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

Minuteman

Both parties are still getting over on us. Sure, there are no answers to questions put to the democrats, other than namecalling and insults, but the Repubs haven't done anything to stem the fall of the economy or rampant crime. It's just a blame game to keep us arguing while they increase our taxes yet again. They even set up websites to provide fodder for our bickering matches.

sugar

Agreed, but I still think our ends can be achieved thru the Repub party, it's already been infiltrated, won't be long now....

The Big Dog's back

The Great Depression- Caused by Repubs. The Great Recession- Caused by Repubs. FACT!

Minuteman

A perfect example. There is so much fodder available on the internet that any argument can be spun away in a second. The Great Depression. Who saw that coming? No one will sway an inch from their carefully crafted opinion. Just go through the left(liberal) gate or the right(conservative) gate into the corral and prepare to be fleeced yet again.

Darwin's choice

Fall of America-caused by Obama...FACT

The Big Dog's back

So America is falling? Where?

sugar

Hate to break it to you but you BD are merely a symptom of the fall, you have no soul, no shame, no independent thought, you are a mass and a mess of liberal propaganda.

The Big Dog's back

Why thank you!

grumpy

It is what you wish was able to be proved... but as is with many of your statements sadly lacking in substance, nor your ability to prove.

EZOB

Coasterfan,
You finally have really gotten under my skin. You obviosly have "NO" idea about Veterans situations in Ohio. We rank number 50 nationally. Montague, Head of the Wade Park facility has just been removed charged with 33 Federal charges, June 19, 2013. 464,000 claims have been removed from the VA office in Cleveland, completely wiped out. Sherrod Brown, who sits on the US Veterans Commitee, has neglected to do anything. Rob Portman has given a detailed report to Eric Shinski and all Ohio Veterans should refile their claims.
Michelle to Barrack, "All this for a F(*(ng Flag". Barrack, "Yeah". OH yes, I do remember, all to well.

sugar

So do I, so do I, those who put these monsters in OUR WH should hang their heads in shame.

sugar

LA RAZA folks, LA RAZA! That kind of sums it up!

The Big Dog's back

Bullspit!

Darwin's choice

And again, the Big Dog Dodge!

The Big Dog's back

Since White America has basically crapped on Black America over the years, slavery, no respect for their service in World war 1 or WWll or Vietnam, cross burnings, lynchings, Jim Crow laws, is it any wonder some people might have a little apprehensiveness towards the flag?

grumpy

Many if not most folks didn't have ancestors who were here during slave years. Many if not most folks here during slave years didn't own slaves ( lived in the North or didn't own slaves if they lived in the South). many who had ancestors here in the North fought against the slave owners. Many of the folks here didn't have ancestors here during WW!. some didn't have ancestors here during WW2. Most folks here, didn't have ancestors who burned crosses. most folks here don't have ancestors who were a part of lynchings.

Suggest you research and find those who did and complain to them. Leave those who have nothing to do with such things alone.

The Big Dog's back

So that makes it OK pooh? Because you personally weren't there? Was it OK for the Nazis to toast the Jews? Remember, you weren't there. What a lame excuse.

grumpy

Makes what OK? Blaming people who weren't there? I wasn't alive when Nazis were persicuting Jews in Germany. As far as I know none of my ancestors came from Germany. Why would I be blamed?

As far as I know I wasn't alive during slavery in the US. None of my ancestors were in this country then. Most folks didn't have ancestors who had slaves. Most who were in this country didn't own slaves. Many in this country at the time fought against the South. Most didn't take part in lynchings, or cross burning, nor did their ancestors. Why are you trying to blame all white people now for what few did then?

If you wish to blame those who did those things it is fine with me. Research and find those involved and go to their graves and complain. Find the few still alive who were part of what you blame all white people for doing and complain to them. Leave out those who had nothing to do with those things you whined about.

Is that simple enough for you to comprehend? Or do I need to dumb it down further for you to understand it, piddle puppy?

The Big Dog's back

You must have really low self esteem if you thought what I posted had anything to do with blaming people "who weren't there".

em·pa·thy [em-puh-thee] Show IPA
noun
1.
the intellectual identification with or vicarious experiencing of the feelings, thoughts, or attitudes of another.
2.
the imaginative ascribing to an object, as a natural object or work of art, feelings or attitudes present in oneself: By means of empathy, a great painting becomes a mirror of the self.

grumpy

I don't blame Germany for what Nazis did to Jews any more than I blame Americans (or white people) for the way SOME people treated blacks in America. But then that would only be placing blame on those who actually did something wrong instead of being able to blame large elements of people who did nothing. Kind of limits the ability to hate groups, like blacks, or whites, or Asians, or... It is putting blame on individuals instead of whole groups.

Contango

Re: "I don't blame Germany for what Nazis did to Jews,"

IMO, don't bother. He's attempting to bait you. As a troll, he/she/it likes to play circular mind games.

Dog (aka brutus smith) is a Jew hater:

"Actually a bunch (of) Stone Age right wingnuts wrote the Old Testament." (brutus smith, Sept. 10, 2010)

Remember:

By EXECUTIVE ORDER, FDR had AMERICAN citizens of Japanese, German, Italian AND Jewish decent rounded up and put in concentration camps.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exe...

grumpy

He isn't intelligent enough to catch anyone in a trap. If I simply tell the truth and use facts he has already lost. He will start calling names to show his loss soon, if not during his next post... if he even responds again. It is easier for him to duck and hide. Facts and truth hurts.

Contango

BTW: Most avg. Germans had little idea what the Nazis were doing to the Jews.

It was the "classic" ruse of rich vs. poor, of ethnic and class warfare being used by power hungry politicians.

A great book:

http://www.press.uchicago.edu/Mi...

The Big Dog's back

LIHOP.

grumpy

Not worth commenting on it. I deleted a knee jerk reaction. I have no problem holding people responsible for their actions. I don't hold people responsible for things they didn't do... and then blaming whole groups for what some few did, or do.

Darwin's choice

Dodge, defer, deflect, divide!

Centauri

Spoken like a true black racist who hates Caucasians, Latinos and other non-blacks.

What would make you happy, Big Dog?

Maybe round up all of the non-black people and exterminate them? Would that make you happy? Racism lives on because black racists like yourself and others perpetuate racism.

http://pjmedia.com/lifestyle/201...
"8 Ways Blacks Perpetuate Racism and the Only Way to Thwart It"

Maybe giving you a one-way ticket out of the United States would make you happy, Big Dog? That can be arranged at no cost to you.

Centauri

Same link but viewed as a single page instead of 9 web pages.

http://pjmedia.com/lifestyle/201...

Centauri

And another thing about black racist Holder:

http://www.washingtontimes.com/n...
"Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. played the race card in congressional testimony on Tuesday, referring to blacks as his “people” while neglecting the rest of Americans. That race-based lens pervades his Justice Department, causing consistently skewed enforcement of the law."

"To which Mr. Holder added: “It really says that … I am not the tall U.S. attorney, I am not the thin U.S. attorney. I am the black U.S. attorney."

Black Panthers intimidating white voters- OK with Holder

White militia members practice in woods--Holder goes after them.

Holder goes after white whistleblowers who expose the wrongs of the government.

Black racists only perpetuate racism. I heard that the white supremacist groups are gaining new members. Take a bow you black racists who perpetuate racism.

sugar

Not everyone,look at Col. West, Thomas Solwell,Herman Cain, Ben Carson, Deneen Borelli, Star Parker, Crystal Wright, Mia Love, Francesca Chambers, more and more are leaving the Dem Plantation. Holding onto your racism and anger only destroys you.

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