Michelle Obama thanks the Secret Service

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First lady Michelle Obama has been to many federal agencies to show her support for federal workers, but her noontime visit to one of them on Wednesday was special.

Obama went to the Secret Service headquarters to thank employees there for protecting her family.

“And one thing that the president and I always say about our work with this agency is that it is always 100 percent on point -- truly,” Michelle Obama told employees. “I mean, not just in terms of how you all do your job, but how you all make us feel. And that is important when you’re trying to live a normal life and raise a couple of girls in the White House. You all have really made us feel at home and safe, and there is no amount of thanks that I could convey that would give you a sense of how important you all are to us.

“So this visit is special for me.”

One reason it’s special, Obama said, is because “we love our detail. We love every individual .... People always ask, what is it like to have Secret Service? It’s like -- for us, it’s like having family around.”

She said the president and their girls have a friendly dinner table “fight” over who’s getting which agents, saying that Malia told Sasha: “You took Scott? That’s not fair!”

“But that’s because we feel close to each of you,” Obama added. “And particularly for the girls, they have just transitioned beautifully because of the work that you all do.

“So I’m here to say thank you. I’m here to say, the next time that you have to work late -- which all of you do -- [that] you have to work on a weekend, the next time you have to do something hard, just know that you have a first family, and you also have a nation, that appreciates everything you do. “

She concluded: “The work you do is tremendous, and we value it, and we cherish each and every one of you.”

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Joe Davidson writes the Federal Diary, a column about federal government and workplace issues that celebrated its 80th birthday in November 2012. Davidson previously was an assistant city editor at The Washington Post and a Washington and foreign correspondent with The Wall Street Journal, where he covered federal agencies and political campaigns.
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