PASCAGOULA, Mississippi (WALA) - Michelle Obama spent Friday morning in Pascagoula. Shechristened a Coast Guard cutter that honored a champion for women'srights.
The First Lady didn't let a stubborn champagne bottle stopher.
She kept trying and it broke on the second swing.
The ship Mrs. Obama christened honors one woman who fought formany.
"As a woman, a mom of two daughters and as an American, I standin awe of her life of service," Michelle Obama said.
The National Security Cutter Stratton was named after the lateCaptain Dorothy Stratton, the Coast Guard's first femalecommissioned officer.
Stratton was a lifetime advocate for women's rights, and herpersistence opened the door for the thousands of women serving inthe military today.
"Captain Stratton taught us what's possible when people aregiven their opportunity to show their potential," Obama said.
"Even though women made progress in our careers, and familylives and military, women are still not quite at that equal withmen," one visitor said.
"We somehow forgot that one makes a difference," another visitorsaid.
This ship stands as a proud reminder of that. And the First Ladyfelt it was worth a trip down from Washington to celebrate it.
Mrs. Obama also addressed the crude crisis during her speech.She said the Obama administration is committed to bringing lifeback to normal.
She also said she's looking forward to her upcoming familyvacation to the Gulf Coast. She said she's not sure yet wherethey'll be headed.
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