Michelle Obama, fully Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama

Michelle
Obama, fully Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama
1964

American Lawyer and Writer, Wife of the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama

Author Quotes

Barack is one of the smartest men we will see in our lifetime.

He is going to demand that you shed your cynicism. That you put down your divisions. That you come out of your isolation, that you move out of your comfort zones. That you push yourselves to be better. And that you engage. Barack will never allow you to go back to your lives as usual, uninvolved, uninformed.

I mean, people are serious about moving this country in a different direction. And that makes me feel good to know that, you know, I'm not alone in my frustration.

Let me tell you something. For the first time in my adult life, I am really proud of my country, because it feels like hope is finally making a comeback.

People are frustrated. I mean, I think they have a sense that there's something broken in our politics. And it's taken a little while because I think Americans are patient. And they give people a chance. And folks don't like fundamental change.

The truth is, in order to get things like universal health care and a revamped education system, then someone is going to have to give up a piece of their pie so that someone else can have more.

We need to fix our souls. Our souls are broken in this nation. We have lost our way. And it begins with inspiration. It begins with leadership.

You see, at the end of the day, my most important title is still 'mom-in-chief.' My daughters are still the heart of my heart and the center of my world.

Barack is one of the smartest people you will ever encounter who will deign to enter this messy thing called politics.

He?s always asking: ?Is that new? I haven?t seen that before.? It?s like, Why don?t you mind your own business? Solve world hunger. Get out of my closet.

I mean, you pull people in with inspiration, but then you have to roll up your sleeves and you?ve got to make sacrifices and you have got to have structure.

Let me tell you something. For the first time in my adult lifetime, I am really proud of my country, and not just because Barack has done well, but because I think people are hungry for change.

People like Hillary Clinton, who put those 18 million cracks in the glass ceiling, so that our daughters - and sons - can dream a little bigger and aim a little higher.

There are still many causes worth sacrificing for, so much history yet to be made.

We should always have three friends in our lives-one who walks ahead who we look up to and follow; one who walks beside us, who is with us every step of our journey; and then, one who we reach back for and bring along after we've cleared the way.

Before we can work on the problems, we have to fix our souls. Our souls are broken in this nation.

I am an example of what is possible when girls from the very beginning of their lives are loved and nurtured by people around them. I was surrounded by extraordinary women in my life who taught me about quiet strength and dignity.

I never cut class. I loved getting A's, I liked being smart. I liked being on time. I thought being smart is cooler than anything in the world.

Like so many American families, our families weren't asking for much. They didn't begrudge anyone else's success or care that others had much more than they did... in fact, they admired it.

People want to feel hopeful.

There is still a lot of hard work that we as a country need to do. They can't look to any one individual, whether it's Barack or it's the next new hope that's going to appear to be that savior.

Well, we were friends from the start, because I was his advisor. And my job was to welcome him to the firm. I took him out to lunch. And immediately I liked him because he didn't take himself too seriously but he was very bright, had a very interesting background, just a good guy to talk to.

But you know, the reason why I said yes was because I was tired of being afraid. I am tired of living in a country where every decision that we?ve made over the last ten years wasn?t for something, but it was because people told us we had to fear something.

I am desperate for change - now - not in 8 years or 12 years, but right now.

I stand here today at the crosscurrents of that history - knowing that my piece of the American dream is a blessing hard won by those who came before me.

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First Name
Michelle
Last Name
Obama, fully Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama
Birth Date
1964
Bio

American Lawyer and Writer, Wife of the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama