Day 80 of the Deepwater Horizon gusher. No celebration, but thanks to the fact that we haven’t rested since the very day it began, we’ve got a plan now:
First lady Michelle Obama is planning to visit the Gulf of Mexico for the first time in the coming weeks to observe the oil spill recovery effort, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Wednesday.
Vice President Joe Biden is also planning to visit the region.
If that doesn’t plug the damn hole, nothing will.
Where ever she goes Lady M manages to find just the right words to make people feel better. Like yesterday at Treasury, she had these words of comfort for the widow of Vernon Hunter:
And I want to join the Secretary in recognizing Valerie [Hunter, whose husband, Vernon, was killed in an attack on an IRS office earlier this year]. It is an honor to have you here. As the Secretary said, you've put in your share of years at the IRS in Austin, Texas, and working in the same building where her husband was killed. We are so incredibly sorry for your loss, but you should know that we are praying with you. And it is just wonderful to see such a strong support system here for you. So we are grateful that you're here. And I was honored to be able to take a picture with you and show it to -- if you can believe, she's got six kids, seven grandkids. She doesn't look like she would have all that. But thank you so much for being here today.
I know you’re going to have a hard time believing this, but Lady M never even has to prepare or practice her remarks before she goes to visit the agencies! I’d say she’s a natural because she makes it look so effortless, but I think it’s really due to all those years of education at Princeton and Harvard. As well as the community organizing she did while on the campaign trail for Big Guy.
Here’s our basic speech format. I think it will work pretty well for the oil leak area too:
- Photo ops. Greetings all around. Miss America smile and wave.
- Special recognition of anyone really old who’s been working a really long time.(try to sound amazed and awed)
- Special recognition of anyone who’s recently experienced a work related tragedy.(try to look and sound empathetic)
- Recognition of how important everyone’s job is.(try to sound sincere)
- Thank-yous for doing the job you’re being paid to do.(try not to yawn)
- Wrap it, more Photo ops, hugs, hugs, hugs. Exit.
- Lunch. (closed press)-
“Thank you, thank you. I’ve got to get out of this military Spanx now, and move on to lunch. ‘buh-bye!”
The only part that might not work on the Gulf in July is the military spandex. Expect more maternity wear.