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Friday, July 11, 2014

FLOTUS at LULAC's Unity Convention

First, let me just say how lovely First Lady Michelle Obama looked when she spoke at the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) earlier this week, wearing a lovely summer blue and white (sleeveless, of course) flowered dress.

Mrs. Obama was on hand at New York's Hilton Hotel to remark about the importance of education, but she also spoke very briefly on the issue of immigration, saying "all these issues must be addressed at the same time."

Said the first lady, "I know that education is one of so many pressing issues on your plates right now. With a broken immigration system hurting so many of our families and neighbors, some of you may be wondering why I decided to focus on education today. But what I know from my own life experiences is that if we truly want to lift up our next generation," she continued, "we must tackle all of these issues at the same time. That is actually one of the greatest lessons of LULAC's history."

Immigration was also on the minds of those who came out to hear her husband speak in Texas this week.   While the first lady was not met with hecklers (something she doesn't do well), President Obama was repeatedly interrupted during his speech.

The president spoke to the individuals after his remarks, but as you might imagine, was not too pleased with the outbursts, even when he informed the hecklers he'd addressed their concerns.

THE PRESIDENT:  I’m sorry, what are you yelling about now?  Sit down, guys.  I’m almost done.  Come on, sit down.  I’ll talk to you afterwards, I promise.  I’ll bring you back.  I’m wrapping things up here.

AUDIENCE MEMBER:  (Inaudible.)

THE PRESIDENT:  I understand.  See, everybody is going to start -- I’m on your side, man.  Sit down, guys, we’ll talk about it later, I promise.

 Change. Not as easy as just shouting.

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