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Michelle: Next Stop, Japan and Cambodia

Having just flown on the same day as her husband, but separately, to Los Angeles, First Lady Michelle Obama will leave this week on a five day tour of the Far East to promote her “Let Girls Learn” initiative in Japan and Cambodia.

I wasn’t aware that there was a crisis in girls education in Japan. And I wasn’t aware that if there is, that it’s any business of ours.

Nevertheless, Michelle will embark on what will undoubtedly be a fabulously expensive trip there to make sure the Japanese gender reading gap is erased.

From the White House:

On the heels of the President and First Lady’s launch of the Let Girls Learn international girls education initiative, Mrs. Obama will travel to Japan and Cambodia from March 18-22, 2015.

While in Tokyo, the First Lady will meet with Mrs. Akie Abe, the Spouse of the Prime Minister of Japan, and deliver remarks on the importance both countries place on international girls education. The First Lady will also announce plans to deepen our partnership on this issue, including through a collaboration between the Peace Corps and Japan’s Overseas Cooperation Volunteers. Following their remarks, Mrs. Obama and Mrs. Abe will meet with Japanese university students and share stories from their own educational backgrounds.

Alas, there will be sightseeing.

The First Lady will travel to Kyoto on March 20 and visit the Kiyomizu-Dera Buddhist Temple and the Fushimi Inari Shinto Shrine. She will also greet staff from the U.S. Consulate in Osaka.

And then its on to Cambodia to shore up our critical relations with Khmer schoolgirls.

In Cambodia, Mrs. Obama and Peace Corps Director Hessler-Radelet will see up close how community-driven solutions – which are key components of the Let Girls Learn Peace Corps program – are changing girls’ lives.

While in Cambodia, Mrs. Obama and Mrs. Bun Rany, the First Lady of Cambodia, will meet with high school students and hear directly how they benefit from community-led programs like Room to Read and the Peace Corps.

Don’t forget the sightseeing:

While in Siem Reap, the First Lady will also visit Angkor Wat.

Here’s Angkor Wat.

angkor wat

Gosh. Unfathomably beautiful. There’s lots of places for girls to read there, looks like.

This can’t possibly be a vacation, because Mrs. Obama already had vacations in December, January, and February. Right? Right??

She wouldn’t do that on our dime. I mean, as I understand it, Mrs. Obama’s plane flew to Los Angeles in the draft of Air Force One just to save on fuel costs, as one of our readers suggested!

This is just good government, because who knows where the United States would be if Cambodian girls never learned trigonometry?

43 Responses to Michelle: Next Stop, Japan and Cambodia

  1. How selfless of MrsC to devote some of her precious time to chastise the Japanese who have been keeping their girls at home instead of allowing them to be at school. And the Cambodians, the dastards, need to hear from our First Lady just how important it is to give girls schoolbooks like we do here in the USA.
    It’s not easy being FLOTUS when so many people don’t do the right thing and she must devote so much of her time to set them right.
    If she discovers that these people are feeding their children foods that are making them obese, or that they don’t force them to ‘give her five’, it’s not going to be easy for them.
    America, the leader in what to do, and we have a woman who will tell everyone exactly what that is.

  2. As is well known that the Obamas’ are fans and practitioners of Kabuki Theater, and are traveling to Japan for advanced lessons to improve their skills. Even Obama’s Cabinet has begun Kabuki training, and we are lucky enough to have this photo of the Cabinet in full Kabuki costume. Obama is playing the lead role in this particular play, called “Let Us Screw The America People With A Nice Smile” and is in the front center of the photo.

    • I was under the impression that Japan has some of the highest standards for education in the world. Mooch’s “Let Girls Learn” initiative will be wasted there. It’s just an excuse for another vacation. She and the Surly Sisters should go to Afghanistan instead.

      • My sentiments exactly. Let’s send all 4 ladies to someplace less cushy, then they might appreciate what they have in this country. What a waste of our money.

    • I know we’re doing poorly but just imagine living in CA and seeing so many students who are below level in the basics from the very beginning. I have substituted at a high school level and seeing the number of students who still have to use a calculator for multiplication/division. This is across the board.

