First Lady Michelle Obama Encourages Students To Reach Higher


First lady Michelle Obama speaks at Booker T. Washington High School in Atlanta, Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, as part of her Reach Higher educational initiative.










First lady Michelle Obama embraces former Booker T. Washington High School and current Kennesaw State University student Alexandria Jones, as she takes the stage to speak









113 Responses to “First Lady Michelle Obama Encourages Students To Reach Higher”

  1. 1 57andfemale
    September 8, 2014 at 5:59 pm


  2. September 8, 2014 at 5:59 pm


  3. 7 LDS
    September 8, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    Congratulations 57!
    Still lurking and catching up……STiILL!

  4. 8 0388jojothecat
    September 8, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    Hello TOD family. I can attest to the perseverance that you pursue your dreams especially when people tell you not to. I was told I was not college material, I flunked out of my first year at the university because I was not prepared, I went to community college then transferred to the university and got my bachelors degree. I worked hard because I knew that there was no real future for a minority in America if you do not have a degree. Now it takes more than just a degree you need a higher degree if you plan to work for a company or agency. I would recommend minority youth to create their own jobs, don’t settle for working for a corporation, or if you do make them pursue you and pay you for your experience.

  5. September 8, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    Thank you sooooOOooOOOooOOoooOOooOOoooooo much Nerdy!!!!

  6. 13 MadameSoph
    September 8, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    Oooh Thank you Nerdy! Remember the other day when I was bummed about my friend bitching about how she thought POTUS & FLOTUS weren’t addressing education? Can’t wait to pass this on to her! 🙂 You rock!

  7. 15 dotster3
    September 8, 2014 at 6:26 pm


  8. September 8, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    In keeping with the theme of aiming higher, this just happened to me:

    Not “may”, I *am* choked up. (Doesn’t help that I have one of Elvis Costello’s most heartbreaking songs running in a loop in my head.)

    • September 8, 2014 at 6:33 pm

      Congrats LL. How wonderful that is!!! Keep up the good work.

    • 20 0388jojothecat
      September 8, 2014 at 6:34 pm

      Nice article in the L.A. Times on the Elvis Costello concert you attended……

      • September 8, 2014 at 6:36 pm

        And I just learned that his album with The Roots is most likely his last. He wants to be a father to his kids with Diana Krall, and will do a show here and there.

        • 22 0388jojothecat
          September 8, 2014 at 6:47 pm

          Well you are lucky to see him in concert if he will be semi retired. His kids are eight years old and he’s 60yrs old although he could still produce an album into his 70’s.

    • 23 MadameSoph
      September 8, 2014 at 6:40 pm

      LL, I definitely am grateful that my mom made me a library kid and got me a card at an early age. Every week we would go and get the max books allowed and I would read them and then go back and get more. The Library was my babysitter in the afternoons after school/before my mom got home from work (I was well-behaved 🙂 )

      That foundation of reading made me into a good writer and those skills gave me a huge advantage in high school and later on (to this day) in seeking jobs and in numerous other ways.

      I’m sure you’ve touched countless more lives you will never hear about. 🙂

    • September 8, 2014 at 6:54 pm

      A key to lifetime academic success, reading to young children. My wife too our young daughter to story time at the public library. She became a school librarian herself. My daughter went on to do well in college and has a successful career as an oncology nurse.

    • 25 Dudette
      September 8, 2014 at 7:47 pm

      Aw, such a beautiful moment, LL! Cherish that! Some people never get the chance to come back and thank those who’ve influenced them in their youth. Very cool of her Dad to seek you out and make that known. I’m all verklempt myself. [smiling & crying]

    • 26 jacquelineoboomer
      September 8, 2014 at 8:24 pm

      Bravo, sir! (And Bravo to the dad for mentioning it to you. He’s paying attention!)

  9. 27 donna dem 4 obama
    September 8, 2014 at 6:35 pm

  10. 29 donna dem 4 obama
    September 8, 2014 at 6:35 pm

  11. 30 donna dem 4 obama
    September 8, 2014 at 6:36 pm

  12. September 8, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    “Whalen told authorities there was no local clinic available to perform an abortion and her daughter did not have health insurance to cover a hospital abortion, the Press Enterprise newspaper of Bloomsburg reported.
    The closest abortion clinic to Whalen’s home is about 74 miles away in Harrisburg”.

