First Lady in Chicago Speaking on Youth Gun Violence

First lady Michelle Obama made a deeply personal entrance into the gun debate Wednesday by comparing herself to the honor student from her hometown shot to death a week after performing as a majorette in the presidential inaugural parade.

As part of a rare foray into a policy debate, Mrs. Obama highlighted the case of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton, who shot in the back January 29 while hanging out with friends at a park about a mile from the Obamas’ South Side home.

“Hadiya Pendleton was me and I was her,'” Mrs. Obama said. “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.” Mrs. Obama attended Pendleton’s funeral and said she was struck by how familiar the Pendleton family seemed to her own. (via Daily Mail )

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