Choir finishes song. Applause. Michelle Obama offers soloist high-five, mouthing "So good!"; soloist runs over and high-fives her, beaming. Cut to Obama giving speech.
Obama: Getting a good education is so important. That's why all of this that you're going through, the ups and the downs, the teachers that you love and the teachers that you don't, why it's so important—because communities and countries and ultimately the world are only as strong as the health of their women. And that's important to keep in mind. Part of that health includes an outstanding education.
Cut to Obama finishing speech and being absolutely mobbed by screaming girls, who want to touch her and shake her hand and embrace her. Secret Service reaches down to pull her back, but she continues to hug the girls, totally unphased. She gets up, walks to the other side of the stage, and kneels down, so that the girls on the other side can hug her, too.
Posted by Melissa McEwan at Thursday, April 02, 2009
BBC: "Michelle Obama was mobbed by pupils after she gave a speech at the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School for girls in Islington, north London." That speech reminds me a lot of something we might have heard from another First Lady widely admired around these parts. (Which I intend wholly as a compliment.) [H/T to Shaker Constant Comment.]