facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Michelle Obama rallies troops at Interior Department

April 23, 2013 at 4:00 PM   |   Comments

WASHINGTON, April 23 (UPI) -- First lady Michelle Obama rallied the troops in a brief speech to employees at the U.S. Interior Department Tuesday morning, the White House said.

Obama was on hand to greet incoming Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, formerly the CEO of the sporting good retailer REI, who started on the job last week.

The first lady drew a connection between the Interior Department and her well-known push to curb childhood obesity with her "Let's Move" campaign.

"What you do here at Interior is absolutely critical for our children's health and well-being," Obama said. "It's important to expose our kids to the natural resources available right here in this country. That's what I think about when I think about what you all do." 

She also acknowledged unpopular worker furloughs instituted at the department as part of across-the-board spending cuts known as the sequester.

"I know you all are juggling more responsibilities with fewer resources," she said. "I want you to know how much [President Barack Obama] and I appreciate what you do. Hang in there and know that what you do is extremely important. Our country needs you."  

© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Six Flags fight leaves boy critically injured, may have been organized on Twitter Six Flags fight leaves boy critically injured, may have been organized on Twitter
2
Mayor of LA suburb shot, killed inside home Mayor of LA suburb shot, killed inside home
3
Kiev slams Russia for bringing criminal complaints against Ukraine's armed forces Kiev slams Russia for bringing criminal complaints against Ukraine's armed forces
4
Jury in 'loud music' retrial to get case Wednesday morning Jury in 'loud music' retrial to get case Wednesday morning
5
Wisc. reporter told 'not to speak to crowd' at Michelle Obama event Wisc. reporter told 'not to speak to crowd' at Michelle Obama event
Trending News
x
Feedback