The First Lady and Dr. Jill Biden have started an initiative called Joining Forces. According to www.whitehouse.gov/joiningforces, "Joining Forces is a national initiative that mobilizes all sectors of our society to give service members and their families the opportunities and support they have earned." "1% of Americans may be fighting our wars, but we need 100% of Americans to be supporting our troops and their families. Mrs. Obama and Dr. Biden are asking Americans to get involved in any way they can."
Today the First Lady and Dr. Biden kicked off their Joining Forces Initiative at Camp Lejeune. As soon as I heard that they were coming, I inquired about attending and found out I would be able to. I met a couple of other people from H and HS at Goettge Field House and was met by Secret Service who informed me that all the floor seats were filled and I would have to go upstairs. I was disappointed that I didn't have a better seat but was still excited that I was there! I was disappointed that every seat in the field house was not filled. I had heard many people make comments that they were invited to attend but were not interested. I just don't understand that. This was The First Lady of the United States coming to Camp Lejeune to speak to us. I considered it an honor to be able to see her and hear her speak and I would have felt that way even if I had not been a supporter of President Obama. I was never a fan of George W. Bush but had Laura Bush been coming to Camp Lejeune, I would have loved to have seen her and heard her speak. I would have considered it an honor to do so as she was the First Lady at that time. Anyway, I just don't understand that closed minded way of thinking.
But getting back to the topic, we had to get there early and get our seats and just sit there for about 2 hours. It got boring but was fun to people watch. When it finally did start, General Jensen introduced North Carolina's first First Gentleman, Robert "Bob" Eaves and then Senator Kay Hagan who both spoke. Then General Jensen introduced Dr. Biden who began her appearance with a hearty "Oooh Rah"! And of course, last but not least was the First Lady, Michelle Obama.
I think because of the recent budget problems and the possibility that the military might not have gotten paid, was foremost in every one's thoughts but that is not why she was here to speak. She was here to kick off her Joining Forces initiative and this trip was scheduled well in advance of the budget problems taking place. You can read all about Joining Forces here. So many people complain that the President and First Lady aren't doing anything for our military but she is definitely trying to do something good here. So no matter your political ideologies, Joining Forces is a non-partisan issue. Through Joining Forces, she is encouraging communities everywhere to step up and take care of our military families. And that my friends, is a good thing.
This is in front of the field house showing the barrier that was set up for this event.
Cameramen were everywhere!
After she spoke, those people on the floor had the opportunity to move forward to try and see and speak with the First Lady.
Some parents and their children were chosen to sit on the stage behind the speakers. Afterwards both Dr. Biden and Michelle Obama spoke to each one of the children. This is a friend of mine who is on the school board which was how she got asked to sit on the stage. Maybe I should serve on the school board next year!
Here are two newspaper articles that were in The Globe and the Rotovue: