Michelle Obama mobbed on London school visit
Sam Coates, London | April 04, 2009 

Article from:  The Australian 
THERE were squeals, high-fives and tears. Michelle Obama electrified a north 
London school in a surprise visit during which she told children to remember 
that "being smart is cooler than anything in the world".

The US first lady appeared at times overwhelmed by the reaction to her visit to 
the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School in Islington. 

In remarks to 100 teenage girls who had no idea she was coming, Ms Obama said 
their education, rather than their background, counted most. 

"If you want to know the reason why I am standing here, it's because of 
education," she told them. "I never cut class. I loved getting As, I liked 
being smart. I liked being on time. I thought being smart is cooler than 
anything in the world. You, too, with these values, can control your own 
destiny. You, too, can pave the way." 

She urged them to believe in their dreams. "For nothing in my life ever would 
have predicted that I would be standing here as the first African-American 
first lady." 

Afterwards, she let slip that "I do hugs" and was immediately mobbed by dozens 
of girls. Throughout the visit, the girls yelled, "We love you". 

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