First Lady Michelle Obama gets plenty of grief around here for her various indulgences and policies, but when she does great things, I’m happy to point it out.
Instead of canceling in a huff and feeling slighted because graduating high school seniors and their parents in Topeka, Kansas didn’t want the first lady to soak up all the attention – and force limited seating – at their upcoming graduation ceremony, Michelle agreed to speak to them the day before at a separate event.
From the Associated Press:
Michelle Obama is rearranging plans for a speech before graduating high school seniors in Kansas in the face of protests that her appearance at a combined graduation ceremony for five schools would limit seating for families and friends . . .
Under a new plan worked out by the district, the first lady will speak on May 16 at a “senior recognition day” ceremony at the same 8,000-seat arena where the combined ceremony was to be held. The combined ceremony is being scrapped, and the five schools will hold separate graduation exercises instead.
The compromise, announced while President Barack Obama was traveling in Asia, pleased Topeka students and parents who were concerned about being limited to six tickets for family members and the first lady’s remarks taking away from the occasion.
Meanwhile, Michelle Wednesday announced a new website, ebenefits.va.gov, designed to help members of the military and veterans find jobs in the private sector.
The website is part of her noble “Joining Forces” initiative, which seeks to assist military families with employment, education and health.
This is not some big government program, or a statist scheme to distort the private sector. It’s an effort to pay back our servicemen and women for their sacrifice and their dedication to defending the nation. That’s something government should be doing.
It’s a great idea, and one to which Michelle has shown a sustained commitment, even after her husband’s reelection.
Mrs. Obama and Jill Biden, who also leads Joining Forces, held a “jobs summit” for troops at Fort Campbell, Kentucky Wednesday.