    • That was my first thought! The Japanese have longer school hours, Saturday school, school discipline & are more educated by fifth grade than US college grads could ever hope to be.
      How dare she! Who the he!! Does she think she is? …just one socialist ghetto girl spending OUR hard earned money as fast as she can.
      (I’m a bit touchy today, found out my 87 yr old mom sent $3800.00 to my “son” in South America!)

      • For example, at this particular h.s., students are expected to use a lanyard and an ID. If not there are penalties. You can survey daily and find 3-7 kids who don’t even have it. The manual states consequences but none are punished. They’re not to use their cell phones on campus or class. The principal allowed the students to use it between classes. In class, students use their phones, knowing very well they’re not and the consequences are minimal if any.

  3. Do I abhor her spending taxpayer dollars? Ofcourse I do but don’t be envious…at the end of the day she will still hate herself.

  4. I’ve been to Siem Reap and Angkor Wat. What she will undoubtedly be shielded from are the hundreds of gypsy children (all girls) who beg from the American tourists, saying “One US dollar, One US dollar”. I’ve never seen more impoverished children anywhere than I did in Cambodia. Is Michelle going to ask them to Give Her Five?

  5. So…her multi-billion $$$ campaign ‘Let’s Move Our Private Parts’ has morphed into ‘Let Girls Learn’. Judging from the Ellen Show, she is still promoting the ‘Let’s learn to do the Dougie’, or whatever the heck she calls it.
    She always has the hula hoop and hopscotch to fall back on. That, and her ghetto slang, should make an indelible impression on the Asian children.

  6. I’m not sure about Cambodia, but Japanese children go to school 6 days a week and are at least as well educated as Americans if not better.

    but heck…Mooch has never been to that part of the world, and she only has 22 more months to vacation at our expense. she will pop up next promoting her “Let’s Move!” initiative at theHotel du Cap Eden Roc at Cap Antibes in the south of France.

  7. Looks o and mo really are headed to divorce court.
    No worries Reggie love will take care of o
    Why dosent Hillary leak some good stuff about o and mo.

    • No divorce. Mooch will never give up her taxpayer funded perks. Not now – not ever. She is a nobody without him, and a divorce would take her out of the public eye forever. Would love to see it happen, but it’s unlikely.

  8. Perhaps her time would be better spent visiting one of the countrys where they believe they must cut out “parts” of young women so they will not become crazed by sex. Or whatever todays Muslim reason is for this abomination!

    • They mutilate and cover their women so MEN will not become “crazed by sex”. Because in islam, it’s always the woman’s fault.

  9. I wasn’t aware she had been appointed ambassador to the world.
    But …. if she really wants to push her “let girls learn” why not head for Pakistan, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Gaza, or any other muslim crapistan.

  10. Flying around with her entourage on huge jets

    She must be a climate denier.
    She must not understand the ramifications of her actions. Or she doesn’t care.

    This makes Gaia unhappy

  11. Is she the first hag/nag of the world or the USA?
    Look in your own backyard Shellie before you bankrupt us taxpayers, why is this OK?????? I am angry!!!!!!

  12. If I remember correctly… when the Japanese Prime Minister had a summit meeting with Obumo in Calif last year , his wife came with him. Me$$chelle could not be gracious and fly to Calif with Obumo to meet the Japanese PM wife. She had to “work” in the garden that day or some like flimsy excuse. Seems the PM wife has more class than Me$$chelle.

  13. At what point will she apologize for the US dropping 2 atomic bombs (thus causing Godzilla) on Japan? I’m sure that is built into her schedule.

  14. Why is she going to Japan of all places in Asia? Why didn’t she head out to Indonesia, Timor, Burma instead? This is another one of those instances where she wants to get out of D.D. at taxpayers’ expense.

  15. Japan? What the hell…they are kicking our a$$ in school achievement and she goes there to lecture them. And another thing…who is going? Is it the whole family with grandmother in tow? Seems like MO could do better traveling to Chicago to stop the shootings by promoting reading.

    • Interesting that the lead in news stories weeks ago said all the o’dumbo women would be going. Now it is just Stretch. The Princesses must be swimming in the Bahamas or skiing in Aspen….or both. Any news i’m missing?