Danish students intrigued by first lady’s Iowa City visit

Decision was spur of the moment, but three years in the making

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April 1, 2014 | 2:46 am

Although she might have earned the prize for coming the farthest to see Michelle Obama, Jennifer Sachse’s attendance at the first lady’s Iowa City rally was a spur-of-the-moment decision.

On the other hand, she had been hoping for such a moment for three years.

Sachse, a student from Vordingborg, a community on the Danish island of Zealand about 100 kilometers from Copenhagen, Denmark, is part of a group of 19 Danish business school students. Their visit to Kirkwood Community College is part of an international trip the17- to 19-year-old students take each year. Typically the focus is not on politics.

“But three years ago when we looked at when we would be here, we thought, ‘Yeah, the election,’” she said.

Sachse was intrigued by the first lady’s campaign visit.

“I think it’s kind of awesome,” she said, “but it would be unusual for out prime minister’s wife to do that. We wouldn’t even know her name or what she looks like.”

Later, Sachse said the rally was "awesome." But she and her still jet-lagged fellow students were ready for some rest.

Find video with comments from Sachse in the live-blog coverage of Michelle Obama's visit here.

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