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Class Warfare in the Classroom? Michelle Talks About “Rich Kids”

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?

STUDENTS: Yes.

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?

STUDENTS: Yes!

MRS. OBAMA: Are you all still fired up and ready to — are you listening to me?

STUDENTS: Yes!

MRS. OBAMA: Do you hear what I’m telling you?

STUDENTS: Yes!

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.

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85 Responses to Class Warfare in the Classroom? Michelle Talks About “Rich Kids”

  1. I can never say I’m embarrassed to be an American but I sure as hell can say I am absolutely ashamed that this woman and her narcissist husband are the current representative of the American people to a world so in need of class and leadership right now.

  2. There are already more than enough black “kids” jumping on, knocking off whites already. MOOch shouldn’t be contributing to it.
    It’s unfortunate, but a number of people see this “rich kids” epithet as a license to harm others.

    • Aren’t her daughters “rich kids” ? They sure don’t seem to be lacking for anything. They seem very bright and probably have their picks of colleges served up on a silver platter, which may or may not be based on their merit.

      I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position one has reached in life as by the obstacles which one has overcome while trying to succeed.
      ~Booker T. Washington

  3. Ha! Looks like she only had one of those federally mandated one size fits all school lunches.

    During college, I really hated all those “rich kids” with their cars and mommy and daddy paying for anything. I grew up and got over it. Everybody starts in a different place, I can’t fault them for it. When she says “rich kids”, is she thinking about her own children? Or are they exempt because they are on the right side of the struggle?

  4. Correct me if I’m wrong, but wouldn’t the Obama’s daughters be considered “rich kids?” Why is everyone always forgetting that the Obama’s are rich people even as they are demonizing people that got rich through legitimate hard work and success? So hypocritical….

    • Yea. How many of those kids got a 2 week MV vacation this year? How many of those kids get to eat Caesar Salad, seared Ahi, & beef nachos for lunch?
      If just one smart kid would speak up….

      • Rich kids? Her own kids should be insulted? No class, nothing. Just a miserable First Lady whining about rich kids. Thats all these people do, meanwhile, this rich first lady and her husband are robbing the American people left and right. How about Obama wants $5 billion now? For what? Another crisis excuse for him to steal our money for his next new mansion and for his democrat communist party. Or maybe for his racist agenda, or maybe to give some more money to different Muslim groups (our money that is).

    • I didn’t watch the video, but the transcript Keith highlighted reads like a campaign/fundraising speech. Surprised she didn’t ask them to open their wallets and write the biggest, fattest check they can ;)

      • Thought the same thing with her talking down to those kids like that. Someone needs to send her Dr. Ben Carson’s book, who has no love for the race baiters, which the Obamas’ sound more and more like the Sharpton/Jackson/Wright Church of Blame Whitey for All Your Problems !

  5. Good lawdy, all you precious lil ones look just like my own, huh, that is, without the limos, vacays and private schoolin’.

    Forgive me, but she is simply adding fuel to the fire.

    Never has a first lady EVER acted like this.

    Embarrassing.
    H

    • Not only embarrassing, but dangerous. As if Barry hasn’t stirred up enough class and race warfare already, now Moochie has to get involved too. These people are absolutely shameless. !

  6. Starting at the beginning; what’s with the all Black school anyway. Wasn’t this what all the marchin’, shootin’, screamin’, and speechifyin’ about back in the ’60s – segregated schools?

    Her assumption that all of the students she’s addressing are poor, pathetic, out of the loop, kept behind, and clueless is insulting to them and proves her to be a racist of the first order. No FLOTUS who happened to be of the White race would ever consider delivering a racist, insulting and demeaning speech like that to a crowd of Black students. None, not ever, never would have happened.

    Shame on her. Shame on the people who allowed her to speak to their children in such a way.

  7. By “rich,” might she mean white? Yes, Caucasians are born knowing to bend their knees while standing. What an insult to her audience! To everyone! I fainted once in the store–white–guess I forgot, Michelle.

  8. So she suggested that no one in that audience was a “rich kid”?

    Oh, and their are no rich kids. Kids have nothing. What she really means is kids whose parents are rich.

  9. The only thing the “poor” black kids lack, that “rich kids” might have is a sense of wanting to make themselves better. Wanting to succeed is a necessary part of wanting to be “rich.” There are wealthy blacks like Oprah, Michael Jordan, Jay Z, Herman Cain and the Obama’s themselves. Were they some of the “rich people” she was referring to?

  10. “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.”

    “Rich” kids all over the nation know what? That to succeed you have to:
    1. SPEAK DECENT ENGLISH!
    2. Learn math
    3. Dress like you have some sense
    4. Learn to respect yourself, your family, your community
    5. Realize that NO ONE OWES YOU SQUAT
    6. Be willing to work long, and hard to get what you want
    7. Slinging dope and bangin’ ain’t a career
    8. Not everyone has the talent to play in the NBA/NFL/MLB
    9. A college education will NOT make you less of a person
    10. Making a baby so you have someone to always love you will bite you in the ass.

