First Lady Visits Haiti

Posted by Jerome J. Oetgen
April 14, 2010
First Lady Michelle Obama in Haiti

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."



April 14, 2010

Andre in Jamaica writes:

US assistance is very important to Haiti. The US should work with other contries in the region committed to Hait's recovery.

April 14, 2010

Helen L. in Canada writes:

It is very nice to see the president's wife and a mother of children visit haiti. i think she is the one can make sure all the money raised so far goes to help the children of haiti. i think the money should be in a special fund called''HELP THE CHILDREN OF HAITI;'' AND THE PEOPLE WHO MANAGE IT SHOULD BE BONDED; THE SAME ASI HAD TO BE UNDER NAFTA, WHEN USA GAVE ME INT, IMPORT/EXPORT APPROVALS

la a.
United States
April 14, 2010

Femme writes:

Very nice! Let us not stop doing more.

Tony B.
United Kingdom
April 15, 2010

Tony B. in the United Kingdom writes:

The visit of the first lady to Haiti is a welcome development. Outpour of love and compassion to these people would go a long way to heal them. One just hope that the recovery and the rebuilding would be swift enough to minimize the hardship of the children. Cheers

Virginia, USA
April 15, 2010

Flavius in Virginia writes:

Get her on the road more often! The lady is good.


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