A Show Of Support: Michelle Obama To Attend Hadiya Pendleton’s Funeral

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February 7, 2013 ‐ By

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It looks like the White House has heard the voices of the people who signed a petition, requesting that President Obama attend Hadiya Pendleton’s funeral services. Though the president won’t attend, a White House official has confirmed that First Lady Michelle Obama will.

Unfortunately, just a week after millions of people celebrated President Obama’s inauguration into his second term, Hadiya Pendleton, a 15 year old drum major, who performed in the president’s inaugural parade, was gunned down in a Chicago park.

It’s a tragic story, especially since Hadiya, an honor student, was described by her family, friends and classmates as having so much potential.

As news of her death became a national story, President Obama and the First Lady issued their condolences through White House spokesman Jay Carney. Yet Chicago residents and Hadiya’s friends and family started petitions, one on Change.org requesting that President Obama attend Hadiya’s funeral and the other requesting that he address the gun violence that’s been running rampant in Chicago.

No word on whether the president will speak on the issue; but in solidarity with Hadiya’s family, Michelle Obama, White House senior advisor Valerie Jarrett and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will attend the funeral. All three, Mrs. Obama, Jarrett and Duncan have strong ties to Chicago as they were raised in various parts of the city.

Illinois governor, Pat Quinn is also expected to speak at Hadiya’s services.

While I’m sure nothing the White House could do will ease the pain Hadiya’s family is feeling right now, it must be nice to know that the White House is showing support for Pendleton’s family and concern for the overall issue of gun violence.

Hadiya’s funeral is scheduled to take place this Saturday, February 9, at the Greater Harvest Baptist Church.

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  • Wow

    I love the POTUS but why is the FLOTUS always sent as his stand in for anything being considered “black folk issues”? If he could go and comfort and shed tears publicly with those people in Sandy Hook why can’t he do the same for those parents who have lost children to gun violence in his own adopted city of Chicago?

  • FromUR2UB

    It’s unfortunate that it took the death of those 20 children in Newtown, to become the impetus for a national movement against gun violence. But, that’s often the way major societal changes come about. People are generally not motivated to change something until an event causes them some personal discomfort, or they feel the threat of a problem reaching their doorstep. The iron is hot for this issue, so I believe that the President feels that now is the time to strike. If he can rally support to bring about changes at a federal level, then certainly, the benefits should be widespread. People should not feel slighted by his not specifically mentioning their cities or neighborhoods when addressing the issue of gun violence, like call-outs on a radio show. Didn’t we want him to look at the broader picture? Consider this: if you work for a company, would you rather their policies benefit 85% of their employees, or 5%? If your street needed repairing, would you rather the city pave only in front of your house, or pave the entire street? We elected him to be President, so that he would have the power to make changes at a national level. But people seemingly expect him to act as mayor of their cities and governor of their states. Where are the petitions for the mayors of yours cities, and governors of your states to address these issues? Are you petitioning your senators and representatives?

  • Sagittarius81

    Shoot, my nephew and I are attending her funeral this Saturday, my nephew was her friend and I’ll be driving him to the service. Can’t wait to see Michelle there, RIP Hadiya

    • Na Na

      Can’t wait to see Michelle there? are kidding? This is not a joke or a fan opportunity for you to get an autograph. GTFOH my feelings are so hurt and enraged at the apparent joke the loss of an African American life is. This train of thought truly makes me sick to my stomach. I hope you get your photo and your time of being a fan. SMFH>

  • Bohwe

    if president obama does not address than his chicago community, the black community and the us community should call him out on it. we shouldn’t give him a pass because he’s black. we voted for him, donated to his campaign, we own him. either represent us or sit down. his first term was historical, his 2nd term he better do something for our youth that looks up to him, or not sit down.

    • Yvette

      First of all, he is the President of the United States, not the President of black people alone. “We” do not “own” him. There are plenty of youth that look up to him and want to make something out of their lives. Let’s not lump All youth into the category of gang bangers and such. This precious teen lost her life unneccessarily and was not a gang banger and it just hurts my heart that she will not realize what dreams she had for herself. Parents and guardians need to step up more and take responsibility for their wayward children and do all they can not to let the streets get them. I do agree that he needs to adress the issue of gun and gang violence especially in the Chicago community but it is not fair to place the blame on him and suggest he carry this burden all by himself. The article stated that he and the flotus did in fact send their condolences and the flotus WILL be at the funeral. I personally think if the President could attend he would. Let’s remember he is running an entire country. While I do not agree with everything the potus says and does, I do believe he is doing what he can with this issue. Lastly, the buck does not stop with him. There are senators and congressman who wake up every morning with nothing else on their minds but to push back on everything he proposes, so give the man a chance!

      • ThinkerThink

        No we don’t own him but he has no problems speaking out for illegal aliens. He has no problems speaking out on behalf of gay people, so i don’t understand why obvious supporters of him such as yourself get so offended when he’s asked to speak up for what’s going on in the Black community. When white boys shoot up people they bring in psychologists to analyze why it happens, the President goes to those communities or has large press conferences to offer kind words. You trivialize what’s going on in Chicago by blaming it on wayward children and their parent,s but I don’t that type of blame placed on white suburban parents. The people had to beg the obama family to show up for her funeral. It’s ridiculous. President Obama is a joke and always has been.

        • bluekissess

          Girl, I made that same accusation last week and Obama’s “family & friends” jumped down my throat. I agree with you whole heartily

          • Na Na

            Girl please. I am so OUTRAGED at President Obama. Sandy Hook, Colorado at the most 20 lives were lost (And I totally have respect for the gravity of those situations) But over 52! Count them 52! people have been shot and killed in Chicago since Jan 1, 2013!! Wher is the outrage, press conferences, statements or anything. There is NOTHING. Barack Obama is an elected official. Right now Obama JUST passed a law that DECRIMINALIZES ILLEGAL aliens when they are CAUGHT driving ILLEGALLY without a license….but Chicago doesn’t deserve any attention because we’re Black and he’s not only Black people’s President. GTFOH! Barack is being called on his crap and I don’t give a hoot and holler if we have the same ethnicity.

            • bluekissess

              You are really preaching today. I agree. The first time I was understandingbbut thithis time I can’t pretend anymore. Black’s still have the highest Unemployment rate and a bill is passed to serve and protect illegals? That’s b.s. I regret voting for him. He’s a good father, man and person but not a good president in the beginning of his second term.

        • Yvette

          Yes I am a supporter of President Obama. If you read my post carefully I said I don’t agree with everything he says and does, and I also stated he does need to address the issue. I am not offended. As I have said on this blog before, I simply replyed to another person’s opinion with my opinion point blank period. I am in NO WAY trivializing what’s happening in Chicago and blaming wayward children and their parents. If this article was about gun violence in the suburbs please believe I would be saying white parents need to get their wayward kids. I was born and raised in Detroit and have lost family and friends to gun violence. In the future, be respectful and not go into attack mode because you don’t like my opinion.

      • purpleties3330

        Don’t even with that tired ‘He’s everybody’s President’ bullsh1t. No one throws that line out when latin@s/hispanics demand immigration initiatives that benefit illegal immigrants. No one throws that line out when (White) women complain about Obama’s (White) male nominees & new hires. No one throws that line out when gays complain about equality, demand action on DADT, and demand action due to their support in ’08. But, suddenly he becomes ‘everybody’s President’ when Blacks question what he’s doing for our community, how his admin is addressing major problems, or why he hasn’t said anything about major problems within our community that, if they were affecting a non-Black group, would have been addressed by now (e.g., a double digit unemployment rate that INCREASED when the national rate DECREASED).

        If Obama and his administration are obligated to address problems facing non-Black minority groups that supported his presidency, he’s obligated to do the same for the Black community.

        Obama doesn’t say sh1t about the rampant gun violence happening in Chicago (which is primarily affecting non-Whites), but he can speak out and champion national action when Whites are on the receiving end of such violence (e.g., the Newtown and Aurora shootings)? Are White lives more valuable than non-White (particularly Black) lives? There’s something wrong with this and anyone who isn’t a bigot or who doen’t see’s Obama (and his admin) as infallible can see it. The number of people who have died as a result of gun violence in Chicago over the past few years and the fact that the local authorities and politicians can’t seem to get a hold of this issue, makes it worthy of at least a statement of acknowledgement by the POTUS.

        • Yvette

          It’s not a line that I threw out. I said what I believe just like you have said what you believe. Have a good night.

    • Yvette

      First of all, he is the President of the United States, not the President of black people alone. “We” do not “own” him. There are plenty of youth that look up to him and want to make something out of their lives. Let’s not lump All youth into the category of gang bangers and such. This precious teen lost her life unneccessarily and was not a gang banger and it just hurts my heart that she will not realize what dreams she had for herself. Parents and guardians need to step up more and take responsibility for their wayward children and do all they can not to let the streets get them. I do agree that he needs to adress the issue of gun and gang violence especially in the Chicago community but it is not fair to place the blame on him and suggest he carry this burden all by himself. The article stated that he and the flotus did in fact send their condolences and the flotus WILL be at the funeral. I personally think if the President could attend he would. Let’s remember he is running an entire country. While I do not agree with everything the potus says and does, I do believe he is doing what he can with this issue. Lastly, the buck does not stop with him. There are senators and congressman who wake up every morning with nothing else on their minds but to push back on everything he proposes, so give the man a chance!

    • ThinkerThink

      The Black community should have called him out before he was even elected. He barely spent money to advertise on Black radio stations, which are historically money making times for them – elections. He didn’t bother to show up for Tavis Smiley’s State of the Black Union. He’s been taking advantage of the Black vote for so long because so many allowed him to. He didn’t have to work and earn the Black vote at all, so anyone with brain should have seen this coming. He’s always been this way. When that young Black man was shot up by the cops in New York right before his wedding, all he had to say was “We have laws to uphold”, when NY was scared of riots. Black voters had blinders on when it comes to Obama, and it’s scary. I would look at people and just think, “I can see that he’s a con, why can’t you see it???”

  • bluekissess

    U.S.O.D= UNITED STATES OF DESENSITIZATION. Something about this article just upsets me. This whole site upsets me.