First Lady Michelle Obama delivers commencement address to King College Prep

8:0 EDT (Ceremony starts): First Lady Michelle Obama delivers the commencement address to King College Prep graduates, the school Hadiya Pendleton attended, at Chicago State University’s Convocation Center

Live streaming here

74 Responses to “First Lady Michelle Obama delivers commencement address to King College Prep”

  1. 1 almablanca
    June 9, 2015 at 7:12 pm

    Good evening all.

  2. 3 COS
    June 9, 2015 at 7:12 pm

    Hey Chips.

  3. June 9, 2015 at 7:17 pm

  4. 6 99ts
    June 9, 2015 at 7:25 pm

    Why do so many GOPers believe they are above the law. You’ve all probably seen this earlier – but I just keep being utterly amazed at what this man gets away with

    Seems when David Wildstein starts talking – he could have stories to last forever.

  5. June 9, 2015 at 7:25 pm

    Congrats almablanca 🙂

  6. June 9, 2015 at 7:26 pm

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  8. 18 Nerdy Wonka
    June 9, 2015 at 7:35 pm

    Ugh. Just Ugh.

    • June 9, 2015 at 7:49 pm

      “internal investigation over”

      Good God. What he did should result in him being charged whether he’s resigned or not. If it was one witness’s word against another …. but there’s a video, ffs.

      • June 9, 2015 at 7:51 pm

        My guess is that Internal Affairs can only conduct investigations against serving officers. So, smart on his part. Hopefully prosecutors will bring charges, and the families will sue.

        • June 9, 2015 at 7:54 pm

          Hiya LL, I just would have thought the internal investigation should continue, he might be an ex-cop now, but he was serving when this happened. Wouldn’t the outcome of the investigation have an impact on his pension and benefits?

          • June 9, 2015 at 8:02 pm

            As always, it depends on what the contract the force has with the union details. A good journalist would ask the chief why the investigation was ended. But, you know, that requires good journalists.

  9. 23 yardarm756
    June 9, 2015 at 7:38 pm

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  13. 33 JER
    June 9, 2015 at 8:11 pm

  14. June 9, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    Some good info at this tweet’s link:

  15. 35 hopefruit2
    June 9, 2015 at 8:16 pm

    I wonder what this is in reference to? 🙂

  16. 46 Nena20409
    June 9, 2015 at 8:18 pm

  17. 47 Judith Fardig
    June 9, 2015 at 8:19 pm

    Congratulations to Almablanca and COS! Our FLOTUS has a delicate task tonight at Hadiya’s high school graduation; no doubt she will soothe and inspire those kids who suffered the loss of this special classmate.

  18. 48 jacquelineoboomer
    June 9, 2015 at 8:19 pm

    Michelle Obama Tells Grads To Let Grief Over Hadiya’s Death ‘Motivate You’


  19. 49 Nena20409
    June 9, 2015 at 8:20 pm

    Congrats Almablanca and COS on your Gold ⭐ ⭐

  20. June 9, 2015 at 8:24 pm

    What we see then, is that the same man who reignited the work of the Civil Rights Division at DOJ after it had been decimated and politicized under the Bush administration is the one who is now being very effective in fighting to improve things for American workers. I think it’s high time we acknowledged the profoundly important work of Secretary Thomas Perez/

  21. 52 Nena20409
    June 9, 2015 at 8:29 pm

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  24. June 9, 2015 at 8:39 pm

    Oh, wow. This is so sad…….

  25. 58 JER
    June 9, 2015 at 8:40 pm

  26. June 9, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    Here she is!!!!

  27. June 9, 2015 at 8:47 pm

    Bottom line …

  28. 61 arapaho415
    June 9, 2015 at 9:04 pm

    GE TODville.

    I just tuned in to Eric Garcetti’s response to the Police Commission rebuking one of @LAPDChiefBeck declarations today.

    He’s incredibly impressive, definitely a Dem up-and-comer.

    I think he’s wrapping up now, but here’s the link:

  29. June 9, 2015 at 9:12 pm

    OMG, that was just beautiful. Our First Lady is a tremendous human being. Our nation will never be the same.

  30. June 9, 2015 at 9:12 pm

    I swear, the Pope is trolling our RWNJs…

  31. June 9, 2015 at 9:12 pm

    Our First Lady gave another outstanding speech.

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  34. June 9, 2015 at 9:20 pm

    Uh huh

    Uh huh


    Rauner’s $250k education secretary reveals she reports only to governor


    Gov. Bruce Rauner’s $250,000-a-year secretary of education, Beth Purvis, testified before an Illinois House panel on Tuesday, saying she is charged with handling education matters from “cradle to career” for children in the state of Illinois, but indicating she reports only to the governor.

    Purvis’ testimony revealed her contract does not require her to hit certain benchmarks or produce reports to the state or the Illinois General Assembly to measure progress with respect to her duties.

    “I report on a regular basis to the governor and discuss the activities that I’m doing,” Purvis said.

    The discussion came as the House Appropriations-Human Services committee called Purvis to testify about her duties with the state.

    At issue is why the governor’s $250,000 hand-picked education secretary is being paid out of a budget meant for the state’s most vulnerable rather than the governor’s own personnel budget. While Purvis is a full-time employee, she is being paid under a personal services contract and is not receiving state benefits. Purvis declined to answer when a committee member asked whether she volunteered not to take those benefits.

    The hearing was called in response to a report in the Chicago Sun-Timesthat revealed Rauner had been taking part in a practice that other governors had indulged in before him – that of “off-shoring” their own personnel onto other agency budgets to make their own appear more lean.

    The DHS had been the target of $26 million in cuts aimed at autism, epilepsy and burials for the indigent. The cuts took place just weeks after the governor’s office signed Purvis’ contract.

    While those services were restored, DHS faces additional cuts over the next year.


  35. 71 lockewasright
    June 9, 2015 at 9:58 pm

    I found pie tins on clearance at the grocery store a little while ago. I grabbed some instant pudding, 5 cans of whipped cream, and some chocolate sauce too. Today, my wife, my son, my daughter, & I had a pie fight in the back yard! Good times!

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