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Michelle Obama On Being the First African-American First Lady

Michelle Obama Delivers Commencement at Tuskegee

Michelle Obama gave a wonderful and rousing commencement speech at Tuskegee University in Alabama on Saturday. She spoke openly about the double standards she faced at the first African-American First Lady, telling the class of 2015 that she faced questions and scrutiny that other candidates’ wives did not.

“As potentially the first African-American first lady, I was also the focus of another set of questions and speculations, conversations sometimes rooted in the fears and misperceptions of others. Was I too loud or too emasculating? Or was I too soft? Too much of a mom and not enough of a career woman?”

Obama also spoke about the constant criticism she’s received for not having “bold” enough platforms, or for doing “unladylike” things, like dancing on national television or daring to wear shorts.

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