First Lady launches “Joining Forces” tour at Camp Lejeune

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Submitted: Wed, 04/13/2011 - 9:45pm
Updated: Thu, 04/14/2011 - 12:54pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — First Lady Michelle Obama is on a two-day tour to promote a new White House initiative called “Joining Forces.” Her first stop was in southeastern North Carolina at Camp Lejeune.

In front of thousands the First Lady and the Vice President’s wife Dr. Jill Biden gave thanks not only to the service members in the crowd, but their families, too. The visit to Camp Lejeune is the first stop of a tour launching the new “Joining Forces” campaign, which aims to educate and spark action from all sectors, from neighbors offering to babysit, all the way to businesses offering jobs.

“We can all join forces that’s why the First Lady and I are here today,” Dr. Biden said. “We need all Americans to support our military families.”

“We’re joining forces with individuals and communities so that each of us finds our own way to serve our military families who are neighbors, coworkers, and classmates,” Mrs. Obama said.

The First Lady said this call for action is greatly needed, because many times the general public is unaware of the unique challenges military families face. Mrs. Obama added that military families are so good at keeping everything together.

“It’s like you’re almost wearing camouflage even though you are not the ones on the battlefield,” Mrs. Obama said. “People can’t always see your special brand of service, because you don’t wear it on your sleeve.”

The First Lady’s speech put smiles on the faces of military wives like Rashawn Bennett, whose husband is currently deployed in Afghanistan.

“It’s nice to have someone come on our level and see what we go through not just from a distance,” Bennett said.

The First Lady and Dr. Biden also made stops Wednesday in Texas and Colorado. Thursday the “Joining Forces” tour will head to Ohio.


  • Guest 2 says:

    I wonder whose children will be the first to be invited to the White House for Michelle to baby sit? Since her hubby is planning on cutting defense spending, the families of soldiers will probably need help with (free) child care so they can go out and work a second job, as if they don’t already need it. Obama, change you can step in. It keeps getting deeper and deeper. Thanks Mr. Prez!

  • Guest77 says:

    Cutting defense spending doesn’t mean cutting soldiers pay.Your hatred of Obama is making you stupid.

  • Robert says:

    This was simply a campaign support visit for her husband. He is already running for re-election and has been severely criticized for his expansion of wars involving our troops.

  • EPAF says:

    A great way to help military families is to ensure access to job opportunities. The Dept. of Defense has a free program called the Employer Partnership of the Armed Forces which offers thousands of career opportunities with military-friendly employers in every state and territory. The program is open to Family members, Reserve/Guardsmen and veterans. It’s like a Monster dot com for the military. Build a resume in the system and a job may even find you. This is a great resource so pass this info on- Thanks!

  • Tasha says:

    Totaly agree with you defense cuts…It makes me laugh how everyone can blame the Obama’s for everything—when Bush ran the contry in the hole and all we said was “Good Job”!!!! We were paying $4.00 a gallon for gas one summer!!!!!! Get over yourselves…point the finger at someone else. Hey, it’s surpose to rain on Sat…Do you think that is Obama’s fault?

  • Guestright says:

    certainly is his fault.

  • Guest333 says:

    Absolutely, It is indeed Obama’s Fault!

    Why did you ask? Was there ever any doubt?

    You need not be so insecure, you knew that it was his fault as soon as you saw the weather!

    And, you thought you were being coy acting all confused again, and again, and again.

    We’ll help ya figure it out!

  • Guest56 says:

    I was just wondering how you can post someone talking about shooting the First Lady,but not my post for calling him out on it.

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