April 14th, 2009
06:45 PM ET
9 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. Ken from missouri

    This woman is great pure and simple she is a class act and I'm proud that she is our first lady.

    April 14, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  2. Polly

    Well done!

    April 14, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  3. Too True For You

    What a class act. The Chicago Sun Times reported that she was the first to visit the Dept. of the Interior since Eleanore Roosevelt.

    And she absolutely SHOULD be doing this – what is wrong with the First Lady thanking the departments her husband oversees? Nothing. The media focus on her brings a little attention to some of these workers that rarely get it. It's a considerate gesture delivered in a generous fashion.

    April 14, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  4. JML

    WHAT a Lady, Mrs. M. Obama is, VERY classy. You go First Lady Obama!

    April 14, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  5. RealityKing

    Homeland Security – More wasting taxpayers money...

    April 14, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  6. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    The lady is gracious...always. I'm in luuuuv!

    April 14, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  7. maria in east l.a.

    Mrs. Obama is being criticized for a 'thank you"? Wow, some negative people are really twisted!!

    April 14, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  8. Trixy, MN

    If you dont see anything good in Michelle O. Then you need to ask yourself, what is wrong with me. I bet those of you who are not happy with her is because you feel so inferior or ont other hand you have no degree or a low degrees in your pockets to show off. Alternatively you have HS drop outs at least one of the above and hate to see high powered individuals. She is not like every woman, she is an aspiration to our daughters, she is highly powered woman academically but still simple and understands life the way you (clowns) and me understand it. stop comparing the past first ladies with Michellele, they will never be the same that is a fact. she has her talents and let her use them. Stop critizing her when she thanks the secret services, that is a gesture of appreciation and eveyone needs that .

    April 14, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  9. Sue

    This is such crap! These people are well paid!!! overpaid!! for escortiong this woman on all of her jaunts across the countrey and the world!!! She could thank us better by staying HOME and saving OUR money for her photo shots!!

    April 14, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  10. Dan, TX

    When I see the criticisms here I just have to laugh. There is indeed strong concern that the US is taking on too much debt. We are going to have to raise taxes and cut spending. In two years, the recession will be nearly over and we can do those things. But don't complain about taxes being raised. We have to have our taxes raised if we ever want to get out of debt. That was not true under Bill Clinton, we could have kept the tax rates the same and not lowered them. We'd be only $5 triillion in debt instead of the $15 trillion in debt we will have after Obama's first term. But I trust Obama a lot more to raise taxes and cut spending then any republican.

    April 14, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |


    Behind a great man, theres a great woman. And she's probably more in charge than you think hah 😉

    Go Michelle!

    April 14, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  12. EBC

    I love our First Lady, she's a wonderful and very competent woman in her own right. She's proving that she's not a follower, but a leader when it comes to "thinking outside the box". She's very refreshing and very nice on the eyes, such a gorgeous woman!!

    April 14, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  13. shannon

    that was a gracious, nice thing for her to say and acknowledge.

    April 14, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  14. Penny

    If Mrs. Obama is at home or in the "streets" she still guarded. Same with all past presidents, wifes and family.

    April 14, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  15. Tulsa

    LOL... once again the GOP shows it's true, albeit nasty, colors. Mrs. Obama thanks people who don't get much of a "thank you" and all the Republican posters here can do is insult her.

    If you want to know why your party LOST, look at the losers it's made up of.

    The rest of us are damn tired of the party of "NO".

    April 14, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  16. Michigan Teacher

    Mrs. Obama is a class act. She impresses me as a wonderful wife, mother, and daughter. It does my heart well to know our President goes "home" to such a wonderful family.

    April 14, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  17. Ken


    Michelle has a paid make up artist but you failed to note
    it is paid for by the Obama's not the tax payer

    Aware of the sensitivity about public spending during the recession – and of previous criticism of expensive political haircuts – the first couple paid for the expenses of having a make-up artist in their entourage out of their own pocket, according to a spokeswoman for Mrs Obama.

    April 14, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  18. jason, TX

    The haters on here look really stupid.

    The First Lady is competent, stately, and a gracious person. Good for her! I am proud that she is our first lady!.

    April 14, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  19. IndyVoter

    'CHANGE we need', 'Left Out In the Cold', and 'Little Too Late' are obviously the same person. Stop with the DHS tirade already. I do not believe for one minute that the Secy of HS is anti-veteran in any way...And as far as our First Lady is concerned, this is how she is choosing to support her husband. He asked her to do it. She's capable of it and he's smart to utilize his wife. That's what companions are for.

    April 14, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  20. Josh in TN

    May God bless the first lady and the president. They do this country well.

    April 14, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  21. TjayeInLA

    Just grace.

    April 14, 2009 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  22. cobra

    She would be a little less disrespected if she kept her mouth shut, she knows nothing!

    April 14, 2009 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  23. richieh


    Shame wrote: "DHS is turning into the next 'jack booted thugs' from the Clinton years….and Mrs Obama is proud of them??"



    DHS was created by the Bush administration after the terrorist attacks on 911. Sadly, president Clinton was well out of the picture on that fateful day.

    Also, I'm sure you had a much "different" opinion of "troop thanking, et al.," when Bush staged all of those phony meet-and-greets throughout his terms in office.

    You just can't stand it, can you.

    You lost. Get over it. As you're wont to say...

    America! Love it or LEAVE it!

    April 14, 2009 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  24. Simmy

    Props to you First Lady Michelle – you are indeed a breath of fresh air, and so very real.....

    You can always wish.....Bitter is not better....

    April 14, 2009 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  25. yasmine

    Go Michelle.. you are doing a great job.. keep you head up...

    the haters just don't get it!

    April 14, 2009 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
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