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First lady Michelle Obama will be the guest of honor at a White House dance party next month when she turns “50 and fabulous,” as she put it recently.

Her Jan. 17 birthday represents a personal milestone and a public moment to take stock of the Chicago native who has billed herself as the mom-in-chief, has established herself as a national spokeswoman for fitness and has earned consistently high marks in the polls, despite criticism from both the right and the left.

The White House has been sending out save-the-date emails for a Jan. 18 gala dubbed “Snacks & Sips & Dancing & Dessert,” sources told the Tribune.

Guests are being told: Wear comfortable shoes, eat before you come and practice your dance moves. Who’s invited and who’ll entertain remain under wraps.

Obama hinted about her birthday plans during a Dec. 16 visit to a children’s hospital, when a fellow Capricorn asked her about her big day. “It might involve some dancing,” she told the girl. “A little Dougie.”

The Dougie, a hip-hop dance, was one of the moves Obama performed on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” when she danced with the host, who was in drag, in a spot called “The Evolution of Mom Dancing.”

Unorthodox, yes, and to some critics, undignified. But her appearance, aimed at promoting her “Let’s Move” campaign to end childhood obesity, has racked up more than 16.6 million views on YouTube in less than a year.

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article courtesy of TheChicagoTribune.com

White House Planning Big Birthday Party For Michelle Obama On January 17th  was originally published on praisecleveland.com