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Michelle Obama to Meet with Families of Temple Shooting Victims

First lady is expected to be in the Milwaukee area on Thursday in a move that national Sikh leader describes as "reassuring and heartening."

First Lady Michelle Obama is coming to the Milwaukee area on Thursday to meet with family members of the victims of the in Oak Creek.

Obama will meet with immediate family members of those who were killed and injured, a White House aide told Reuters News Service Saturday on the condition of anonymity.

It was unclear whether Obama would visit Oak Creek or the temple while she's here, or whether she'll meet with Oak Creek police Lt. Brian Murphy, who was one of four people injured in the Aug. 5 shootings. Murphy remains hospitalized and .

Obama also will attend a campaign event while in town.

Gunman Wade Michael Page opened fire during a Sunday service at the , killing six people before taking his own life.

Rajwant Singh, the chairman of the Sikh Council on Religion and Education, told Reuters it was critical that U.S. leaders reach out to the Sikh families in Wisconsin and to the Sikh community.

"A visit by the first lady will be reassuring and heartening and it will be a powerful symbol of President Obama embracing the Sikhs at this serious juncture," he said in an emailed statement to Reuters.

A member of President Barack Obama's cabinet, Attorney General Eric Holder, was in Oak Creek on Aug. 10 for for the victims at .

on the day of the shootings to offer his condolences to the city, but has not visited the city since the shootings.

In fact, the son of temple President Satwant Singh Kaleka, who was among those killed, publicly criticized the president for not doing more to support those affected by the tragedy.

"He’s never called the victim's families, not even the board that my father led before he died," the New York Observer quoted Amardeep Kaleka as saying.

