From inspiring potential college students to giving speeches to Olympic hopefuls, First Lady Michelle Obama has been killing it in New York City the past week. Her newest move? Getting an amazing fencing lesson from Muslim-American Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad 100 days before the Rio Summer Games.
According to The Associated Press, in Times Square on Wednesday as part of event promoting a new sports initiative encouraging young people to play Olympic Sports, Muhammad hugged FLOTUS be giving her and other young girls practicing with foam foils.
Muhammad has been making history as of late, being the first competitor in U.S. Olympic history to wear her hijab during competition. She spoke to press after the event about how the current election cycle has upped anti-Muslim sentiment in our country.
“It’s unfortunate that we’re in this moment, especially during the presidential election, where people feel so comfortable voicing their dislike or the discontent for people of a particular background, a particular race or a particular religion,” she said. “We as Americans have to fight that, because that goes against the very values that we stand for.”
Before her fencing lesson, Mrs. Obama addressed the crowd, referring to herself as a “real, lifelong, die-hard Olympics fan” and reminisced about growing up on Chicago’s South Side, where the kids would crowd around one neighbor’s TV and “watch for hours,” The AP noted. “Once the games were over, we would all run outside and set up some makeshift hurdle or some balance beam, and we’d try to imitate our heroes,” Mrs. Obama said.
Man, we are going to miss Michelle and the rest of the Obama family in the White House.