April 14th, 2009
06:45 PM ET
5 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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  1. ANGIE

    Michelle Obama is a wonderful first lady. Very humble and she cares about others. Such a welcome change. Thank You Mrs. Obama.

    April 14, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  2. CHANGE we need

    Rather than praising SS AND DHS, she should have stuck to praising the Secret Service.

    After all, this is the same organization that calls veterans 'threats' and homocide bombers 'man-made disasters'...OMG, please!!!! DHS Secretary Napoliatano may be political poison and have to tender a letter of resignation!! ...and Mrs Obama is patting her on the back. Tisk tisk...

    April 14, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  3. cary

    David – You're stretching the truth for your own spin. Michelle Obama pays for Ms. Grimes-Miles beauty services on occasion, just as every first lady pays for different beauty services from time to time.

    April 14, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  4. REFRESHING

    WOW, Jeff, tell us how you really feel! You are right, she is not an elected official and your are also correct to say she is No Hillary, however she still is the First Lady of our Land. There is nothing wrong with her expressing her gratitude to the services that help keep our country running. This well educated, articulate woman can be elected to some branch of government if she so chooses, that is not her style unlike Sarah who thinks she can run anything and know more than others just because she kills animals. Michelle could run circles around Sarah. People don't understand that the Obamas could have made a lot of money after graduating from Law School, could have been at some huge law firm, instead President went into community organization. They are not glitz and glamour and Michelle is so down to earth unlike Laura, are we sure she was not British, such a uptight woman, stiff upper lip.

    April 14, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  5. Luke Brown

    What a wonderful First Lady. Makes me feel real good that the President of the United States goes home every night and talks things over with her.

    April 14, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  6. Ryan

    I've never seen a first lady thanks them – and to the idiot who thought George Bush created the secret service under Homeland security... you need to check your facts. He only created that dept to have a reason to treat Americans like WE were the criminals with wire-tapping and invasive TSA checks at airports...post 9/11... which happened on his watch because he ignored the CIA & FBI reports that he was stirring up motives for enemies.

    April 14, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  7. ADT

    Ms First Lady keep on doing what you are doing. I feel that this country is lucky to have someone like you as the United States of America's First Lady. Our little girls, young ladies and Women are learning alot from you in all aspects God bless you and your family and God bless the United States of America.

    April 14, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  8. Don

    Hey Jeff
    I'll bet your one of those men who thinks women should be seen and not heard. I pity your poor wife if you have one.

    April 14, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  9. phoenix88

    leave them off the front page, like the CIA they are better in the shadows

    April 14, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  10. chris

    I feel as though I am in a heard of sheep

    April 14, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  11. Little too late????

    Again, the same woman who is finally proud to be an American travels in a military jet or helo, has dedicated personal protection and her own personal staff.

    Rather than thanking those in the DHS, maybe she should thank the vets that are considered 'homeland security threats' BY the DHS.

    Another episode of ready, fire, aim from the First Family...

    April 14, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  12. Matt, Chico, CA

    I would rather be put to sleep by Laura Bush than put in the hospital listening to Michelle Obama

    April 14, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  13. Steve. NC

    I am proud not only to have Barack Obama as our President, but also of Michelle, the most pro-active kind of First Lady we have had in many years.

    April 14, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  14. andrea

    What a wonderful,classy FIRST LADY she is. She sure makes me proud!
    Keih, David,Jeff; GROW UP.....

    April 14, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  15. Enlightened Voter

    Pure class she is!

    April 14, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  16. NYC REPUB

    LEFT out in the cold........

    Get a grip....or keep up w/ the news... she's always w/ the soldier's families....on a regular basis. Thanking them for their husband's/wives service..... I know, my sister-in-law at Fort Braggs, took a picture last month w/ her, upon her visit to the base......her and others also sat for lunch and discussed issues facing military families....

    April 14, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  17. PJP

    Martha Hussein Baker for Barack April 14th, 2009 4:26 pm ET

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

    We love you Mrs. Obama!
    _____________________________________________________-
    Please watch how you use the word "we" . Not all of us love her or even like her. I respect the office of the president but I do not respect the Obama's for the things they have done since being in office. For all that is being said about how bad of a president Bush was, Obama has already done far worse in my book. All they are, are yes people even worse than what the Clintons were and are.

    April 14, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  18. Keith in Austin

    Steve in NC

    Did you send the same critiques to your liberal buddies when all their anti-Bush hate mongering was going on over the last 8 years?

    April 14, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  19. Kitty

    So let me see TODAY she is proud of our country?

    LOL – what a mess the Obama's are creating!!! We will be the broke by the time his term is up!!!

    April 14, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  20. Get Well Soon GOP

    Little too late???? is right. She should thank Tim McVae and people like him. Get Well Soon GOP.

    April 14, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  21. Shamed

    DHS is turning into the next 'jack booted thugs' from the Clinton years....and Mrs Obama is proud of them?? Considering vets a threat, but changing the title of suicide bombers to a man made disaster is pathetic.

    Mrs Obama needs to be a mother to her children and a supporting wife to her husband. Thank the Secret Service in private (which they would prefer) and steer clear of the DHS...and don't forget to thank the VETERANS!

    April 14, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  22. Gambi

    There are 2 words in the english language that are so powerful,
    "Thank You" is so simple to say, so wonderful to hear and so uplifting when you are working so hard to do a good job and someone cares enough to say "thank you." Our dear First Lady understands what it means to reach out in a simple sincere way. What an example to all of us. Michele we are so grateful to have you as our First Lady. Thank you.

    April 14, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  23. Ray Fisher

    The first family continues to impress by recognizing others as they lead by example not rhetoric!!!

    April 14, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  24. Mike in VA

    Yes, the DHS will keep an eye on things... especially those conservative right wing extremists tomorrow protesting your husbands policies!!!

    April 14, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  25. chris

    Next is the Guitar Hero "Obama" version.

    April 14, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
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