I think Michelle Obama is one of the most impressive First Ladies in our country’s history; her dignity, grace, and good manners in the face of a constant litany of vituperation and calumny I find quite moving. This speech, which she made recently at Tuskegee University, reveals with candor a bit about what it has been like to be the first Black First Lady living in a house built by slaves for Presidents, many of whom were slave owners.
TUSKEGEE UNIVERSITY, TUSKEGEE, ALABAMA — You all have come here from all across the country to study, to learn, maybe have a little fun along the way — from freshman year in Adams or Younge Hall — (applause) — to those late night food runs to The Coop. (Applause.) I did my research. (Applause.) To those mornings you woke up early to get a spot under The Shed to watch the Golden Tigers play. (Applause.) Yeah! I’ve been watching! (Laughter.) At the White House we have all kinds of ways. (Laughter.)
And whether you played sports yourself, or sang in the choir, or played in the band, or joined a fraternity or sorority — after today, all of you will take your spot in the long line of men and women who have come here and distinguished themselves and this university.
You will follow alums …