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Early Bird Chat: The Always Inspirational First Lady Michelle Obama

<> on June 3, 2016 in New York City.

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 03: First lady Michelle Obama is presented with an honorary doctorate of humane letters by James Milliken, the chancellor for the City University of New York , while delivering the commencement speech at City College on June 3, 2016 in New York City. This is the final commencement speech of her tenure as first lady. In her speech Mrs. Obama celebrated City College's diverse student body and the struggles that many students endured on the road to graduation. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 03: First lady Michelle Obama delivers the commencement speech after being presented with an honorary doctorate of humane letters at City College on June 3, 2016 in New York City. This is the final commencement speech of her tenure as first lady. In her speech Mrs. Obama celebrated City College's diverse student body and the struggles that many students endured on the road to graduation. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

First Lady Michelle Obama delivers the commencement speech after being presented with an honorary doctorate of humane letters at City College in New York City. This is the final commencement speech of her tenure as First Lady. In her speech Mrs. Obama celebrated City College’s diverse student body and the struggles that many students endured on the road to graduation

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NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 03: Graduating students participate in commencement exercises at City College where First lady Michelle Obama delivered the commencement speech after being presented with an honorary doctorate of humane letters at City College on June 3, 2016 in New York City. This is the final commencement speech of her tenure as first lady. In her speech Mrs. Obama celebrated City CollegeÕs diverse student body and the struggles that many students endured on the road to graduation. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 03: Graduating student Kaspar Wittlinger holds his daughter Isabela during ceremonies for commencement exercises at City College on June 3, 2016 in New York City. First lady Michelle Obama delivered the commencement speech, the final commencement appearance of her tenure as first lady. In her speech Mrs. Obama celebrated City CollegeÕs diverse student body and the struggles that many students endured on the road to graduation. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 03: First lady Michelle Obama delivers the commencement speech after being presented with an honorary doctorate of humane letters at City College on June 3, 2016 in New York City. This is the final commencement speech of her tenure as first lady. In her speech Mrs. Obama celebrated City College's diverse student body and the struggles that many students endured on the road to graduation. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 03: Graduating students participate in commencement exercises at City College where First lady Michelle Obama delivered the commencement speech after being presented with an honorary doctorate of humane letters at City College on June 3, 2016 in New York City. This is the final commencement speech of her tenure as first lady. In her speech Mrs. Obama celebrated City College's diverse student body and the struggles that many students endured on the road to graduation. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 03: First lady Michelle Obama delivers the commencement speech after being presented with an honorary doctorate of humane letters at City College on June 3, 2016 in New York City. This is the final commencement speech of her tenure as first lady. In her speech Mrs. Obama celebrated City College's diverse student body and the struggles that many students endured on the road to graduation. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 03: Graduating students participate in commencement exercises at City College where First lady Michelle Obama delivered the commencement speech after being presented with an honorary doctorate of humane letters at City College on June 3, 2016 in New York City. This is the final commencement speech of her tenure as first lady. In her speech Mrs. Obama celebrated City College's diverse student body and the struggles that many students endured on the road to graduation. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 03: First lady Michelle Obama delivers the commencement speech after being presented with an honorary doctorate of humane letters at City College on June 3, 2016 in New York City. This is the final commencement speech of her tenure as first lady. In her speech Mrs. Obama celebrated City College's diverse student body and the struggles that many students endured on the road to graduation. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

<> on June 3, 2016 in New York City.

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 03: First lady Michelle Obama is presented with an honorary doctorate of humane letters by James Milliken, the chancellor for the City University of New York , while delivering the commencement speech at City College on June 3, 2016 in New York City. This is the final commencement speech of her tenure as first lady. In her speech Mrs. Obama celebrated City CollegeÕs diverse student body and the struggles that many students endured on the road to graduation. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 03: A graduating student holds her child as she participates in commencement exercises at City College where First lady Michelle Obama delivered the commencement speech after being presented with an honorary doctorate of humane letters at City College on June 3, 2016 in New York City. This is the final commencement speech of her tenure as first lady. In her speech Mrs. Obama celebrated City College's diverse student body and the struggles that many students endured on the road to graduation. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 03: Graduating students participate in commencement exercises at City College where First lady Michelle Obama delivered the commencement speech after being presented with an honorary doctorate of humane letters at City College on June 3, 2016 in New York City. This is the final commencement speech of her tenure as first lady. In her speech Mrs. Obama celebrated City CollegeÕs diverse student body and the struggles that many students endured on the road to graduation. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 03: First lady Michelle Obama is presented with an honorary doctorate of humane letters by James Milliken, the chancellor for the City University of New York , while delivering the commencement speech at City College on June 3, 2016 in New York City. This is the final commencement speech of her tenure as first lady. In her speech Mrs. Obama celebrated City College's diverse student body and the struggles that many students endured on the road to graduation. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)


