First lady welcomes Superstorm Sandy-affected students to White House garden
May 28th, 2013
03:18 PM ET
11 months ago

First lady welcomes Superstorm Sandy-affected students to White House garden

(CNN) – On the same day President Obama paid a visit to a rejuvenated Jersey Shore, first lady Michelle Obama welcomed students from the Hurricane-ravaged region to help harvest the White House vegetable garden.

"Many of your schools got damaged, but despite that you guys are still going to school every day and eating healthy. And you guys managed to get through the school year way on top. We are very proud of you," the first lady said under a hot Washington sun on the South Lawn of the White House.

Between the ages of 10 and 12, the New Jersey students hailed from Union Beach Memorial School and Long Beach Island Grade School. The two-dozen students were displaced for months after Hurricane Sandy devastated the area last October.

Students from other parts of the country also participated in the event, including some from Somerville, Massachusetts, Knox County, Tennessee, Milton, Vermont, and Washington, DC.

Following the harvest, the students made vegetable-topped pizzas with help from White House chefs. The event was the latest in the first lady's Let's Move campaign designed to encourage healthier eating among children and combat childhood obesity.

–CNN's Becky Brittain contributed to this report


Filed under: Michelle Obama • Superstorm Sandy • White House
soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. just askin

    and not to be out done by obama wasting millions of tax dollars on his trip to nj, now this. so who paid for this trip and pr stunt? obama's smoke and mirror show to distract from his scandals has gone into high gear. it is sad that this is what the highest office on the planet has fallen to.

    May 28, 2013 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  2. ThinkAgain

    To all you Obama-haters: If the President and First Lady didn't show support for New Jersey and the other states affected by Sandy, you'd be whining on about how they don't care about the American people.

    I understand your confusion, though, after GW Bush said about Osama bin Laden: "I don’t know where he is. I really just don’t spend that much time on him, to be honest with you."

    May 28, 2013 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  3. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    What's not to love about our First Lady? Her Let's Move campaign is inspiring kids to eat to eat healthy. I just saw a YouTube video the other day of a kid questioning McDonald's CEO about the healthiness of their food.

    May 28, 2013 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  4. just sayin

    Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes
    I just saw a YouTube video the other day of a kid questioning McDonald's CEO about the healthiness of their food.
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    yes, it is always heart warming to see little kids used as political pawns and props by the far left.

    May 28, 2013 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  5. Lynda/Minnesota

    I would sooo love to get my garden planted. Maybe Michelle Bachmann could get a support group going and give those of us living in Minnesota some really cool dance steps and "pray for sun" rhymes to help us out.

    May 28, 2013 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  6. The Real Tom Paine

    -just askin

    and not to be out done by obama wasting millions of tax dollars on his trip to nj, now this. so who paid for this trip and pr stunt? obama's smoke and mirror show to distract from his scandals has gone into high gear. it is sad that this is what the highest office on the planet has fallen to.
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    So, having children over to the White House, who's homes were destroyed by Sandy, is somehow a waste and a stunt? Urging them to eat right and exercise is wrong? Did you object to Laura Bush and her campign dealing with improving reading? Of course not, that was a GOP First Lady. Get rid of the doctrine of GOP infallibility that governs your life. This is moral leadership and good parenting, something in short supply these days in no small part to the ego-centric philosophies of Ayn Rand that have infected the GOP like a virus. If the only thing you care about is money, you are a sad excuse for a human being.

    May 28, 2013 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  7. The Real Tom Paine

    -just sayin

    Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes
    I just saw a YouTube video the other day of a kid questioning McDonald's CEO about the healthiness of their food.
    ======

    yes, it is always heart warming to see little kids used as political pawns and props by the far left.
    ****************************
    Why don't you just break out your "Mission Accomplished" banner? The Right has used the military as political pawns and props for years: never once heard you object to that, or anything else the Right does, no matter how stupid, thoughtless, or degrading it is to the country.

    May 28, 2013 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  8. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    -just askin
    and not to be out done by obama wasting millions of tax dollars on his trip to nj, now this. so who paid for this trip and pr stunt?
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    And who paid for Eric Cantor's trip to Paris, France, Saudi Arabia, Qatar & the UAE? Better yet, who paid for Boehner and his 7 member congressional panel to go to Brazil, Colombia & Mexico? Your point..........

    May 28, 2013 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    just askin

    and not to be out done by obama wasting millions of tax dollars on his trip to nj, now this. so who paid for this trip and pr stunt?
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    Funny, the hyper right didn't complain when he visited Moore, Oklahoma.

    May 28, 2013 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  10. The Real Tom Paine

    -Rudy NYC

    just askin

    and not to be out done by obama wasting millions of tax dollars on his trip to nj, now this. so who paid for this trip and pr stunt?
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    Funny, the hyper right didn't complain when he visited Moore, Oklahoma.
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    That was different: Location, location, location is all that matters to the GOP in this, and whatever cheap shots they can get in along the way.

    May 28, 2013 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |