The First Lady at MLK Academic Magnet High School, Nashville

Happiness is …. meeting the First lady

Michelle Obama hugs Jenika Headley-Greene during the graduation ceremony for Martin Luther King Jr. Academic Magnet High School in Nashville


“…. and now he gets to call himself my husband”


Full speech (thank you Bob!):


…… with Dr. Jesse Register, left, director of Nashville schools, and Schunn Turner, principal

First lady Michelle Obama jokes with a student as she hands out diplomas during the graduation ceremony

152 Responses to “The First Lady at MLK Academic Magnet High School, Nashville”

  1. May 18, 2013 at 5:48 pm


  2. May 18, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    Posting away on the last thread…

  3. May 18, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    Hello, magapie, Congratulations! We seem to have the place to ourselves.

  4. 7 Jovie
    May 18, 2013 at 5:52 pm

  5. 9 Jovie
    May 18, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    I remember that!

    • May 18, 2013 at 6:21 pm

      As I recall, the early 1980s were quite newsworthy (first space launched in 1981), and this was just an amazing eruption.

      I’d heard of most of the big volcanoes in the Cascade range before, but Mt. St. Helens was a new one for me.

      Thanks for posting!

  6. 11 Nena20409
    May 18, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    Awesome. Fantastic. Brilliant. Perfect.

  7. 12 susanne
    May 18, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    did you folks see this?

    ‘ When Marine Sgt. Ross Gundlach served as a dog handler in Afghanistan, he told the yellow lab who was his constant companion that he’d look her up when he returned home.

    “I promised her if we made it out of alive, I’d do whatever it took to find her,” Gundlach said.

    On Friday, he made good on that vow with help from some sentimental state officials in Iowa who know how to pull off a surprise. ‘

    Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/news/us/article/Marine-dog-reunited-in-surprise-ceremony-4526447.php#ixzz2TgRzd6lg

  8. May 18, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    Bringing this over from the tail end of the last thread…

    Can someone help me here? I’d like to post that letter or blog post from the Marine saying that of course he would hold a President’s umbrella. I know I read it but I can’t find it and my search terms are just pulling up a bunch of extreme right-wing baloney that I wouldn’t have believed existed had I not seen it with my own (now bleached) eyes.

  9. 17 Jovie
    May 18, 2013 at 6:03 pm

  10. 18 utaustinliberal
    May 18, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    Great post Chiparoo. The joy on everyone’s face says it all. Her speech was one for the history books.

  11. 20 yardarm756
    May 18, 2013 at 6:10 pm


  12. May 18, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    Thank you, oh Wizards of the Google-fu!! That is exactly what I wanted! I can usually find stuff but this eluded me. TOD= always reliable 🙂

  13. May 18, 2013 at 6:32 pm

  14. 50 yardarm756
    May 18, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    I know it’s a thread late but I’m on a roll.

  15. May 18, 2013 at 6:44 pm

  16. 71 Jovie
    May 18, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    Is this what they r going 2 run on? All if them?

  17. May 18, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    Susanne (and other west coasters), here’s information from last week’s Woods Hole discussion of the impact to the Pacific of the 2011 Fukushima disaster:

    And in the category of not good news:


    I’ve lived on the west coast my entire life, and have visited the east coast only for brief stints; I’ve been told by people who have sampled both Atlantic and Pacific fish that fish from the same species taste distinctly different, depending on whether they’re Pacific (cold water) vs. Atlantic (warm water); most people seem to prefer cold water fish (think salmon).

    • 73 susanne
      May 18, 2013 at 7:08 pm

      thanks, arapaho! even in hawaii, the preferred fish come from deep, colder water. by the time we have an active majority of americans working to combat climate change, i’m afraid it will be too late. fish losing habitat, drinking water sources drying up, oceanside communities displaced by rising water, etc etc. hard not to visualize a dystopian future.

    • 74 yardarm756
      May 18, 2013 at 7:25 pm

      You got that reversed mate. Atlantic fish are cold water while Pacific is warm. Vis-a-vis, true lobster are found in cold water and have pinchers. Anything else is nothing but a large shrimp.

      • May 18, 2013 at 8:27 pm

        Ahoy, Cap’t! (saluting now)

        I think you’ve mentioned being stationed in San Diego for awhile (Desertflower talks about North Island), and that’s where I grew up.

