First Lady and Jill Biden Make a Surprise Visit to Haiti

First Lady and Jill Biden Make a Surprise Visit to Haiti

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First lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Port-au-Prince unannounced today. Mrs. Obama’s press secretary, Katie McCormick Lelyveld, posted the following on The White House Blog,

Moments ago First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden landed in Port-au-Prince, Haiti – a visit to underscore to the Haitian people and the Haitian government the enduring U.S. commitment to help recover and rebuild, especially as we enter the rainy and hurricane seasons. Mrs. Obama and Dr. Biden will thank the women and men across the whole of the U.S. government for their extraordinary efforts in Haiti during the past three months and reach out to the UN and international relief communities in recognition of the truly global effort underway to help Haiti.

The Associated Press reports that Mrs. Obama and Jill Biden took a helicopter tour of Port-au-Prince to survey the damage before meeting with the president of Haiti, Rene Preval, and his wife Elisabeth Delatour Preval.