Michelle Obama Makes Surprise Visit to Haiti

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama made an unscheduled stop in quake-ravaged Haiti en route to a three-day trip to Mexico, CNN reports.

Obama was with Jill Biden, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden’s wife, in her Port-au-Prince stop April 13, when they met with Haitian President Rene Preval and wife Elisabeth Delatour. U.S. President Barack Obama had vowed to help in Haiti’s long-term recovery when Preval visited the White House last month.

“It’s powerful. The devastation is definitely powerful,” said Obama, who took a helicopter tour to see the destroyed Haitian capital.

The White House said the first lady’s stop was meant “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.”

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