Daily Mail

Michelle ma­nia (Pt II) for Bri­tish school­girls

- By David Wilkes and Miles Dil­worth

MICHELLE Obama was greeted by cheer­ing and wav­ing girls yes­ter­day as she re­turned to the Bri­tish state school that has be­come close to her heart. She told pupils at the El­iz­a­beth Gar­rett Anderson girls’ school in Is­ling­ton, North Lon­don, that meet­ing their coun­ter­parts in 2009 – months af­ter her hus­band Barack Obama had be­come US Pres­i­dent – had given her the strength to take on the chal­lenges of be­com­ing First Lady. Back then, 20 per cent of the pupils were refugees and 55 lan­guages were spo­ken there. In her new mem­oir Be­com­ing, Mrs Obama, 54, writes how she told them that ‘though I had come from far away… I was more like them than they knew’. She told the girls then that like many of them she had grown up in a poor neigh­bour­hood, but through deter­mi­na­tion and hard work had been able to at­tend Prince­ton Univer­sity and Har­vard Law School. Yes­ter­day at the school, rated out­stand­ing by Of­sted, 350 pupils heard Mrs Obama tell ex­ec­u­tive head Jo Dibb how meet­ing the girls had ‘re­minded me how much courage and tal­ent and hope there is’.

 ??  ?? Back to school: Michelle Obama yes­ter­day
Back to school: Michelle Obama yes­ter­day
 ??  ?? What a wel­come: Some of the girls in Mrs Obama’s au­di­ence
What a wel­come: Some of the girls in Mrs Obama’s au­di­ence
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