Michelle Obama’s commencement speech at Tuskegee University

On Saturday May 9, 2015 First Lady Michelle Obama (FLOTUS) gave a fantastic commencement speech to the Tuskegee University graduating class of 2015 in Tuskegee, Alabama.

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First Lady Michelle Obama delivered a powerful commencement speech at Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, Alabama, on Saturday, addressing the stereotyping and pressure she feels not only as the First Lady of the United States, but also an African-American woman.

Michelle, who addressed the graduating class of 2015 and an audience of nearly 4,000 at the historically black university, spoke about overcoming her own insecurities regarding her public perception – specifically during her husband President Barack Obama’s campaign in 2008.

“As potentially the first African-American First Lady, I was also the focus of another set of questions and speculations; conversations sometimes rooted in the fears and misperceptions of others,” she said. “Was I too loud, or too angry, or too emasculating? Or was I too soft, too much of a mom, not enough of a career woman?”

Obama referenced a July 2008 cover of the New Yorker, which featured a satirical illustration of the Obamas drawn by Barry Blitt. The caricature showed the future FLOTUS dressed as a Black Panther, first bumping with a turban-wearing Barack in front of portrait of Osama bin Laden.

I remember that cover. I blogged/bitched about that cover back in July 2008.
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Check out the entire speech at WhiteHouse.gov. or you can watch the video below.

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