102 Responses to “Early Bird Chat: The Always Inspirational First Lady Michelle Obama”


  1. 1 amk for obama
    June 4, 2016 at 8:16 am

    • 2 jackiegrumbacher
      June 4, 2016 at 8:28 am

      Thanks, AMK. This is the Ali of my youth that I still remember vividly. I hope he rests in peace, eternally young and eternally a champion in our hearts.

    • June 4, 2016 at 12:33 pm

      This is all I want to do today. Find clips of Ali and watch. He was an amazing human being.

  2. 4 jackiegrumbacher
    June 4, 2016 at 8:31 am

    For those still keeping score, the Puerto Rico primary is today. Then it all ends in a big finale on Tuesday, with only DC straggling behind on the 14th. I hope the big party guns step in next Wednesday and deliver the boom to Bernie. Either get hold of your delegates and throw your full support to the party nominee or suffer the consequences in the Senate and in your re-election chances.

  3. 6 amk for obama
    June 4, 2016 at 8:32 am

  4. 10 amk for obama
    June 4, 2016 at 8:32 am

  5. 11 Nerdy Wonka
    June 4, 2016 at 8:33 am

    • 12 jackiegrumbacher
      June 4, 2016 at 8:37 am

      Nerdy, thank you for this image and for being our champion as you keep bringing the TOD goodness day after day, hour after hour. You are the best!

    • 14 catrst
      June 4, 2016 at 1:40 pm

      Oh, Nerdy. I am completely overwhelmed by the images and the content you bring to this post. First the pictures of the graduates and our First Lady. Its as if looking at those images just lifts my spirits heavenward. Thinking back on the life of Muhammad Ali is poignant. I wish more than anything that he was not so sick for so long. Brain injury is so important to talk about. Thank you for your work here. I am always moved and often want to hug you for your service to us. Blessings on you and all the other Blog tyrants and our founding mama, Chips.

  6. June 4, 2016 at 8:34 am

    G’morning Nerdy & TOD! 🙂 Congrats amk on FURST.

    May the Greatest Muhammad Ali Rest in Peace/Power.

  7. June 4, 2016 at 8:37 am

    Good morning Ms. Chips, Danny and TOD family, I hope all is well with everyone this lovely Saturday morning. Congrats amk, on being FURST this morning.

    Thanks Nerdy for opening up TOD’ville this morning as well as all the other wonderful things you do for us. 🎉🙏👏👌👊

    #RIPMuhammadAli

    To all, I hope you have a gratifying, pleasant, and an unforgettable rewarding day today. ❤ ❤ ❤

    Thank God that President Obama is still the President of The United States of America. ⭐🏆 ⭐🏆 ⭐🏆

  8. 17 desertflower
    June 4, 2016 at 8:56 am

    Morning everyone…sad to hear about Muhammad Ali’s passing last night. Peace.

    I grabbed this for the tribute toon…thought it was touching.

    http://www.abc15.com/news/national/rip-champ

  9. 18 MightyPamela
    June 4, 2016 at 8:56 am

    ❤ Michelle Obama fills my heart so full ~ she is a miracle among us. ❤

  10. 21 amk for obama
    June 4, 2016 at 9:10 am

    come on, serena. #22

  11. 23 desertflower
    June 4, 2016 at 9:16 am

    Nick Hanauer was great on Real Time last night. I really like listening to him talk plainly about income equality

  12. 24 amk for obama
    June 4, 2016 at 9:16 am

    Bishops face sack for mishandling abuse under papal plans.

    Pope Francis has approved measures to sack bishops who mishandle child sexual abuse cases, a papal decree says.