        My statement was misleading; I was thinking of Florida fish, and of course you should have known that (LOL).

        I think all salmon live in cold waters, with the best known coming from Alaskan and Norwegian waters.

        I was thinking of the west coast longshore current that originates in Alaska which makes the water pretty cold; even in San Diego it’s usually too cold to swim without a wet suit until August. The east coast current flows the other way, so their seawater at the same latitude is warmer.

        • 76 yardarm756
          May 18, 2013 at 8:58 pm

          Yeah. Is that why it rarely snows in Vancouver? The Japanese current runs through those waters and often the weather on that part of BC and southern AL is better than Chicago in winter.

  18. May 18, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    Congrats on 1st magapie.

    Chips, Thanks for sharing the inspiration that is FLOTUS.

    Let’s make that GOPer ‘scandal’ deliver them a universe size load of Karma.

    Alphabetical is the ideal way to do the audit as no one can possibly claim ‘bias,’ though some #NEWSTAINER will do the pretzel thingy trying.

    Yes We Can

  19. 78 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    May 18, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    Good read from an acquaintance of mine:

  20. 79 yardarm756
    May 18, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    A bit before some of youse time.

  21. 80 Jovie
    May 18, 2013 at 7:17 pm

  22. 81 Jovie
    May 18, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    • 82 99ts
      May 18, 2013 at 8:43 pm

      ALL Student loans are done this way in my world. You have to be earning a certain amount before you even have to start paying (& I know some folks who have never got there)

  23. May 18, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    My god baby Maddie hanging out in NOLA with my mom& the fam. Don’t be jealous of her boogie!

  24. 98 Jovie
    May 18, 2013 at 7:37 pm

  25. 99 hopefruit2
    May 18, 2013 at 7:41 pm

  26. May 18, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    Has this been posted today?

    Reason number 54,898 that we in America’s second and third largest cities DO NOT want a Koch-owned newspaper.

    • 103 desertflower
      May 18, 2013 at 8:35 pm

      Posted it this morning….but this should grab everyone’s attention a little more than just a link. Thanks! NEVER can post that enough

      • May 18, 2013 at 8:42 pm

        Thanks, DF.

        LovelyPlains and I share a problem with Google Chrome crashing on this site, which usually happens when there’s a lot of videos (I had the Afternoon Delight thread open at the same time as Rise and Shine.)

        Did you see this from earlier in the week?
        May 14, 2013
        Majority Favor Same-Sex Marriage in Arizona
        A new Rocky Mountain Poll in Arizona finds 55% of voters now favor legalizing same-sex marriage, while just 35% said they are opposed.

  27. May 18, 2013 at 7:52 pm

  28. 106 MightyPamela
    May 18, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    “…and now they get to call themselves my husbands..” Says our Chipsticks, of Mr. Japa and Mr. Dotster….. when oh when, how long must we wait???? 😆 😆 😆

    • May 18, 2013 at 8:03 pm

      😆 Don’t rush me Pamela, this is haaaaaaaaaaard!

      • 108 MightyPamela
        May 18, 2013 at 8:06 pm

        😳 😳 Gol-ly, Chipsticks, I guess I just do not understand the complex considerations of it at all. You must forgive me. I am seldom impatient. I will try harder. 😳 😉

  29. 109 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    May 18, 2013 at 7:56 pm

  30. 110 dotster3
    May 18, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    My Chgo daughter—tweet not important—-just noting xmas decorations at some bar they went to after Cubs game today. Smart, funny, a great gal, if I do say so myself. She just had me laughing so hard on the phone I actually fell off the couch. Knows everything about everything sports—-almost on Barack Obama level. We used to catch her when she was a little girl in her bedroom, in the dark, post bed time, calling sports radio—–to opine about the Chgo Bears. A gem.

    • 111 forus50
      May 18, 2013 at 9:05 pm

      I think I know which bar that is (I say that as a sports fan like your daughter!). It’s either Rebel Bar or Nesei Lounge.

      • 112 dotster3
        May 18, 2013 at 9:07 pm

        Nesei Lounge. Impressive eye, forus! You know your bars! 🙂

        • 113 forus50
          May 18, 2013 at 9:18 pm

          lol I’ve been there a few times. One of my friends is part owner – it’s actually pretty cool – they try to be the non-sports looking bar in Wrigleyville.

