President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama visited Fort Stewart Friday to greet soldiers and their families and sign an executive order aimed at cracking down on educational institutions that use deceptive practices to recruit soldiers and veterans. The First Lady also spoke to the soldiers about Joining Forces, her initiative to encourage businesses to employ veterans.
Hours before the first couple arrived, thousands of soldiers, veterans and their families thronged Fort Stewart’s Marne Garden. When the Obamas appeared at about 12:30 p.m., the civilians in the crowd erupted into cheers while the soldiers snapped to attention and saluted.
Here are excerpts of the Obamas’ remarks:
“We are beyond thrilled — beyond thrilled — to be with all of you today,” Michelle Obama said. “… I want to thank all of you — our men and women in uniform, our veterans and your