Friday, April 16, 2010

VIDEO: US First Lady Michelle Obama in Haiti on April 13, 2010


Michelle Obama landed in Port-au-Prince at 10:40 a.m., and took a helicopter tour of the Haitian capital.

More than a million people remain homeless there, and are living in tents and under tarps.

The 7.0-magnitude earthquake rocked Haiti three months ago, on Jan. 12.

“First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden are visiting Haiti 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,” says a statement from the White House, sent along with the pool report of the visit. ”They will also reach out to the UN and international relief communities in recognition of the truly global effort underway to help Haiti.”

The visit was something of an open secret. People in Haiti started talking about it on Twitter yesterday.

Update: After landing, Obama seemed moved by the helicopter tour, telling Haitian First Lady Elisabeth Delatour Preval: “It’s powerful. The devastation is definitely powerful.”


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