Michelle Obama

In an exclusive interview with NBC's TODAY, first lady Michelle Obama reacted to the shocking Cleveland, Ohio kidnapping case.

“My heart just... swells up with relief, because just imagine first losing a child and not knowing whether they're alive or dead or in harm's way,” Mrs. Obama said. “And to be holding out hope for a decade and to finally have those prayers answered is just probably the best Mother's Day gift… that these families will receive.

Mrs. Obama added: "We’re just grateful that they're safe. It is probably a parent's worst nightmare to lose a child in any way, shape or form. But I am just happy for these families that they found their daughters and that they're alive and safe.”

Gina DeJesus, 23, Amanda Berry, 27, and Michelle Knight, 32, were snatched separately from the same Cleveland neighborhood and kept chained in the basement of a house on Seymour Avenue for as long as 12 years.

The owner of the house, Ariel Castro, 52, and his two brothers were arrested on Monday. The brothers will be formally charged today.

Two of the women were taken while they were still in their teens. Knight was the first to be kidnapped at age 20 in 2002. Berry disappeared in 2003 at age 16, and DeJesus vanished in 2004 at age 14. Police say Knight, now 32, will need reconstructive surgery to her face after enduring years of brutal beatings at the hands of her captors.

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    • FuturedocDonte

      Auntie u would capture the picture of the First Lady with duck lips... U get on my nerves :rofl:

    • FuturedocDonte

      I still lubb u though :kiss:

    • goat76

      My First Lady!!

      Haters gonna do what they do.

    • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/db78ef2b213fd6958c1aa6773fe9a6dc?s=80 jeniefrumdabloc

      :lol:

    • ReadingIsFundamental

      She is right, it is a parent's worst nightmare.

      Her bangs are growing out so cute.

    • deedeegirl

      Not a very flattering shot of the 1st Lady but she's right on point. Watch your kids.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S8jrHDNQVE&list=HL1365174233 <–Doesn't Talk To Strangers

      :love: FLOTUS :heart:

    • scorpio

      A parent's worst nightmare, but there is so much to this story still yet to be explored. Like why the police department seem to not take previous calls serious. Could it be because the neighborhood is low income, hispanic, and black folks? So much to look at with what happened here, how does three girls go missing from the same street, and it's not all over CNN?

    • http://srchronicles.wordpress.com/ iAmChan

      I still love this woman...even if she is doing the God awful duck lips thing these lil guls think is cute....Lookin like she got surprised with some sour nut.

    • Betamax82

      Fisrst Lady that still shot tho :lol:

    • Bombshell Esq

      I just ADORE this lady... Gosh!!! "love:

    • lovezoe

      I hope she told Barry that Charles Barry is the person he should be calling, not some dude announcing he gay.

      Nevertheless, I am so happy that these women were found alive. I hope they are provided with all the resources they need.

    • KrayZKat

      Yes, Lord! You got that right, first lady.

    • scorpio

      Not to mention when the bombing happened in Boston, it was like the military was called out, to search the neighborhood, they went door to door, but three girls go missing form the same street within a few years of each other and it's not all over the news? I'm not understanding.

    • Bombshell Esq

      FuturedocDonte says:

      Auntie u would capture the picture of the First Lady with duck lips… U get on my nerves
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      :rofl: I hope your azz already learned how to resuscitate folks when you make em flatline with your BS_^^__^^_________________________ :dead:

    • Bombshell Esq

      scorpio says:

      Not to mention when the bombing happened in Boston, it was like the military was called out, to search the neighborhood, they went door to door, but three girls go missing form the same street within a few years of each other and it’s not all over the news? I’m not understanding.
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      You want folks to go missing and stay missing????? Hide them in the hood #helpful :tea:

    • Diva

      :nana: hey Donte!

    • Diva

      :wave: hey neighbor! Thanks for checking on my mail and house while I was vacaying! :rofl: you is a good neighbor like State Farm

    • VDot

      And this wet wet I got 99 prollems but a dry cooch aint one.
      ______________________________________________

      :waiting: Where she at?!

    • Anna

      scorpio says:

      A parent’s worst nightmare, but there is so much to this story still yet to be explored. Like why the police department seem to not take previous calls serious. Could it be because the neighborhood is low income, hispanic, and black folks? So much to look at with what happened here, how does three girls go missing from the same street, and it’s not all over CNN?

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      I live in Ohio, and don't remember this story. You are right, it's the neighborhood, but to be fair, we are talking over 10 yrs. ago, just wondering why Nancy Grace didn't do a cold case show.

    • Just Looking

      See what I mean, Those EYEBROWS ABOVE. :nono: NOT FOR ME

    • NaijaGal

      Could it be because the neighborhood is low income, hispanic, and black folks?
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      *confetti* you get the prize...if folks think these things did not play a factor then there's an ass cheek I want them to kiss

    • luVn_liFe…

      These POOR young ladies :heartbroken:

    • Just Looking

      Damn shame when you call 911 and tell them there is a naked woman is crawling around in backyard with no clothes on. And NO ONE COMES.