    • 32 pkayden
      September 8, 2014 at 7:50 pm

      Wow. How sad.

    • 33 99ts
      September 8, 2014 at 8:53 pm

      And a footballer who beats up his wife avoids jail time – the war on women is alive and well. Both mother and daughter will have massive issues after this.

      Abortion is legal and should be covered under health insurance – as it is in most advanced countries.

  13. 34 Nena20409
    September 8, 2014 at 6:37 pm

  14. 35 dotster3
    September 8, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    I keep running across stories proving that so many of these evangelical mega church pastors are nutty—-and worse. I don’t get why people waste their time with this junk.

    • 37 japa21
      September 8, 2014 at 8:04 pm

      Gutierrez has never been shy about criticizing the President on the issue of immigration. Therefore, this message resonates all the more with Latinos who may be disappointed.

      He’s telling it like it is. Don’t boo (the President) Vote (Dem).

  15. 38 Nena20409
    September 8, 2014 at 6:39 pm

  16. September 8, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    The resolution also backed the United Nations resolution issued last month that imposed sanctions on a number of the group’s fighters and called on countries to adopt measures to combat terrorism. The council resolution was adopted under Chapter 7 of the U.N. Charter, meaning it can be militarily enforced.

  17. 48 dotster3
    September 8, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    Braley needs to defeat Kochster tea party rt. wing extremist Ernst in Iowa senate race

  18. 49 MadameSoph
    September 8, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    This is for Chips 🙂 Feel better soon!

  19. 50 Nena20409
    September 8, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    To Our Dudette and Fellow Trekkies at TOD
    Sept 8th, 1966

    Oh myyy

  20. 52 donna dem 4 obama
    September 8, 2014 at 6:45 pm

  21. 53 Linda
    September 8, 2014 at 6:49 pm


    During his first gig as Meet the Press host, Chuck Todd also ridiculously and falsely accused President Obama of using the term “ISIL” and avoiding the term “ISIS” because President Obama does not want to mention the word Syria.

    Obviously we refer to it at NBC News as ISIS. The Obama administration, president says the word ISIL. The last ‘S’ stands for Syria, the last L they don’t want to have stand for Syria.

    ~Chuck Todd on Meet the Press 9/8/2014

    In June, 2014, the AP explained why they, the AP, use “ISIL” and not “ISIS”

    In Arabic, the group is known as Al-Dawla Al-Islamiya fi al-Iraq wa al-Sham, or the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham. The term “al-Sham” refers to a region stretching from southern Turkey through Syria to Egypt (also including Lebanon, Israel, the Palestinian territories and Jordan). The group’s stated goal is to restore an Islamic state, or caliphate, in this entire area.

    ~Associatedweb postune 2014 web post

    The AP is correct. In Arabic the phrase is “al-Dawlet al-Islamiyyeh fi al-Iraq w al-Sham” literally translates to the Islamic State of (in) Iraq and the Levant. The final “S” in ISIS does not translate to Syria because the word Syria is not in the original Arabic language.


    • 54 0388jojothecat
      September 8, 2014 at 6:54 pm

      I thought PBO explained this the day of the “beige” suit? I guess our WHPC and media was so fixated on what he was wearing rather than what he was saying just like Upchuck did on his maiden show, Destruction of MTP.

    • 55 Nena20409
      September 8, 2014 at 7:03 pm

      Another Nail on the Liar’s Coffin. Todd is going down. Of course he won in the ratings Yesterday. From yesterday, after the show going forward, Todd is Toast!

