March 12th, 2009
04:00 PM ET
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First Lady tours Fort Bragg

First lady Michelle Obama met with members of the military Thursday in North Carolina.

First lady Michelle Obama met with members of the military Thursday in North Carolina.

(CNN) – Michelle Obama toured the Fort Bragg military base Thursday in North Carolina in her first official out-of-state trip since her husband took office.

Greeted with cheers and applause, the first lady posed for pictures and chatted with soldiers and civilians in the Iron Mike dining room, before meeting for a private lunch with military families and base volunteers.

Watch: First lady in the limelight

Support of issues facing military families is a platform Mrs. Obama supported during her husband's presidential campaign and has continued through her role as first lady.

Obama will travel to neighboring Fayetteville later in the day, speaking at the city's Arts Council to recognize community organizations providing assistance to families of military members.

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  1. Mari

    @ BIG AL........ Must you ALWAYS put-down the Obamas??? Go ahead and throw-up if you must.

    BIG AL...... the "socialist" thing.... been listening to Limbaugh too much??
    It is typical and traditional of the FAR-RIGHT to cry "the communists are coming, the communists are coming!"

    NOW....... its "the socialists are coming!" The GOP is at it again with its fear-mongering.

    AND YOU KNOW WHAT BIG AL????? The CONservatives have ALWAYS called any Government program that helps Americans ...... Socialist!

    Here is a list BIG AL of ALL the programs deemed Socialist by the far-right-conservative-nuts like you....

    Social Security

    Medicare & Medicaid

    Unemployment Benefits


    Minimum wage

    SCHIP- which gives healthcare to poor & working class children!

    SO you see BIG AL, ALL these programs are SOCIALIST BUT........what would Americans do without say...... Social Security???
    Millions of elderly, many of whom SERVED OUR NATION...... would be homeless and destitute!

    March 12, 2009 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  2. JJ12345

    Mari March 12th, 2009 6:31 pm ET

    @ SINGLE MOM…….. I hear you, and AGREE…….. BUT……. one would expect our Military families to be given better housing, for the Pentagon to cut back its wasteful spending and remodel the housing on the bases. What I am saying Single Mom, is that for all the "support the Troops" rhetoric of the GOP….. (they have been in charge for 8 years & 12 years in control of Congress) they do not put their money where their mouths are. Fair is fair….. IF they expect our Military families to sacrifice, then do right by them, give them decent housing at the very least.

    @ Matthew in Detroit……. what else is new? You are the typical-far-right-nut……. only have vile comments and put downs. May God grant you peace, man.
    There have been military construction projects to improve family housing for the last 14 years I have been in. It is disingenous to say that it has not been occuring, there is a lot of housing left to do but it does take time.

    March 12, 2009 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  3. C W

    Democrats are against the military? Are you for real? That is a completely illogical statement! I'm a lifelong Democrat and I've always been supportive of our military – perhaps because my father served 30 years in the Army.

    What I have always been against is the military-industrial complex (which Eisenhower warned us all about). Those companies who defraud the taxpayers and hang our soldiers out to dry by not properly equipping them, etc. are nothing more than disgusting vultures.

    Regarding Mrs. Obama's visit: I think it's wonderful! She and her husband are not just paying lip-service, they are actually doing something to help their country.

    Now THAT is truly putting Country First!

    March 12, 2009 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  4. JJ Boston

    This is refreshing! But let's not forget Mrs. laura Bush and her dedication to the less fortunate. I always respect the First ladies and their contribution to our society.

    March 12, 2009 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  5. big papa

    Okay moderators...

    ...let's try this:

    ...Right wing conservative America-haters...

    ...are so unevolved and primitive in their thinking...

    ...that when they see poise, intelligence and beauty...

    ...particularly in a Black woman... SO intimidates them...

    ...they immediately seek to denigrate, renounce and destroy her...

    ...with their ugly words, and mean-spirited primal screams...

    ... these are the Bush-Limbaugh conservatives...

    ...NEVER forget who got us in this mess...

    March 12, 2009 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  6. C W

    Big Al: "Never one to miss an opportunity for a photo op. Makes me want to throw up when I even see this radical far left socialist pretending to care for the military or this country!"

    You're an idiot! If you're looking for hypocrites, look at the GOP!

    Bush spat on the Constitution, drove our economy into the ground, executed more prisoners on Death Row as Governor of Texas than in history (all the while proclaiming he's a Christian). He was nothing but swagger and words (which he couldn’t pronounce correctly half the time), bamboozling people with all his talk of country and family values… now THAT makes me want to hurl!

    March 12, 2009 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  7. Vietnam Vet71

    Conservative Texan March 12th, 2009 5:17 pm ET

    Give me a break. The Obamas care nothing about our military. This is an attempt to make them appear that they do.

    It is utterly disgusting to this proud veteran that an America-hating Socialist would darken the doorway of a military unit.

    Obviously Conservative Texan you are spotting the daily talking points–read your history. Republicans are for the military industrial complex made up of NO BID contracting firms such as KBR. Leave it to you the troops in the trenches would get the occasional crumbs off the table.


    March 12, 2009 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  8. gretta Smith

    This is really amazing to see a leader and his spouse doing everything they said they would do during the campaign. Hats off to this new administration.

    March 12, 2009 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  9. Steve (the real one)

    no corporate politics March 12th, 2009 4:49 pm ET
    @ Steve "family members …..should be off limits" So all that hate and nasty comments that Obama supporters leveled against family members of Palin, McCain, and Clinton was not OK then? I am sure YOU never did that, right?
    If you have read any of previous posts you will have read that I have stated over and over again am a conservative. I have challenged BOTH sides to be a little more civil. A losing battle so far! As far as Palin and her family., I am a Palin fan and the nasty comments from the left is how they express their fear of a prominent conservative female! And you are correct, I have never done that! I hope now you are clear!

    March 12, 2009 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  10. No Hillary = No Obama

    Just like her husband, one is left to ask, is this woman for real? How can you say you are not proud of this country until your husband talks his way into the Presidency and then go and shake hands with the military? Would someone please explain how this woman magically changed into Mrs. America?

    March 12, 2009 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  11. DNC must be changed.

    I am wondering now Michelle Obama is being proud of being American ? I hope so "yes".

    March 12, 2009 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  12. Keith ,Co

    She is true to her word and I have tremendous respect for her.
    community organizers to help military families is an excellent ideas
    God bless there big hearts.

    Wish I could say Republicans warrant the same respect...
    but with people like Jon in CA support... What is there to respect?

    -There call for Americas failure!
    -There call for Secession!
    -There wimpy way of dealing with political defeat!

    The 08 election was held in a democracy and is democratically elected government. 365 to 173 53% 46%

    March 12, 2009 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  13. Lynn

    Based on a lot of these comments, I am not proud of my country.

    Why are some people still harping on that? It happened last year, probably almost a year ago. Can you not find another Michelle Obama "flaw" or "mistake" to over emphasize? If one misunderstood statement uttered months ago is the best you've got on her, you have nothing.

    Be a part of the solution, not the problem.

    March 12, 2009 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  14. louise

    Its so refreshing to have these two wonderfully smart, talented hard working sensible people trying to make America what it used to be. I'm so proud of them, even if I do still have to listen to the haters make stupid comments..........Keep up the good hard work Barack and Michelle, REAL AMERICANS ARE PROUD AND HOPEFUL........

    March 12, 2009 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  15. Deb in Colorado

    I am always amazed that the haters on the Right are so quick to say that the Dems don't support the military and are not patriotic, etc. Did anyone question Palin about her association with a party that wants to secede from the US? No, because she is a "real" American, unlike us treasonous liberals who just want our country to be better than it has been the last few years. Look at that great Repub icon Chuck Norris who wants Texas to secede and he'll be its President. Quit throwing bricks and take part in fixing the mess we are in – regardless of who is at fault. It is VERY easy to criticize when you aren't the one with the responsibility to fix the problem. Find a solution and stop finding fault.

    March 12, 2009 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  16. Hope for the future

    Jon in CA March 12th, 2009 4:16 pm ET

    Hey libs…

    if a soldier throws a boot at Michelle – will you all support that soldier getting a medal or ribbon? Just checking your "hypocrisy-meter" as so many of you liberals praise the reporter in Iraq throwing his shoe at Bush.


    What is it exactly that you are trying to say?
    First of all, Michelle Obama is the First Lady. She has class, style, beauty, and brains.
    Second of all, Bush deserved that shoe from a person in the country he destroyed.
    Thirdly, get a life and stop being so miserable and hateful.

    Obama 2012
    Michelle Obama 2016
    Bush had neither of these qualities.

    March 12, 2009 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  17. SuRy

    "Never one to miss an opportunity for a photo op. Makes me want to throw up when I even see this radical far left socialist pretending to care for the military or this country!"

    Right, our soldiers and their brave families received nothing but the best care under Bush. Insufficient body protection, insufficient vehicle protection, electrified showers, fecal contaminated food and water, sordid conditions in the military hospitals, families left without moms or dads for years at a time, etc... I bet our brave men and women long for more Bush, Cheney and their no-bid friends. That must be why the active military abroad supported Obama over McCain 6 to 1!

    March 12, 2009 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  18. yoyolite

    Finally, someone is paying attention and bringing the plight of the brave soldiers to the forefront of America. Right on Michelle. Keep up the good work!!!

    March 12, 2009 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
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