Speaking in front of a group of African American students Monday, First Lady Michelle Obama adopted a bit of a street accent – one I haven’t heard her use before – and referred to “rich kids” with a twinge of distaste, suggesting they had access to information those in her audience lacked.
Mrs. Obama was appearing at Booker T. Washington High School in Atlanta. She is seen in the video below ordering aides to help a girl who had fainted, which apparently got her temporarily off script. That’s when the “rich kids” reference appeared.
From the White House transcript:
MRS. OBAMA: But here’s the thing –- even if you’re working hard and doing everything right, there will still be times when things don’t go according to plan. That ever happen to you all?
MRS. OBAMA: Stuff just doesn’t work out. Maybe something goes wrong in your family or with one of your friends. Maybe you don’t do as well as you wanted on the SATs or the ACTs. Maybe you fall behind in classes. And when things like that happen, it’s easy to get down on yourself. It’s tempting to just give up. But trust me, that’s just not the answer.
And that’s what the second part of this prep rally is about –- it’s about rallying when things go wrong. She’s okay? It’s okay, that happens to a lot of people who have to stand up for a long time. We need one of our medics here. We’ve got a young girl who fainted. But it happens all the time. She’s going to be okay. Sometimes standing up — if anybody is starting to feel tired standing up, bend your knees — and eat your breakfast and lunch. (Laughter.) You okay? Make sure she’s okay, too, right here. Right here. Everybody else feeling okay?
MRS. OBAMA: Are you all still fired up and ready to — are you listening to me?
MRS. OBAMA: Do you hear what I’m telling you?
MRS. OBAMA: Because I’m giving you some insights that a lot of rich kids all over the country — they know this stuff, and I want you to know it, too. Because you have got to go and get your education. You’ve got to.