President Obama Visits the Red Cross Disaster Operation Center!

American Red Cross disaster relief efforts in Haiti received outstanding recognition on Monday during a visit to the Disaster Operations Center (DOC) at Red Cross national headquarters by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.

Photo Credit: Dennis Drenner/American Red Cross

Photo Credit: Dennis Drenner/American Red Cross

President Obama personally thanked Red Cross employees and volunteers for their part in the work being done to help the people of Haiti following last week’s earthquake. The President expressed his gratitude to everyone at the Red Cross for their work, saying to the employees and volunteers present, “tip-top operation, thank you and keep it up; you make us very proud.”

During his tour of the DOC, located just a few blocks from the White House, the President took time to talk with staff about their responsibilities. He observed one workstation where workers monitor Twitter messages, pushed the send button on a message about his visit and announced he had just “tweeted” for the first time.

Everyone at the Red Cross, both in Washington and across the country, is working very hard during this monumental disaster and there is still much to do. Employees and volunteers from different Red Cross units and departments are working side-by-side to ensure everything that needs doing gets done, and the people of Haiti receive the support they so desperately need.

Though he spoke directly to those present here in Washington, President Obama’s words were for our Red Cross team all across the country. Working together, we will get the job done.

For more information on the disaster relief efforts in Haiti and how you can help, visit


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