Michelle Obama highlights kids, gun violence

First lady joins legislative debate over access to guns
Associated Press
Jul 26, 2013

A second term as first lady finds Michelle Obama using her spotlight to draw attention to another issue involving the welfare of children: young people and gun violence.

A meeting with high school students from a rough neighborhood in her hometown of Chicago led Mrs. Obama to start putting a new spin on the stalled legislative debate over access to guns.

A mother to a teen and a tween, Mrs. Obama says the country is obligated to help kids like these grow up and become adults. Several current and former students at Chicago's Harper High School were killed by gunfire within the past year.

The first lady on Tuesday faced immigration — another new issue for her — when she delivered the keynote speech in New Orleans at the annual conference of the National Council of La Raza. Immigration is one of President Barack Obama's top second-term priorities, as it is for the Latino advocacy group.

Mrs. Obama urged the group's members to stay encouraged and continue to press the House to follow the lead of the Senate and pass an immigration bill.

"Do not give up because I promise you my husband won't give up until a good bill gets on his desk," she said.

Aides say the first lady isn't making gun violence a new and distinct issue, but is folding it into the work she's been doing to encourage youth to focus on getting an education.

By reaching beyond the pair of relatively safe issues she has been pushing — reducing childhood obesity, which she discussed at length at the La Raza conference, and rallying public support for military families — the Harvard-trained lawyer who some say has played it safe is showing a willingness to step outside of her comfort zone.

She'll need to tread carefully, though. The American public tends to prefer that its first ladies leave the heavier policy lifting to the president.

Rosalynn Carter was criticized for attending Cabinet meetings and Hillary Rodham Clinton was pilloried for running a health care task force in secret. Mrs. Obama is viewed favorably by about two-thirds of the public, higher than her husband, who had a favorability rating of about 53 percent, according to recent polls.

Mrs. Obama fell out of public favor during the 2008 presidential campaign over comments deemed unpatriotic. But once in the White House, she declared herself "mom in chief" to her two kids, planted a vegetable garden, pushed the childhood obesity and military family issues and resurrected her public standing.

At three fundraisers one day in May, in Boston and New York, Mrs. Obama described meeting some of Harper High's "best and brightest" students, including the valedictorian, a star athlete and ROTC participants.

But instead of "reveling in the joys of their youth," like college applications, the prom or learning to drive, she told Democratic donors that "these young people were consumed with staying alive."

"There are so many kids in this country just like them, kids with so much promise, but so few opportunities, good kids who are doing everything they can to break the cycle and beat the odds," Mrs. Obama said. "We need to be better for them. We need to be better for all of our children in this country because they are counting on us to give them the chances they need for the futures they all deserve."

The students worry daily about being killed or about someone else being killed, she said.

"One kid told me he felt like he lived in a cage, because he feels like his community is unseen, unheard, and nobody cares about it. What's our obligation to these kids? We do have one," she told CBS "Sunday Morning."

The meeting with Harper High's students followed the first lady's speech at a youth violence conference in Chicago this year. Mrs. Obama compared herself to Hadiya Pendleton, a 15-year-old honor student whose death became national news in part because she was shot a mile from the Obamas' home a few days after she returned from performing at the president's inauguration.

It is unclear whether Mrs. Obama will continue to speak about gun violence or immigration. The speech to La Raza is likely her final public event before she takes her traditional month off in August.

She recently said first ladies, more than presidents, "get to work on what we're passionate about."

"You have an opportunity to speak to your passions and to really design and be very strategic about the issues you care most about," Mrs. Obama said at a recent forum in Tanzania with African first ladies. "And I just found it just a very freeing and liberating opportunity."

 

 

Comments

The Big Dog's back

Kinda of a shame winnie you have to resort to using other peoples screen name.

goofus

Was wondering, can she do this job from her seat on air force one.

Darwin's choice

Maybe, it's a huge seat......!

buckeye15

You are one classy guy.

The Big Dog's back

Sure she can goof!

The Big Dogs Back

Bullspit

The Big Dog's back

Kinda of a shame winnie you have to resort to using other peoples screen name.

The Big Dog's back

Kinda of a shame winnie you have to resort to using other peoples screen name.

Darwin's choice

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This was just before her rockstar time, you know, when she didn't like being an American.....

Darwin's choice

Then, on her way to the stage....

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Darwin's choice

And who could forget her at the Anniversary of the Normandy Invasion with the French First Lady......

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coasterfan

Darwin, not sure what your last 3 posts are trying to say, but you are embarrassing your parents.

Darwin's choice

Ah, Coasterfan...was wondering when you'd come up out of your hole. Your constant blathering on here about all thing Obama and Democrat is sickening. You constantly throw anyone who disagrees with you and your single sided opinion under the bus. I don't agree with the comments that she is the best first lady, in any time. And offer reasons why. If you don't agree, or don't like my post's, don't read them. When you interject your blindly democratic opinions here, expect my scathing reply's! Obama=failure

coasterfan

Hmm...am wondering what color the sky is in the world you live in, Darwin. I'm not sure my opinion is any more single-sided than yours. I'm just on the opposite side of the aisle, politically, and I'm no more impressed about your constant blathering on about all things anti-Obama.
I would suggest you take your own advice: if you don't like my posts, don't read them.