    Bishops who are “negligent” in dealing with priests committing abuse will be removed under the new legal procedures.

    The decree comes in response to long-running demands by abuse victims and their supporters to hold bishops accountable if they fail to protect their flocks from paedophiles.

    Existing laws relating to abuse cases would be tightened, the Pope said.

    He acknowledged that canon law already allows for a bishop to be removed for negligence but says he wants a more precise definition of the “grave reasons” that could lead to dismissal.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-36451954

    • 25 99ts
      June 4, 2016 at 10:06 am

      He didn’t do so well with the Australian Cardinal – who denies all knowledge of what happened under his watch. Gave him a job in the Vatican – and he was just too ill to come back to Australia for the enquiry. The man should have been left in Australia to face the situation.

      • 26 amk for obama
        June 4, 2016 at 10:11 am

        #babysteps

        • 27 99ts
          June 4, 2016 at 10:15 am

          He gave him the job & removed him from the country when the enquiry was ongoing & everyone (including the Pope) KNEW he was going to be called to give evidence. I want to see the actions, not just the words.

          • 28 amk for obama
            June 4, 2016 at 10:43 am

            frankly, at this point, I am surprised that we are not waiting for the white smoke to come out of the vatican.

  13. 29 arapaho415
    June 4, 2016 at 9:22 am

    GM TODville.

    Shed a tear with TODville on the overnight thread for #MuhommedAli, may he rest in peace.

    Lots of tweets this morning about his passing 😦 . Here are a few:

  14. 33 Ladyhawke
    June 4, 2016 at 9:40 am

    One last thing: at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley tonight, Paul Simon was singing “The Boxer.” Pausing before the final verse, he told the audience, “I’m sorry to tell you this, but Muhammad Ali just passed away.”

    • 34 arapaho415
      June 4, 2016 at 10:15 am

      GM Ladyhawke.

      The Boxer is one of my all-time favs by Simon and Garfunkel (there are countless others).

      Didn’t know there was a Greek Theatre in Berkeley. Wonder if it’s outdoor seating like the one in Griffith Park LA.

      A couple more (powerful, IMHO) tweets this morning:

      • June 4, 2016 at 10:33 am

        I’m old enough to remember how much Muhammad Ali changed the American conversation and culture on race. He was such a powerful, dynamic person, upholding the dignity and worth of all African Americans, and I might add, of all human beings.

  15. 36 Ladyhawke
    June 4, 2016 at 9:44 am

  16. June 4, 2016 at 9:54 am

    When I used to watch boxing , I was a fan of Muhammad Ali, I did think he was the Greatest of all time. R.I.P Champ.

  17. 39 Don
    June 4, 2016 at 10:03 am

    Every couple of weeks or so I’d go to youtube and watch Ali-Foreman, I didn’t watch it so much for the boxing. I’d watch it because I loved the way Ali would revel in his blackness.

    • 40 jacquelineoboomer
      June 4, 2016 at 10:32 am

      Ever notice how many of the true icons white America revels in, all reveled in their blackness?

      It’s right before our eyes, white people – there’s no room for hate. Not if we want to truly live among greatness.

  18. 42 SUEDUVALLSMITH
    June 4, 2016 at 10:05 am

    HERE’S A WORD TO THOSE OF YOU WHO THINK YOU ARE GONG TO GET INTO MY NEIGHBORHOOD AND DO SOME HARM..YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE AND YOU ARE IN FOR A BIG AND YOUR LAST SURPRISE!

  19. 43 99ts
    June 4, 2016 at 10:16 am

    gm Tod and many thanks NerdyW for bringing us into the new day.

    Seems their are 2 things that can replace politicians in the news

    1. The weather – rain & more rain down the Eastern Coast of Australia
    2. Muhammad Ali

    Filled up our 7pm news. I’ve never been a boxing fan but M.A. was one in a million (or 2 or 3). Everyone knew who he was 🙂

  20. 44 jacquelineoboomer
    June 4, 2016 at 10:27 am

    Our First Lady looked so happy at the commencement; the crowd looked ecstatic! What a lovely day for all of them.

    And I hope all y’all have a quite lovely day today, too! A special weekend hello to Chips, along with our thanks to NW!

