First solo weekly address by first lady to focus on abducted girls
May 9th, 2014
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First solo weekly address by first lady to focus on abducted girls

(CNN) - First Lady Michelle Obama will deliver Saturday's weekly address for Mother's Day weekend, the White House announced Friday.

The White House said her remarks will focus on the abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls in Nigeria by an Islamist militant group and, more broadly, about education around the world.

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"As the mother of two young daughters, Mrs. Obama is taking the opportunity to express outrage and heartbreak the President and she share over the kidnapping of more than 200 Nigerian girls from their school," White House spokesman Eric Schultz said.

"The First Lady hopes the courage of these young girls serve as an inspiration for every girl and every boy in our country to recommit themselves to their own education and a call to action for people around the world to fight to ensure that every girl receives the education that she deserves."

Earlier this week, the first lady tweeted a photo of herself with a sign that said: #BringBackOurGirls

Mrs. Obama has joined the President in the past in delivering the White House weekly address, but this will be her first time delivering it solo.

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soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    Teatroll rainmen on the Benghazi Bus in 3...2........

    May 9, 2014 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  2. Lynda/Minnesota

    Bill from GA
    ThinkAgain: Don't like Congress? Get rid of the repub/tea bag majority. – " Utterly stupid remark. "

    I guess I have to learn how to put one of those 'smiley face' things at the end when I'm not being totally serious.

    Yep. You might also try inserting /sarcasm or /snark as well. 🙂

    May 9, 2014 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |

    Go, righties, go!

    May 9, 2014 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  4. Rick McDaniel

    All America does now, is waste words, with no actions.

    May 9, 2014 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  5. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    My favorite FLOTUS ever!!!

    May 9, 2014 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  6. Tom l

    I'm not the right wing

    May 9, 2014 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  7. 2_indy1600

    Glad she could make it.

    May 9, 2014 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  8. Bill from GA

    Lynda/Minnesota – " Yep. You might also try inserting /sarcasm or /snark as well. "

    Thanks, Lynda, I'll keep that in mind.

    Hey, and I'll trade you some of our early-season mosquitoes for some lake ice. Those durn critters are eatin me up out back.

    May 9, 2014 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  9. Bill from GA

    " Mrs. Obama has joined the President in the past in delivering the White House weekly address, but this will be her first time delivering it solo "

    I'm sure our First Lady will come prepared for vicious attacks from the designated rightie, as that is all they can come up with.

    Maybe a truce for the weekend could be worked out; no partisan attacks. Do it for Moms everywhere.

    May 9, 2014 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  10. smith

    I hope Obama does not give in to this trap. There is a reason behind this group making this so public. Let the locals handle their own problems.

    May 9, 2014 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  11. Thomas

    Hey , the Boko Brothers are going DOWN now !

    Bye Bye Boko BROTHERS ,

    With all the income Nigeria makes selling oil ,
    you have to ask why this is going on.Must be some kind of inequality going on ?

    Maybe it's cheeper for the Nigerian government to have America , France and the UK come in and teach the Boko Brothers how to become organic compost .

    When you hear the drone , you are already dead !

    May 9, 2014 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  12. freedom

    Terrorists don't care about hashtags. This has no impact. Where are those drones? Obama only wants to use them on Americans?

    May 9, 2014 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  13. GonzoinHouston

    I have a lot of sympathy for all the victims and their families in this outrage. Forgive me, though, but I do not want the US to get heavily involved in a war in Africa. We can send supplies, provide drones for intel, maybe air power or some Green Beanies for training, but I do not want to see battalions of infantry on the ground.

    May 9, 2014 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  14. Finola

    She's magnificent! I LOVE Mrs Obama!!

    May 10, 2014 02:39 am at 2:39 am |
  15. Marie MD

    @rick, what would you do?
    Putin is thinking about world domination and maybe it's not what he wants to continued not one single American has lost it's life.
    Go Michelle. Even if you don't have children the kidnapping of these girls who wanted to be educated is a horrific act.

    May 10, 2014 06:02 am at 6:02 am |
  16. Policeman Fox (@3rd_Policeman)

    It would be nice if she were also outraged by the NSA spying on everyone, but apparently that doesn't matter to her.

    May 10, 2014 07:12 am at 7:12 am |
  17. don in albuquerque

    Last time I checked Nigeria had a government. Nigeria needs to take care of this problem. The Nigerian government couldn't be that much more dysfunctional then the US's. Since we don't even like the children in this country, why would we want to take care of someone else's?

    May 10, 2014 08:41 am at 8:41 am |