February 26th, 2009
03:13 PM ET
9 years ago

'It's a new day,' Michelle Obama tells EPA

Michelle Obama spoke to roughly 1,000 EPA staffers, her latest stop in a series of visits to government agencies, thanking employees for their work and assuring them that they have 'unwavering support from a phenomenal president.'

Michelle Obama spoke to roughly 1,000 EPA staffers, her latest stop in a series of visits to government agencies, thanking employees for their work and assuring them that they have 'unwavering support from a phenomenal president.'

(CNN) – "We now have a president who's going to put science at the heart of our environmental policies and decisions," Michelle Obama said to a cheering crowd of employees at the Environmental Protection Agency Thursday. "It's a new day."

Mrs. Obama spoke to roughly 1,000 EPA staffers, her latest stop in a series of visits to government agencies, thanking employees for their work and assuring them that they have "unwavering support from a phenomenal president."

"This new era puts the EPA at the center of President Obama's highest priorities, securing America's energy independence and securing the future of our planet by combating climate change," the first lady said.

The EPA is an agency whose mission is particularly close to Obama's heart: public health. "I've often spoken about my most important job - being a mom, and like mothers and fathers everywhere, the health and safety of our children is our top priority," she said. "This is what it is all about - the future."

The first lady touted environmental spending in the president's stimulus plan which designates 10.5 billion dollars to the EPA to "continue to clean up our communities and improve the health of our fellow Americans." The boost in environmental spending is nearly 50 percent higher than President Bush asked for in 2008, and includes funds designated to improve sewage treatment plants, drinking water systems and to protect waterways.

The first lady maintained the president will "champion bold policies and make smart investments" like create more energy efficient buildings, Obama said as the crowd roared.

"See now that's exciting, you know you're at the EPA."

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soundoff (172 Responses)
  1. Bankrupt

    We are very fortunate to have such an intelligent, glamorous First Lady to represent America and give a morale boost to our public employees.

    February 26, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  2. Jeffrey in Georgia

    For science!

    You know, I could have forgiven Bush at least some of his poor decisions if he'd actually followed through with his promises for NASA and science in general. But, naturally, he broke those promises. Lets see if Obama does any better.

    If we are to remain the most advanced, most prosperous country in the world, then we must remain the most technologically advanced country in the world. There is no other option. Science must advance, and quickly, before we are overtaken by others.

    February 26, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  3. Reggie

    Not the time to play with people,s lives or play politics. NEW ORLEANS LA. is in ruines what a mess.. this is not a game get real let,s excel and take the bail.

    February 26, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  4. Dale

    I think Mrs. Michelle Obama is an awesome woman of color and I'm so proud of her . She makes women of color want to step up to the plate.

    February 26, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  5. PJP

    TO: AndyL

    THANK YOU!!!!!!!! (I really do mean it!)

    February 26, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  6. Matthew, Detroit

    Michelle, Did you take care of that yet?

    February 26, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  7. g.j man

    Wow lets celebrate the EPA and all the decisions to be energy independant.

    Now that the celebration is over why not talk to the men and women the thousands that have lost their jobs from the oil field just in western colorado..tens of thousands more have been laid of nation wide from the energy market. Yep the dems and the new regulations and drilling prices and the stoppage of all the coal plants. Where is the energy going to come from RIGHT NOW?

    How much has this made it into the main stream media? Nada

    They are not creating jobs they are creating government control and taking jobs.

    Wake up

    February 26, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  8. cdmertz

    You are not a spoke person for this nation! GO HOME take care of YOUR kids.

    February 26, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  9. markens

    obama is spending money because bush has done anything for us. bush put this country as third world country where poverty is rising.

    February 26, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  10. Steve

    It sure is nice to have actual science (as opposed to the claptrap like the other Steve was spouting) be in vogue again. The deniers are on the run, and it's about time.

    February 26, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  11. Dayahka

    Science is a method of gaining knowledge that relies on subjecting hypotheses to tests and rejecting hypotheses if they are contrary to fact. It is also a method that rejects any and all forms of authoritarianism or faith in support of any hypothesis. It also supports the central role of criticism and accepts the fact that one contrary fact is enough to destroy any hypothesis. It is also a method of knowledge that is NOT based on consensus or popularity of any claim to knowledge. With these in mind, one must reject the idea that this administration is supporting science because it has come right out in support of the hypothesis of global warming climate change that is at best still a tentative hypothesis–and it has committed enormous amounts of funding to "control" what cannot be controlled or what is the wrong way to control something that we have disagreements about. All Obama has done is shift allegiance from one form of faith to another, for global warming is not a certitude, and has facts that go contrary to and thus refute the hypothesis.