  22. 56 donna dem 4 obama
    September 8, 2014 at 6:50 pm

  23. 57 vcprezofan2
    September 8, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    Way to go, 57F!
    Helloooo, everyone! I survived a day of work …. and it looks like I have to actually go in all week. This means I won’t be able to hang around for an entire week, plus I have to attend a weekend conference this Friday to Sunday! Yikes!! Sure hope there won’t be too many naughty mice playing around in the village in my absence. Anyhoo, as I’m here now, I’ll stick my nose in a past post or two to see what you have all been doing. 😀 😀

  24. 58 JER
    September 8, 2014 at 6:58 pm

  25. 59 Nena20409
    September 8, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    Is WP in a funk this evening? It ate up 4 posts of mine 😉

  26. 60 donna dem 4 obama
    September 8, 2014 at 7:02 pm

  27. September 8, 2014 at 7:02 pm


  28. 66 donna dem 4 obama
    September 8, 2014 at 7:05 pm

  29. 67 amk for obama
    September 8, 2014 at 7:06 pm

    cilic wins 6-3 6-3 6-3. Yes, the match was as robotic as the scoreline. boooring.

  30. 70 Linda
    September 8, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    Politico reporter Glenn Thrush offered his take Monday on the fallout surrounding former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice. It was not well-received.

    In a tweet, Thrush joined many in questioning the sincerity of the decision by the Ravens to cut Rice after surveillance footage emerged reportedly showing the player punching his then-fiancee, Janay Palmer, inside an Atlantic City hotel elevator.

    But Thrush stepped in it when he seemed to question the wisdom to terminate Rice’s contract, arguing that the team “cut income” to the abused woman.

    “Inconvenient truth: In terminating Ray Rice, Ravens cut income to Rice’s wife whom they now care so deeply about,” wrote Thrush, prompting ridicule and criticism from several others on Twitter.


  31. 72 donna dem 4 obama
    September 8, 2014 at 7:09 pm

  32. September 8, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    Community leaders noted the lack of African Americans after Christie’s office released the list of invitees to today’s summit, Shabazz said. He called the exclusion “polite insensitivity” and a snapshot of race relations in South Jersey.
    “This has been a pattern. This is not something that just happened because of this activity. It happens every time there are major discussions. No one is saying blacks can’t come and talk about the future of Atlantic City, but they’re just not invited. The tone is different from the past, but the result is the same,” he said.

  33. 74 donna dem 4 obama
    September 8, 2014 at 7:11 pm

  34. September 8, 2014 at 7:12 pm

  35. 77 Linda
    September 8, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    Ex-Aide: McMorris Rogers Retaliated Against Me For Ethics Complaint

    Todd Winer, the former communications director for Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) decided to break his “silence in the Cathy McMorris Rodgers scandal” on Monday, alleging that the congresswoman retaliated against him for filing an ethics complaint against her.

    Winer served as communications director for McMorris Rodgers before he was let go in January 2013. He filed an ethics complaint several months later, in July 2013, against the Washington congresswoman alleging that she used taxpayer-funded staff and taxpayer-funded resources to help mount her bid for Republican conference committee chairwoman in November 2012.

    Winer also said that he was interviewed by the Ethics Committee last week, but that the interview was targeting a different question than the one that he raised in his complaint.


  36. September 8, 2014 at 7:14 pm

  37. 79 donna dem 4 obama
    September 8, 2014 at 7:14 pm

  38. 80 Nena20409
    September 8, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    Trekkies: The concept started Sept 8th, 1966.

  39. 81 Linda
    September 8, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    Philadelphia Is About To Be America’s Largest City To Decriminalize Marijuana »

    The Huffington Post | Andy Campbell | September 08, 2014 at 05:32 PM

    Pretty soon, you won’t be considered a criminal for carrying around a little weed in Philadelphia. Philly Mayor Michael Nutter confirmed Monday that he will sign a bill into law that will make his city the largest in America to decriminalize marijuana possession, Philly Mag reports. Essentially it softens the penalty for such an offense from possible jail time to a $25 fine.

  40. 82 dotster3
    September 8, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    Another needless, senseless and tragic gun death today of a 2 or 3 yr. old boy in Ga. Aunt and uncle have been charged. Aunt was supposed to be watching the boy while his mother was at work but she was said to be asleep. Uncle found the lifeless boy when he came home and threw the gun in a storm sewer which was retrieved. Suspicion currently is that the toddler found the loaded automatic hand gun and shot himself, pending further tests.