  31. 114 forus50
    May 18, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    Illinois passes a medical marijuana bill for Gov’s signature. I would like to know how it works as a weight loss aid. Seriously!! That’s one of the reasons a person would qualify. So, now I might just start eating that ice cream every night…

    • 115 99ts
      May 18, 2013 at 8:39 pm

      Probably works as an alternative to food – I never had weight problems when I was a smoker (nicotine type) – but my weight doubled when I stopped – a cigarette was the food alternative – or vice versa.

      • 116 forus50
        May 18, 2013 at 8:48 pm

        Agree on the cigarette but pot? That’s contrary to all conventional and non-conventional wisdom and evidence; as tested in trial tests by millions, young and old. Including our POTUS evidently. 🙂

        • 117 99ts
          May 18, 2013 at 8:56 pm

          I never tried it – got hooked on nicotine at such a young age I was petrified about trying any other drug – being a teenager of the 60s – my family will never believe me! Consequently, I’ve never looked at any trials/evidence or anything else.

          I’m just assuming that anyone that is inclined to adding weight (me!) looks for an alternative to eating. No evidence of any sort – I just know nicotine was my food alternative.

  32. 118 Nena20409
    May 18, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    Skid Row

    I Remember You

    I used to Like Sebastian Bach

  33. 125 99ts
    May 18, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    Well I’ve been commenting away on old threads – sigh. What a wonderful person is the first Lady. Here am I getting annoyed/angry and more about the GOP and the media and she carries on being the best FLOTUS the world has seen – concentrating on what is important and ignoring the trivia of the continual GOP lies.

    Thank you for all the good news Ms Chips – and the 19 million – you will soon surpass the population of my country with your number of hits – next goal – the population of the US 🙂 🙂

    • May 18, 2013 at 8:14 pm

      “….. you will soon surpass the population of my country with your number of hits”

      😆 Thank you 99ts, LOVE having you here!!!!

      • 127 99ts
        May 18, 2013 at 8:35 pm

        Not nearly as much as I love being here 🙂 🙂

        Another one of those waiting for the grandbabe days – I probably have to declare – grand babe has the No 1 spot in my heart – I will no doubt disappear at short notice 🙂 🙂

  34. May 18, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    For context:

    (40,000, 000 words/365 d)/3 yr x 10h per day = ~ 3653 words per day

    If you think that’s a lot of words, I can type easily type 60 words per min and typing is way slower than speaking. At 60 wpm, it would take only ~ 1 hour (not 10) to type 3653 words.

    And, if you’d like to learn more about the fact that folk have been paying attention to this issue:

    The real scandal in America is that we allow a few plutocrats and their political and #NEWSTAINER servants to have any influence whatsoever on our society.

    BTW, I can imagine President Obama issuing a challenge to app developers to craft all kinds of cool ways to help mom’s and dad’s track the number of words they are speaking to their children and you could imagine the contests and prizes that could be offered to those exceeding various levels as well as way more innovative ways to have speaking and reading to infants become a national objective and source of pride for every parent.

    Yes We Can

    • 129 susanne
      May 18, 2013 at 8:27 pm

      i’m so glad it is now considered good parenting to talk talk talk to your baby! i used to get a lot of looks, wheeling my infant around in the grocery store, commenting on the various products. ‘now we’re making a biiiiig left turn into the frozen aisle. feel the cool air in this aisle?’ and also, ‘look at the pretty colors of the vegetables! here’s a green one, and a yellow one, and a red one….’

      • May 18, 2013 at 8:38 pm

        Susanne, from all that we are learning about the formation of the brain, post birth, by age of 3 children who have not heard a large number and large variety of words – and the speaking of words in a way that associates them with ‘things’ (images, objects, etc) – are severely disadvantaged.

        The amazing thing is that it costs nothing to speak to infants, young children. In fact, one of the likely least costly ways to break the cycle of intellectual disadvantage is to have the moms and dads just speak to their infants. Very savvy folk have suggested instituting programs for teenage moms to teach them how to speak and read to their infants and challenging dads of those children to do the same – irrespective of whether mom and dad are married. You get the point. All we need to do is make this incredibly simple and yet totally profound message widely known – from the day your child is born, speak and read to them, all the time about all kinds of things (not just instructing them to ‘stop’ or ‘don’t’ or …. ).

