Michelle Obama at Camp Lejeune… but did she say Luh-jern?

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First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, stopped in at Camp Lejeune, N.C. today for about three hours as part of the launch of their “Joining Forces” campaign to support America’s uniformed troops and their families.

Michelle Obama at the podium at Camp Lejeune, N.C., April 13. Seated behind her are Maj. Gen. Carl Jensen and Jill Biden. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Damany S. Coleman)

Before a crowd of more than 3,000, the two women took the stage at  Goettge Memorial Field House to rousing applause, and spoke of their support and admiration for Marines and their famlies. It was the first visit for Obama, but not for Biden, who demonstrated her kinship with the Marine Corps by letting out a hearty “oorah!” at the microphone.

Afterward, the Obama and Biden team joined lifestyle maven Martha Stewart at the Ball Center for a mass baby shower for 40 pregnant women, Marines and Marine wives, whose husbands are deployed. The event was given by Operation Shower, a non-profit support organization, and the women received scrap booking lessons from Stewart and donated gifts.

Joining Forces was launched by Obama and Biden on Tuesday in Washington, D.C., and Lejeune was their first of several stops to raise awareness. A web site offers more information.

“We’re extremely honored that the first lady would consider the home of the Carolina MAGTF to launch her joint initiative in support of military families,” said Camp Lejeune spokesman Nat Fahy, who is a veteran of the complicated process of preparing for a visit from a high-level person.

“We were fortunate to have a blueprint for this type of visit,” he said, recalling the January 2009 visit by newly inaugurated President Barack Obama who announced his war strategy for Iraq at Camp Lejeune.

Marine wives pose with Obama, Biden and Stewart at Operation Shower at Camp Lejeune on April 13. (Photo by Cpl. Jonathan G. Wright)

“It was a matter of dusting off the playbook and accommodating the first lady’s agenda,” he said.

But did the first lady of the United States acquiesce to the wishes of a movement within, and without, the Marine Corps to return to the Lejeune family’s pronunciation of its name:  Luh-jern?

“Yes, she did, and so did Dr. Biden,” Fahy confirmed. “Martha Stewart said it that way, too.”

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  1. AFTER ALL THE BULL THAT THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION HAS DUMPED ON THE MILITARY, DADT AND SUCH AND NOW THE FULL CAMPAIGN MODE IS ON WITH A NEW INITIATIVE . YOU JUST GOT TO BE KIDDING ME. MYSELF, I’M APPALLED BY THESE SELF SERVING, PHONIES WHO APPARENTLY HAVE NOTHING ELSE TO DO.

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  3. Cassandra Moore on

    Kaniya Knight in the grey dress was in the tornado in the Piney Green neighborhood of Jacksonville. She is well but her home is not safe for living. For us to see this in the Marine Corps Times today gave our family great pleasure at a very difficult time. We are lucky to have our lives.

  4. Cassandra Moore on

    Kaniya is also pregnant with two devil pups, young marines….boys. This pic does not do justice in person Martha Stewart is flawless, Michelle Obama looks like a live barbie doll and Jill Biden is beautiful.

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