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BOS regrets public left out of First Lady’s visit
Mr. Percy Ashcraft, County Administrator
BOS Regrets Public Left
Out Of First Lady’s Visit
The Board of Supervisors noted regret at its July 30 meeting the public was left out of the recent visit by First Lady Michelle Obama.
Ms. Obama visited Bowling Green on July 27 to cut the ribbon and open the new Caroline County Health Clinic in the old Safeway Building. The First Lady met with various health care officials to promote the national health care agenda of President Obama.
The visit was sparked by some controversy because the ribbon-cutting ceremony was moved inside the center as opposed to being outside. White House planning officials made the call to move the ceremony inside. As a result, hundreds of onlookers – most of them Caroline County residents – were denied a chance to see the First Lady.
“I want everyone to understand it was not the County who planned this visit,” commented Mattaponi District Supervisor Floyd Thomas. “I feel like we should apologize to the citizens, but the County had nothing to do with how it turned out.”
Mr. Thomas also noted that members of the Board of Supervisors and other officials who were invited to be part of the ceremony had to wait at least an hour and a half before the First Lady came into the room. She had been meeting with other officials before cutting the ribbon and delivering health care remarks.
“Unfortunately, this was out of our hands,” commented Mr. Thomas. “We regret our citizens were left out.”