First Lady Michelle Obama was invited to deliver the commencement speech at a graduation ceremony for five high schools in Kansas. When the graduating seniors found out that Obama’s involvement could limit the number of tickets available for their friends and family they balked, and have started a petition asking to keep her away. Ticket seats aren’t the only concern.
‘I’m a single mother who has raised him for 18 years by myself,’ said Tina Hernandez, parent of Topeka High School senior Dauby Knight. ‘I’ve told him education is the only way out. This is one of the biggest days of their lives. They’ve taken the glory and shine from the children and put on Mrs. Obama. She doesn’t know our kids.’ …
‘People think it’s a great opportunity, but it’s the graduates’ time. They are getting that diploma that they worked so hard for,’ Gifford said. ‘Families are feeling that they are being cheated out of the loved ones special day.’
Abbey Rubottom, 18, a Topeka High senior, described herself as a ‘die-hard Democrat’ but doesn’t like the idea of Obama sharing the stage with graduates.
‘No disrespect for the first lady, and it’s amazing that she wants to come speak, I just think it doesn’t belong at graduation,’ Rubottom said.
Rubottom suggested separate ceremonies with Obama speaking at one and the address being replayed at the other.
Some people have said bringing in the first lady politicizes the graduation. Others have suggested that if she wants to mark the Brown anniversary, she could just visit the historic site that commemorates the decision, which is just few blocks from the graduation venue. (Read More)
Gee, I can’t imagine why anyone would believe Michelle Obama would politicize an event that has nothing to do with her.