Michelle Obama: Bad behavior in the age of Trump makes teachers' jobs more difficult
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Former first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaOvernight Health Care: Trump reportedly lashed out at health chief over polling | Justices to hear ObamaCare birth control case | Trump rolls back Michelle Obama school lunch rules Trump to roll back Michelle Obama's school lunch rules on vegetables, fruits Barack Obama shares birthday message to Michelle: 'In every scene, you are my star' MORE on Friday said the atmosphere of bad behavior from high-profile figures in the public square is making life more difficult for teachers modeling good character.

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"Trust me, I know this work isn't easy. Especially right now," Obama said in remarks to teachers at the Kennedy Center. "I know there's a lot of anxiety out there. And there's no denying our kids, what they see on TV, the kind of behavior being modeled in public life, that, yes, impacts their behavior and their character."

"But at times like this, the work that you all are doing is even more urgent, even more critically important. You all have the power to teach kids what it means to go high when others go low," she added to applause.

The former first lady did not mention President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump's newest Russia adviser, Andrew Peek, leaves post: report Hawley expects McConnell's final impeachment resolution to give White House defense ability to motion to dismiss Trump rips New York City sea wall: 'Costly, foolish' and 'environmentally unfriendly idea' MORE or Republican politicians by name. But she also this week spoke about America's "anxiety" in a recent interview with Ellen DeGeneres on the host's daytime talk show.

"People are afraid, but then there are people who feel good about the direction of the country, so I mean, that’s what makes this country complicated because it’s made up of so many different people from different backgrounds," Obama told DeGeneres, when asked what advice she'd give people who find the world to be a "scary place right now."

"So, let’s just keep living our lives like that every single day and forget what they’re saying in Washington. That’s not necessarily who we are. We know who we are," she added.

Obama's remarks came at a ceremony for the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), which held its annual awards ceremony at the Kennedy Center on Friday morning.

During the ceremony, Obama gave brief remarks before presenting an award to Kirsten Perry, the 2018 ASCA School Counselor of the Year.