Obama visits Red Cross, thanks relief workers
By Michael A. Fletcher
President Obama visited the American Red Cross headquarters building just a few blocks from the White House on Monday to thank workers for their efforts following the devastating earthquake in Haiti.
Joined by the first lady, Obama toured the agency's Disaster Operations Center, a beige space divided into 20 cubicles. The center is where the Red Cross is coordinating it earthquake response efforts.
"We're just here to say thank you for the great work you're doing," Obama told the approximately 100 workers at the center.
He then went through the room to personally thank workers. At one station where workers monitor Twitter and other social media outlets, someone had written: "President Obama and the First Lady are here visiting our disaster operation center right now."
Obama saw the message and hit the send button, later telling reporters that was the first time he had "tweeted."
The president also told reporters that he had been informed that $21 million in donations had been made to the Red Cross through text messages, which he called a tribute to the generosity of the American people.
January 18, 2010; 2:52 PM ET
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