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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.

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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