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. Gary

    Is she proud of our country for the second time? Does she have any idea where our economy is going. There is big hype from the media and they try to put them on the pedestal.

    February 20, 2009 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  2. Jon in Ca

    I knew Travis was talented... but speaking from a microphone. Wow

    February 20, 2009 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  3. Chris from NY

    Scott L February 20th, 2009 5:48 pm ET

    She is a pinhead and angry all the time.
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    May be it's because you can't handle strong women. Neither can you recognize one when you see her. You need some glasses if you don't already have one and a new one if you do already because there no sign of anger on that woman's face.

    February 20, 2009 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  4. Chris from NY

    Scott L
    It's either you can't handle strong women or you can recognize one when you see her. You need some glasses if you don't already have one and a new one if you do already because there no sign of anger on that woman's face.

    February 20, 2009 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  5. Erika, KS

    Whatever, Mrs. Obama. I really could care less what you have to say, what your opinion is or where you go. You don't count. What your husband says and does counts.

    February 20, 2009 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  6. LK in NJ

    Voter February 20th, 2009 5:14 pm ET

    All these visits by Michelle Obama, always in a new outfit, are for what? Does anyone hanker wistfully for a special on-the-scene thank-you from a person for whom they have done nothing?

    Maybe. Michelle's been in DC for 15 minutes. Does she think everything career workers have done for years was in anticipation of her arrival? I guess so, she does seem to want to thank them, each and every one.

    I think it's about the clothes, myself. Attention from the chattering class is just an extra perk.
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    What is wrong with you? The First Lady does not wear a uniform... and get this, she PAYS for her own clothes. How do you know that her outfits are new? What is she suppose to look like, a vagabond?

    She is thanking everyone for doing a job well done for US (you and me). What is wrong with that? Stop being so miserable and sit back for the ride.

    February 20, 2009 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  7. Steph

    I love what she is doing, and she looks amazing!

    February 20, 2009 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  8. LK in NJ

    Once you vote Black February 20th, 2009 5:29 pm ET

    Notice how much taller she is then anyone else on the stage. Do you see how long her fingers are? Note how her hips are as wide as the podium. Look at that forehead. To me thats a lady.
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    What is wrong with you?

    February 20, 2009 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  9. Ken from Atlanta

    The ignorance displayed here is exactly why we NEED to invest in our education system. Maybe the next generation will be better than this one, because there are many idiots that it's just too late to try to change. America is slipping into a ditch with republicans and idiots alike shoveling the dirt.

    February 20, 2009 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  10. dr.mimi de la cruz

    LOOKING LIKE A FIRST LADY, SECOND TO NONE.

    WELL EDUCATED. SMART & LOVES HER FAMILY,

    WHICH INCLUDES ALL AMERICANS.

    MUCH LOVE & RESPECT TO OUR FIRST LADY.

    February 20, 2009 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  11. LK in NJ

    Anonymous February 20th, 2009 5:28 pm ET

    Who the he__ does she think she is? Good grief. She's the last person I would want to see!
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    Close your eyes!

    February 20, 2009 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  12. ChrisinFlorida

    To Larry:
    Um...read the bill before you spout off talking points. There is NOT 4 billion in there for ACORN. There is a provision in there for housing assistance in which an organization that provides housing assitance can bid on the money, so yes if ACORN wanted to bid for it they could, but they haven't said they would, and if they get it, then yes you can complain. But are you kidding me? Your mad about something that's not in there at all? Your mad because...what exactly? Because they qualify...and by the way. DO some research, they things that happend with ACORN....ACORN was the victim. Not the other way around. People they hired commited fraud and then charged them to pay for false voting fraud. The organization didnt do it.

    February 20, 2009 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  13. Donatella

    I think it is sad how things are going in this country, I know people are upset because all you hear is bad news about the economy, but to take cheap shots at Mrs. Obama a woman who has done nothing to any of these people, that is just sad, we have got to get it together, the whole world is looking at us .

    February 20, 2009 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  14. FORMER REPUBLICAN

    DEFINITELY NOT LIKE THE REPUBLICAN FIRST LADIES,

    WHICH HAVE RESEMBLED STEPFORD WIVES.

