First Lady Chokes Up: 'Hadiya Pendleton Was Me'
Michelle Obama makes case for tougher gun laws in Chicago
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 10, 2013 5:50 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Michelle Obama spoke in Chicago today about youth violence, the need for tougher gun laws, and the tragedy of Hadiya Pendleton—the black teenager from the city shot to death soon after performing at the president's inauguration. The Washington Post calls it a "rare" foray for any first lady into the big legislative issue of the day—"these reforms deserve a vote in Congress"— and the Chicago Tribune has a transcript. The part getting the most attention, however, is when the first lady choked up when discussing Hadiya:

  • “As I visited with the Pendleton family at Hadiya’s funeral, I couldn’t get over how familiar they felt to me, because what I realized was Hadiya’s family was just like my family. Hadiya Pendleton was me, and I was her. But I got to grow up and go to Princeton and Harvard Law School and have a career and a family, and the most blessed life I could ever imagine. And Hadiya—well, we know that story.”
  • Obama also said she was surrounded by strong adult mentors and a supportive community when she was a teen. “In the end, that was the difference between growing up and becoming a lawyer, a mother and first lady of the United States and being shot dead at the age of 15."

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logicaldood
Apr 11, 2013 8:13 PM CDT
I wonder if she cried about our U.S. citizens dying in Benghazi? Cry me a river MOOCHELE... Parts of Chicago are crap, just like any city in the U.S. Just because this gal went to Washington to see your inauguration does not make her any more special than any other legal U.S. citizen. Guns are not allowed in Chicago, so if your Mayor Rham Emanuel cannot fix a city problem, what makes you think you or any individual can fix a national problem?
cornelison
Apr 11, 2013 7:19 PM CDT
The current bill in The Senate will never be law as it is. There is no assault weapons ban or anything else that will prevent most massacres. Watch how the GOP will drag this out until the summer. Our only hope is for Americans to keep attention on gun reform and vote accordingly. The current bill will be watered down & do nothing. The gun makers will spend a billion dollars to make sure that more people suffer and die. They have given us crumbs in Congress. The parents in Newtown should be insulted.
TomFlores
Apr 11, 2013 12:36 PM CDT
I have a novel suggestion lets not pass nay more gun laws and enforce the ones we have on hand! Was this 15 year old girl killed by a "Assault Rife" I got $5 that will say no I will bet it was a 9mm pistol the gang member like them! Also let me point out it is against the law for anyone under the age of 21 to own or possess a hand gun! I would also like to point out that murder is also against the law! Also this girl was not killed by a lawful gun owner! Also she was hanging around with gang members (Not saying she belong to a gang but associated with gang members). Also may I remind all of you the Sandy Hook killings was made by a person who could not legally own a gun! Other than the Aurora Colorado shooting all others were committed by persons who could not legally own a gun! They broke the law by have one!