A couple of year’s ago, I wrote a post that probably stunned loyal readers.
The post praised Obama — Michelle that is.
She gave the kick ass speech that I was hoping the Obamas would deliver everywhere, all the time.
Ironically, the speech was given at Bowie State University … a few miles from Baltimore.
Unfortunately, Mrs. O decided a war on Twinlies was more important than cultural leadership.
Still the speech is worth a listen.
Here’s a flashback…
I haven’t been a big Michelle Obama fan.
Never recovered from her “first time I’m proud to be an American” snit … and totally turned off by her hypocritical lifestyle of the rich & famous routine.
Biggest deal: I’ve oft said that she and her husband have squandered an opportunity to talk frankly to black kids in a way that only they can.
They’ve got the cred to push family values, individual responsibility and the importance of education.
Except for a few lines in a few speeches, they’ve come up prtetty empty.
That is, until last week when the First Lady gave a great commencement address at Bowie State University.
She encouraged the graduates to promote the importance of education in the black community.
According to the Washington Post, she layered a tough-love cultural commentary with statistics … one in three African American students drop out of high school … only one in five African Americans between the ages of 25 and 29 have a college degree.
Here are a couple of the high impact sound bites from her speech:
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