August 13th, 2010
03:22 PM ET
12 years ago

Michelle Obama visits military families at Walter Reed

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="First Lady Michelle Obama made an unannounced visit to Walter Reed Medical Center on Friday."]Washington (CNN) – First lady Michelle Obama made an unannounced visit to Walter Reed Medical Center on Friday as part of her "regular private meetings and interaction with military families," according to an official in her office.

In addition to her public events on military bases and other venues that are a part of her official schedule, the First Lady also has private meetings with military families both in Washington and as she travels around the country, according to the official. "It's a good way for her to get informal input and advice from military family members from across the country on how the administration and our country can better support military families," the official said.

At an event with military families in May, the first lady announced that President Obama had directed his national security staff to lead a 90-day review to develop a coordinated federal government-wide approach to support and engage military families.

Today's visit to Walter Reed will allow the first lady to "share the feedback and concerns expressed by military families with officials inside the White House and across the administration," the official said.

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soundoff (47 Responses)
  1. Dan

    Ah! She does something in between vacations! Ah, I see....

    August 13, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  2. Good PR

    Like is stated in the final paragraph of the story, Michelle is just going around campaigning.

    "Nice to meet you. Now President Obama says...".

    Wish she was doing it out of the kindness of her heart.

    August 13, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  3. Eric

    Believe me, there will be lots of photos with military members sporting crossed fingers (translation, "I'm being forced to pose for this photo").

    August 13, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  4. Frank

    Can you say damage control!?

    August 13, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  5. JES

    That's nice to do before they go vacation again.

    I love to see our tax dollars at play I mean at work.

    August 13, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  6. GeminiTwo

    I'm a liberal, but she doesn't appear genuine. Just a publicity move in light of her negative ratings.

    August 13, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  7. Fair is Fair

    Send a popular first lady out for a photo op when there's an unpopular president with plummetting approval ratings.

    Oldest trick in the book.

    August 13, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  8. CANDY

    I hope they whine about this, the way they whined about her trip to Spain!

    August 13, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  9. HD 100% ETH

    What does it mean visiting?!
    If it means contribute something the soldier needs, ok it is good. But, if it is for photo pop and free trip, She used to complain about race, so, she better be in Haiti and other kinki people places.

    When I go to visit someone, I always take good things with me that could make them surprised/happy.

    August 13, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  10. tess

    this looks a little too much like a "make-over" from her opulent vacation!! if she had done this without ANY publicity it would have been real – this is just a stunt and it won't fool anybody – sorry!!!!!

    August 13, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  11. Rick

    what? is she trying to make up for wasting the tax payers dollars.

    August 13, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  12. Dave in OHIO

    Call me a cynic but it's ironic that they throw this visit together overnight and release a statement after former President and First Lady GW.Bush were seen greeting soilders returning from the Middle East at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport earlier this week.

    August 13, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  13. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    Really its not fair that the first lady's off America get's paid nada .

    August 13, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  14. David

    I love Michelle Obama!!! :-)))

    August 13, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  15. Discernment


    . . . But how many Congressmen and Senators visit Walter Reed Hospital and other military facilities and bases as often as the Obama's.


    August 13, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  16. a little sad

    Cue the nasty comments.....

    August 13, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  17. HD 100% ETH

    Eh..! "...90 days to develop..."
    What! Who is the Presidential advisor or Spokes Person???
    If George Washington was still alive, ..............

    "Untill ... time pass, let your Family ..... be your Supperior."(Ethiopian Proverb)
    Oh! GOD! ..... you can!!!

    August 13, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  18. ex-repulican since McCain picked Palin

    She is pure class, pure class.

    August 13, 2010 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  19. Discernment


    . . . But how many Congressmen and Senators in the last 18-months has visit Walter Reed Hospital and other military facilities and bases as often as the Obama's.

    August 13, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  20. Duck Fallas

    Mrs. Obama provides aid and comfort to our service men.

    By attacking the Commander in Chief, repubicans provide aid and comfort to the enemy. Their definition from 6 years ago; not mine.

    August 13, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  21. felicia

    Good for you Mrs Obama, i'm sure the families of the military will appreciate the visit. Thanks Mrs. Obama

    August 13, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  22. Tony 140

    Trying to make up for her trip to Spain but one day late behind George & Laura whose visit to the troops was from the heart.......

    August 13, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  23. J. Carol

    Let's see how many things the t-party and republican party can find wrong with Michelle Obama visiting Walter Reed –

    August 13, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  24. wabofm

    Did she thank them for sending her on a lavish trip to Spain?

    August 13, 2010 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  25. malabar

    Odd how W. was just in the news for surprising returning soldiers. gud 4 her, but 2 bad it had to b spurred on by an ex prez. everythng is optics, undeniable. how many surprise visits? what a coincidence

    August 13, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
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