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Michelle Obama speaks at the Department of Transportation in Washington, D.C.
updated 2/20/2009 3:17:33 PM ET 2009-02-20T20:17:33

First lady Michelle Obama says workers at the Transportation Department keep the U.S. moving and the government agency will get the economy going.

The first lady delivered a pep talk to workers on Friday, part of her tour of departments and agencies to thank employees for their work.

Obama said there will be improvements in infrastructure due to the $787 billion economic stimulus package her husband signed into law this week.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood introduced Obama and commented on their common Illinois ties.

On Thursday, she stopped at the Agriculture Department to hand over a seedling from a magnolia tree on the White House lawn. She has also greeted workers at the departments of Education, Interior and Housing and Urban Development.

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