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Michelle Obama Says I “Cannot be First Lady Alone” at 2015 Beating the Odds Summit with Wale, Terrence Jenkins & More | See Images

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Michelle Obama is all for education!

On Thursday 23rd July 2015, the First Lady hosted the 2015 Beating the Odds Summit at the White House together with E! presenter Terrence Jenkins, rapper Wale and more with more than 130 college-bound students. At the summit, she discussed taking on obstacles in school, and the importance of relying on each other to make it.

She took inspiration from her own college experience saying, “You cannot live in isolation when you go to college,” she explained. “The kids who didn’t make it from my school or graduated later usually were the ones that I didn’t see. They just disappeared and they tried to fix the stuff themselves without having conversations.”

You cannot do this alone and you’re not supposed to do it alone. You have to get into the habit forever and ever and ever of asking for help,” FLOTUS continued.

Michelle also admitted that even she, “cannot be first lady alone” adding, “I have a team of people. I have my mother living here. Some days I’m just like, ‘Mom, help me! Help me!

Watch a part of her speech below;

See more images from the summit;

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Photo Credit: Getty Images News/Mark Wilson

11 Comments

  1. @edDREAMZ

    July 25, 2015 at 5:04 pm

    a.k.a EDWIN CHINEDU AZUBUKO said..
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    Wow this stuff just elevated rapper Wale i swear…. Gud to knw though…
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    ***CURRENTLY IN JUPITER***

  2. Tai Omo yoruba nimi

    July 25, 2015 at 5:30 pm

    Flouts I love your smile and that pears baby oil shining on your sexy legs ha you Biko

    P.s I agree that we all need each other one way or the other cos no man is an island

  3. fleur

    July 25, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    Arne Duncan power broker, a man of his words, game changer, education guru, maverick! I see ya. All hail to you and your transformative agenda for education in the US.

  4. olivia

    July 25, 2015 at 7:20 pm

    Mitchell looks so much like my childhood friend Odi Okafor an old girl of Holy Child college currently working 4 schlumbeger.

  5. Djannet!!

    July 25, 2015 at 7:27 pm

    Not all roads lead to potus, huh? You are a fine lady Michelle.

  6. Amh

    July 25, 2015 at 9:19 pm

    @ oliver. Shes your old friend from the village. Kindly contact her on Facebook. Shes been looking for you.

    • Oshisko

      July 26, 2015 at 7:10 pm

      Who’s Oliver Biko?

  7. brown-ice

    July 26, 2015 at 11:26 am

    This lady inspires me. Dear future husband, better start nursing a political ambition. You can start by running for local government chairman bin the next elections. The journey of a thousand miles begin with a single step……:D

  8. keeks

    July 27, 2015 at 11:17 am

    i get this strong feeling michelle and Terence are smashing on the side majorly, their vibe together is something else, noticed since last year abi 2years ago when he did the white house correspondents thing

    • [email protected]

      September 13, 2015 at 2:02 pm

      Shame on you! What an incredibly disrespectful, stupid and slanderous thing to write about a respected and dedicated wife, mother and historic first black First Lady of great integrity. One whose country’s most vicious racists have set their sights on for never-ending dehumanization and malicious attacks on her person, and only because of the color of her skin.

      Besides the fact that she is old enough to be the young man’s mother, you diminish her well-documented efforts to give as many young minorities as many professional opportunities as possible – and open as many doors for them to showcase their talents – opportunities previously mostly unavailable to them.

      A graduate of an HBCU – a historically black college/university (relevant to the education push Mrs Obama is making for minority kids who will be the first in their families to go to college) – Terrence has also moderated events at the White House for her husband the president.

      Being humble and respectful has its rewards, and Terrence has modeled this in his interactions, including never getting carried away and acting like an idiot for having these opportunities to work with the President and First Lady. A slew of minority journalists, celebrities and athletes have been utilized along the way to help promote The Obamas’ many causes.

  9. C.

    September 13, 2015 at 2:46 pm

    @keeks, Shame on you! What an incredibly disrespectful, stupid and slanderous thing to write about a respected and dedicated wife, mother and historic first black First Lady of great integrity. One whose country’s most vicious racists have set their sights on for never-ending dehumanization and malicious attacks on her person, and only because of the color of her skin.

    Besides the fact that she is old enough to be the young man’s mother – and treats him as she treats him like her son, you diminish her well-documented efforts to give as many young minorities as many professional opportunities as possible – and open as many doors for them to showcase their talents – opportunities previously mostly unavailable to them.

    A graduate of an HBCU – a historically black college/university (relevant to the education push Mrs Obama is making for minority kids who will be the first in their families to go to college) – Terrence has also moderated events at the White House for her husband the president.

    Being humble and respectful has its rewards, and Terrence has modeled this in his interactions, including never getting carried away and acting like an idiot for having these opportunities to work with the President and First Lady. A slew of other minority journalists, celebrities and athletes have been utilized along the way to help promote The Obamas’ many causes, and Mrs Obama is always as gracious and fun, down to earth and quite motherly.

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