The Corner

Michelle Obama No Longer to Speak at Kansas Graduation

After a petition protesting the impact of the first lady’s scheduled appearance garnered nearly 2,000 signatures, Michelle Obama has rescheduled her graduation-day speech in a Topeka, Kansas, school district to the day before.

She will now speak at Topeka Unified School District 501’s “Senior Recognition Day” as part of a commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education ruling.

Students and their families began to express their discontent with Obama’s plan to speak at graduation because it resulted in limitations on how many tickets graduating students could obtain for their families. In the past, there were no limits to the number of people students could invite to the ceremony; the first lady’s appearance would have meant only six tickets apiece.

A petition asking the district to reconsider its decision, which involved combining the district’s five high-school graduations into one event because of the first lady’s remarks, managed to get 1,750 signatures.

“Once we learned about the concerns of some students, we were eager to find a solution that enabled all of the students and their families to celebrate the special day,” an Obama spokeswoman told the Hill.

Most Popular

Politics & Policy

Yes, They Are Coming for Your Guns

At the Democratic-primary debate in Houston last night, Beto O’Rourke formally killed off one of the gun-control movement’s favorite taunts: The famous “Nobody is coming for your guns, wingnut.” Asked bluntly whether he was proposing confiscation, O’Rourke abandoned the disingenuous euphemisms that have ... Read More
White House

Politico Doubles Down on Fake Turnberry Scandal

It's tough to be an investigative reporter. Everybody who feeds you a tip has an axe to grind. Or, alternatively, you find yourself going, "I wonder if . . . ?" You put in your research, you talk to lots of people, you accumulate a huge pile of information, but you still haven't proved your hypothesis. A wise ... Read More
Culture

Four Cheers for Incandescent Light Bulbs

It brought me much -- indeed, too much -- joy to hear of the Trump administration's rollback of restrictions on incandescent light bulbs, even if the ban will remain in place. The LED bulbs are terrible. They give off a pitiable, dim, and altogether underwhelming "glow," one that never matched the raw (if ... Read More