  21. 45 JER
    June 4, 2016 at 10:29 am

    Good Morning NW and TOD.

  22. June 4, 2016 at 10:31 am

    THANK YOU, Nerdy Wonka. So grateful for you.

  23. June 4, 2016 at 10:38 am

  24. 50 Don
    June 4, 2016 at 10:39 am

    Serena is going to have to dig deep to pull this match out.

  25. 51 amk for obama
    June 4, 2016 at 10:39 am

    looks like serena is not going get the #22 today. bummer.

  26. June 4, 2016 at 10:43 am

    President Obama’s sister has been awarded tenure!!

  27. 56 Nerdy Wonka
    June 4, 2016 at 10:47 am

  28. June 4, 2016 at 10:48 am

    I LOVE this guy. He is FIERCE.

  29. 64 JER
    June 4, 2016 at 10:49 am


    Floridian National Golf Club

  30. June 4, 2016 at 10:59 am

    Once you saw Muhammad Ali on TV, you could never forget him. Whether it was in the boxing ring or speaking up for his rights and for humankind, he spoke with a bravado and a grandeur that was indelible. Somehow black and white TV made his persona even stronger.

    I was never a fan of boxing but I distinctly remember one night I was out with friends and we went into a bar and the first Frazier-Ali fight was on a TV set up especially for the event. In those days, TV’s were a normal size, not the big screen jumbotrons you see now. The place was packed and everyone was leaning in and completely mesmerized. It was incredibly electric and I’ll never forget that wild victory.

    • 66 Roberta in MN
      June 4, 2016 at 11:39 am

      meta, Ali was one of a kind. I remember cheering him on and I had family in Vietnam, but I loved him as a boxer, as a fierce person who said it like it was and being as brash as he was, he never said anything that wasn’t fact. It brought a lot of dissension in my family and I just shrugged my shoulders and said, “he was right” That as not popular in the 60’s or 70’s. They gave him hell and then we had GW, Cheney, BC and a few others that dodged the draft at that time. Are they reviled? I don’t think so. RIP Ali, you were the Greatest fighter of my time.

  31. June 4, 2016 at 10:59 am

    I will always love this woman dearly:

    • 68 Roberta in MN
      June 4, 2016 at 11:33 am

      I saw that, I just finished watched her speech. She went there and am proud of her. Yes our FLOTUS can be very fierce. She brought tears to my eyes with this one. Lover muches.

  32. 69 amk for obama
    June 4, 2016 at 11:01 am

    great comeback by serena from match point. go gal.

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  36. 78 ouapiti
    June 4, 2016 at 11:53 am

    Love the President’s and First Lady’s statement about Ali. Also love the photos and commentary in the Guardian article:
    https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2016/may/29/pete-souza-photographing-the-real-barack-obama?CMP=share_btn_fb

  37. 80 JER
    June 4, 2016 at 11:56 am

  38. June 4, 2016 at 12:06 pm

    Hello TODers!

    Nerdy, you rock. Thank you!!

    Ali, wow! What a legend!

  39. June 4, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    Ali was the epitome of boldness. He spoke truth to power and was not afraid to do so.

    My late husband was among his biggest fans. I know he will be happy to see him today.

  40. 83 yardarm756
    June 4, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    G’day all. I woke this morning with a tear in my eye and this song played in my mind….I saw Ali in The Rome Olympics-1960 and his first wife was a personal friend…..Fond memories.

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  43. 88 Nerdy Wonka
    June 4, 2016 at 12:59 pm

  44. June 4, 2016 at 1:03 pm

    100 degrees expected here in Salem, Oregon today… Yikes!

  45. June 4, 2016 at 1:18 pm

  46. 95 Dudette
    June 4, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    Steam billowed out of my head when I read this story yesterday.

    Her statement prior to that monster’s sentencing:
    http://bzfd.it/1WAfKJ6

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  48. 97 Dudette
    June 4, 2016 at 1:38 pm

  49. June 4, 2016 at 1:44 pm

    Oh my gosh, this has got me tearing up again:

  50. 99 Dudette
    June 4, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    The Truth!

  51. 100 jacquelineoboomer
    June 4, 2016 at 1:47 pm

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