The AP reports:
Or, as she put it in her Princeton senior thesis, "Thank-you."
First lady Michelle Obama set out Monday on a listening tour through the federal bureaucracy, stopping first at the Department of Education to thank employees for their service and rally them for the tough work ahead.
"So many of you have been here struggling and pushing for decades and Barack and I want to say 'thank you' for what you've done and 'thank you' for what you will continue to do," she told 350 employees who filled a department auditorium to capacity. ...
In thanking the workers, she told them: "I am a product of your work."
I reported on her actual unhappy educational experience for VDARE.com a year ago.
She was educated at the top public high school in Chicago, Whitney Young, which only accepted the highest scoring applicants on the entrance examâ€”within each race. Time reported in 1975:It just got worse from there."â€¦ the $30 million Whitney M. Young Jr. High School will open as a magnet in the fall withâ€”among other thingsâ€”an Olympic-sized swimming pool, a special center for the performing arts and a separate curriculum for medical studies. Whitney Young also has a strict admissions quota: 40% white, 40% black, 10% Latin, 5% other minorities and 5% at the discretion of the principal."Michelle was overshadowed by her smart and athletic older brother Craig Robinson, who is now the head basketball coach at Brown University of the Ivy League. Newsweek's cover story recounts:"For Michelle, Craig's easy success was intimidating. 'She was disappointed in herself,' her mother tells NEWSWEEK. 'She used to have a little bit of trouble with tests â€¦'"Her poor performance on tests remains a sore point with Michelle, who brings it up in odd contexts, such as when discussing her husband's standing in the polls last November:"You know, [I've] always been told by somebody that Iâ€™m not ready, that I canâ€™t do something, my scores werenâ€™t high enough."Newsweek describes her career at Whitney Young:"â€¦ but she was not at the top of her class. She didn't get the attention of the school's college counselors, who helped the brightest students find spots at prestigious universities. â€¦ Some of her teachers told her she didn't have the grades or test scores to make it to the Ivies. But she applied to Princeton and was accepted."