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

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And in my own life, in my own small way, I've tried to give back to this country that has given me so much. That's why I left a job at a law firm for a career in public service, working to empower young people to volunteer in their communities. Because I believe that each of us - no matter what our age or background or walk of life - each of us has something to contribute to the life of this nation.

Even if we give parents all the information they need and we improve school meals and build brand new supermarkets on every corner, none of that matters if when families step into a restaurant, they can't make a healthy choice.

I hate diversity workshops. Real change comes from having enough comfort to be really honest and say something very uncomfortable.

If proud Americans can be who they are and boldly stand at the altar with who they love then surely, surely we can give everyone in this country a fair chance at that great American Dream.

My kids are normal. If they could eat burgers and fries and ice cream every day, they would. And so would I. But that doesn't sustain us.

Studying in countries like China isn't only about your prospects in the global marketplace. It's not just about whether you can compete with your peers in other countries to make America stronger. It's also about whether you can come together and work together with them to make our world stronger. It's about the friendships you make, the bonds of trust you establish and the image of America that you project to the rest of the world.

We all need to start making some changes to how our families eat. Now, everyone loves a good Sunday dinner. Me included. And there's nothing wrong with that. The problem is when we eat Sunday dinner Monday through Saturday.

When it comes to the health of our families, Barack refused to listen to all those folks who told him to leave health reform for another day, another president. He didn't care whether it was the easy thing to do politically - that's not how he was raised - he cared that it was the right thing to do.

And let's be clear: It's not enough just to limit ads for foods that aren't healthy. It's also going to be critical to increase marketing for foods that are healthy.

Every day, the people I meet inspire me... every day, they make me proud... every day they remind me how blessed we are to live in the greatest nation on earth.

I hate fund-raising. Haaaaate it. Hate, hate it.

I'm not asking any of you to make drastic changes to every single one of your recipes or to totally change the way you do business. But what I am asking is that you consider reformulating your menu in pragmatic and incremental ways to create healthier versions of the foods that we all love.

My most important title is still mom-in-chief. My daughters are still the heart of my heart and the center of my world.

Success is only meaningful and enjoyable if it feels like your own.

We can make a commitment to promote vegetables and fruits and whole grains on every part of every menu. We can make portion sizes smaller and emphasize quality over quantity. And we can help create a culture - imagine this - where our kids ask for healthy options instead of resisting them.

When you?re really trying to make serious change, you don?t want people to get caught up in emotion because change isn?t emotion. Because change isn't emotion. Its real work and organization and strategy? that?s just the truth of it.

And people are feeling the pressure of the ever-increasing gap. They're worried about their kids and they're worried about their health and the challenges are similar. It transcends race and political party.

Exercise is really important to me - it's therapeutic. So if I'm ever feeling tense or stressed or like I'm about to have a meltdown, I'll put on my iPod and head to the gym or out on a bike ride along Lake Michigan with the girls.

I have never felt more confident in myself, more clear on who I am as a woman. But I am constantly thinking about my own health and making sure that I'm eating right and getting exercise and watching the aches and pains. I want to be this really fly 80-90-year old.

Iowa will make the difference. If Barack doesn't win Iowa, it is just a dream. If we win Iowa, then we can move to the world as it should be.

My mother's love has always been a sustaining force for our family, and one of my greatest joys is seeing her integrity, her compassion, her intelligence reflected in my daughters.

The arts are not just a nice thing to have or to do if there is free time or if one can afford it. Rather, paintings and poetry, music and fashion, design and dialogue, they all define who we are as a people and provide an account of our history for the next generation.

We have this window of opportunity; we have a chance to make something real happen. Something possible happen, to live beyond our fear - think about that, and help us. Help lift us up, help us fight this fight to change, - transform - this country in a fundamental way. This chance won't come around again.

Whether you come from a council estate or a country estate, your success will be determined by your own confidence and fortitude.

And what has been just completely heart-warming is to see that people are really hungry for something different. And I'm not trying to be too political about that. I mean, truly people want something different for themselves and for their lives.

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Michelle
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Obama, fully Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama
Birth Date
1964
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American Lawyer and Writer, Wife of the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama