Theodore's World: Michelle Obama Encourages Students to Study in China

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January 28, 2011

Michelle Obama Encourages Students to Study in China

Michelle Obama Encourages Students to Study in China

ABC News

Michelle Obama urged students to visit China at the "100,000 Strong" China Study Abroad forum at Howard University today.

President Barack Obama announced the "100,000 Strong" Initiative during his 2009 visit to China. The program aims to increase and diversify the number of American students studying in China by making study abroad more affordable.

The President met with Chinese leader Hu Jintao earlier today to kick off a series of events leading up to tonight's A-list state dinner with the Chinese president. According to Mrs. Obama, his talk with Jintao wasn't simply about "relationships between our governments and our presidents" but also "about relationships between our people, between our business leaders and our scientists, our educators, and particularly between our young people."

During the event at Howard, Mrs. Obama spoke about the importance of studying abroad, something says she never did while in college.

"Studying in countries like China is about so much more than just improving your own prospects in the global market. The fact is with every friendship you make and every bond of trust you establish you are shaping an image of America projected to the rest of the world," she said.

Mrs. Obama encouraged students to set aside notions that studying abroad is for "rich kids only" or for those that attend "certain schools."

Reaching the 100,000 Strong goals will also require the nation’s Hispanic Serving Institutions and Historically Black Colleges and Universities to increase capacity to provide more of their students with international education opportunities to China.

Wild Thing's comment........

Of all the countries they are insisting on doing this with.....communist CHINA????? Good grief!

Does anyone else feel like we are getting double trouble since both Michelle and Barack are giving our country a barage of demands??!! sheesh! TWO destroyers for the price of one and what a price it is too.

Posted by Wild Thing at January 28, 2011 06:45 AM


If these 2 user jerks occupying the WH love the space outside our borders they should JUST MOVE THERE!!!! Buy a one-way ticket to CHina for heaven's sake. Maybe she can dress herself better, and also he won't have to have his nose up in the air so much!!!

Posted by: jan at January 28, 2011 08:17 AM

Oh Boy! Yeah, encourage our kids to become good little Maoists. And I thought obama was just a Marxist. He and Michelle obviously admire the Mao model of communism also. At least the kids can see the slave labor making the cheap crap we have to buy these days.

Posted by: TomR,armed in Texas at January 28, 2011 10:34 AM

Jan, well said!! I agree so much Jan.

Posted by: Wild Thing at January 28, 2011 02:47 PM

Tom, exactly, you hit the nail on the head. Little Maoists is exactly what the goal is.

Posted by: Wild Thing at January 28, 2011 02:49 PM