Obama Agency Visits


During campaign his campaign, President Obama said he wanted to “make government cool again.”  A good place is to start at home.  And he seems to be following some of his predecessors by visiting different federal agencies in his first weeks in office.  Both the President and his wife have been making visits to agencies, holding listening sessions and town halls. . . . and in the process they are stirring up a good bit of excitement.


His first visit was to the Defense Department in late January, where he met with the Joint Chiefs of Staff to get briefed on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  This visit was followed by a visit to Energy, where he told employees that it was time to get serious about renewable energy, to the Department of the Interior, where he helped celebrate the Departments’ 160th anniversary, and to the Department of Transportation, where he and Vice President Biden touted the Administration’s transportation investments.


His wife Michelle Obama has been on “listening tours” of a number of agencies as well, visiting EPA, and the Departments of Agriculture, Education, and Housing and Urban Development.


The President’s most recent visit was to the Department of Veterans Affairs, just across Lafayette Park from the White House, for their 20th anniversary celebration.


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