February 20th, 2009
05:00 PM ET
6 years ago

FLOTUS thanks DOT for 'keeping America moving'

The DOT visit is the first lady's fifth and latest stop in her series of visits to government agencies.
The DOT visit is the first lady's fifth and latest stop in her series of visits to government agencies.

(CNN) – Michelle Obama continued her listening tour Friday, stopping at the Department of Transportation "simply to say thank you" to government employees and to push the president's $787 billion dollar stimulus plan. The DOT visit is the first lady's fifth and latest stop in her series of visits to government agencies.

The first lady, touting the stimulus bill as, “the largest investment in our nations' infrastructure since the interstate highways were created,” claimed the plan would “repair and re-build highways, expand access to public transportation which we all need, invest in high-speed railways which we all need, and improve our nations' airports.”

Mrs. Obama also told employees that not a day goes by that the work of the DOT "doesn't touch the lives of every single person in America."

"We rely on the airlines, the trains, the buses that are under your supervision to reach loved ones and to conduct business in distant places all over this country because of your work," the first lady said. "We can buy the products that make life comfortable and conduct the commerce that's the engine of our economy."

“Just know that we value you, America values you, and together we can get this country moving again," Obama said in closing. "We're going to need one another."

soundoff (116 Responses)
  1. stillsupportspresident

    The hatred towards Michelle is unfounded. I get that people hate black women in America...it's a part of American culture. But I am democrat who had nothing but love and respect for Laura. She was a wonderful first lady. So is Michelle so far. I get that people don't like black women but for once just focus on what she does as first lady, not if you like her hips, hair or skin. Those criticisms or compliments can be reserved for her husband...who OBVIOUSLY love the way she looks and loves her mind. I know this is disturbing to many people.

    February 20, 2009 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  2. Pat CA

    Until and unless Michelle Obama addresses the nation on national TV - without equivocation or invoking her husband's run for the presidency - and can apologize to the American people - who afforded her her Princeton education via Affirmative Action sponsorship - just as they did her husband's Harvard education via Affirmative Action sponsorship - and can state that her "not proud of America" comments were brutally hateful - SHE IS AND WILL BE NOBODY. And all the designer dresses - and all the White House redecorating - and all the Michelle's mother/1st Grandmothr garbage, and ALL her appearances at government agencies to "listen" won't change A THING!!!!!!!!!!!!! EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 20, 2009 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  3. JB Kansas

    I love our First Lady. She has class, is smart, educated, funny, and a great mom. I think it is great she is out there. As for Daniel in Merrillville Indiana, President Obama has been in office one month today. The terrible mess that "moved this great nation to oblivion" was done by none other than President Bush who just got listed as 37th out of 43 (that is 16 from the bottom) by presidential scholars. Our infrastructure has suffered, our basic rights compromised, trillions spent on an unjust, unnecessary war, huge debt....on and on. And W came into the office with our country in good shape. Daniel it was your man who brought this country to its knees. Nice of you to give so much credit to Obama that this administration could turn the country around in 30 days.

    February 20, 2009 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  4. Hawk Fan

    Great picture of Michelle, she looks great. I love our First Lady. She has class, is smart, educated, funny, and a great mom. I think it is great she is out there. As for Daniel in Merrillville Indiana, President Obama has been in office one month today. The terrible mess that "moved this great nation to oblivion" was done by none other than President Bush who just got listed as 37th out of 43 (that is 16 from the bottom) by presidential scholars. Our infrastructure has suffered, our basic rights compromised, trillions spent on an unjust, unnecessary war, huge debt....on and on. And W came into the office with our country in good shape. Daniel it was your man who brought this country to its knees. Nice of you to give so much credit to Obama that this administration could turn the country around in 30 days.

    February 20, 2009 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  5. Sheri

    People are just sooooooooooooooooooooooo ignorant on here. It makes me sick. Michelle, lady you are ALL THAT AND MUCH MORE.
    Go on with you bad self!

    February 20, 2009 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  6. Proud Democrat who is against this Stimulus

    We voted for Barack Obama, not Michelle.....so why is she out there acting like she is President?

    She needs to stay at the White House and take care of her children.

    We didn't vote for Bill and Hillary because we didn't want a two-fer , just like we don't want Michelle acting like she is the President.

    She needs to put her ego aside and let her husband do her job.

    Her arrogance in going to all these State Departments and addressing them like she was the President is outrageous!

    WE DID NOT VOTE FOR MICHELLE!......WE VOTED FOR BARACK!!!!

    February 20, 2009 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  7. Posn

    I love our first lady you go Mrs. Obama.

    February 20, 2009 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  8. A. Darton

    Is Michelle Obama perfect? No, but neither was Laura Bush or any of the other first ladies. What I know is this lady have accomplish alot in her life, and she did it without the well wishes of these Obama Haters. So keep on trying to put her down, she will just keep on shining and rising. Bless you and your lovely family First Lady.

    February 20, 2009 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  9. Simmy

    I see Ann Coulter's (or whatever her name is) crowd lost their way and ended up on the intelligent blog. Well anyway, UPS to you First Lady – You are a true role model – You're beautiful! Stay visible. I love it!

    February 20, 2009 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  10. blacklovr

    go away she-boon

    February 20, 2009 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  11. blacklovr

    i want my chek to buy somz chikenz an chitlins.

    February 20, 2009 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  12. Brooklyn NY

    Pat fron CA abviously have some seriously deep issues. Pat...Get a life and get out of you little bubble of a world. You have way too much free time.

    February 20, 2009 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  13. tee

    Pat CA
    You are clueless. Its been proven that her comments were edited.
    once again a republiklan using the rightwing made up taking points.
    Not an original thought of your own. SHE SAID: fOR THE FIRST TIME IN HERE ADULT LIFE SHE IS REALLY PROUD OF AMERICA. IN NOWAY IS SHE STATING THAT SHE WASN'T PROUD AT ALL, INSPITE OF WHAT AFRICAN AMERICAN HAVE BEEN SUBJECTED TO, JUST 40 YEARS AGO. YOUR IGNORANCE IS SHAMEFUL.

    February 20, 2009 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  14. Sick of Ya''ll Whinning

    This country is in a spiral down direction and all you people do on these blogs is blog, blog, blog and complain about everything. Whatever happened to RESPECTING THE PRESIDENT and the office. You don't have to agree with everything he does, but he is about the only one that is trying to get this country back on track. I for one, voted for him....not just him, but for Michelle too. These people have our best interest at heart. How dare any of you so-called "Americans" blast the office of the president. When you disrespect the office, you disrespect yourself along with everyone else. To tell the truth, we are all doomed....and here we are complaining and griping about everything just because it doesn't suit what you think.

    Get over it people!! Barack H Obama is OUR president. Michelle is his wife. At least respect the office. I have never seen so much bickering and yankering in all my days about everything that our President has to say. We have just gone through 8 years of pure hell and one month has gone by and we can't even give him time to work.

    We all need to be praying for our president and this country!

    February 20, 2009 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  15. tee

    PAT CA
    YOU'RE JEALOUS, HOW DO YOU KNOW HOW MUCH SHE MAKES?
    YOU'RE OBVIOUSLY NOT DOING ANY RESEARCH. WATCH FOX NEWS, THEN GIVE ME A RESPONSE.

    February 20, 2009 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  16. rhondaj

    Daniel C. Did somebody black from gary do something to you to make you such a racist???

    February 20, 2009 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
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