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Fox News Guest: Michelle Obama Should Thank Affirmative Action For Her Success

Tue, 2015-05-12 11:40
A guest on Tuesday morning's "Fox & Friends" suggested that Michelle Obama's enviable academic and professional success is based on affirmative action.

Fox News contributor Angela McGlowan criticized the commencement speech Obama delivered Saturday at Tuskegee University. The first lady, who has a reputation as a hard-working South Sider from Chicago, shared her experiences with racism and how they negatively impacted her.

“Why didn’t the first lady share the reason why she got into Princeton was probably because of affirmative action?” McGowan asked. “The reason she became an associate at a law firm was probably because of diversity, that they needed a woman. I’m not saying she wasn’t qualified. But they needed a woman, and a woman of color. That’s a twofer.”

“Being the first black first lady, I would have expected a more positive message,” McGowan said while a guest on the network that once referred to Michelle as "Obama's Baby Mama."

McGlowan conceded that "parts" of Obama's speech were inspiring, but she characterized the address as racially charged and added, "Her husband has utilized race to divide this country."

"If it was a regular time in America, [the speech] would have been OK," McGlowan said.

In Obama's commencement speech at Tuskegee -- which is designated as a historically black university -- she encouraged graduates to challenge and rise above the racially-based slights, insults and indignities they may face.

"The road ahead is not going to be easy," Obama said in her address. "It never is, especially for folks like you and me. Because while we've come so far, the truth is those age-old problems are stubborn, and they haven't fully gone away."

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