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Michelle Shows Graciousness Toward Kids, Troops

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.

Classy move.

Meanwhile, Michelle Wednesday announced a new website,, 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.

27 Responses to Michelle Shows Graciousness Toward Kids, Troops

  1. In other news from the Obama administration, EricHolder has decided that his presence at the Oklahoma City police academy graduation ceremony would distract from the cadets on their special day.

    Are you kidding here? MrsO changed her speechifying because the parents and students didn’t want to be forced to listen to her complain about the former segregated schools in America on their graduation day. With every road blocked off for miles, seating limited by security, and five graduating classes forced into one venue for her convienence is and was too much Obama, and not enough consideration.

    It’s no coinky-dink that a petition signed by 1,500 graduating students protested her appearance in Kansas and her decision not to interfere in their graduation ceremonies.
    The only question now is how they’re planning on filling up an 8,000 seat venue the day before high school graduation now that no one has any reason to go there.

  2. Isn’t a thing classy about it. She gets NO kudos from me ever, about anything. Can’t the bitch stay home and bake tofu cookies for her damn rugrats for one stinking day?

  3. I see what you did there Keith, but ain’t buying it. MO’s compromise with the students is worthy to note, but still, nobody’s falling over themselves to accommodate “her” wishes. #fail

    As for the troops thing, what has she done to help them other than rally her audiences to support them. Sigh. Another .gov website.

    Here’s where she needs to get her hands dirty, if she dares….care about their health?

    I’ll definitely give MO credit when it’s due, so far, there’s nothing that doesn’t benefit her more.

  4. Gracious? I’ll reserve judgement on that. Personally I think they knew they might not be well received, and being down in the polls aready didn’t want to chance it. Nothing they do is for anyone else’s advantage, only their own.

  5. I’m still wondering whose idea it was to have Michelle Obama address high school students from five schools in the Topeka area AND all their relatives on the anniversary of the decision on Brown vs. the Board of Education. Was it really the Topeka school board or did a hint come from the WH?

    So it’s a day earlier now, and I still predict the topic will be Brown vs. the Board of Education, Michelle Obama’s personal shtruggles and triumph, or a combination of the two.

  6. Nothing gracious about trying to highjack a HS graduation. It’s the height of arrogance. Hope every student stays away for her racial screed the day after graduation. What nerve!

  7. Keith is first a journalist. We should be happy that a journalist tries to be fair and not filter everything through a partisan lens.

    Much as I dislike Michelle, I can’t believe that absolutely everything she does is cynical. And sometimes there’s wisdom in applauding the right action even if the motives are less than pure.

  8. Both the FLINO and the holder “rearranged” or cancelled in one week?
    Works for me.
    And I’m with the people here who don’t believe this is all sweetness and light on FLINO’s part. And as I mentioned before, everytime this administration and all its works and pomps, does something visually “nice” for the military, lock up the children, the silver and your privates, because they’re snatching something else you can’t see. Yet.

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    Excuse me while I belabor my point:

    Michelle Obama: Average American
    doesn´t ´know much about the military´
    Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard
    Original Article
    Posted By:KarenJ1, 4/23/2014 10:27:58 PM
    First lady Michelle Obama took her campaign to help veterans find jobs to Fort Campbell, Ky.., Wednesday where she said that most Americans don´t know much about the military. Following comments from Jill Biden, the vice president´s wife and Obama´s teammate in helping veterans, she noted that unlike Biden, she had little familiarity with the military prior to campaigning for the White House in 2008. “Unlike Jill, I wasn´t a military mom. I wasn´t a Blue Star family member. I didn´t know much about the military, and I was probably more like the average American,” said Obama.

    And you don´t either Mooch! I just can´t tolerate the utter hypocrisy of this woman. Meanwhile, her husband allows the VA to treat them like animals, is destroying the military with budget cuts, his social engineering pushing the gay agenda, cutting their insurance and benefits, etc. They´re both disgraceful how they stand up there and lie like they care about those men and women.

  10. Keith, you have my greatest respect for taking the high road on this. I do try not to be critical of the first family All of the time, but they give me so much ammunition…. So, hats off to them diffusing the Kansas situation.

    As for them coming to Kentucky, it is my understanding that there are already tons of similar programs to help vets find jobs (esp at Ft Knox near me). And you left out the part about the filming of a scene for a TV show which incidentally includes a concert at Ft Campbell and helped by a first lady. Coincidence? She thinks she is a movie star. If she is truly concerned about helping families, I give credit where credit is due. I guess I am so burned by the last five years, I wear my tin foil hat 24/7.

    • Diffusing the Kansas ‘situation’? She created it by choosing to inflict herself on what should be a student/family centered event where the graduates are the center of attention.

  11. Wow, how magnanimous of our beloved Entitlement Queen to bestow her august presence on the troops and their families while her faux husband, Dictator Obama is busily gutting our military, cutting their pensions, pay, health benefits and commissary privileges. Yep she sure does care about the common folk.

    This is all a show to save face when the little people rose up and refused to become props for her propaganda race fest. No responsible parent would allow their children to attend any event or speech featuring this grim faced harridan.

    No doubt she will console herself with another lavish taxpayer funded vacation.

    • re “little people rose up” – well, not exactly. YOu will notice that more and more often the o’s go to military bases, where people, including wives, are ordered to show up. Same with schools: not much choice there…
      But yeah, I think you have it spot on about the vacation.
      Interesting internet posts about how the o is dogging it with women-unlikely, IMHO- it’s the spin.

  12. Coming from you, this is a big surprise. Are you joining the
    “reporters” who get their talking points from the WH? No personal
    thoughts required?
    I believe that woman would not go around the block w/o getting a
    benefit for herself. Can you refresh my memory, what exactly did
    she do for the troops?? This mil. spouse would like to know.