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Hadiya Pendleton
On January 30,  15 year-old Hadiya Pendleton was shot to death in a Chicago park while she sheltered from the rain with a group of friends.  She didn't even know her attacker.

Just a few days earlier, Hadiya had performed with her high school band at President Obama's inauguration.  Hadiya was an honors student, volleyball player, and majorette at King College Prep High School in Chicago.  

On Tuesday, a tearful Michelle Obama addressed a group at the Hilton Chicago on curbing youth gun violence.  She spoke of lost potential and senseless pain:

"But I got to grow up and go to Princeton and Harvard Law School and have a career and family and the most blessed life I could ever imagine. And Hadiya? Oh we know that story. Just a week after she performed at my husband's inauguration, she went to a park with some friends, and got shot in the back. Because some kid thought she was in a gang. Hadiya's family did everything right, but she still didn't have a chance. And that story, the story of Hadiya's life and death, we read that story day after day, month after month, year after year In this city and around this country. I'm not talking about something that's happening in a war zone halfway around the world. I'm talking about what's happening in the city we call home. The city where we're raising our kids."

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Today Rush Limbaugh took aim at the first lady, questioning "Moochelle's" motives for eulogizing the young victim and even throwing in a Soul Train reference for good measure:

"Now here's Michelle Obama, 'Hadiya Pendleton was me, and I was her.' What is this? I don't understand this. The need to compare herself to this girl who was gunned down by illegal guns in the hands of gang members. What's the point? She's saying it could have been her, but for what? It could have been her but for what? She had advantages? What were her advantages? I mean, the idea that we're all in this together and we're no different from one another and it coulda just as easily been me except that it wasn't. I don't know that Moochelle ever was in black gang or black gang neighborhoods.

I don't know, but we've got that babe on MSNBC saying your skids are not yours. Now the first lady is saying she's no different than the little girl gunned down in Chicago. The president is saying, 'Trayvon Martin, if I had a son, he'd look just like him.' This sort of a distorted attempt at empathy, these people coming off this massive sequester soul train party. She goes to Chicago, 'I'm just like you, except the bullet missed, and now I'm First Lady and you're getting gunned down and somehow my husband's working on it. I gotta get back to the next party at the White House. You be safe now.'

Really, folks, I don't... Yeah, she's trying to show them she cares. She's trying to show them that she's not that far removed from her roots and what they are, but that's not true. This is all about them. This is all about Michelle going there and in a calculated way exploit this circumstance. Am I wrong about that? Oh, too much truth?"

Rush Limbaugh apparently can't imagine someone feeling compassion for another human being without some measure of exploitation.  What a dark, twisted world he must live in.

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