‘You’ve helped awaken the conscience of the nation’ Barack and Michelle Obama

Barack and Michelle Obama in letter to Parkland survivors: ‘You’ve helped awaken the conscience of the nation’

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Although President Obama was an outspoken advocate for gun control laws, the letter did not offer policy proscriptions.

A letter written to the survivors of the Parkland school shooting by Michelle and Barack Obama. Credit: Mic via Twitter. [Screengrab]

The former president and first lady have offered their support to the survivors of the Parkland school shooting.

In a one page letter dated March 10 and addressed to “the students of Parkland,” Barack and Michelle Obama commended high school students for speaking out in the wake of the Feb. 14 massacre.

“We wanted to let you know how inspired we have been by the resilience, resolve and solidarity that you have all shown in the wake of unspeakable tragedy,” they wrote. (The letter was first published by Mic.)

Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school students burst onto the national political scene after the shooting, demanding policy changes from state and federal lawmakers. Some have advocated for restrictions on firearm purchases, and others have focused on policies that would strengthen school safety and mental health programs.

Although President Obama is an outspoken gun control advocate, the letter did not endorse one student approach over the other.

“Not only have you supported and comforted each other, but you’ve helped awaken the conscience of the nation, and challenged decision-makers to make the safety of our children the country’s top priority,” the Obamas wrote.

The students have proven to be effective advocates for change. Sen. Marco Rubio announced Wednesday that the STOP School Violence Act, which conservative 16-year-old Douglas student Kyle Kashuv has spent weeks championing in Washington, will be included in the federal spending bill moving its way through Congress.

And student gun control advocates Jaclyn Corin, Emma González, David Hogg and Cameron Kasky — among others — have raised millions of dollars for the March 24 March for our Lives to protest gun violence. Millions are expected to attend marches all over the country.

Read the full text of the Obamas’ letter here:

“We wanted to let you know how inspired we have been by the resilience, resolve and solidarity that you have all shown in the wake of unspeakable tragedy.

Not only have you supported and comforted each other, but you’ve helped awaken the conscience of the nation, and challenged decision-makers to make the safety of our children the country’s top priority,” the Obamas wrote.

Throughout our history, young people like you have led the way in making America better. There may be setbacks; you may feel like progress is too slow in coming. But we have no doubt you are going to make an enormous difference in the days and years to come, and we will be there for you.”

Loves notes in time for Valentine’s day by Rosalie Maggio

Phrases

From the first moment

Hardly wait for the day when

How I long to

How much you mean to me

If I had only one wish

If only you knew

In my heart

I often think of

Make life worth living

Memories that keep me going

Miss you so much

One of the happiest moments of my life

Only love of my life

On my mind

Remember the time

Reread your letter

So happy to get your letter

Wait for the mail every day

Want to hold you

Whenever I think of you

When we’re  apart

Without you, I feel

You make me feel

Sentences

I couldn’t sleep last night – and you know why.

I’d give anything to be able to touch you right now.

I had to tell you how much I enjoyed being with you yesterday.

Paragraphs

I feel more intensely alive, more intensely real, more intensely myself since I met you. As if a dimming had been removed, the world suddenly shouts with bright colors, sharply outlined shapes, evocative scents, intriguing textures, music, laughter, flashes of joy. You.

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