Why not devote your time to something constructive, such as learning how and when to use an apostrophe (you don't need to use them to pluralize a word such as 'posts' and 'replys'), and how to avoid sentence fragments ("And offer reasons why"), and when or when not to use an 's' to pluralize a word ("all thing Obama" should have been "all things Obama").
Why is it that 90% of the semi-illiterate people who post here are conservatives?

sugar

Hahahaha, the last vestige of a liberals attempt to "win" an argument! Grammar, typos and spelling. LMAO Must be a grade school teacher....

Darwin's choice

No, Sugar, just an azzhat trying to be something he's not! Nothing he ever conjures up has anything to do with the headline story, but he'll ragale us with fanciful tales of Obama lust.

Darwin's choice

The Big Dog's back
Fri, 07/26/2013 - 3:27pm
The best 1st Lady we've had in some time.

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Really?

The Big Dog's back

Yes, really!

coasterfan

Regardless of whether one likes Mrs. Obama or not, she is certainly a step up from the completely vacuous Laura Bush. That clueless look you see on Mrs. Bush's face in every photograph? That's not an act.

Darwin's choice

See posted photo's of Mrs. Obama......those angry faces are not an act either.....!

Obama=fail

grandmasgirl

Guys, guys, guys, no matter how many times the paper prints something like this about Obama and Michelle, Big Dog and Deertracker will never get it. Give it up. You can only try and teach. Some will never learn. There are thousands in this country that still stick up for Obama because of the fact that he is black and the heck with his record. If you think Michelle is the best first lady we have had in some time, your idea and mine of what a lady is, is different. AND, yes, I don't like her. You see, I read her college thesis before he became President. And if you want to talk race, read it.

deertracker

Trying to educate any of you right wing dingbats is a major exercise in FUTILITY!

sugar

READ!!! C'mon GG they can't read cursive....bwaahahahaha

bondgirlM

she spoke about gun control in a city that has the most black on black murders and it also has one of the toughest anti gun laws. hmmmmmm BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD!

deertracker

Where was she suppose to speak? Regardless of what either of them do some of you still complain!

grandmasgirl

Kind of what some of you did when Bush was in office. Remember those days and the comments you made?

bondgirlM

she spoke about gun control in a city that has the most black on black murders and it also has one of the toughest anti gun laws. hmmmmmm BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD!

The Big Dog's back

Wasn't Chicago known as a crime town before the Obama's? Why yes it was. A WHITE crime town. WHITE guys shooting cops. You remember, Al Capone, The Chicago outfit, John Torrio, Big Jim Collisimo. ALL WHITE GUYS.

Daddy was a cop
On the east side of Chicago
Back in the U S A
Back in the bad old days

In the heat of a summer night
In the land of the dollar bill
When the town of Chicago died
And they talk about it still

When a man named Al Capone
Tried to make that town his own
And he called his gang to war
With the forces of the law

I heard my mama cry
I heard her pray the night Chicago died
Brother what a night it really was
Brother what a fight it really was, glory be

I heard my mama cry
I heard her pray the night Chicago died
Brother what a night the people saw
Brother what a fight the people saw, yes indeed

And the sound of the battle rang
Through the streets of the old east side
'Til the last of the hoodlum gang
Had surrendered up or died

There was shouting in the street
And the sound of running feet

And I asked someone who said
'Bout a hundred cops are dead

I heard my mama cry
I heard her pray the night Chicago died
Brother what a night it really was
Brother what a fight it really was, glory be

I heard my mama cry
I heard her pray the night Chicago died
Brother what a night the people saw
Brother what a fight the people saw, yes indeed

Then there was no sound at all
But the clock upon the wall

Then the door burst open wide
And my daddy stepped inside
And he kissed my mama's face
And he brushed her tears away

The night Chicago died
The night Chicago died
Brother what a night the people saw
Brother what a fight the people saw, yes indeed

The night Chicago died
The night Chicago died
Brother what a night it really was
Brother what a fight it really was, glory be

Read more: PAPER LACE - THE NIGHT CHICAGO DIED LYRICS

Bottom Line

What an intelligent rebuttal. Your argument is about mobsters in the 1920s and prohibition era. Yes, Chicago was waiting for the Obama's to come save the day for 70 years. And look at Chicago now, a cesspool for violent criminals. Your defense is about as useful to your case as the state's star witness was for Trayvon. You remember that fat, illiterate, lying pig. How many times did her story change was it 3 or 4? And I don't care what color she was. Makes NO difference to me.

santown419

Sounds like your mom

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