    FIRST LADY MICHELLE IS WELL EDUCATED & AN INTELLECTUAL

    IN HER OWN RIGHT. SHE IS A HUGE ASSET TO HER HER

    HUSBAND-OUR PRESIDENT & OUR NATION AS A WHOLE &

    A GREAT ROLE MODEL FOR ALL OUR YOUNG PEOPLE.

    February 20, 2009 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  15. a southern bell

    GO GIRL !!!

    THAT'S HOW YOU DO IT.

    SMART, SHARP & THE BEST OF TASTE.

    WE HAVE THE BEST FIRST LADY EVER.

    February 20, 2009 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  16. boered1

    @ Larry February 20th, 2009 5:29 pm ET
    You said this in response to arithmetic is liberal February 20th, 2009 5:18 pm ET
    proof?
    How about 4 Billion for ACORN?
    to which I respond simply that ACORN is set up to registar VOTERS, they do not put the party affiliation on the registration sheet, the voters do that, (unlike the one that marked ALL registration cards before hand as Republican in California I think its name was GRS?? anyone tell me the name I forgot). They are REQUIRED BY LAW TO TURN IN EVERY FILLED OUT CARD, they cannot decide that the name looks false and throw them away, once that is done the information is reviewed by local and state voting boards where fictional registrations (or fraudulent if you prefer) are removed . So even if EVERY card filled out by ACORN but 1 was to Goofy NO FRAUD occured since the local voting boards would dismiss all but the one.

    SO CORN registers potential voters, of ANY party, local and state boards CONFIRM the voters and deletes the incorrect ones, than voters vote.. and your problem is with what? Voters getting to vote? I we should NOT fund that.. idiot.

    February 20, 2009 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  17. John from San Diego

    The FLOTUS has my support!

    February 20, 2009 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  18. Bud in NC

    If all of the greedy CEO's, corupt polliticians, crooked lobbiests, Ponzi schemers, and all of the other financial theives were cleaned up and played by the rules all the rest of us live by there would be enough money available to end this crisis worldwide TODAY. The top one or two percent own all the wealth while ther rest of us struggle to get by. We are suffering, not them.

    And they have a lot of fools convinced that the market system they control for their benefit is good for us too. Don't give me any more bull**it about liberalism or socialism being evil. Evil for them . It would be good for the 98% of the rest of us.

    Yes regulation of banks, socialized medicine for the average American, Regulation of CEO bonusus. Those bunusus come of the backs of hard working Americans. We are like the contented cattle being feed grain and corn. Feeling we are being treated so wonderfully till we are led into the slaughter house.

    Obama is not perfect. I have some diffrerences with him. But I think he is trying to help us struggling commoners by controlling the corruption that got to where we find ourselves.

    February 20, 2009 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  19. Cathy

    She will run out of suits and floral dresses soon....

    February 20, 2009 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  20. Ross

    Obama I voted for you, now where is my welfare check?

    February 20, 2009 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  21. S Callahan

    You now get to 'officaly' wear the hard hat!

    February 20, 2009 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  22. Mississippi Mike

    I gave the same speech at a prune juice convention. :)

    February 20, 2009 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  23. Snake eyes

    HEY LEAVE THE LADY ALONE. WE DEMOCRATS DID NOT LIKE W BUT LAURA WAS OFF-LIMITS FROM CRITICISM. IF ANYTHING SHE EARNED A MEDAL BEING MARRIED TO THAT IDIOT.

    SHOW SOME CLASS YOU GOP THUGS.

    February 20, 2009 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  24. Snake eyes

    SHOW SOME CLASS YOU GOP THUGS.

    WE DEMOCRATS DID NOT LIKE W BUT LAURA WAS OFF-LIMITS FROM CRITICISM. IF ANYTHING SHE EARNED A MEDAL BEING MARRIED TO THAT IDIOT.

    February 20, 2009 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  25. Snake eyes

    Show some class you GOP Thugs!!

    Strong and intelligent, Mrs. Obama would mop up the floor with your pasty white sexist butts. You Republican sissy pants wouldnt know what to do with a lady like Michelle, because your idea of a real woman is some wilting lilly you can control by keeping her at home.

    February 20, 2009 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
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