U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper (TN-05) issued the following statement in response to today's announcement that First Lady Michelle Obama will be the commencement speaker at Martin Luther King Magnet School's graduation in May:
"I'm sorry I couldn't attend today's announcement because of votes in Washington, but it's wonderful that the First Lady will be speaking at one of our best schools. This is a testament to MLK, its teachers and its students. I am very proud of and excited for them."
Cooper invited the First Lady to give the commencement address in a Sept. 2012 letter, noting that the school's stellar record of achievement and embrace of community health initiatives align with Mrs. Obama's successful "Let's Move" initiative.