        Yes We Can

      • 131 99ts
        May 18, 2013 at 8:50 pm

        Susanne – I used to do that – At times I felt like a complete fool – discussing the color of the soap powder packages – “Do you think we should buy the blue packet or the green packet” – but from birth to 3 children go through such a massive learning period – nothing else ever equates – they use all input – it is so important.

    • May 19, 2013 at 2:29 pm

      Errors above – should have been “3653 words per HOUR in a 10h day” Comfortable rate of listening – e.g., to an audio book is 150-160 words per minute. So, 3653 words per hour is a very modest rate of speech or a mom or dad (grandma, sister, etc) reading to an infant.

  35. May 18, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    New post soon, and it will be one filled with personal pain 😕

  36. 136 vcprezofan2
    May 18, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    So, did you guys celebrate the 19 million-th hit without me? 😦

    Better late than never, I’m told, so I’ll say my congrats anyways.

    *********CONGRATULATIONS, LADY MAYOR CHIPS , AND all the little/big CHIPADEES!!*****

    CONGRATS TOO TO ALL TODOBOTS who have the good sense to know where the best bar for drinks etc hangout is on the web!!

    Does anyone remember when the 1st million was – a year, two years ago?

  37. 137 forus50
    May 18, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    Please add your name to get this piece of crap fired. Jon Karl not only did not validate the information given to him by some GOP congressperson or aide but then lied — stating that he had “obtained” the emails. For his big breaking news Diane Sawyer introduced him with (paraphrasing) “our own Jonathan Karl who has some disturbing news that seems to contradict what the White House has previously stated…”

    If Jake Tapper hadn’t called him out on this, this would have catapulted into crazy land for POTUS.

    • May 18, 2013 at 8:35 pm

      Man. was Diane Sawyer nauseating, or what in that Rachel Maddow video that Chips tweeted (and it’s on today’s Rise and Shine).

      I sent a response to @JohnJHarwood and @HowardKurtz (his media show on CNN still airs on Sunday mornings). We’ll see what good ol’ Howie has to say tomorrow.

      • 139 Nena20409
        May 18, 2013 at 8:40 pm

        Dan Rather was and still is a terrific Journalist yet, he lost his job for a factual report that had questionable documents……these people are wickedly twisted.

        • 140 nathkatun7
          May 19, 2013 at 12:29 am

          Exactly, Nena! And if I remember correctly, CBS hired President G.H W. Bush’s former Attorney General to investigate how Dan Rather and others relied on questionable documents.

      • 141 Gazelle62
        May 18, 2013 at 8:41 pm

        Karl is a terrific journalist according to Harwood’s standards! Does not say much about Harwood does it……

        • 142 nathkatun7
          May 19, 2013 at 12:34 am

          Indeed, Gazelle! Unless of course both Jon Karl and John Harwood were in cahoots with the GOP who used falsified information to manufacture a scandal in order to bring down President Obama.

      • 143 anniebella
        May 18, 2013 at 10:02 pm

        Everyone is entitle to there opinion, Harwood think Ed Henry, Chuck Todd, are great I’m sure, he even think John Harwood is terrific, but he is LYING.

  38. 144 Jovie
    May 18, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    This is important, don’t forget these details as the righties make shit up.

  39. 145 Nena20409
    May 18, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    When Will I see You Again

    The Three Degrees 😎

  40. 146 Bill R.
    May 18, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    Goodness, can you imagine how that young woman with the FLOTUS feels. That hug is going to carry her a lifetime.

  41. 147 criquet
    May 18, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    Hello all.

    LOVE THIS!!!!

    • 148 Nena20409
      May 18, 2013 at 8:42 pm

      Too 😎 for words…..Love It 😉

    • 149 jacquelineoboomer
      May 18, 2013 at 10:19 pm

      Love that, too. Also love the Maya Angelou quote on her profile page:

      “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

  42. 150 japa21
    May 18, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    Just stopped by to say hi after a very busy day and see a post about my absolute favorite non-related lady posted by me second favorite non-related lady. Couldn’t be better.

    Just wanted to drop this off.

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