April 13th, 2010
12:12 PM ET
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Michelle Obama makes surprise trip to Haiti, White House says

First lady Michelle Obama made a surprise visit to Haiti on Tuesday.
First lady Michelle Obama made a surprise visit to Haiti on Tuesday.

Port-au-Prince, Haiti (CNN) – Michelle Obama made an unannounced stop in Haiti on Tuesday on her way to a three-day trip to Mexico, the first lady's office said.

Obama was accompanied on the trip by Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, the White House said. They arrived in the Haitian capital of
Port-au-Prince in mid-morning and took a helicopter tour of the earthquake-shattered Haitian capital. The January 12 7.0-magnitude earthquake left than 1 million people homeless. Many are still living in tents and underneath tarps.

The two women made the visit "to underscore to the Haitian people and the Haitian government the enduring U.S. commitment to help Haiti recover and rebuild, especially as we enter the rainy and hurricane seasons, and to thank the women and men across the whole of the U.S. government for their extraordinary efforts in Haiti during the past three months," the White House said in a statement. "They will also reach out to the U.N. and international relief communities in recognition of the truly global effort under way to help Haiti."


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soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. Steph

    Great move FLOTUS! Let's not forget about Haiti!

    April 13, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  2. Dutch

    What a good humanitarian move Madam First Lady.

    April 13, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  3. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert but...

    Cool, we'll have 'em in debt to the World Bank and IMF, growing sugar instead of food and stitching together tennis shoes for a dollar a day in no time. Have a nice day!

    April 13, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  4. Testify

    I love it. It shows that Americans have not forgotten about the disaster.

    April 13, 2010 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  5. Nanne Dekking

    What a wonderful change this White House is. Although now I am worried that the GOP will pick Haiti for their 2016 convention.

    April 13, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  6. Lynda/Minnesota

    I am proud to call her First Lady. She represents our country well.

    April 13, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  7. cm

    Very thoughtful

    April 13, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  8. Maximus

    Love Her!

    April 13, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  9. Briana the college student

    good job chelle!

    April 13, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  10. Kate

    I am proud to have Michelle Obama as first lady of the United States! She is very intelligent, cool, and caring. She makes me proud to be an American. Good Job, Michelle...... I am proud of President Obama also1
    Finally a President who cares about the security of this country.

    April 13, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  11. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Thank you First Lady and Dr. Jill Biden, the women and children of Haiti need to know American women feel their pain and suffering because if it were not for the Grace of God it could be all of us in this terrible situation.

    April 13, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  12. Glennis

    I'm not a Michelle fan, but I think this visit is certainly a reasonable Iuse of her position. Most first ladies have been cast in the role of a sort of roving ambassador and I see nothing wrong with that. Moreover, in many cases, they're more welcome than their husbands.

    April 13, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  13. Mike

    Who cares where she goes and when little obamby leaves the country, at least he is not signing more spending bills with the fake pay as you go montra.

    April 13, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  14. Angie in PA

    Love Flotus she will make us proud!

    April 13, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  15. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    Mrs. Obama, you are wonderful! At our home, we admire and respect you!

    April 13, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  16. T'SAH from Virginia

    Go Michele – Please stay safe in yoru travels!!!

    April 13, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  17. Michael from Ventura

    I am so proud of our First Lady and Dr. Biden. They represent our country in a classy fashion! So nice!

    April 13, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  18. Debby

    Yipeee she toured in a helicopter big deal. Hillary and Laura Bush toured military hospitals and visited injured soldiers when they were First Ladies.

    April 13, 2010 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  19. A Dem

    Hey look, she has her very own teleprompter! LOLL

    April 13, 2010 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  20. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    EXTREMELY PROUD to claim Barack and MIchelle for our very own. They epitomize and personify the energy, focus, and committment that will restore the tarnished lustre of our great nation!

    Thank you Michelle for embodying the strength, beauty, and humanity of our Black women.

    April 13, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  21. Willy Brown

    Riding Free on thax payers dime again FLOTUS?

    April 13, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  22. TOTUS 4 PRESIDENT

    A MILLION people still living under the stars and tents in Haiti?!! How is this so? Where is Barack?? Obama must hate black people much more that Bush "hated" those in New Orleans.

    April 13, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  23. shucks

    It makes me very proud that Mrs. Obama is a woman of character and poise, and cares about those less fortunate. Sort of like the Bush administration responded to hurricane Katrina in this country. NOT!

    April 13, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  24. al in memphis

    Well look like all of the TOXic News Network effort to paint Michelle in a bad light fail - because the nation now sees just how much of a high-quality lady she is. I'm certain other first ladies have done well, but Michelle seems to have elevated the position.

    April 13, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  25. Ernest

    I am very proud of our First Lady. I love you Michellle.

    April 13, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
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