a quiet conservative August 19, 2012 at 02:55 AM
Did the President or FIrst lady go to Aurora?
alt ideas needed August 19, 2012 at 03:03 AM
what about the President, Mitt, or even Paul Ryan?
Gregory Kluck August 19, 2012 at 03:54 AM
I don't see eye to eye with the First Lady, but I think it's a nice gesture for her to stop and visit the families.
Mike in OC August 19, 2012 at 04:24 AM
does anyone think this would happen if it wasnt election season.....
Mike in OC August 19, 2012 at 04:25 AM
paul ryan was at the funeral at ochs....
vocal local 1 August 19, 2012 at 06:40 AM
Paul Ryan was not here for the funeral. He did attend Natl. Nite out and the prayer vigil. Remember, Romney made his pick and Paul couldn't be in two places at the same time. City officials, FBI, and the Asst. US Attorney General are all going to have to scramble into action to bring into reality their empty promises to the residents. Perhaps hold discussions within the community which are currently being denied and provide answers to tough questions they would rather ignore. Ignorance as evidenced by the comments prevails. Welcome Michelle.
Bren August 19, 2012 at 07:03 AM
Yes, he was there for hours meeting with families in the hospitals, which was why his press conference was late (it was on tv).
Bren August 19, 2012 at 07:05 AM
This is a wonderful gesture from the First Lady. It is sad and sickening that this peaceful temple and its congregation became a target for violence.
Tansandy August 19, 2012 at 01:22 PM
Was out visiting family in Denver at the time of the shooting. Yes, Obama did come to Denver, only if it was for an hour photo op. He was also there a few weeks earlier because of the forest fires. Didn't accomplish anything on either trip other than to show his face to the voters. You have to understand, Colorado is a swing state. Hence his constant trips there. And by the way, most people hate it when he comes. And with Ryan being on the ticket, that makes Wisconsin also a swing state. So expect to see more photo ops from the two of them. Oh joy,I can hardly wait.
ann August 19, 2012 at 01:22 PM
Just loved it when your Pres glory hound did a "shout out "as an opening remark at Fort Hood . classy guy . As for big butt Obummer.. To say what she did about Mcdonalds Food , couldn't she put it together just how sponserships work??? Saw The Rev Extortionist there the otherday Hope he succedes in his wish to cut baraks balls off classy bunch all.
Nuitari (Grand Master Editor) August 19, 2012 at 03:03 PM
I hate klingons too.
Blair Nielsen August 19, 2012 at 03:17 PM
W.House never called Border patrol B. Terrys family after he was shot to death. But Obama did call Sandra Flueck to make sure she was ok after Rush called her what she truly is!
Randy1949 August 19, 2012 at 04:03 PM
You should really not be commenting on 'class'.
Randy1949 August 19, 2012 at 04:05 PM
Honest to Pete -- she's damned if she does and damned if she doesn't with the usual conservative suspects on Patch.
Steve Ebbie August 19, 2012 at 09:28 PM
Ginger, I know that that has been said over and over, but to repeat something does not make it true. My parents taught me something also, you may not respect the person but you should always respect the position. http://voices.washingtonpost.com/fact-checker/2011/02/obamas_apology_tour.html It is easy to take things out of context. Like you quoting me as saying: I hate people. but leaving out: who lie. Check. Verify.
Bren August 19, 2012 at 09:29 PM
WEACHATER, I agree, this profound, "teaching moment" comment deserves to be posted twice. I know I have learned so much from it! ; )
Bren August 19, 2012 at 09:31 PM
Tansandy, your description completely contradicts what was reported on the national news. Why let the facts get in the way of a good tall tale? ; )
Bren August 19, 2012 at 09:33 PM
ann, thank you for posting this as an example of what passes for "class" at the extreme fringe of the right-wing.
Bren August 19, 2012 at 09:34 PM
I do....
Bren August 19, 2012 at 09:36 PM
AWD, it's amusing to see you try to pick on the Obama's vacations. By the time of 9/11 /2001 George W. Bush had taken more vacation time than any previous one- or two-term president. I also believe that GOP candidates also make appearances at churches, etc? A convenient way to speak before large groups.
Bren August 19, 2012 at 09:40 PM
Steve, thank you for providing facts for Ginger, another example of a low information voter wearing a GOP embroidered bib and allowing herself to be spoon fed propaganda.
Ginger Geer-Valentia August 19, 2012 at 09:53 PM
Bren, I have not been spoon feed anything in a long time. I never said that I did not respect the position! What is true is how I feel. I feel that this President talks down to people. I am not saying he is any different then any other President. But when you lie to people is that respect? Also this is just a bord why do we have to be so mean to one another. Everybody has the right to the opinion. This is America right?
KKM August 19, 2012 at 10:13 PM
Even if you feel what you feel about this president have you no understanding of what this post is really about? This is about people hurting and grieving. As a person representing a mother, sister, daughter and wife of the president and the president she is here to honor those lives lost in a senseless act.
DICK STEINBERG August 19, 2012 at 10:51 PM
the argument over this subject is amateur. some go to funerals . some do not. some send flowers. some do not. some send condolences. some do not. that alone does not a person make. the American Indians were subjected to our greed. the Irish poor were subjected to disdain, as were most lower class (poor) people. the jews were turned away from American when their ship/s were aborted. there were no great speakers that came to the aid of these people. every day there is a tragedy. both Presidents Bush and Obamma regret the hatred and harm to any person/s in the USA. whether you like it or not , everything politicians do is not for political gain. for those who are critical of our wonderful country, go quietly but go away.
vocal local 1 August 19, 2012 at 11:24 PM
I suspect the First Lady is going to the temple not only to honor the lives lost confirmed as a hate crime but also to listen to the survivors. What do they need, what do they think needs to happen so that these types of crimes can be prevented in the future. Whites and the Moral Majority, do not wake up in the morning look in the mirror and think someone is going to disrespect me, treat me badly as related to the color of my skin and/or my faith. Ginger, you really need to come in out of the rain. President Obama has significantly improved our international image after the disgraceful foreign relations of the prior administrations. Geo. Bush Sr. Desert Storm. Clinton ordered a hit on Bin Ladin. Geo. Bush Jr destroyed Iraq. I suppose you still believe it was in search of weapons of mass destruction. More like Cheney and Daddy's investments in futures in oil. Remember Chavez kicked Shell out of the country and took over the oil fields and refinerys and Bush Jr. didn't do a thing now did he. Jr. also destroyed our economy. The first four years he had a republican house and senate. THEY deregulated the banking industry contrary to Basil one and two rules. Greenspan retired and Henry Paulson et al devalued the dollar, military spending skyrocketed. They violated the Geneva Convention with the treatment of prisioners, invaded Afganistan pushed out the Taliban and set the farmers to growing poppies again. 80% of the heroin produced comes here to our children in our schools.
Bren August 19, 2012 at 11:41 PM
Ginger, did you read the link Steve Ebbie provided you? I don't think it's patriotic to lazily accept whatever rhetoric comes to you from Fox and/or right wing talk radio. I think it is patriotic, and logical to expect that everyone has an agenda and to try to root out the facts for yourself. As Steve wrote, "Check. Verify."
$$andSense August 19, 2012 at 11:51 PM
Why has she not gone to Afghanistan to visit and lay a wreath for so many of the innocent villages and homes our "troops" have blown to flinders because an "insurgent" maybe lived there and their families were just collateral damage to send a message. You think this is made up? Well, then, you are just ignorant. Good will by the bullet and remote drone airplane.
michael August 20, 2012 at 12:09 AM
woW, ann without an e, you are one hating machine...swoosh...Been drinking too much foxnews coolaid.
michael August 20, 2012 at 12:14 AM
Really? Your comment is beyond pathetic.. God help us when people like you aspire to run the country.

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