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Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis

Remarks as Prepared for Delivery
On the Visit of the First Lady — DOL
Washington, DC
Thursday, January 14, 2010

Thank you Seth for that introduction.

Good morning everyone.

Thank you all for joining us.

As you know, we have a very special guest with us today.

We are so very proud to have the opportunity to show off the Department of Labor to the First Lady of the United States — Michelle Obama.

Before we begin this morning's program, I think we should all take a moment to express our deepest sympathies for the people in Haiti and the losses they have suffered.

As President Obama said yesterday, "We have to be there for the people of Haiti in their time of need."
The United States and the world stands with the Haitian people, to provide the resources to help rebuild its country and recover from this tragedy.

The Department of Labor is proud and honored to have the opportunity to host the First Lady of the United States.

We say welcome to our home and we are grateful that you have taken time to visit with us today.

As First Lady, Michelle Obama works on the issues close to her heart — supporting military families, helping working women balance career and family, and encouraging national service.

These are all issues that we here at the Department of Labor are working hard at every day.

Protecting the rights of all workers, helping families during these challenging economic times, providing pathways to careers of the future, and ensuring that our veterans have the opportunities for gainful employment are just a few of our priorities and I'm happy to say they are priorities of this Administration as well.

The First Lady is an inspiration and role model to so many in our country.

I would even go as far as to say that I think that we can all agree that Mrs. Obama is also one of the President's best spokespersons...if not the best.

So, I thought it would be appropriate to read one of Mrs. Obama's most famous and to me, inspirational quotes.

"You work hard for what you want in life... that your word is your bond, and you do what you say you're going to do, that you treat people with dignity and respect, even if you don't know them, and even if you don't agree with them."

Those words ring true to the work that we do every day at the Department of Labor and they are words to live your life by as well.

Ladies and gentlemen, it is now my pleasure to introduce the First Lady of the United States...Michelle Obama.