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. Kayla

    THE GOP'S FORGET HOW MUCH MONEY IS GOING TO IRAQ EVERY MONTH THAT STILL DOES NOT ADD UP TO THE SPENDING ON THE STIMULUS STUPID.

    February 20, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  2. Matthew, Detroit

    DRILL FOR OIL.

    DRILL FOR OIL.

    DRILL FOR OIL.

    DRILL FOR OIL.

    DRILL FOR OIL.

    Tell the dems that dont want to drill for oil to stop driving their cars. That fits right in with all of their logic about not accepting stimulus money even though you pay taxes.

    February 20, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  3. SlimSista

    @ DANIEL...HI HATER!!

    February 20, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  4. annie - Palin 2012

    flotus sounds like someone with gas.

    February 20, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  5. Willy Brown

    FLOTUS.... What the heck is that? #44 and his wife are well over their heads in this White House thing. I bet they wished they stayed in the community halls of Chicago

    February 20, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  6. Vanassa/AL

    I doubt seriously if the suit is new, seems her latest outings are all dressed a little old school , besides she came with the ability to afford..., however all of you should have awakened at the point of her rhetoric from her initial visit. She lives in the community where those people live and work., it creates a bond that is understood by the same. She and her husband did not get as old as they are and not learn to relate to people. People are the source (Human Resource). It's unfortunate many of you will be left in the cold or stuck on stupid when it comes to seeing how all of this is related and a vital piece of the puzzle.

    February 20, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  7. Emily

    I love the FLOTUS, and I think this new administration has done a great job so far. I hope they continue to work hard and make progress, and for the people who don't like the stimulus package well you should feel free not to use the new roads or bridges or ride the new trains or buses or take the tax refund you will be getting or use the new hospitals. Just boycott all that stuff.

    February 20, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  8. Once you vote Black

    Thats it Snake Eyes, GOODWILL! I knew I saw that outfit she is wearing some place. It was that 5 inch star on her chest that had me going, but I think she is just trying to spruce it up.

    February 20, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  9. lr

    was every first lady this involved?

    February 20, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  10. Scott L

    She is a pinhead and angry all the time. Frankly she is acting more presidential than Barack. I will give her that.

    February 20, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  11. Gordon Shumway

    Well, since Biden can only seem to trip over his doofus every time he opens his mouth, maybe Mrs Obama can more effectively operate as the real assistant president...........

    February 20, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  12. In Houston, TX

    Michelle Obama is SO HOTT.
    All I'm sayin is that Barrack had better keep her away from me, because I am gonna holla at her. i like sweet, beutiful and intellegent. There is something about that combination that makes me happy.

    I'm just kidding. I don't think I could take her away from the most powerful man in the world

    February 20, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  13. knock knock RJ

    Thank Michelle for a wonderful job. What name are you using now RJ, you little mental midget?Poor kid, Rush got him pumped up and full of hate today people.Dont pay any attention to him,the secret service are on their way to his house now.I feel bad for his parents if they arent as bad as him,but I have a feeling they are hateful bigots too.Just say no to meth and other drugs and seek help now.

    February 20, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  14. Mari

    @ BSMITH171.......... IF you are going to make ACCUSATIONS, then back them up! That's the trouble with the far-right..... you people, continue to spew hate....... lies........fear and division....... simply by making ignorant statements!

    How is remodeling Federal Buildings and making them more energy efficient ....... paying Obama's supporters back? This will save millions of dollars in wasted energy AND put people to WORK! Yes.....WORK...... because for every construction worker that IS hired, there is ......to use a GOP term..... trickle down of other jobs: the window companies, the local diner, the coffee shop, etc., etc.!

    How is money to improve our roads & bridges paying "political supporters" back? For every person that is employed there are 100's more that will get jobs supporting those who are working!

    And the "ACORN $5 Billion Dollar Lie" has been PROVEN TO BE A LIE!

    PLEASE FOLKS DO NOT BE SPOON FED BY MEDIA, READ ABOUT THE STIMULUS BILL AT: RECOVERY.GOV!