    February 26, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  12. neil

    How many votes did she get again?

    February 26, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  13. walleye

    To Deborah who talks about "Runaway Spending." Where were you the last 8 years when the spending was going to oil cronies and Halliburton. At least now its going back to rebuild what Bush & Co. destroyed – the USA.

    February 26, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  14. July


    When Mrs. Bush would travel on behalf of woman rights in the Arab world .. did u tell her to say home?

    When Mrs. Bush set out to make Reading important ... did you tell her to stay home?

    When Mrs. Bush went on tv shows ( NEWS ) to promote anything her husband did ... did you tell her to stay home?

    When Mrs. Bush confort the familes of 9/11 .... did you tell her to stay home?

    AndyL .... Mrs. Obama has every right to be in public just like Mrs. Bush was.

    February 26, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  15. Bafun

    @AndyL "Obama has spent as much as money as being 14 years in Iraq, with one stroke of a pen"
    The only difference is that this money is spent in America, for Americans and not for wars and tax cuts for the 1%. If you buy a house you have to borrow a lot of money and you need 30 years to pay back but the house is yours.
    So you have to understand that investissement is a lot of money, but for this money you will have at least something.

    February 26, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  16. Smart People

    Nice to see TCM, Ray Ray, and Kevin from Ohio made time to spread some more of the fox news BS. Please do us all a favor and stop posting until you have woke up from your right wing "The economy is still strong" dream. You three constantly degrade people on this board as well as our President. Try a little humility, and while you’re at it provide us with some ideas of your own.

    Unfortunately, from reading your posts, I get the idea that none of you have any clue what you are talking about. You just want to scream at something...PATHETIC!

    February 26, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  17. Jimbo - st. louis

    She needs to go away.... Jackie you are not, stop trying to act important.

    I'm disgusted by the media, by the government - it doesn't matter what face you put on the white house, it's still a big fat lie.

    February 26, 2009 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  18. Griff............... on The Truth...

    What good is a planet, without people?

    February 26, 2009 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  19. arithmetic is liberal

    Ever since Obama won, the climate change deniers have ramped up their whisper campaign against change.

    One has to ask oneself:

    Is avoiding a slight uptick in government regulation worth risking the future sustainability and habitability of this planet?

    And YES, the Earth used to be much, much warmer. But at the same time us mammals were very small and were a food source for the dominant critters on the planet during a warm period – reptiles.

    Not only that, but the previous periods of warming were directly related to the slough-off of extinction events. The first warming period came in the late Cryogenian, when atmospheric carbon dioxide melted the world-encompassing ice flow that nearly destroyed all life on Earth, and the second warming period came in the late Permian after a volcanic basalt flow nearly wiped out 99.9% of all multicellular life.

    Ask yourself: do you really want to live in a world populated by reptiles tottering on the brink of extinction?

    Please everyone pick up a science book and stop getting your "facts" from people who are the natural enemies of science.

    February 26, 2009 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    @ CAMI

    Thanks 🙂

    February 26, 2009 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  21. EAS

    TCM February 26th, 2009 3:14 pm ET

    @ donna –

    Got news for ya….your boy Obama and his cronies Pelosi and Co? they're the ones running up the deficit….in fact, Obama's pork pkg? Saw an interesting note; if Jesus had spent a million, every day since his birth…until now…it still wouldn't match what Obama's committed to spending in less than a month…you have no room or justification for blaming Bush…Here's another tidbit…he's already committed to spending more money than what's been spent since the birth of the nation…….!! you're an idiot follower like many others that post here, believing in Obama's fairytales…..you'll quickly learn once your paycheck is racked with about a 40% fed tax deduction…necessary to fund all the socialist entitlement programs you voted into office…but, hey, it'll be fair, right? stupid libs….

    You're a fine one to talk about Jesus. The Bible teaches us to pay our taxes, save our money and help others.

    Apparently you missed that day at Bible School. Actually, i doubt you even go to church.

    February 26, 2009 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  22. BAILEY

    So all at once we have a president who is a scientist, It will be interesting to continue to hear how many other professionals career he has in his closet that no one has ever heard about.

    Only Christ has the answers for everything. Christ created the world and he has a very vast supply of everything we need so all of this political environmental views need to go by the way of the cross. If people would live by Biblical principles we would not have to spend all of the money and time visiting all of the government offices. I think the first lady is over stepping her boundaries. Didn't another first lady try to take authority that the voters did not give her and it back fired. Is she looking for a government job?


    February 26, 2009 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
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