First Lady Assists Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

A nice spot of charitable work undertaken by the rich and famous will always grab a headline and that’s exactly what First Lady Michelle Obama did when she joined the show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition on ABC.  Allegedly, Mrs. Obama is quite a fan of the show that builds an incredible home for a family caught in some kind of devastation or tragedy trap.  According to an article in People, Mrs. Obama said, “this particular show is especially moving because it features Barbara Marshall, a Navy veteran, who despite her own struggles opened her home to serve homeless female vetarans in her community. She's an amazing example of the strength, values and service of America's veterans." 

Along with Dr. Jill Biden, the First Lady was participating in the Joining Forces initiative that tries to make life easier for veterans and their families.  It was Obama, Ty Pennington and his Fayetteville crew that began this work together.  The First Lady's job was to hang plaques, while admitting she had somewhat "limited" handy skills.  Still, it was clear she wasn't afraid of a bit of hard work since she was also spotted doing some of the gardening in the back yard. 

Part of a Good Cause

According to a report in Reality Magazine, the best thing about the project for the First Lady was, "to be part of an event so life-changing for such a deserving person."  She added that "Mrs. Marshall is a prime example of an American veteran who continues to serve her community with everything she has.  I hope lots of people will be inspired by her story to give back to their communities – especially to service members and their families."