Michelle Obama Presents Carla Bruni-Sarkozy with a Guitar

The First Lady gives her French counterpart a Gibson guitar "as a sign of friendship"

Photo: Jason Reed/Reuters/Landov

Call Michelle Obama the ultimate guitar hero.

The American First Lady presented French First Lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy with a practical – and very rock ‘n’ roll – gift: an acoustic Gibson guitar.

Offered “as a sign of friendship,” according to Michelle Obama’s spokeswoman, the Gibson “Legend” model may come in handy for Bruni-Sarkozy, a former model-turned-singer who is currently recording her fourth album.

The gift, which Michelle Obama brought to France, was presented to Bruni-Sarkozy following a visit Saturday to Strasbourg’s 12th-century cathedral.

“She and Carla Bruni really hit it off – they had a lovely discussion over lunch yesterday and visited spots in Strasbourg together today with the other NATO spouses,” Mrs. Obama’s spokeswoman said.

Bruni-Sarkozy acted as translator for her American guest during a walking tour inside the cathedral, an observer said. Earlier the pair kissed each other hello and briefly held hands.

The pair met on Friday for the first time.

Following their initial half-hour private meeting on Friday, an Elysées Palace spokesperson said Mrs. Obama has agreed to assist Bruni-Sarkozy in her AIDS charity work as an ambassador for the World Fund.

Next up for the Obamas: the Czech Republic, where the President and the First Lady will honor their private tradition – date night – with a romantic dinner at a restaurant overlooking Prague’s famed Charles Bridge, a Czech government source told the London Times Online.

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