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Michelle Obama to visit oil-soaked Gulf coast

Michelle Obama is planning a mid-July trip to the Gulf coast region, hit hard by the BP oil spill

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First lady Michelle Obama greets members of the United States Armed Forces and their families as they host an Independence Day celebration on the White House's South Lawn, July 4, in Washington. The first lady will visit the Gulf coast later this month.

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First lady Michelle Obama plans to visit the Gulf oil spill region in the coming weeks.

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Wednesday that the first lady will travel to the Gulf soon.

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He did not release the exact date, but the trip was expected to take place around mid-July.

Mrs. Obama's visit would follow President Barack Obama's four visits to Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.

Vice President Joe Biden also got a firsthand look at the cleanup efforts late last month.

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