    • September 8, 2014 at 7:49 pm

      Doster3, and the Teabaggers are taking them to the range to practice how to shoot.
      They take pictures of them surrounded with loads of ammunition around them. Water guns are played with at early ages.
      We never bought toy guns nor water gins for our kids. It starts early.

    • 84 99ts
      September 8, 2014 at 9:12 pm

      Who decides when someone should be charged? So many seem to written off as “accidents”. I may have a clue

  41. September 8, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    I just wanted de-lurk for a moment to say how much I respect, adore and love Micelle Obama. I could care less how she wears her hair and what she wears because this strong, independent, caring, smart, intelligent woman has substance. She understand and gets it inside and outside of Washington, D.C. I am so glad our President’s heart beats for hers only and his eyes lights up when she enterers a room.

    This woman has changed my life so much that for once in my life I can truly say our girls and girls all over the world can stand proud of what a First Lady looks like. She can and will hold her own. When I read about the Queen of Sheba of biblical days, Michelle comes to mind. Strong, independent, sophisticated, learned. She accentuates the positive in a man and makes him feel blessed to have simply been in HER presence.
    President Obama, so glad you waited.

    • 86 anniebella
      September 8, 2014 at 7:51 pm

      LDS, I love what you just wrote about our First Lady. Thank you.

      • September 8, 2014 at 9:57 pm

        Thank you, Annibella.
        She compliments our President as well as he does her. They were destined to be together.
        She is so smart. I am so glad he left New York(even though I live here) and moved to Chicago.
        I heard they were looking for an apartment here. It could be MY wishful thinking, though.

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  44. 94 anniebella
    September 8, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    Is POTUS meeting tomorrow with the Congressional leaders at the WH or Capitol Hill. And it says alot that the House Republicans are meeting with Dick Cheney. Alot that is not good.

    • 95 Nena20409
      September 8, 2014 at 8:31 pm

      Per Josh “The Voice” Earnest, the president invited the 4 Leaders: Reid, McConnell, Pelosi and the Weeper, Boehner to the WH tomorrow. His people, I am sure would be made available for the rest of Congress…….will be my guess.

  45. September 8, 2014 at 8:04 pm

  46. 100 Dudette
    September 8, 2014 at 8:08 pm

  47. 102 yardarm756
    September 8, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    How about some music.

  48. September 8, 2014 at 8:13 pm

  49. September 8, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    Karma, perhaps ….


    Without any doubt, President Obama’s energy policies and leadership are a significant factor & could well lead to the price remaining below $ 100/barrel. We’ll see ….

  50. September 8, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    Worth careful reflection on the message ….

  51. 107 Nena20409
    September 8, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    Josh “The Voice” Earnest on 09-08-14 at the WH presser.

    Despite all the shenanigans and the distortions injected by the unruly despicable WHPC, Josh was Fantastic.

  52. 108 Nena20409
    September 8, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    • 109 99ts
      September 8, 2014 at 9:19 pm

      Bit worried about their jobs – dragging out an arrest and trial for the killing of Mike Brown will not work in the council’s favor

  53. 110 Nena20409
    September 8, 2014 at 8:35 pm


    After a monumental shake-up last week in which the Democratic nominee attempted to drop out of the Kansas Senate race, incumbent Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) trails independent candidate Greg Orman by 1 percentage point, according to a poll released Monday.

    The KSN News/Survey USA poll found Orman narrowly edging Roberts, 37 percent to 36 percent, though that is well within the margin of error.

    I have no doubt that KS may break the 1932 jinx. The last time, KS sent a Dem Senator to DC. Note, the I candidate has not begin to fight.

    • 111 99ts
      September 8, 2014 at 9:21 pm

      No wonder the GOP SoS refuses to take the dem off the ballot – he has 10% in that poll – which presumably should be for Greg Orman

  54. September 8, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    The first Star Trek was with Captain Pike, and Spock had a little more emotion .
    Those crazy bald Aliens had some sick powers, didn’t they? 🙂

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