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First Lady Michelle Obama Speaks at Anacostia Senior High School Commencement

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First Lady Michelle Obama sits with class valedictorian Jordan Smiley during the graduation ceremonies for Anacostia Senior High School on June 11, 2010 in Washington, DC. Mrs. Obama delivered the seventy second commencement address to the once segregated high school, with 146 graduates in the Class of 2010. Ninety percent of the graduates have been accepted into college. (Photos by Mark Wilson/Getty Images North America)

HP~Her voice cracking and eyes filled with tears, first lady Michelle Obama remembered her parents’ sacrifices for their two children and how they pushed for success as she urged high school graduates to claim their destiny.

Mrs. Obama addressed students, parents and faculty of The Academies at Anacostia at the school’s graduation ceremony Friday at the Daughters of the American Revolution Constitution Hall, not far from the White House. She said she would not have been standing at the podium if her parents had not encouraged her and her brother, Craig Robinson, to dream big.

“I remember my mom pushing me and my brother to do things she’d never done herself; things she’d been afraid to do herself,” the first lady said. “What I can remember is my father getting up every day and going to work at the water filtration plant, even after he was diagnosed with MS, even after it got hard for him to button his shirt, and to get up and walk. See, I remember my parents sacrificing for us, pouring everything they had into us, being there for us, encouraging us to reach for a life they never knew.”

Michelle Obama’s father, Fraser, is deceased. Her mother, Marian Robinson, lives at the White House with the first family.

She also encouraged the graduates to give themselves a pat on the back.

“You have to understand that there are a lot of people out there who believe in you. I believe in you. The president of the United States believes in you,” said Obama, who spoke for about 25 minutes. “When times are hard for us, you inspire us. You keep us going. We are expecting big things from you in the years to come. Big things.”

The first lady urged students to surround themselves with the right friends, travel abroad and to continue to pursue higher education.

“You don’t have to be on a college campus to educate yourself,” she said. “There are opportunities all over D.C. to enrich your lives and enrich your minds.”

It was Mrs. Obama’s second address to Anacostia students. She visited the school during the last academic year to mentor female students. The school is in one of the poorest sections of Washington and has struggled in the past, leading to its transfer to a charter school operator.

According to the graduation program, 164 students received diplomas during the ceremony. More than 90 percent of the graduates have received college acceptance letters. Mrs. Obama said school attendance and college acceptances had risen significantly.

Graduate Jordan Smiley, the Class of 2010 valedictorian who will attend Hampton University this fall, told the first lady that the student body looks to her family as examples of what it can achieve.

“Today we are proof that change, whether good or bad, can be beneficial,” Smiley said in his speech. “We are writing history and we have the choice to determine what the future says about us.”

Remarks by the First Lady at Anacostia Senior High School Commencement Ceremony

Members of the audience sing the national anthem during the Anacostia Senior High School commencement ceremony at the Daughters of the American Revolution Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C., June 11, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Samantha Appleton)


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First Lady Michelle Obama’s Commencement Speech At University Of Arkansas At Pine Bluff

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First Lady echoes King’s call to brace for hardship

First Lady Michelle Obama speaks at commencement exercises at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Saturday, May 8, 2010. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

AP~First Lady Michelle Obama told graduates Saturday to prepare to overcome adversity, building on Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1958 commencement address at the same university, when he told students to summon their courage to fight segregation.

The first lady gave an impassioned speech to 270 graduates of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff that referenced the legacy of their historically black school, which opened in 1873 with seven students, most of whom could barely read.

Obama said those first students, only a decade removed from slavery, had no guarantee of opportunity once they graduated.

“Let’s just imagine how those seven students would feel if they could see you here today,” Obama told a packed downtown arena.

She singled out Quinna Childress of Newport, who graduated Saturday with a 3.935 grade-point average in biology and plans to attend medical school. Childress was homeless at age 16, a high school student living out of a car who worked nights and weekends as a nurse’s aide.

One day at work while contemplating quitting her job, Obama said Childress thought about the lot of her patients who were struggling to overcome illness.

“They needed me more than I needed to give up,” Obama quoted Childress as saying.

Obama said Childress’ hardships would add depth to her sense of compassion as a physician.

“It’s going to make her an extraordinary doctor,” Obama said.

Obama, a product of Chicago public schools who went on to attain degrees from Princeton and Harvard, said she encountered people in her youth who doubted she could succeed.

“Even today … I know that for some of you this journey has not been easy,” Obama said. “Like me, you wanted something more, right? Just like those (original) seven students.”

King spoke at the Arkansas campus after he had been arrested and tried for his work; his home had been bombed and his life was threatened. Obama noted that the late civil rights leader’s Pine Bluff address contained phrases he later used in his “I Have a Dream” speech, quoting his refrain, “Free at last, free at last,” as Saturday’s audience roared.

King’s Arkansas speech came a year after federal troops protected nine black students attending all-white Little Rock Central High School. Michelle Obama’s speech came more than a year after the university’s 260-piece band marched in the inaugural parade for her husband, the nation’s first black president.

People in the audience said they hope her appearance draws more attention to historically black colleges.

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13 dead, 30 injured in Fort Hood shooting: Gunman In Custody

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Suspected Gunman Is Identified as PSYCHIATRIST Dr. Malik Nadal Hasan an American born man of Jordanian descent.
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From Flox News: His cousin says Hasan was in the military prior to 911 and apparently he was being harassed for being muslim…complained to superiors, hired a military lawyer…did not want to be deployed



13 DEAD, 30 wounded… one suspect IN CUSTODY…a 40 year old army major (see profile below). Three Others who were in custody have now been released. “All military personnel involved” (military spokesman)… handguns used…

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forthoodmaingate FORT HOOD, Texas — An Army psychiatrist set to be shipped overseas opened fire at the Fort Hood Army post Thursday, authorities said, a rampage that killed 12 people and left 31 wounded in the worst mass shooting ever at a military base in the United States.
The gunman, first said to have been killed, was wounded but alive and in stable condition under military guard, said Lt. Gen. Bob Cone at Fort Hood. “I would say his death is not imminent,” Cone said. Col. Ben Danner said the suspect was shot at least four times.
The man was identified as Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, a 39-year-old, eight-year veteran from Virginia.
President Barack Obama called the shooting at the Soldier Readiness Center, where soldiers who are about to be deployed or who are returning undergo medical screening, “a horrific outburst of violence.”
“It’s difficult enough when we lose these brave Americans in battles overseas,” the commander in chief said. “It is horrifying that they should come under fire at an Army base on American soil.”
There was no official word on motive. Hasan had transferred to Fort Hood in July from Walter Reed Medical Center, where he received a poor performance evaluation, according to an official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the case public.

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Dr. Malik Nadal Hasan
hasanMilitary officials say the suspected shooter at Fort Hood is a psychiatrist at Walter Reed Army Medical Center for six years before being transferred to the Texas base in July.

The officials had access to Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan’s military record. They said he received a poor performance evaluation while at Walter Reed.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because military records are confidential.

The Virginia-born soldier is single with no children. He is 39 years old.

He is a graduate of Virginia Tech University, where he was a member of the ROTC and earned a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry in 1997. He received his medical degree from the military’s Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md., in 2001. At Walter Reed, he did his internship, residency and a fellowship.

Past Shootings at Fort Hood

August/2009Two Fort Hood Soldiers Arrested In Connection With Fatal Early-Morning Shooting

July/2009Victim Of Fort Hood Shooting Identified

September/2008Soldier kills Fort Hood officer, then self

October/1991Deadly Mass Murder in Killeen, TX, Shooter kills 23, wounds 20, before shooting himself


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