April 13th, 2010
12:01 PM ET

White House: Michelle Obama makes surprise trip to Haiti

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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  1. Tim Chu

    Michelle Obama stopping by the earthquake stricken country of Hati is commendable, however a trip is not going to fix or repair the countrys' infrastructure. More international aid must be brought in and all of this cannot only be supervised by the Haitian government. There must be cooperation between the Haitian government and other international entities. If Michelle Obama wishes to help Hati she must encourage more involvement between our two countries.

    April 13, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  2. JeSuisAngelique

    Michelle Obama and Jill Biden's Presence is a powerful statement of ongoing commitment. Great Job Ladies, keep up the work.

    April 14, 2010 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |
    • smarter than you it seems

      you people are mental midgets. These two women are so insincere it isn't even funny. See the key words, on their way to another vacation. Obama is illegal. 33 proven ss #'s. The attorney general is hired by obama. Kagan never tried a case in her life as a lawyer and never judged once. Now supreme court. She was solicitor general. That's the person who decides if a case can be brought before the court. She turned down 288 cases challenging obamas birth cert. ALL OF THEM. In return she suddenly becomes SUPREME COURT JUDGE! A dual citizen of israel. She was "owed" that job for protecting blobama. People, your brains are mush. George Bush is a psychotic mentally challenged egomaniac. Are you folks just stupid or cowards. I can't see anyone believing a guy who seals his records 2 hours after he's innagurated. Are you getting this. In other words, as soon as sworn in he hightials it to the office to seal ALL of his past records. I dare you to go youtube search, "kite, plane, must, hit, steel." Folks, they are letting, I mean letting wallstreet, rockefellers and rothschilds rob us and steal our pensions and social security. What does it take to wake you up to realize evil is up us. The msm is purely owned by the above. They are setting up world gov that THEY, personally will rule. Are you getting this. Un-elected. UN-ELECTED rulers and it's going to get ugly. Very bloody. You better start researching, try youtube, "mossad caught in van on 9-11 "filled with explosives" gw bridge".

      November 18, 2010 at 12:46 am | Report abuse |
  3. Ruthie

    I can't understand why Haiti people are still living in tents. When this first happen, they announced on the television how much money had been send over to those family, what happen to the million of money that were sent? Who is living off of this money?

    April 14, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Ruthie

    OH yes, GOOD JOB MICHELLE!

    April 14, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |