's White House Correspondents' Dinner, there are plenty of A-list celebs on the invite list. But there's one person who always manages to steal the show, at least in the way of flawless fashion:first lady Michelle Obama. She's no stranger to drawing attention for her glamorous wardrobe choices, and during this year's festivities, we expect nothing less than jaw-dropping styles.

In honor of her last WHCD as first lady, here's a look at her best dresses, and one reason why we'd vote for her as permanent Nerd Prom Queen.

David Smith in Washington

Tuesday 5 April 2016 17.30 EDTLast modified on Wednesday 6 April 201608.55 EDT





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There will be plenty of formal farewells and grand eulogies. But what the Obamas may miss most when they leave the White House in January are the small, intimate moments such as the annual kitchen garden planting on the south lawn.

“I want to take this time to thank all the kids here and all the kids around the country who’ve been a part of this garden,” Michelle Obama said a little wistfully on Tuesday. “This is my baby and hopefully this will not be the last planting. Hopefully there will be other administrations who come in and they take up this project and continue to make this a part of the White House tradition.”

The first lady created the garden eight years ago in response to America’s scourge of obesity. Some of the children who took part in that first planting in 2009 returned to the White House on a bright but cold Tuesday to help her plant garlic, parsley, broccoli, chicory, spinach, rhubarb, turnip and other fruit, vegetables, herbs and flowers.