Speak On It


Betsy Klein

In her first major speech since leaving office, former first lady Michelle Obama made an impassioned argument for the importance of educators in communities across the country, saying the example they set is “what makes America great.” “Our counselors and educators have a far bigger impact on our kids’ lives than any president or first lady. … You all serve as living, breathing examples of the kind of people they should aspire to be,” she said, speaking at the School Counselor of the Year ceremony at the Kennedy Center, a collaboration between the American School Counselor Association and part of her Reach Higher initiative on higher education she spearheaded as first lady.

“And trust me, I know this work isn’t easy, especially right now. I know there’s a lot of anxiety out there. And there’s no denying that our kids, what they see on TV, the kind of behavior being modeled in public life — all of that, yes — impacts their behavior and their character,” Obama said. “But at times like this the work you are all doing is even more urgent. It’s even more critically important. See, you all have the power to teach our kids what it means to go high when others go low. You have that power.”

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169 Responses to “Speak On It”

  1. February 2, 2018 at 6:52 pm


    • 3 Judith Fardig
      February 2, 2018 at 7:18 pm

      Yay for Tally and Meta! Heading off to a town hall to thank Senator Wyden for demanding Mnuchin/Treasury release information about the money trail between Russian operatives and the NRA.

    • February 2, 2018 at 8:04 pm

      This is so bogus…if you are going to charge the person who sold him ammunition then why not charge the manufacturer of the gun he used….or the owner of the hotel from where he did his shooting….

  2. 6 Nerdy Wonka
    February 2, 2018 at 6:59 pm

  3. February 2, 2018 at 7:13 pm


  4. 9 amk for obama
    February 2, 2018 at 7:42 pm

    but, we dodged all the clinton drama.

    stupid loony left.

  5. 11 amk for obama
    February 2, 2018 at 7:46 pm

    • 12 pkayden
      February 4, 2018 at 11:29 am

      Obstruction of justice. This is blatant and Congress needs to flip to politicians who will take action against Trump for his unconstitutional behavior. He is not above the law.

  6. February 2, 2018 at 8:13 pm

  7. 14 amk for obama
    February 2, 2018 at 8:38 pm

  8. 16 amk for obama
    February 2, 2018 at 8:41 pm

    as the eldest, I know it’s 100% true. guess they just give up after how that turned out.

  9. 25 amk for obama
    February 2, 2018 at 8:42 pm

  10. February 2, 2018 at 9:07 pm

    YUP …

  11. 30 Betsy
    February 2, 2018 at 9:38 pm

    Hi there all. I really agree with Michelle Obama that as teachers, we have a huge influence on our students. Mine are 13/14 and I’m doing my best but sometimes when I see what’s happening to our institutions and our government, I am filled with sadness at what the future holds for them.

  12. 32 jacquelineoboomer
    February 2, 2018 at 11:00 pm

    Yeah, when Joe Walsh feels the need to give ya advice, you know you’re a dirtbag.

  13. 35 WhenPamelaWandered
    February 2, 2018 at 11:01 pm

    I love you gals and guys! Many blessings. ❤️🕯📿🙏🏼❤️

  14. 40 Jey
    February 3, 2018 at 7:27 am

    Morning everyone.

    I wish someone like Tom Steyer would run ads in red states – ‘what is Trump hiding?’.
    Or ‘what is Nunes hiding?’.
    Seriously … they are all twisting themselves into pretzels.
    What are they hiding?

  15. 42 JER
    February 3, 2018 at 8:53 am

    • 43 Don
      February 3, 2018 at 9:47 am

      Last year during Black History Month I had to give a PowerPoint presentation at work. Towards the end of my presentation I spoke about President Obama’s influence on kids, especially black and brown. The power of his presidency to influence future generations will be a game changer, the phrase “I think I can” will give way to “I can.”

  16. 44 amk for obama
    February 3, 2018 at 9:07 am

    ManU is sooo overrated overdone.


  17. 50 desertflower
    February 3, 2018 at 10:25 am


  18. 53 amk for obama
    February 3, 2018 at 11:35 am

    ah, the librul media. nyt suffering the turd’s touch every day.

