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Michelle Obama and the Cabinet have arrived

First Lady Michelle Obama stands in the House chamber just before
President Barack Obama addresses a joint session of Congress on Capitol
Hill Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2009, in Washington.

6:02 p.m.: Michelle Obama enters, in a purple sleeveless sheath, followed by members of the president's Cabinet. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton looks right at home, hugging and shaking hands, followed by Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner, who looks less thrilled, and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar has left his cowboy hat at home. Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, who got flattering treatment in this week's New Yorker, follows on their heels. Once they finish schmoozing, the president will enter. Presumably, it will take him awhile to work his way through the throng. The speech, for these reasons, will be slightly delayed.

-- Robin Abcarian

First Lady Michelle Obama stands in the House chamber just before President Barack Obama addresses a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2009, in Washington. (Zbigniew Bzdak/Chicago Tribune)

 
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A veteran foreign and national correspondent, Andrew Malcolm has served on the L.A. Times Editorial Board and was a Pulitzer finalist in 2004. He is the author of 10 nonfiction books and father of four. Read more.
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