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Michelle Obama meets Oak Creek gurdwara victims on Guru Nanak Jayanti celebrations

PTI  Washington, December 12, 2012
First Published: 12:06 IST(12/12/2012) | Last Updated: 22:13 IST(12/12/2012)

US First Lady Michelle Obama met the family members Oak Creek gurdwara shootout victims on the sidelines of Guru Nanak Jayanti celebrations in the White House last week.

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"We had the opportunity to meet First Lady Michelle Obama as she welcomed us and was glad to see we could be part of the celebration. She also shared condolences as she hopes and prays for our healing," Oak Creek gurdwara president Harcharan Singh Gill said as he met Michelle last Friday.

Expressing happiness over re-election of Barack Obama, Rajwant Singh, chairman of the Washington-based Sikh Council on Religion and Education, expressed hope that the President will be able to solve America's most difficult problems.

He also expressed gratitude for the support extended to the Sikh community in this difficult period.

"I am amazed that the First Lady was so open and willing to make time for them," said Lokhinder Kaur, one of the family members.

"There is not any week which goes by when we do not think about the Sikh community. Just as we focused on Sikhs weeks immediately after the Wisconsin tragedy. I want to assure you on behalf of President Obama that we have deep commitment for the families of all those were affected," said Joshua DuBois, head of the White House's Faith Based Initiative.

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