After a high school student at Booker T. Washington High School in Atlanta tried desperately to avoid listening to a Michelle Obama speech by fainting, the First Lady offered some advice for her fellow students – advice that “rich kids” across the country already know, and the presumably poor African-American kids at the school do not.
Nothing like a little class warfare on the part of Mrs. Obama.
Via White House Dossier:
Speaking in front of a group of African American students Monday, First Lady Michelle Obama adopted a bit of a street accent – one I haven’t heard her use before – and referred to “rich kids” with a twinge of distaste, suggesting they had access to information those in her audience lacked.
Mrs. Obama was appearing at Booker T. Washington High School in Atlanta. She is seen in the video below ordering aides to help a girl who had fainted, which apparently got her temporarily off script. That’s when the “rich kids” reference appeared.
Watch the video…
The White House transcript reads:
MRS. OBAMA: She’s okay? It’s okay, that happens to a lot of people who have to stand up for a long time. We need one of our medics here. We’ve got a young girl who fainted. But it happens all the time. She’s going to be okay. Sometimes standing up — if anybody is starting to feel tired standing up, bend your knees — and eat your breakfast and lunch. (Laughter.) You okay? Make sure she’s okay, too, right here. Right here. Everybody else feeling okay?
MRS. OBAMA: Are you all still fired up and ready to — are you listening to me?
MRS. OBAMA: Do you hear what I’m telling you?
MRS. OBAMA: Because I’m giving you some insights that a lot of rich kids all over the country — they know this stuff, and I want you to know it, too. Because you have got to go and get your education. You’ve got to.
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Why the need to specifically add the word “rich” to the statement? And was she speaking of her own kids? According to the International Business Times, the Obamas listed assets worth between $2 million and $7 million for 2013, a 438% increase in wealth since first running for President.
There is certainly nothing wrong with being “rich,” but the First Lady mentions it in an attempt to create envy with these high school students. No wonder the poor girl tried so hard to avoid Obama’s speech.
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