Michelle Obama Speaks For Many Americans In Her Tweet To Parkland School Shooting Survivors

"[Barack Obama] and I believe in you, we’re proud of you, and we’re behind you every step of the way."

Since the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., last week, student activists from all over the country have engaged in public discourse about the United States' gun laws. The most recent instance of this was a town hall put together by CNN that allowed the student survivors of the incident to air their grievances with Florida lawmakers and call for preventative measures going forward. The social media response in support of the students was overwhelmingly positive, even prompting an encouraging Tweet from former first lady Michelle Obama.


"I'm in total awe of the extraordinary students in Florida," Mrs. Obama wrote, expressing pride in the students for standing up to effect political change. However, she also reminded the students that such a battle will not be an easy one, writing, "Like every movement for progress in our history, gun reform will take unyielding courage and endurance. But [Barack Obama] and I believe in you, we're proud of you, and we're behind you every step of the way."

She wasn't the only member of the Obama household who had remarks about the student's strength in the face of adversity. Former President Obama echoed his wife's sentiments while also offering them a few words of inspiration. "Young people have helped lead all our great movements," he tweeted. "How inspiring to see it again in so many smart, fearless students standing up for their right to be safe; marching and organizing to remake the world as it should be. We've been waiting for you. And we've got your backs."

Michelle Obama's Tweet falls in line with the message she told television personality Ellen DeGeneres when she appeared on her show earlier this month. Responding to DeGeneres, who said she felt "frightened" by the current political and social climate of the world, Obama urged that she keep up "the good things that we do every day." She then told the audience, "That's what it means to lead with hope and not fear. And that's all we have is hope."

Cover image via The White House / Pete Souza.

(H/T: The Grio)


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