Day: February 9, 2009

US First Lady Michelle Obama addresses employees of the Department of the Interior during a visit in Washington,DC on February 9, 2009. AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM 

CBS News calls this part of the First Lady, Michelle Obama’s, “Thank You Tour,” where she graces various governmental bodies with her Amazonian presence.

She said her objective in these visits is to thank government workers who have been at these agencies “long before [they] ever heard of Barack Obama.”

“As you begin the work, the hard work of taking this department into a new era of excellence,” she said, “I wanted to come by again to simply say thank you. Thank you for your service to this nation. It’s a simple message, but it’s one that we think is important to deliver.”

“What’s important to remember,” she said, “that we will never forget, never can forget, is that great leaders are only as great as the people who hold them up. So that is why I’m here. We’re counting on y’all.”

This time it was the Dept. of the Interior where she was gifted with a Native American shawl by Nedra Darling, Director of Public Affairs at the Bureau of Indian American Affairs.

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