Courtesy of the Washington Post:Always love visiting DC schools. Thank you for hosting me today @BallouSTAY. Stories of students #reachinghigher continue to inspire me. pic.twitter.com/MPbctWThRF— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) February 28, 2017
When former first lady Michelle Obama walked into a D.C. high school classroom, the stunned students erupted in tears. One student even darted out of the classroom to regain her composure before she could sit next to her.
Obama, who still lives in Washington, made a surprise visit Tuesday to Ballou STAY High School to speak with 14 students for two hours. Upon arriving, she hugged each of them before taking her seat in the circle.
“Once she came in, it was an inspirational feeling,” said Alliyah Williams, 18. “She was so sweet and warm. She was like a mom.”
After visiting the public alternative high school in Southeast Washington, she tweeted “Always love visiting DC schools. Thank you for hosting me today @BallouSTAY. Stories of students #reachinghigher continue to inspire me.” The tweet referenced the White House initiative “Reach Higher” she launched to encourage students to continue their education.
“Mrs. Obama had an emotional and heartfelt discussion with the students,” Caroline Adler Morales, a spokeswoman for the former first lady, wrote in an email. “There were tears, laughs and lots of hugs.”
I'm sorry but do you know how much cool you have to have to make high school kids, who are saturated with indifference, lose their shit like this?
I think only a handful of folks could have this effect, Beyonce, Michelle Obama, and maybe Jesus, but I am not even sure about that last one.
Could you even imagine Melania Trump inspiring this kind of response? From anybody?
I used to think that the one person that I would like to have a dinner with would be President Obama who I admire greatly.
But fuck that noise, I would much rather have a meal with Michelle Obama and just talk about parenting, education, and the future of the country.
It would be epic.
(P.S. Of course if Michelle is too busy I would certainly not say no to the big "O." Just throwing that out there.)