    THINK FOR YOURSELVES!

    February 20, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  15. proud army navy mom

    TO Daniel in Indiana: Did you have confidence in puppet Bush, when he was running the economy in the ground? I thought so.

    The First Lady is absolutely wonderful.

    February 20, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  16. Proud to be an American

    Well done, Mrs. Obama.

    She's a class act.

    February 20, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  17. cheryl brooks from cali

    Go Michelle!!!! That's right get out there and back yo' man up!!!!! Roll up your sleves too! I like your style!!!!!

    February 20, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  18. Mari

    @ Daniel Cabrera....... PLEASE PROVE TO US....... THAT "THIS CORRUPTED PRESENT ADMINISTRATION ........."

    BUSH DOUBLED OUR NATION DEBT....... ISN'T THAT SPENDING OUR NATION INTO OBLIVION???????

    IF YOU FAR-RIGHT PEOPLE ARE GOING TO MAKE ACCUSATIONS BACK THEM UP WITH ...........FACTS!

    February 20, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  19. arithmetic is liberal

    Larry:

    That isn't in the package. There was a $4 Billion expenditure added for voter registration groups, not just every rightie's favorite catch phrase, ACORN.

    That was Pelosi's fault. Believe me, a LOT of Democrats are angry at Pelosi for adding her projects to the House bill, but all of them were dropped in the bipartisan compromise session. It was dropped from the stimulus bill and now no longer exists.

    February 20, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    @ Matthew, Detroit

    Ignoramous. You do realize that ANWR would provide only something like 0.4% of the world's oil by 2020 and would have a negligible effect, if any (OPEC can negate it), on the price per barrel, don't you? You do realize that it would be approximately 10 years before a drop would be in circulation, right? You have no facts "my friend," just a position. You got the whole process o fbuilding a policy perspective backwards.

    February 20, 2009 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  21. The Truth

    And did she mention once again how much she hates this country?

    February 20, 2009 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  22. LK in NJ

    I love you! God bless you, President Obama, the First Daughters and the First Mother-in-law!

    February 20, 2009 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  23. bailey

    It sounds and appears like Michelle and Obama are having trouble remember the election is over with them being out on the trail so much.. Too much effort in trying to convinece Americans their policys are the solutions. When we know spending is not the solutions. Giving hand outs are wrong and the bibile says if you do not work you do not eat. I have lost faith in our country, the government can not solve the greed in American that has created this mess we are in as a country. What out side undercurrent is really running our country?
    I think it is funny that the reports are coming out that Syria has weapons. Well congress and some Americans new this because of the General from Iraq appeared in Wahington to testify about the weapons went to Syria. So the truth does have a way of coming out so Obama and Michelle get ready the truth of why you all are destroying American will come out.

    Bailey

    February 20, 2009 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  24. Judy Zukoski, Barnesville, PA

    I suppose the people who are posting such negative comments would prefer to have George W. back.....remember, the guy who could hardly read his speeches? The guy who gave tax breaks to the richest of the rich CEOs? The guy who ignored what went on after Hurricane Katrina? The guy who did nothing while our largest corporations shipped jobs overseas in the interest of CEOs pocketing even MORE money for themselves?

    I suppose you people have such negative feelings against President Obama, the First Lady, and Vice-President Biden because you do not recognize quality when you see it. But not to worry.....despite your animosity, they represent you too, and you'll be glad for that, in the long run.

    February 20, 2009 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  25. Sniffit

    @ MAtthew, Detroit

    One more thing...you're a consistent liar. PRESIDENT Obama is NOT talking about nationalizing the banks, even though some Democrats in congress might be doing so. I will follow you around and correct you on this point over and over like I've already done, because it's disgusting that yo ueither are so ignorant that you believe what you're saying or so corrupt that you are purposefully lying...altho I suppose you learned that by waatching the GOP. Obama can veto what they do, and should if he's said he doesn't want to nationalize them, but they can override the veto.

    February 20, 2009 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
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