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. Granger

    How nice of her to stop by between 1/2 million dollar vacations....

    August 13, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  2. Nelson, Colorado Springs Co

    The First Lady Michelle Obama what a way to do it. Good Job

    August 13, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    Horrifying!!! Who does she think she is anyway? Someone needs to put a stop to her...she's awful and is contributing to her husband's attempt to turn this krischun nashun into a muslim socialist marxist communist dictatorship gulag. What a horrible bunch of publicity stunt crap! How dare she visit the wounded. It's probably just a socialist plot to make them more popular for November and we shouldn't be fooled into thinking she has a heart or cares about anyone except the bank teller when she goes to get her money for frivolous vacations and designer dresses.

    /end sarcasm

    August 13, 2010 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  4. Mark from Louisiana

    nice of her to take a break between vacations to do this....I hope she didn't have to take Air Force Two to go across town.

    August 13, 2010 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  5. vic

    Hillary Clinton , Laura Bush did the best they can for the country Michelle Obama doing the best what she can
    But last week some comments about Michelle Obama were unbearable

    August 13, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  6. Charlie in Maine

    I just stopped by the blog to say what those idiots found to complain about in this story.

    August 13, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  7. All the news that is fit to omit

    Hmmm, catches some heat and runs to a nice photo-op where some mouthpiece explains all her "important duties".

    Damage control, damage control, we have damage control central on the phone...

    Too late Ms. Material girl.

    Can't wait to see you all neck snappy in 2012 when you and your has been have been booted out of office.

    Thanks so much for taking the time to visit the gulf before heading off for a looooooooooooong vacation at the "vineyard".

    Thanks for taking time with the "peasants and all"....

    August 13, 2010 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  8. vjohn

    Thanks, first lady Michelle Obama for showing your class and grace in everything that you do. i hope you and Sasha had a wonderful time in Spain. i hope that you guys enjoy as many trips around the world as you can. everyone else certainly did and no one questioned who or whom was paying for it!. so you and your entire family enjoy yourself. everything that you do has been earned with blood sweat and tears, years before you or President Obama was born!!!!!!

    August 13, 2010 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  9. Jerry - Florida

    What else is new? The NObamas aways criticize Mr. Bush. Then they turn around and do exactly what Mr. Bush does. How much more hypocritical can these two "spongers" be?

    Does Mrs. NObama really care about our service men and women? I seriously doubt it.

    After putting her big foot in her big mouth, she realizes that she urgently needs to get back under the good graces of the American people.

    And, there are some Americans that will be fooled by Mrs. NObama. But, please have some shame. Don't use our service men and women for your PR purposes.

    August 13, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  10. Jennifer

    Thank for this article. We need to see and here more of the wonderful
    work The Obama; are doing. It is a crying shame that we are missing out on the activites of these very fine peoplein the Whitehouse. The media is so afraid of putting out any positives about the Obama;. The finest and best people to grace America and the World stage for a long time. HIstory will show proved that Mr. Obama wasone of the best President we have and that the fist lady was one of the most giftedand finest first lady. But because of RACE
    and right wing media and greedy and selfish politicians they were sweep under the carpet. We Americans must get smartand stop listen lies and propaganda from the right wingers. Read, Listen and Learn from sources who do not have an axe to grind with the Whitehouse. May God bless us as we journeyed through thee years.

    August 13, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  11. scott

    Why? Did she consider this another vacation? Come on Sacha let's go visit some army guys-it will be fun!

    August 13, 2010 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |

    The Obama's obviously hate America and are trying to destroy it..of course I am being sarcastic just answering like a Republican normally would.

    August 13, 2010 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  13. Robert

    Way to go, Michelle! Keep up the good work on behalf of military families - they deserve it.

    August 13, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  14. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    No fanfare for Michelle,she just does what is right for our military and their families.

    On the other hand that picture of the Shrub and his wife meeting the military men and women that his EGO sent overseas to die needlessly made me throw up all over my keyboard. Hypocritical maggot!

    August 13, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  15. S. C. C.

    Michelle Obama is a incredible First Lady – poise, intelligence
    and compassion. How dare you compre her to Marie Antoinette?
    I forgot African Americans can not have a vacation in Spain.
    It sounds like RACISM.
    Poor Americans we still have not accepted President Barack Obama
    as President and the Michelle Obama as the First Lady

    August 13, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  16. Mr Independent

    FLOTUS Michelle Obama is beautiful, classy, intelligent and loving. She is a perfect representative for all the great qualities of America. Unforetunately the worst parts of America, fueled with hate, have they would rather unjustifiably attack her and the wonderful qualities of America that she represents.

    August 13, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  17. susie

    That was nice that she found time between vacations to visit the families.

    August 13, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  18. NVa Native

    Laura Bush seemed like a pretty classy lady, and Michelle Obama seems like a classy lady. I'm sure all the hate mongers will say nasty things about Mrs Obama.
    But we know what and who they are. Scum.

    August 13, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  19. b. o. stinks

    what the hell is she gonna run for> she has been on her own campaign trail since barry boi got elected. another hillary except not as good. she is NO hillary

    August 13, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  20. Nick O'Boailll

    Michelle is TERRIFIC! What a great First Lady!

    August 13, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  21. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Thank you FLOTUS for all the support you give to our military and their families.

    August 13, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  22. Housatonic

    She leaves me wholly underwhelmed, as usual.

    It was lowered bars all along the way that got her where she is. What a joke this country has become.

    August 13, 2010 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
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