As I went through the hustle and bustle of my day yesterday trying to make everything come together as usual to climb this latter of success, I couldn't help but be stopped in my tracks as I heard Michelle Obama's voice booming from my television screen. As I got closer to the television I noticed that it was Michelle giving a speech of hope at the political convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. I realized as I sat down to listen closer that she was describing a lot of us black women who are striving to be better. She gives us hope, even when the world is trying to tell us differently that if you do work hard, you will make it! It is very endearing to finally feel like our leaders know exactly what we face everyday, and are willing to help us face the challenges for us, and our children. When the speech ended, I knew I had to keep pushing... Thank you Michelle....Check out the interview below. The dress was fab too :)
On Life Before the White House
“Our life before moving to Washington was filled with simple joys. Saturdays at soccer games, Sundays at grandma’s house and a date night for Barack and me was either dinner or a movie, because as an exhausted mom, I couldn’t stay awake for both. And the truth is, I loved the life we had built for our girls and I deeply loved the man I had built that life with and I didn’t want that to change if he became president. I loved Barack just the way he was.”
“You see, even though back then Barack was a senator and a presidential candidate, to me, he was still the guy who’d picked me up for our dates in a car that was so rusted out, I could actually see the pavement going by in a hole in the passenger side door. He was the guy whose proudest possession was a coffee table he’d found in a dumpster, and whose only pair of decent shoes was half a size too small.” On If The White House Has Changed Them
“So when people ask me whether being in the White House has changed my husband, I can honestly say that when it comes to his character, and his convictions, and his heart, Barack Obama is still the same man I fell in love with all those years ago.”
“Well, today, after so many struggles and triumphs and moments that have tested my husband in ways I never could have imagined, I have seen firsthand that being president doesn’t change who you are. No, it reveals who you are.”
“For Barack, success isn’t about how much money you make, it’s about the differences you make in people’s lives.” On Student loans and health care
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.
He did it because he believes that here in America, our grandparents should be able to afford their medicine . our kids should be able to see a doctor when they’re sick . and no one in this country should ever go broke because of an accident or illness. And he believes that women are more than capable of making our own choices about our bodies and our health care . that’s what my husband stands for.
When it comes to giving our kids the education they deserve, Barack knows that like me and like so many of you, he never could’ve attended college without financial aid. And believe it or not, when we were first married, our combined monthly student loan bills were actually higher than our mortgage. We were so young, so in love, and so in debt.
That’s why Barack has fought so hard to increase student aid and keep interest rates down, because he wants every young person to fulfill their promise and be able to attend college without a mountain of debt. On her love
I didn’t think it was possible, but today, I love my husband even more than I did four years ago. Even more than I did 23 years ago, when we first met.
I love that he’s never forgotten how he started.
I love that we can trust Barack to do what he says he’s going to do, even when it’s hard – especially when it’s hard.