First Lady: Park Rangers Used to Do Something 'Interesting' - 'Then, They Wound Up in a Park'

Eric Scheiner
By Eric Scheiner | May 2, 2013 | 2:56 PM EDT

National Park Rangers received some very special recognition when First Lady Michelle Obama stopped by the Department of Interior last week.

Mrs. Obama gave some encouraging words to federal workers, telling them, “People don’t even know you exist. It’s so true. I mean, federal workers are this invisible face - no one knows what they do, what it means, how much they benefit us.”

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But, out of all those with invisible faces, National Park Rangers were selected for very special recognition.

“If you ever talk to a National Park Ranger, they’re fascinating people,” she said. “Usually, they’ve done something interesting and, then, they wound up in a park.”

Before all the National Park Rangers begin to swell with pride over this compliment, we must keep something in mind.

With a record number of people dropping out of the work force under the Obama administration, finding people who used to do something interesting before they “wound up in a park” is getting a little easier each year.

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Eric Scheiner
Eric Scheiner
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