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First Lady Michelle Obama delivered a rare radio address to the nation where she highlighted the Mother’s Day weekend to speak out strongly against the kidnapping of more than 200 Nigerian girls by Islamist militants who have threatened to sell the girls into slavery.

“Like millions of people across the globe, my husband and I are outraged and heartbroken over the kidnapping of more than 200 Nigerian girls from their school dormitory in the middle of the night,” Michelle Obama said Saturday in a weekly radio address usually reserved for President Barack Obama.

“This unconscionable act was committed by a terrorist group determined to keep these girls from getting an education – grown men attempting to snuff out the aspirations of young girls,” she said.

The First Lady is a formidable woman who correctly inserted herself into an international tragedy. As a mother of two daughters and a confidant to the president, Michelle Obama is signaling to the world that she takes a tough position on terrorists –especially when it involves the kidnapping of Black female students.

As First Lady, Michelle Obama has also taken on the role of a calm but authoritative leader in the White House during times of crisis. And it’s a welcomed one.

“I want you to know that Barack has directed our government to do everything possible to support the Nigerian government’s efforts to find these girls and bring them home,” Mrs. Obama said.

“In these girls, Barack and I see our own daughters. We see their hopes, their dreams – and we can only imagine the anguish their parents are feeling right now. Many of them may have been hesitant to send their daughters off to school fearing that harm might come their way. But they took that risk because they believed in their daughters’ promise and wanted to give them every opportunity to succeed.”

The Muslim terrorist group, Boko Haram, which does not believe in girls attending school, has taken responsibility for the kidnapping, saying that they are selling the girls.

Although Muslim and Christians for the most part exist peacefully in the African country of 175 million people, fringe groups like Boko Haram oppose Western values, including educating girls.

The kidnapping has generated mounting outrage from the international community amid accusations that the Nigerian government did not move swiftly enough to rescue the missing girls.

The problem, for many, is this: there are no visible signs that the Nigerians are making any progress and with each passing day the gets colder. The United States, Britain, China and France have all offered help in the search since the girls were taken from their school in mid-April.

Last week, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan insists that he will track down the terrorists.

“By God’s grace, we will conquer the terrorists,” Jonathan said, according to CNN. “I believe the kidnap of these girls will be the beginning of the end for terror in Nigeria.”

Reps. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas), Barbara Lee and Karen Bass (both D-Calif.), joined their voices to protests.

“We are anguished as mothers, grandmothers and lovers of children that this is what the children, the girls in Nigeria are worth,” Jackson Lee said while holding up $12 USD, the amount of money the girls are said to have been sold for by their kidnappers. “And so our first command and demand is to use all resources to bring the terrorist thugs to justice.”

Last week, the Obama administration began prepping a team of law enforcement, military and hostage negotiators to assist the Nigerian government. And in the meantime, Michelle Obama is becoming more vocal as the situation generates worldwide outcry.

“Their school had recently been closed due to terrorist threats…but these girls still insisted on returning to take their exams,” Michelle Obama said. “They were so determined to move to the next level of their education…so determined to one day build careers of their own and make their families and communities proud. And what happened in Nigeria was not an isolated incident,” the First Lady added. “It’s a story we see every day as girls around the world risk their lives to pursue their ambitions.”

Jonathan tried to calm tensions in Nigeria by disputing claims that the girls have been split up and taken out of the country.

“There are stories that they have moved them outside of the country. But if they move that number of girls to Cameroon, people will see, so I believe they are still in Nigeria,” Jonathan told journalists.

And Michelle Obama, who is emerging as a compassionate leader in the White House, continues to lean on her faith.

“Let us all pray for their safe return. Let us hold their families in our hearts during this very difficult time…and let us show just a fraction of their courage in fighting to give every girl on this planet the education that is her birthright.”

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5 thoughts on “COMMENTARY: Michelle Obama Steps Up For Kidnapped Girls

  1. OMGosh, really are you all that STUPID. U really think Michelle Obama gives a rat’s arch about Nigerian children being kidnapped as she’s living the HIGH life on Capitol Hiill. oh N please…..Oh Michelle Obama with your PHONY sign you PHONY PHONY woman.Please, don’t shame yourself and our country anymore than you and your husband have already done..Oh PLEASE ,Michelle and Barak U see your own daughters in the Nigeria kidnapping. WHAT A JOKE!!!!!!! YOUR daughers are don’t live in POVERTY and violence. U and Barack have NEVER lived in the ghetto. U HAVE never lived a hard life. U have NO CLUE. HOW DARE YOUR PRETEND. OH, yes MIchelle and Barak would u see them as you’re on the tax payer funded flights to and from China with your mother in law and dining on fine food and watching movies and being guarded by our tax payer funded secret service???Oh darling, well of course you can connect with the Nigerian girls who were kidnapped by savages out there as you sip on your tax payer funded activist activated tea….oh darling….buffy please…Let’s just keep it real girl. Dave CHappelle needs to do a comedy act on this one. Wake the F up people this couple is a SCAM>>>>>

  2. Mac Ben on said:

    Words don’t mean squat. Black people are the ones who did this!!! What about that??? Why is there no REAL outrage here???

  3. What Michelle Rupaul Obama failed to comment on is how those Black African males “gender profiled” those girls, how they were “targeted” because they are females, that those Black African males who are “Islamic extremist” have been doing that kind of evil stuff for centuries. So please she is way too late.

    • Nora on said:

      No one will sure as heII confuse you for Denzel Washington. But all this coming from a right-wing nut job (Facebook can tell some stories, can’t they?). How very “Christian” of you.

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