    And it’s not just “RICH KIDS” that know this. It is kids that also come from poor, broken homes, but have enough internal fortitude to never give up even when things don’t go the way they want. It’s not a “white thing” or a “black thing” or a “brown thing” or any other color thing. It is having belief in self. It is getting your backside kicked by whatever parent that is around when you need it. It is being involved in a house of worship, so you have morals instilled into you. It is parents that take the time to talk with teachers.

  11. Ok people. I am in general not a fan of Michelle Obama. But this particular message of resiliency I have no problems with.. It’s a basic Life Lesson. Things will go wrong and you need to shake it off, rub some dirt on it and get back in the game.

    This is a much better message than victimhood.

    Rich kids are rich, and in fact the USA is rich, because somewhere along the line their parents or ancestors took this message to heart and left the Old World to come to America, scratched a farm out of rocky fields, crossed the Oregon Trail, fled the Dust Bowl, started a business or worked hard at a job, won two World Wars, went to the Moon, and won the Cold War. None of it was easy. All of it was earned.

    There are no bad jobs and Michelle Obama is no better than any other woman in America. There is dignity in having endurance and never giving up..

  12. the Obama daughters are “rich kids” attending a $38,000 a year private school so maybe they should go on the Obama lecture circuit.

    I know plenty of kids who are not rich and attend public schools but have involved parents…parents that are involved in their child’s education and in constant contact with teacher and school counselors. Parents that check grades, make sure homework is completed and turned in on time and make sure their children attend all classes.

    You don’t have to be rich to learn to read. You don’t have to be rich to ask for assistance from your teachers. You don’t have to be rich to be an involved parent.

    No, this isn’t about being rich or poor….it is about taking responsibility for your education and future.

    So weary of class warfare by Michelle Obama as she lives completely off the taxpayer.”

  13. OT: I am listening to the FIVE. They just discusse how Turkey is not stepping in to be part of any type of coalition. They than mention one reason why was that 49 officials are being held by the maniacs.
    49 officials.
    The US is also in close contact with Turkey about its role in the coalition. The defense secretary, Chuck Hagel, held talks in Ankara on Monday.
    Turkey signed up for O’s “core coalition” at the Nato summit, but its
    leaders fear that too overt a role could endanger 49 Turkish citizens that are being held by ISIS in Iraq and would prefer to keep a low profile in any action. http://www.guardian.com

  14. Racist Hippocrates! They have no bottom. I can’t wait till we have a God loving, American supporting and peace preaching president and first lady.

    She is nothing but a bottom feeder.

  15. OT — But the beat goes on and on and on with this crew of scoundrels.

    Eric Holder corrupt DOJ way worse than Nixon John Mitchell perhaps — or at least as bad as — but the plumber crew just as bumbling. DOJ aide calls Issa office by mistake asking for help to disseminate disinformation to the media. Speculation is the aide thought he was calling Cummings office. Nothing to see hear, move on.

    Oh yeah, reported on Breitbart, who is being or was audited by IRS. For reals.

    Not a smidgeon .

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/09/09/Letter-Holder-Aide-Accidentally-Calls-Issa-For-Help-Spinning-IRS-Scandal/

  16. I have hear the street slant on her before as well as her husband. It is creepy how they “pose” changing demeanor and their enunciation to play to a crowd. it is disgusting

  17. Wouldn’t it be nice if…
    -Speaking schedules were developed with consideration of the attendees, e.g., arrival times are observed and people attending these events are allowed to sit?
    -Our leaders spoke positive, uplifting words to our young people – words that encourage them to read (we still have libraries in this country) and engage in some kind of physical exercise (we still have “outside.”)
    -We all realized that your beginning does not have to determine your end?
    Gosh, wouldn’t that be nice? And better?

  18. Rich kids? Her own kids should be insulted? No class, nothing. Just a miserable First Lady whining about rich kids. Thats all these people do, meanwhile, this rich first lady and her husband are robbing the American people left and right. How about Obama wants $5 billion now? For what? Another crisis excuse for him to steal our money for his next new mansion and for his democrat communist party. Or maybe for his racist agenda, or maybe to give some more money to different Muslim groups (our money that is).

  19. Apparently there are no poor white kids who “need this critical information” from a very rich black person with million dollar homes in Chicago and California…she be poor like Hillarious Hillary. Both need to get on down that road.

  20. Abraham Lincoln said,” The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.”
    Make the connection?
    The President’s wife is unabashedly stirring the racism plot against America!

  21. Stupid witch….amazing how easily Liberals separate themselves……..FROM THEMSELVES…SHE IS the RICH…Her KIDS are “Rich”…. and FYI you dumb broad…. “Rich kids” are “that” way because their PARENTS are rich….those kids “didn’t build that”…..

    Americans are FED up with this SKANK, her POS “Hubby” and the band of CROOKS in DC!!! Time to try some of them for TREASON and hang their ass’s.

  22. What a lame,conversation. I bet they would have walked out on her if they could. She can’t compare normal,children to,her own that have,everything lavished on them via our tax dollars.