More on theU.S. Response to Haiti Earthquake|White House Blog Slideshow: The First Lady and Dr. Biden in HaitiAbout the Author: Jerome J. Oetgen serves as Counselor for Public Affairs at U.S. Embassy Port-au-Prince.
Yesterday, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden visited Port-au-Prince and reinforced the U.S. commitment to help Haiti recover and rebuild. The morning was overcast and muggy, but large crowds lined up to meet them. The reception was overwhelming, and I was particularly touched by the First Lady's visit to a temporary school house, made up of school buses donated by the Dominican Republic, where she interacted with the children and joined them in drawing pictures. The visit meant a great deal to all those who have been working in Haiti since the earthquake. Stressing the international nature of the relief effort, Ms. Obama recognized the sacrifices and heroism of the relief workers and promised Haitians that the work would continue until it was finished and Haiti had been "built back better."