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Michelle ObamaMichelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama (born January 17, 1964), an American lawyer and writer, is the wife of the 44th and current President of the United States, Barack Obama, and the first African-American First Lady of the United States. Raised on the South Side of Chicago, Obama attended Princeton University and Harvard Law School before returning to Chicago to work at the law firm Sidley Austin, where she met her future husband. Subsequently, she worked as part of the staff of Chicago mayor Richard M. Daley, and for the University of Chicago Medical Center.

 




1. CHOOSE PEOPLE WHO LIFT YOU UP.

2. YOU MAY NOT ALWAYS HAVE A COMFORTABLE LIFE AND YOU WILL NOT ALWAYS BE ABLE TO SOLVE ALL OF THE WORLD’S PROBLEMS AT ONCE BUT DON’T EVER UNDERESTIMATE THE IMPORTANCE YOU CAN HAVE BECAUSE HISTORY HAS SHOWN US THAT COURAGE CAN BE CONTAGIOUS AND HOPE CAN TAKE ON A LIFE OF ITS OWN.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. SOMETIMES, IT’S JUST EASIER TO SAY YES TO THAT EXTRA SNACK OR DESSERT, BECAUSE FRANKLY, IT IS EXHAUSTING TO KEEP SAYING NO. IT’S EXHAUSTING TO PLEAD WITH OUR KIDS TO EAT JUST ONE MORE BITE OF VEGETABLES.

10. WE LEARNED ABOUT HONESTY AND INTEGRITY – THAT THE TRUTH MATTERS… THAT YOU DON’T TAKE SHORTCUTS OR PLAY BY YOUR OWN SET OF RULES… AND SUCCESS DOESN’T COUNT UNLESS YOU EARN IT FAIR AND SQUARE.

11. WE LEARNED ABOUT GRATITUDE AND HUMILITY – THAT SO MANY PEOPLE HAD A HAND IN OUR SUCCESS, FROM THE TEACHERS WHO INSPIRED US TO THE JANITORS WHO KEPT OUR SCHOOL CLEAN… AND WE WERE TAUGHT TO VALUE EVERYONE’S CONTRIBUTION AND TREAT EVERYONE WITH RESPECT.

12. SUCCESS IS ONLY MEANINGFUL AND ENJOYABLE IF IT FEELS LIKE YOUR OWN.

13. IF MY FUTURE WERE DETERMINED JUST BY MY PERFORMANCE ON A STANDARDIZED TEST, I WOULDN’T BE HERE. I GUARANTEE YOU THAT.

14. THE PROBLEM IS WHEN THAT FUN STUFF BECOMES THE HABIT. AND I THINK THAT’S WHAT’S HAPPENED IN OUR CULTURE. FAST FOOD HAS BECOME THE EVERYDAY MEAL.

15. 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.

16. I COME HERE TONIGHT AS A SISTER, BLESSED WITH A BROTHER WHO IS MY MENTOR, MY PROTECTOR AND MY LIFELONG FRIEND. AND I COME HERE AS A WIFE WHO LOVES MY HUSBAND AND BELIEVES HE WILL BE AN EXTRAORDINARY PRESIDENT.

17. ONE OF THE LESSONS THAT I GREW UP WITH WAS TO ALWAYS STAY TRUE TO YOURSELF AND NEVER LET WHAT SOMEBODY ELSE SAYS DISTRACT YOU FROM YOUR GOALS.

18. WHEN I GET UP AND WORK OUT, I’M WORKING OUT JUST AS MUCH FOR MY GIRLS AS I AM FOR ME, BECAUSE I WANT THEM TO SEE A MOTHER WHO LOVES THEM DEARLY, WHO INVESTS IN THEM, BUT WHO ALSO INVESTS IN HERSELF. IT’S JUST AS MUCH ABOUT LETTING THEM KNOW AS YOUNG WOMEN THAT IT IS OKAY TO PUT YOURSELF A LITTLE HIGHER ON YOUR PRIORITY LIST.

19. 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.

20. 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.

21. 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.

22. 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.

23. 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.

24. 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.

25. ONE OF THE LESSONS THAT I GREW UP WITH WAS TO ALWAYS STAY TRUE TO YOURSELF AND NEVER LET WHAT SOMEBODY ELSE SAYS DISTRACT YOU FROM YOUR GOALS. AND SO WHEN I HEAR ABOUT NEGATIVE AND FALSE ATTACKS, I REALLY DON’T INVEST ANY ENERGY IN THEM, BECAUSE I KNOW WHO I AM.

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