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23
Jul
15

First Lady Michelle Obama Champions Students

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First Lady Michelle Obama participates in a discussion on higher education in the East Room of the White House. The First Lady hosted the 2015 Beating the Odds Summit to recognize youths who have overcome substantial obstacles to persist through high school and make it to college, as part of the “Reach Higher” initiative

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President Barack Obama makes a surprise visit to the Beating the Odds Summit, part of the First Lady’s Reach Higher Initiative, in the East Room of the White House (Photo by Pete Souza)

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Jayson Rodriguez: Michelle Obama Talks Ambition, Educations & #TodaysKidsWillNeverLearn

Michelle Obama is nothing if not gracious. Since moving to the White House in 2009 following her husband Barack Obama’s presidential election win in 2008, the Chicago native has used her mantle as the First Lady to fight for military families, children’s health and young people’s pursuit of education. Her charm, intellect and warm personality have created a collaborative environment where politics are left at the door and people connect to get things done.

First lady Michelle Obama puts her hand on the shoulder of Brown University student Manuel Contraries, the son of two Mexican immigrants, after he spoke about his freshman year at school, during an East Room event to welcome more than 130 college-bound students from across the county to participate in the 2015 Beating the Odds Summit at the White House in Washington, Thursday, July 23, 2015. The summit is part of the first lady's Reach Higher initiative. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

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Do you find yourself being more ambitious about your designs to help young people now more than any other point in your life, and why?

I’ve always said that the role of First Lady comes with this big bright light that follows you wherever you go, and you have the privilege—and the responsibility—to shine that light on important issues and tell the stories that too often go untold. So I do find myself being especially ambitious right now, especially because so many of the issues I work on are deeply personal to me.

A perfect example is my Reach Higher initiative, an effort to inspire young people to continue their education past high school. My parents didn’t have college degrees, and while they loved and supported me, they really couldn’t help me with things like standardized tests and financial aid forms. So I often had to figure stuff out on my own, and I didn’t always get it right (I actually applied to one college simply because I liked the pictures in the brochure). And today, I have a chance to reach back and help young people struggling with these exact same challenges, and I intend to use my time as First Lady and beyond to do everything I can to empower them so they can fulfill their dreams.

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12
Jun
11

ah yes, the liberal media….

Tonight’s CBS News, starring John Dickerson:

“In national polls he (Mitt Romney) beats Barack Obama.”

Really?

Dickerson must have missed the last national poll (June 8), by Reuters/Ipsos (here): “….President Obama leads all potential Republican challengers by double-digit margins. He is ahead of his closest Republican rival, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, by 13 percentage points – 51 percent to 38 percent.”

“The emails turned out to be great news for Sarah Palin …. she can also say that she was given a thorough tea-cleaning by the media and there were no bombshells, which is good news for her.”

Really?

He must have missed dozens of those emails, including the ones about her getting questions in advance from friendly media, having her staff research the answers and feed them in to a teleprompter, which she then read from during her ‘interview’. Seriously.

And funny, Dickerson neglected to mention that Alaska officials redacted information from more than 2,300 of the emails, and held back 953 entirely (Washington Post). Um, how could the half-termer have been given a “thorough” cleaning by the media when her Alaskan buddies withheld all the damaging stuff?!

‘Palin emails redacted by same people who worked for her’

Paul Jenkins (Anchorage Daily News): As they prepare to finally cough up more than 24,000 pages of Sarah Palin’s emails gleaned from her brief, odd stint as governor, Alaska officials tut-tut they are going to withhold 2,415 pages from the public. Why? Those communications are privileged, personal or somehow exempt from Alaska’s disclosure laws. Or so they say.

How convenient. Guess where the good stuff will be. No, really. Guess. Now, you might wonder, as I do, how emails sent or received by a governor or her minions on state time, using state resources, yakking about state business can be personal or exempt from disclosure laws. But state officials say there is the right to privacy thing and the attorney-client privilege thing and the “deliberative process” thing. Apparently – and it was a shock to me – there is no public’s right to know thing.

Who made these decisions? It turns out state lawyers and folks in the governor’s office – where some, it turns out, worked for Palin but now work for Gov. Sean Parnell, who was Palin’s lieutenant governor – made the calls on those 2,415 emails. Not an impartial panel of citizens and lawyers, or folks lacking direct or indirect ties to the authors of the emails or any court. Just insiders.

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Quality reporting, Mr Dickerson 😉

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