April 14th, 2009
06:45 PM ET
6 years ago

First lady thanks Secret Service, DHS employees

(CNN) – Michelle Obama stopped at the Department of Homeland Security Tuesday, thanking employees for working on the "president's greatest concerns and priorities."

"If you do your jobs well, few people will ever know about anything that you do," she said. "For others, the hope is that you never have to execute much of what you work so hard to prepare for."

The first lady also gave a special mention to the "excellence" of the Secret Service, who operate under the DHS, for the safety of her family.

"Every day I see how much time they spend away from their own families to keep mine safe," she said. "And it has been an honor to get to know each and every one of them throughout the course of the campaign, and our day-to-day interactions."


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soundoff (78 Responses)
  1. jeff

    It is great that she wants to speak out but she is not an elected official.
    She should find something that she loves and get involved and champion it. She should not be running around to all these government agencies and making speaches.
    She is married to the man in charge she is not the one in charge

    April 14, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  2. Ernestine

    Its good to see such a powerful person be so humble.

    April 14, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  3. David

    Michelle Obama is the 1st First Lady in history to have a paid, full-time make-up artist on staff. You see, the thing with the obamas is 'do as I say, not as I do'.

    April 14, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  4. Classy

    Finally....a first lady that is nothing short of total class!

    She also happens to be human unlike Laura Bush the robot.

    April 14, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  5. Nancy W.

    What a lovely thing for her to do. She's so genuine and down-to-earth but very classy at the same time. I'm really proud that she's our country's First Lady.

    April 14, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  6. jeff

    If Obama is lucky and get 8 years.
    Michelle is no Hillary. She will never get elected to anything after he is gone

    April 14, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  7. Veronica

    Mrs. Obama is a class act!!

    April 14, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  8. Ryanna

    Gracious and eloquent as ever.

    April 14, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  9. NAOMI

    That is so nice. I like Mrs. Obama she is a class act. BTW she looks beautiful!

    April 14, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  10. katiec

    What a wonderful and gracious lady Michelle Obama is.
    She makes us and our nation proud.

    April 14, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  11. willyphilly

    Bravo! Bravo! I am sure these words mean alot to those who are the recipients. So many people work to keep us safe that we don't often think about them unless something goes wrong. The Obama administration is changing the American culture. Cheers to the First Lady.

    April 14, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  12. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    2016 – Michelle Obama for President

    April 14, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  13. Keith in Austin

    The Secret Service is doing their job keeping the Obama family safe. The question to ask is whether Obama is doing the same thing for America?

    April 14, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  14. Mari

    Very gracious of her. Bravo Mrs. Obama!

    April 14, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  15. Ian

    "If you do your jobs well, few people will ever know about anything that you do,"

    Is she referring to the warrantless wiretapping that Obama is now a big supporter of?

    April 14, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  16. Pete Caloger

    Mrs. Obama, the more we see you the more we respect and learn from you.

    April 14, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  17. Steph

    To Keith in Austin,
    The answer is YES!

    April 14, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  18. Martha Hussein Baker for Barack

    How lucky we are to have such an intelligent and classy woman as first lady.

    We love you Mrs. Obama!

    April 14, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  19. carlo

    Jeff:

    All First Ladies do this. Laura Bush is a nice lady, but she put us all to sleep, which is why you saw no coverage of her.

    April 14, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  20. michaelam

    Bravo, Ms. Obama. You are an inspiration to us all!

    April 14, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  21. Charlie in Maine

    Jeff writes; "She should find something that she loves and get involved and champion it"

    She has. It is our country. Get used to it.

    April 14, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  22. Ken in NC

    @ jeff & Keith in Austin

    The 2 of you really got it bad. Can't you make an attitude change and acknowledge something positive when it happens and stop being so critical?

    Michelle Obama is making every effort to help people keep positive attitudes in hard times. We don't need a lot of negative. There was more than enough of it thrust upon us when our retirement accounts got robbed by the financial sector.

    April 14, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  23. Frank

    The Department of Homeland Security.

    Created by President George W. Bush.

    She should be thanking him.

    April 14, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  24. LEFT out in the cold

    Dont forget, Mrs Obama, to thank the DHS Secretary and her staff for calling 'returning veterans a threat to homeland security'. ...and of course no mention of that.

    Praising the organization that singles out the men/women who veil her country in safety is insulting and degrading to men/women in uniform...AND out of uniform. Shame on you, Mrs Obama and DOUBLE shame on DHS...

    April 14, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  25. bobowen

    michelle obama crosses all manner of lines...not the least of which is her wonderful ability to make BOTH women AND men extremely proud! she is NOT, however, a class ACT...rather she is a class REALITY!!!

    April 14, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
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