  19. 54 amk for obama
    February 3, 2018 at 11:45 am

    A 500-year-old secret code used in letters between one of Spain’s most famous monarchs and a military commander has been cracked.

    The letters, constructed using more than 200 special characters, were deciphered by the country’s intelligence agency.

    Ferdinand of Aragon’s letters have tantalised historians for centuries.

    He was behind the final reconquest of Spain from the Moors in 1492 and Columbus’s journeys to the Americas.

    The letters include instructions on strategy during military campaigns in Italy in the early 16th Century. They were written using secret code in case they fell into enemy hands.

    The letters, on display at Spain’s Army Museum in Toledo, use “over 200 symbols”, curator Jesús Anson explained.

    It took intelligence services almost half a year to decipher four of them, some of which went on for over 20 pages.

    The code-cracking has been described by some as a “Rosetta Stone” moment, amid hopes that it could lead to more coded letters being deciphered.


  20. 55 Anjo
    February 3, 2018 at 12:26 pm

    Good day all, have a great weekend remember everyday is one day closer to orange cheeto and all his complicit followers behind bars or totally disgraced…back to housework…i am backing the underdogs…eagles, always do except if its the Steeeelers!!!!!

  21. 56 Dudette
    February 3, 2018 at 12:28 pm

    Hi Everyone! Here’s little something to help you enjoy your Super Saturday! 😘

  22. 57 Dudette
    February 3, 2018 at 12:44 pm


  23. 58 Dudette
    February 3, 2018 at 12:45 pm

  24. 59 Dudette
    February 3, 2018 at 12:46 pm

  25. 60 Dudette
    February 3, 2018 at 12:47 pm

  26. 61 Dudette
    February 3, 2018 at 12:48 pm

  27. 62 Dudette
    February 3, 2018 at 12:49 pm

  28. 63 Dudette
    February 3, 2018 at 12:50 pm

  29. 64 Dudette
    February 3, 2018 at 12:53 pm

  30. 65 Dudette
    February 3, 2018 at 12:55 pm

  31. February 3, 2018 at 1:16 pm

    Two ex-DOJ officials on Nunes memo: ‘a bad joke’

    The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell 2/2/18

    Joy Reid talks with former DOJ lawyers Paul Butler and Harry Litman, who says that the Republican memo is a “disgraceful episode” that will damage institutional relations with the DOJ and FBI

  32. February 3, 2018 at 1:30 pm

    uh huh

    • 70 Sandy1110
      February 3, 2018 at 4:06 pm

      Mueller / Schneiderman:

      PLEASE start knocking the pegs out from under this criminal.

      The GOP Congress will only defend his crimes; the MSM will only try to play “both sides”.

      His Trumpbots like his wars on POC too much to care.

  33. 71 desertflower
    February 3, 2018 at 2:05 pm

    Fuck off, Paul Ryan. Really.

  34. February 3, 2018 at 2:26 pm

  35. February 3, 2018 at 3:06 pm

    • 75 pkayden
      February 4, 2018 at 8:41 am

      This is a perfect race to target. Steve King is an unabashed racist and White Supremacist. He needs to be out of our tax payer funded Congress.

  36. February 3, 2018 at 3:13 pm

  37. 77 No Child Left Behind
    February 3, 2018 at 3:21 pm

  38. February 3, 2018 at 3:30 pm

  39. 81 desertflower
    February 3, 2018 at 3:49 pm

    Amen, Madam Secretary!

  40. 83 jacquelineoboomer
    February 3, 2018 at 4:08 pm

  41. February 3, 2018 at 5:04 pm

  42. February 3, 2018 at 6:22 pm

    Man, sometimes I just can’t help myself. This is some disgusting BS right here.

    • 88 susanne
      February 3, 2018 at 11:51 pm

      Don’t hold back, meta. Count Knoller has indeed slunk away, now that there really are transgressions to count.

  43. February 3, 2018 at 6:22 pm

    Yup …

  44. February 3, 2018 at 6:45 pm

  45. February 3, 2018 at 7:07 pm

    FYI, just for fun:

    Check your local PBS listings. In my neighborhood at 6pm, they’re replaying In Performance at the White House, a tribute to Ray Charles, featuring Yolanda Adams, Leon Bridges, Andra Day, Anthony Hamilton, Brittany Howard, Demi Lovato, Sam Moore, Jussie Smollett, the Band Perry and Usher.

  46. 93 desertflower
    February 3, 2018 at 7:26 pm

    Not a good look, Republicans! NunesMemo is even worse now.

  47. 94 desertflower
    February 3, 2018 at 7:30 pm

  48. 95 amk for obama
    February 3, 2018 at 7:44 pm

  49. 96 Susanne
    February 3, 2018 at 8:08 pm

    It’s falling apart. As predicted. News and Guts and Raw Story are both reporting on huge holes in the Nunes memo. Documents show the FISA warrant did indeed disclose the funds for the Steele Dossier came from a political group. And there is evidence of Carter Page touting his role as advisor to the Kremlin…in 2013. Sorry I can’t link with this phone.

  50. 97 amk for obama
    February 3, 2018 at 8:19 pm

  51. 98 amk for obama
    February 3, 2018 at 8:26 pm

  52. 99 amk for obama
    February 3, 2018 at 8:28 pm

    dog whistles?

  53. 100 amk for obama
    February 3, 2018 at 8:36 pm

    via wiki

    California’s 22nd congressional district – since January 3, 2013.
    Current Representative Devin Nunes (R–Tulare)

    42.4% White
    2.8% Black
    7.3% Asian
    44.8% Hispanic
    2.8[1]% other

    Cook PVI R+8

    This is ridiculously stupid. This treasonous traitor should never have been elected.

  54. 107 JER
    February 3, 2018 at 8:50 pm

  55. February 3, 2018 at 9:08 pm

  56. 110 amk for obama
    February 3, 2018 at 9:28 pm

  57. 112 amk for obama
    February 3, 2018 at 9:30 pm

  58. February 3, 2018 at 11:25 pm

  59. 119 jacquelineoboomer
    February 3, 2018 at 11:51 pm

  60. 120 pkayden
    February 4, 2018 at 8:53 am

    When Democratic candidates run for this November’s election, they need to tie their opponents to Trump. He’s an anchor. He’s still underwater in terms of approval ratings. Yes. We. Can. Flip Congress. Let’s go!!


  61. 146 amk for obama
    February 4, 2018 at 9:16 am

    guess all the CO2 gas in the world couldn’t save her ignorant ass.

  62. 148 desertflower
    February 4, 2018 at 9:50 am

    Morning everyone. We made it to Sunday. Read Eric Garland’s entire thread. This point from Molly is pointed and important.

  63. 151 desertflower
    February 4, 2018 at 10:10 am


  64. 152 desertflower
    February 4, 2018 at 10:11 am

    I’m with Whoopi. He ain’t MY President!

  65. 158 desertflower
    February 4, 2018 at 10:15 am

    My President said the same thing. Believe in the Rule of Law. This is excruciating, but we will persevere and get through…Eyes open.

    • February 4, 2018 at 1:44 pm

      THISSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!…..is why the Republican Congress’ action to bolster and defend the actions of Donald Trump is treasonous.

      Treason….the crime of betraying one’s country, especially by attempting to kill the sovereign or overthrow the government….i believe that Trump is attempting to kill democracy and thereby overthrow the government and install…a dictatorship…bit by bit!

      2018 is the year for #WeThePeople…to say NO!!!…

  66. 160 globalcitizenlinda
    February 4, 2018 at 10:20 am

    good morning everyone!
    have a great day and week

  67. 161 globalcitizenlinda
    February 4, 2018 at 10:34 am

  68. 162 desertflower
    February 4, 2018 at 10:55 am

    Read it all. SImple and staring us all in the face

  69. 164 desertflower
    February 4, 2018 at 11:08 am

  70. 165 desertflower
    February 4, 2018 at 11:23 am


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