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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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.

Millions of Americans who know that Barack understands their dreams; that Barack will fight for people like them; and that Barack will finally bring the change we need.

Policies that support families aren't political issues. They're personal. They're the causes I carry with me every single day.

Think. Listen. The game of politics is to make you afraid so that you don?t think. And what we need right now isn?t political rhetoric, it isn?t game-playing. We need leadership; we need people with judgment; we need decent people, people with common sense, people with strong family values. People who understand the world.

We're all bombarded with so many dietary messages that it's hard to find time to sort through all this information, but we do have time to take a look at our kids' plates.

And Barack and I were raised with so many of the same values, like you work hard for what you want in life. That your word is your bond; that you do what you say you're going to do. That you treat people with dignity and respect, even if you don't know them and even if you don't agree with them.

And I come here as a daughter, raised on the South Side of Chicago - by a father who was a blue-collar city worker and a mother who stayed at home with my brother and me.

And I have been desperate to see our country moving in that direction and just not feeling so alone in my frustration and disappointment. I've seen people who are hungry to be unified around some basic common issues, and it's made me proud.

And I love that even in the toughest moments, when we're all sweating it - when we're worried that the bill won't pass, and it seems like all is lost - Barack never lets himself get distracted by the chatter and the noise. Just like his grandmother, he just keeps getting up and moving forward... with patience and wisdom, and courage and grace.

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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