September 11th, 2010
04:49 PM ET
12 years ago

Michelle Obama marks day of service

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="First Lady Michelle Obama joined over 100 volunteers to participate in the National Day of Service."]Washington (CNN)– First Lady Michelle Obama joined over 100 volunteers to participate in the National Day of Service at a retirement home for veterans and their families.

Mrs. Obama was joined by Marie Tillman, widow of former NFL star-turned soldier Pat Tillman, students from George Washington University, and senior volunteers to help paint Vinson Hall in McLean, Virginia.

The First Lady greeted volunteers and posed for photos but then got to work painting a loading dock along-side several students. She spent about 15 minutes putting a coat of white paint on a wall and then meticulously painting a pipe with bright orange paint. After the painting was finished, she sat with some of the seniors from the community and chatted about topics from painting to the weather and even issuing an invitation to come see the Rose Garden at the White House.

Earlier in the day, Mrs. Obama was joined by former First Lady Laura Bush as the keynote speakers at a ceremony in Shanksville, Pennsylvania where Flight 93 crashed nine years ago.

Filed under: 9/11 • Michelle Obama
soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. Kristy Howard-Clark

    Michelle Obama will do anything to try to make us think that she and the president care about United States citizens during an election year. We are not fooled.

    September 11, 2010 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  2. divided we fall

    Only people who hate this wonderful country would speak ill of it's elected president on a day like today. I pray that everyone examines their behavior and begs God for forgiveness. We are all God's children. Now, let's start behaving like it.

    September 11, 2010 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  3. evelin

    what she said, was beautiful, what a classy, smart lady!

    September 11, 2010 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  4. Ken, AZ

    Two very classy and dedicated Americans.

    September 11, 2010 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  5. dennis

    I'd like to see Obama mark a day of service by actually working than giving speeches, playing golf, sending his wife and kids on a $350,000 a day trips to Spain, and taking 10 days vaction for every one day he gives a speech.

    September 11, 2010 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  6. Riley

    Laura Bush is such a class act. Michelle should follow her lead.

    September 11, 2010 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  7. Rick C

    I'll make my comments regarding this on another day ! But watch for it ! I won't do it on 9/11 when we all should remember that day, nine years ago......... This is NOT a day of service ! It's a day to be remembered....Enough said

    September 11, 2010 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  8. JonDie

    Remembering 9-11

    Bush and the Republicans were so busy planning the looting of the U.S. Treasury and giving tax cuts to the rich, that they let Al Qaeda attack us.

    Bush and Republicans, in order to put money in their pockets, invaded Iraq, which had NOTHING to do with 9-11, instead of finishing the job in Afghanistan.

    Because Bush and the Republicans invaded Iraq, any opportunity to defeat Al Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan was lost.

    And the Tea Party wants to take us back to the glorious Bush years.

    September 11, 2010 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  9. feed-up

    She hated America before. She said it publicly. Afake like her husband. America now a much weaker and terrorist friendly nation. READ THE HEADLINES FROM OVER-SEAS. They think our self appointed king is a big joke.

    September 11, 2010 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  10. Peter M

    She is a great First Lady. May God Bless her and her Family!

    September 11, 2010 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  11. Nick San Diego

    Michael Moore, my hero. He understands the TRUE meaning of being an AMERICAN who "Really" believes what the Constitution says.

    September 11, 2010 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  12. southern cousin

    I am sure she would rather have been spending our money in Spain. Maye the president had to hock his wedding ring to pay for that trip.

    September 11, 2010 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  13. mj

    Day of service – a whole 15 minutes! Must have worn her out, especially all the Photo Ops! Just what is our hard-earned money being used for to pay for the 376 Million renovation at the White House?? This couple gets more bizarre by the day. God help us.

    September 11, 2010 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  14. NVa Native

    Mrs Obama and Mrs Tillman are both very very giving and loving people who we as Americans can and are proud of.

    September 11, 2010 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  15. nathan

    I think Mrs Obama and Mrs Bush makes a great team.

    September 11, 2010 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  16. Jerry

    It was a good thing Laura Bush was there otherwise it may have been a hate USA speech.

    September 11, 2010 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  17. marty

    The wheres and whyfors do not matter.....seeing Mrs. Obama and Mrs
    Bush working together is absolutely great and exhibit the fact that all people can work together for the nation's good.....if they really want to.
    Take heed naysayers of Congress.

    September 11, 2010 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  18. Tired of the Dems lies

    looking to spend more of my tax dollars you witch, you are no better than the welfare people living on free Govt aid, spending my tax dollars on you trips while some of us cant support our families because you and your wanna be husband is a loser for a leader. Pack your bags because unemployment is coming for you soon. Vote Obama OUT and ship his wasteful wife with him.

    September 11, 2010 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  19. Mel Johnson

    President Obama,Inever received aresponse from the letter Isent you last month,so I'm writing again. Asa senior citizen Iam concerned about how the economy is effecting us. The $250.00 you sent retirees Seniors,and disabeled persons really didn't go very far with everything going up at the grocery store. You indicated in your speach you are concerned about the middle-class,my question to you is what about the Seniors and others on a fixed income,what about us? You do care don'tyou? What are your plans to help us? We need some consideration from you and your colleagues. Please respond to me at Thank you Mel Johnson

    September 11, 2010 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  20. barry

    Oh is this the 2nd time she is proud to be a American. What a socialist elite, racist, bigot.

    September 11, 2010 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  21. Keith in Austin

    Nice gesture from our First Lady

    September 11, 2010 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  22. TraJ

    Thank you ladies. God is good all the time, and all the time God good.

    September 11, 2010 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |