Former First Lady Michelle Obama may not be running for president — yet — but that doesn’t mean she isn’t taking action to help the Democrat Party and the ideological left more generally ahead of future elections.
Breitbart reported that Mrs. Obama has launched a new higher education initiative intended to encourage more young people to attend a predominately liberal academic institute of higher learning and to stick with their indoctrination — er, education — all the way through to successful graduation.
The former first lady’s effort to convince more young people to go to colleges and universities will be a joint cooperative between her Reach Higher education initiative group and the Instagram social media platform, produced and distributed by a media company known as ATTN: that is geared toward the millennial demographic and younger.
According to Axios, the video series will be called A Year of Firsts and will focus on four first-year college students by documenting their achievements and struggles as they make their way through their initial year in school.
In a statement to Axios, Obama said: “By sharing their stories, they’re helping others see that the ups and downs of the first year of college are something everyone goes through — and they’re creating a supportive community for others facing similar challenges.”
The co-founder of ATTN:, Matthew Segal, told the media outlet: “This series will meet many students where they live — on Instagram — and share candid perspectives about how to overcome barriers.”
A new series
Michelle Obama announced the new series with a video of her own that was posted to Instagram on Tuesday. Watch below:
The six-episode series will premiere at some point in January and run through to a finale in June, according to Axios.
The next generation
To be sure, there are plenty of benefits, knowledge, and skills that can be obtained through attendance at a college or university.
That said, academic institutions of higher learning are widely known as hotbeds of progressivism populated by leftist professors who inject their liberal ideology into their instructional approach, regardless of the subject.
While at first glance this particular initiative doesn’t appear to be overtly partisan, it is hard to simply dismiss the possibility — given what we know of higher education in general and Obama’s personal political leanings in particular — that this is little more than a recruiting effort designed to train large numbers of young people to be good little Democrat voters in the future.