First Lady Michelle Obama made an unannounced trip to Haiti today. Mrs. Obama reassures, “the enduring U.S. commitment” to a nation torn by the Jan. 12 earthquake killing an estimated 230,000 people.

The First Lady arrived in Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince at 10:40 a.m., after leaving Mexico. Joined by Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, this is Mrs. Obama’s visit solo trip abroad. First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden took a helicopter tour of Port-au-Prince where over a million Haitians live homeless.

A statement from the White House:

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. They will also reach out to the UN and international relief communities in recognition of the truly global effort underway to help Haiti.


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