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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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.

Find people who will make you better.

I know what it feels like to struggle to get the education that you need.

It wasn't so long ago that I was a working mom myself. And I know that sometimes, much as we all hate to admit it, it's just easier to park the kids in front of the TV for a few hours, so we can pay the bills or do the laundry or just have some peace and quiet for a change.

No matter what the outcome is, we have to keep our eyes on the bigger picture. We need some kind of change. We can't cut off our noses to spite our faces.

The fact is, with every friendship you make, and every bond of trust you establish, you are shaping the image of America projected to the rest of the world. That is so important. So when you study abroad, you're actually helping to make America stronger.

We learned about dignity and decency - that how hard you work matters more than how much you make... that helping others means more than just getting ahead yourself.

Women in particular need to keep an eye on their physical and mental health, because if we're scurrying to and from appointments and errands, we don't have a lot of time to take care of ourselves. We need to do a better job of putting ourselves higher on our own 'to do' list.

All of us driven by a simple belief that the world as it is just won't do - that we have an obligation to fight for the world as it should be.

Although the circumstances of our lives may seem very disengaged, with me standing here as the First Lady of the United States of America and you just getting through school, I want you to know we have very much in common. For nothing in my life ever would have predicted that I would be standing here as the first African-American First Lady.

America is just downright mean.

And as more people talk to us about it, I mean the question came up again and again. What people were most concerned about: they were afraid. It was fear. Fear, again, raising its ugly head, in one of the most important decisions we would make. Fear; fear of everything. Fear that we might lose. Fear that he might get hurt. Fear that this would be ugly. Fear that it would hurt our family. Fear.

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First Name
Michelle
Last Name
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