Former First Lady Michelle Obama, consistently one of the most admired people in the world, male or female, has proved once again that she’s just like us — besides being a wife and a mom and wearing cutoff shorts. In a tweet on Wednesday night, Mrs. Obama sounded her support for the kids that the rest of America is currently in love with: The Parkland shooting survivors who are using this moment to demand a change in our nation’s gun laws and gun culture.
I’m in total awe of the extraordinary students in Florida.”
As are we all! But Michelle also had a word of advice for the students, telling them that there is almost no relief for them in their quest. Indeed, anything worth doing is hard to do, and these young men and women are about to learn what it is to participate in a movement that requires of them a commitment unlike studying for finals or making it to band practice every day:
I’m in total awe of the extraordinary students in Florida. Like every movement for progress in our history, gun reform will take unyielding courage and endurance. But @barackobama and I believe in you, we’re proud of you, and we’re behind you every step of the way.
— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) February 22, 2018
And with all of the garbage that has been thrown at them from the right-wing since they began their protests and interviews and newfound public lives, we’re sure that these kids are ready for words of encouragement from a woman who has been there — Michelle fought alongside her husband for eight years as they demanded progress on health care, marriage equality, energy independence, and even something that these kids may have personally benefited from, school nutrition programs, which were wildly successful until Trump and Betsy DeVos overturned all of the progress that had been made.
Hopefully, this message of support from the former First Lady will find Sarah Chadwick, Emma Gonzalez, David Hogg, Cameron Kasky, Sofie Whitney, Jaclyn Corin and the whole Douglas Eagles crew ready to wage their fight as long as it takes to win.
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