Michelle Obama stunning scarlet at Washington DC,
Michelle Obama ditched her functional wardrobe for full-on glamour last night when she wore a stunning floor-length red frock to an official dinner last night.
The American first lady was accompanying her husband to the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Phoenix Awards in Washington, DC - where President Barack Obama later gave a keynote speech.
Mother-of-two Michelle, 46, accessorised the ruched scarlet sleeveless dress - which showed off her as ever enviably sculpted arms - with dangly earrings, an up do, and a rather dashing tuxedo-clad husband at the city's Convention Center.
President Barack Obama leads wife Michelle onto the dance floor at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's Legislative Conference Phoenix Awards Dinner in Washington DC last night
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Today, Michelle was spotted wearing her more usual attire of shift dress, smart jacket and kitten heels as she and her husband accompanied daughters Malia and Sasha to St. John's Episcopal Church in Washington for a church service.
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At the awards dinner last night meanwhile, President Obama implored black voters to restoke the passion they felt when he won the presidency two years ago and fight Republicans who are ready to 'turn back the clock'.
In a fiery speech, Obama warned that Republicans hoping to seize control of Congress want 'to do what's right politically, instead of what's right - period.'
Shall we dance?: Michelle applauds her husband at the dinner as the band play on
President Obama said: 'It's not surprising given the hardships that we're seeing across the land that a lot of people may not be feeling very energized, very engaged right now.
'A lot of folks may be feeling like politics is something that they get involved with every four years when there's a presidential election, but they don't see why they should bother the rest of the time.'
Stepping out: President Obama and family walking across LaFayette Park to St John's Episcopal Church in Washington DC today, with Michelle l looking elegant as ever in a floral shift dress and smaart jacket
Church-going: The Obama family leave after a church service in Washington
But he insisted: 'We have to finish the plan you elected me to put in place...It's not the man, it's the plan.'
Obama was treated to several standing ovations during his rallying speech in the cavernous Convention Center.
But the hall grew quiet as he warned: 'Remember, the other side has a plan too. It's a plan to turn back the clock on every bit of progress we've made...
'The other side want to take us backward. We want to move America forward.'
With polls showing his party facing a wide 'enthusiasm gap' with the Republican Party ahead of November's midterm elections, Obama has spent a week trying to rally support.
Control over Congress is at stake in the upcoming elections as unemployment and the deteriorating economic situation in the U.s. has turned voters away from Democrats.
Democrats worry a low turnout would prove costly as 435 seats in the US House of Representatives as well as 37 of 100 Senate seats are at stake during the midterms.
The midterm elections, where 35 of 50 states choose their governors, are scheduled for 2 November 2.
The vote is held two years after the presidential elections and is generally regarded as the acid test of how well the governing party is performing.