U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham is expected to speak at next week’s Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. The Democratic National Convention Committee released a partial list of scheduled speakers and that list included Lujan Grisham, who represents the Albuquerque area in New Mexico. She is the only New Mexican included on the list. NM Political Report reached out to Lujan Grisham’s office and will add a response when we receive one. Every Democratic member of the congressional delegation endorsed Hillary Clinton for president.
The First Family touched down in New Mexico Friday afternoon in Roswell, greeted by dignitaries including Gov. Susana Martinez, then headed to Carlsbad Caverns via a caravan for a private tour. President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and their daughters Malia and Sasha dressed warmly in cavern, which was nearly 50 degrees cooler than the sun-drenched surface. “How cool is this?” Obama while in the “Big Room,” one of the most recognizable features of Carlsbad Caverns, according to reporters. The room is 754 feet underground—the equivalent of a 75-story building. The tallest building in New Mexico is at Albuquerque’s Civic Plaza and is 351 feet tall.
President Barack Obama’s upcoming trip to New Mexico just got a little more detailed. He and his family are scheduled arrive Friday 1:20 pm on Air Force One at Roswell’s airport. Then, they’ll take a drive to Carlsbad Caverns National Park, where they’ll spend the next few hours and quickly circle back. Air Force One is scheduled to leave Roswell at 5:50 pm. The trip is a part of a celebration of 100 years of the U.S. National Parks Service.
First Lady Michelle Obama delivered one of her final commencement speeches to the Santa Fe Indian School Thursday. Obama touched on the background of the school, the background of her own family and how it will inform the future of the graduates. “I heard that when you were first brainstorming about who to invite to your commencement and someone suggested me or my husband, some of you thought that that was an impossible dream, that it just wasn’t realistic to think that people like us would ever visit a school like yours,” Obama said. “Well, today, I want you to know that there is nowhere I would rather be than right here with all of you.” She did not shy away from the history of the school and what its early years represented.
The following is a transcript of First Lady Michelle Obama’s remarks at the Santa Fe Indian School, as provided by the White House. Please, please, be seated. Good afternoon, everyone. It is beyond an honor and a pleasure to be with you all today. Of course, I want to start by thanking Hanna and Michael for their wonderful introduction.
Michelle Obama is headed to New Mexico this spring. The White House announced Monday morning that the First Lady would give the commencement speech at Santa Fe Indian School on May 26. Related: Joe Biden is headed to New Mexico this weekend. This will be one of Obama’s final three commencement speeches while First Lady; the other two are at Jackson State University and City College of New York. The White House says that the commencement speech at Santa Fe Indian School is part of the White House Generation Indigenous Initiative.