      :pray: they can SUE

    • scorpio

      Anna says:

      scorpio says:

      A parent’s worst nightmare, but there is so much to this story still yet to be explored. Like why the police department seem to not take previous calls serious. Could it be because the neighborhood is low income, hispanic, and black folks? So much to look at with what happened here, how does three girls go missing from the same street, and it’s not all over CNN?

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      I live in Ohio, and don’t remember this story. You are right, it’s the neighborhood, but to be fair, we are talking over 10 yrs. ago, just wondering why Nancy Grace didn’t do a cold case show.

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      Jon Benet Ramsey was way over 10 yrs ago, and how many expose were do on her? It literally was equated with, who assasinated JFK, the man on the grassy knoll, or was it someone else? never trully solved. The public was saturated with it. Nancy Grace did not jump on it because these girls happened to be in a neighborhood, and from backgrounds that aren't considered being worth front page. Next they will be doggin' that Ramsey guy who kicked in the door. Watch someone come up with his record.

    • Nakeya_j

      Just Looking says:

      Damn shame when you call 911 and tell them there is a naked woman is crawling around in backyard with no clothes on. And NO ONE COMES.

      they can SUE
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      And I hope the police department has to pay them out of the ass. When ppl call the cops should come. Period.

    • Diva

      :offtopic: that movie the Hive that's plastered up top...it it me or do those folks all have the same big wide nose? :rofl:

    • scorpio

      @
      Bombshell Esq says:

      scorpio says:

      Not to mention when the bombing happened in Boston, it was like the military was called out, to search the neighborhood, they went door to door, but three girls go missing form the same street within a few years of each other and it’s not all over the news? I’m not understanding.
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      You want folks to go missing and stay missing????? Hide them in the hood #helpful

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      It appears so.

    • luVn_liFe…

      Nina Samoylicz, who lives near Ariel Castro's home, said she called police about two years ago after spotting a naked woman in the backyard of Castro's house. Samoylicz said when she called out to the woman, a man told the woman to get in the house, then ran in himself. "(The police) thought we was playing, joking, they didn't believe us," Samoylicz said.

      -- Faliceonna Lopez, Samoylicz' sister, told a slightly different version of events Tuesday on CNN's "Piers Morgan Live." She said after seeing the naked woman, they told their mother, not police. The mother, Annita Lugo, told Morgan that she didn't call police, either, saying, "I definitely would have called then but it was hours later and I really -- I really didn't -- you know, I was just stuck. I was dumbfounded, didn't know how to take it, you know?"

      -- Sgt. Sammy Morris, a Cleveland police spokesman, told CNN that the department had no record of a 911 call reporting a naked woman at Castro's address. And Wednesday, a city spokeswoman said flatly that there was no truth to claims that any reports were made

      the poLIcE say NoOne ever called about disturbances at the CASTRO HOuse

    • scorpio

      The powers that be, probably thought the girls just ran off with some pimp.

    • luVn_liFe…

      @Scorpio
      Unfortunately for micHelle her Mother didnt really give 2 fuggs where she was :(

    • lovezoe

      It's really said these girls were forgotten, but that mama who ran out on her kids was still being investigated 11 years later.

    • scorpio

      luVn_liFe... says:

      @Scorpio
      Unfortunately for micHelle her Mother didnt really give 2 fuggs where she was
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      Now that's a hot mess. Her own brother didn't know she was missing. 10 Years, and you don't know your sister is missing. Un un!!!

    • luVn_liFe…

      scorpio says:

      luVn_liFe… says:

      @Scorpio
      Unfortunately for micHelle her Mother didnt really give 2 fuggs where she was
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      Now that’s a hot mess. Her own brother didn’t know she was missing. 10 Years, and you don’t know your sister is missing. Un un!!!
      ~
      ~
      Yeah the dynamics in that family were WAY Off.the lady put her son out when he was 14 :no:

    • http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=qkt7Dx_uK5Y MzDimplez1123

      Sounds like Michelle's mother didn't want to be bothered with her kids. My mother or Gma don't hear from me everyday and they're ready to kick the damned door in.

    • Nakeya_j

      @Scorpio
      Unfortunately for micHelle her Mother didnt really give 2 fuggs where she was
      ————————————————————————

      Now that’s a hot mess. Her own brother didn’t know she was missing. 10 Years, and you don’t know your sister is missing. Un un!!!
      ~
      ~
      Yeah the dynamics in that family were WAY Off.the lady put her son out when he was 14
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      Are they now going to do anything about the child neglect on the mothers part?

    • NaijaGal

      :newpost: is up

    • luVn_liFe…

      MzDimplez1123 says:Sounds like Michelle’s mother didn’t want to be bothered with her kids. My mother or Gma don’t hear from me everyday and they’re ready to kick the damned door in.

      ~
      ~
      she has a 10yr old daughter now,Sorry BISSH!
      and she misses Michelle and cant Wait to SEE HER!! ;happy:

    • http://talkingwithtami.com/blog talkingwithtami

      I am done! Why did it read, "they will be formally charged" #dead I hope they throw the book at these ninjas! :tea: