April 13th, 2010
12:12 PM ET
13 years ago

Michelle Obama makes surprise trip to Haiti, White House says

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/04/13/art.obama.michelle.gi.jpg caption="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. John Davis

    TO: Our First Lady!!
    and Jill Biden!

    Thank you so much for calling attention to this need for humanitarian aid once again!

    I hope we get to see some clips of your visit there, and how all our troops and fellow Americans are doing good works representing our nation.

    April 13, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  2. UCLA Grad Student

    She is one rough looking stretch of road!

    April 13, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  3. Cole

    Well, the first lady has done more than the president in one trip, somebody should have nominated michelle and not her husbsand

    April 13, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  4. Nicey

    I am sure this will also upset the Haters!

    April 13, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  5. Debbie

    Who paid for this trip? Did she really need to spend our tax dollars on this wasted trip? Maybe we can save some money if these Congressman, Senators and the White House didn't spend it on foolish trips.

    April 13, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    @Testify – are you kidding??? How can the US forget?? We, as a nation, are constantly giving money, help, hope, goods, services, etc. to each and every nation in need. That's a hell of a lot more than most countries can say. We've GIVEN Haiti 's corrupt government way too much money over the years and it needs to stop.

    April 13, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  7. Indy

    Sure beats Lying for a living like Sarah Palin. This is a First Lady with class and a great attitude, that gets things done without fanfare. She is the real deal and deserves the utmost respect.

    April 13, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
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