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Michelle Obama visits the Commerce Dept.

By Ed O'Keefe



First Lady Michelle Obama applauds as she is introduced prior to speaking at the Commerce Department on Thursday. (AP/Cliff Owen)

Commerce Secretary Gary Locke got quite a birthday present on Thursday: A visit from the boss' wife.

First Lady Michelle Obama made her 15th visit to a federal agency on the same day as the secretary's birthday, noted that they're both Capricorns and thanked his department's loosely affiliated bureaus for their varying missions.

"What you all do to spur innovation, support America's businesses, and keep our economy competitive is so very important," she said. "It's important at any time, but it is particularly critical during the tough economic times that this nation is facing right now."

As with her previous appearances, Obama shared the stage with with long-serving department employees, including two that have served for half a century. (See the list after the jump.)

"I'm always excited to meet people who have worked at a place longer than I've been alive," said the 46-year-old Obama.

Commerce Dept. Employees Appearing With Mrs. Obama:

Name Agency Years Served
Alvin Brokenborough DOC 47
Annie Christine Holmes OIG 39
Daniel William Lozier NIST 46
Connie Stahl General Counsel 39
Eartha Y. Ball EDA 35
Jane Molloy ESA 39
Janie Cooksey PTO 47
Joseph Matthew Antonucci NIST 50
Laurance Edward Fink NIST 46
Leroy R. Cheek EDA 38
Marcellina Renee Missouri Exec Sec 19
Margaret Yvonne Montgomery Exec Sec 44
Nancy Hunter General Counsel 38
Naomi Margaret Crockett NIST 47
Ollie Person PTO 50
Patricia Simms NOAA 37
Virginia Holmes-Lacy OIG 35
Yvonne P. Francois EDA 38

SOURCE: Commerce Department

By Ed O'Keefe  | January 21, 2010; 11:45 PM ET
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Comments

CORRECTION --

This reads, right now, two that have served for "half a decade." While five years of service is nice, it's not news. You mean to say "half a century" I think.

Posted by: fairfaxvoter | January 22, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

You're right -- I fixed it... thanks! - Ed

Posted by: Ed O'Keefe | January 22, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

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