February 26th, 2009
03:13 PM ET
6 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. SMJ

    Deborah – then what is YOUR suggestion, honey? Sink into a depression? Get a grip. Eight years of Bush put us where we are...don't blame the Obamas for trying to fix it.

    February 26, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  2. Leor in DC

    Deborah,

    Debt is spelled with a B, not a P – you should be happy the President is spending money on our schools, so at least your kids might learn how to spell.

    February 26, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  3. Ellie

    Love it, Love it, Love it..... you go girl! I'm so glad you're taking a role in "thanking" workers in the Federal Government. They have worked too long and too hard and deserve a simple "thank you". Everyone wants to be made to feel like they matter, it may not be much to everyone, but for some, it's more than enough. Just a simple thank you.

    February 26, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  4. Alice

    Is she proud of her country now?

    February 26, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  5. Obama-mama

    Lady? Shining example? Awesome? Good example?

    You folks are kidding, right? Oh I forgot, you're liberals...gee...
    remember when, she used to sit, Sunday after Sunday...in Rev Wright's church, practicing racist behaviors with the good ol' Rev....? Remember when she was "...proud for the first time in her life of her country?"
    Remember when she wrote racist hatred in her college papers...?

    She's not a good example, neither is the waffle she's married to. They typify mediocrity that's ushered to the forefront by a socialist agenda...because, too many Americans want something for nothing...and when they discover the're too lazy to work for it, they want to elect someone to take away from you, what you've earned, and give it to another......you folks are starstruck.....unfortunately, too many of you were above the legal age to vote, or to at least help ACORN stuff ballot boxes... wow...I must be a hater..or racist..for calling a racist a racist...?

    February 26, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  6. bob j

    we love you michelle

    February 26, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  7. ray ray

    "We now have a president who's going to put science at the heart of our environmental policies and decisions," Michelle Obama said .

    Riiiight... is THIS the same Michelle who promised her husband would heal the oceans and fix broken souls??

    Good god these people are narcissistic!

    February 26, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  8. California Gold

    Good job Mrs. Obama. Now let's get the EPA back up to staff. Talk about an understaffed agency.

    February 26, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  9. Steph

    What an amazing woman!

    February 26, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  10. Simmy

    Hands Up to the First Lady!

    Thumbs up
    To all of the Positive people blogging today – I agree with your uplifting remarks!

    Thumbs down
    To Valerie, Steve, and the other unhappy people. Put on a happy face. Life is too short to be so negative. They're going to be around for eight years – get used to them. God bless......

    February 26, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  11. Greg Pottstown, Pa.

    "unwavering support from a phenomenal president." Its more like you have the unwavering support from a Phenomenal spender.

    February 26, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  12. Jon H

    LOL. It's only Michelle Obama. Who cares?

    February 26, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  13. In Houston, TX

    All I'm sayin is, Barrack had better not bring Michelle around me, cuz I'm goin holla at her. She is just too fine. I have always loved pretty, intellegent women.

    Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr BABY Grrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!

    February 26, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  14. TCM

    @ 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....

    February 26, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  15. Lois, Ont., Canada

    Who cares what Mrs. Obama thinks. Her speeches are all scripted for her to make look good!

    February 26, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  16. Norom

    Obama-mama
    Stop foaming at the mouth and put your pointy white hat back on

    February 26, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  17. Jon in Ca

    Oh how wonderful... Michelle promising $10 Billion dollars to the EPA. It's EASY to spend the money when it's being taken from the taxpayers, eh Michelle???

    Michelle thinks she's the "Oprah" of the federal government. The only thing she has in common with Oprah is the worship of Barry and wide hips.

    February 26, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  18. James L.

    obama-mama: What have you done? Clearly, if you were a person of color you would understand what she meant by "....proud of her country for the first time". I am a 50 yo BLACK man is still NOT proud of this TRIFLIN country. Ask yourself what it costs each American to keep RACISM alive, and be honest with your answer. Mrs. Obama is correct the EPA does face a "new day" like it or not it is a FACT!

    February 26, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  19. KLK

    What a fabulous, smart, loving first lady. She's not fake with a Stepford smile a la Laura Bush glued on her face.

    February 26, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  20. Ula Nejad Sacramento, Ca

    Refined is an overstatement. She is unsophisticated, sloppy, stupid. Most of all does know how to express herself without mentioning her kids and her corrupt husband. Aren't they suppose to be speaking on behalf of the American people rather than Michelle says.... morons.

    February 26, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  21. Jacque Bauer

    Ugh. Makes you wish for the good OLD days!

    February 26, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  22. JohnCRoberts

    Wait, There is ACTUAL SCIENCE behind GLOBAL WARMING. I don't mean a bunch of useless data cobbled together, Denying ALL PAST HISTORY KNOWN. INCLUDING:

    Dinosaurs were in Temperate Alaska. Flora and Fauna Prove NORTHERN ALASKA Was TEMPERATE.

    In past History PRIOR to the ICE AGE. Carbon Dioxide Levels were much higher and temperature were approx 10 degrees warmer and EVERYTHING FLORISHED, plants trees and animals grew to tremendous size and age.

    Greenland was traveled too (Historically) in warm times Much of Viking travel to the Northern artic regions of America was done during times of unparalled warmth, yet failed out when returning NATURAL cold cycles came into Play.

    The weather Changes, although Humans can do a small bit to alter it, and lower Pollution and new Energy sources ARE OUTSTANDINGLY GOOD GOALS!

    GLOBAL WARMING AS A HORRIBLE DISASTER and the fact that humans caused it is A MONSTER JOKE, and you all buy it..

    PS. Michelle Obama seems to be a good mom and a good first lady. I say Good on you!

    -JCR

    February 26, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  23. CAMI

    @ Sniffit

    I look forward to reading your comments every day because you seem to always say exactly what I'm thinking. We're on the same page. :-)

    @Obama-Mama

    I look forward to reading your rants and ugly comments every day because they make me laugh and want to smack you at the same time. We're definitely not on the same page, and I'm actually sorry that you'll eventually end up benefitting from everything President Obama is trying to do for this country. I'll bet you'll never admit it when it happens though. :-)

    February 26, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  24. marie

    Obama mama – you need to educate yourself with what is happening to this country as a result of the last eight years of Rethugs before you post. because you sounded so uneducated, uninformed and racists.

    As for your comment regarding the rise of racial tensions – so long as we have people like yourself spreading hate and discontent sadly there will be racial tension.

    The first lady Michelle lives in the White House – the people's
    White House. Get use to it and get a life.

    February 26, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  25. simplyme

    Deborah .... what would be your suggestion for this economic crisis. Why are you bad mouthing the First Lady, she didn't write the bailout package nor the stimulis package. What everyone should be doing is realizing that we as Americans are in this together and praying that God is guiding the President and his cabinet as well as the other people we have put in office. I don't care how much we complain, it will change nothing, but prayer changes everything.

    February 26, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
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