Michelle Obama visits Haiti for an impromptu stop over on Monday morning to see first hand the massive devastation to the country. This is Mrs. Obama's first international trip without President Obama following the January 12 earthquake that rattled the impoverished nation. The First Lady and Vice President Joe Biden's wife Jill, took to the sky in a helicopter to tour Port-au-Prince, Haiti's capital, to see the extent of damage from a bird's eye view. Obama and Biden witnessed an aerial view of the million people left homeless, living in tents, beneath tarps, and struggling for survival.
After the tour, Obama addressed the press, thanking people from the United States government for "extraordinary efforts" to bring relief to the people of Haiti. An official White House statement stated that Mrs. Obama and Mrs. Biden went on the trip 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."
Obama intends to fly on to Mexico City for a three day visit following her sojourn in Haiti. Obama's plans while in Mexico include: meeting with students, touring an anthropology museum, dining with President Felipe Calderon and his wife Margarita Zavala at Los Pinos, attending a meeting with U.S. embassy employees and Mexican leaders, and furthering her journey to San Diego, California.