This past weekend the bitter and angry First Mom went after her local university (and former employer), during of all things, a commencement speech:
First lady Michelle Obama for the second time has talked about how alienated she was from the University of Chicago when she was growing up on the South Side.Oh yeah, poor Michelle had to settle for Princeton and Harvard Law instead of her local school (which she would have no problem working for later on), see if you can grasp why she's so mad.
Mrs. Obama commented about her relationship with the U. of C. in a commencement address she delivered Saturday at the University of California, Merced -- echoing remarks she made to children in March at a school here.
The context: Many of the UC Merced graduates were the first in their families to earn college degrees, and Mrs. Obama said, "By using what you have learned here, you can shorten the path perhaps for kids who may not see a path at all.
"I was once one of those kids. Most of you were once one of those kids," and then told the students how she grew up just a few miles from the University of Chicago.
"Yet that university never played a meaningful role in my academic development. The institution made no effort to reach out to me -- a bright and promising student in their midst -- and I had no reason to believe there was a place for me there.
"Therefore, when it came time for me to apply to college, I never ... considered the university in my own backyard as a viable option."
She went on to earn degrees from Princeton and Harvard Law.