Barack was elected as U.
Senator from Illinois that November. In , Michelle scaled back her own professional work to attend to family and campaign obligations during Barack's run for the Democratic presidential nomination. Barack eventually won the nomination and was elected the 44th President of the United States. He was inaugurated on January 20, When her husband sought reelection in , facing a challenging race against Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney , Michelle diligently campaigned on his behalf.
She traveled the country, giving talks and making public appearances. On November 6, , Barack was re-elected for a second term as U. After Mitt Romney conceded defeat, Michelle accompanied her husband with their two daughters, Malia and Sasha, onto the stage at McCormick Place in Chicago, where President Obama delivered his victory speech. Throughout her career, Michelle has given a number of powerful speeches. A few of the most notable include:. She went on to praise the Latino community for supporting President Obama, and stated that her husband—"the same man [she] fell in love with all those years ago"—understands the American Dream, as well as the everyday struggles of American families, and cares deeply about making a difference in people's lives.
Michelle won both public and critical praise for her narrative, called a "shining moment" by The Washington Post. On the first night of the Democratic National Convention, Michelle spoke in support of Clinton, who had previously run against Barack during the primaries, and her vision of a progressive America. I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves, and I watch my daughters, two beautiful, intelligent, black young women, playing with their dogs on the White House lawn," she said.
So don't be afraid. You hear me, young people? Don't be afraid. Be focused. Be determined.
Be hopeful. Be empowered.
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Empower yourself with a good education. Then get out there and use that education to build a country worthy of your boundless promise. Lead by example with hope; never fear. During a conversation with poet Elizabeth Alexander at the Obama Foundation's inaugural youth leadership summit in Chicago, in November , the former First Lady spoke about the problems with impulsively firing off thoughts on social media. You don't tweet every thought.
Most of your first initial thoughts are not worthy of the light of day. We ask them to speak their mind. It takes practice to have a voice. You have to use it again, and again, and again before you can say 'no. During the first year of the Obama presidency, Michelle and Barack volunteered at homeless shelters and soup kitchens in the Washington, D.
Politics is a way.
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But I am an advocate. ROSS Same here. And in , I stretched out of my comfort zone to be a surrogate for Barack Obama for president. But I really learned from that experience. I tell this to young people. Barack was never motivated by money. My father was never motivated by money. I grew up without a lot of stuff.
But if you can find the thing you care about and operate from that place, good will come from it. Steer clear of money; steer clear of fame. The hard part is digging into yourself and figuring out: What do I care about? But it was never what was important. It was how we treated each other as a family.
So they get the wherewithal to find their passion. GALANES When I think back to your first moments on the national stage, helping your husband find his passion in politics, the thing that struck me was the meanness turned on you. Did you have enough experience in the world to expect that, or were you blindsided, too?
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I loved traveling through Iowa, sharing my story. Folks were so accepting and open and warm. People of all colors and backgrounds. None of the nasty stuff was happening on the ground. And I was effective because when I got in front of people, they saw me. But as the world got harsher, the show started dealing with our new reality. We really are. And a lot of it was ignited by fear that something was being taken away from people that was never theirs to begin with. As human beings, I think we have to.
First, you conceived your daughters through IVF.
How did we not know that? Was it a privacy decision not to tell us till now? Everybody close to me has heard these stories a million times. Barack and I are proud of our lives. There was work to be done. ROSS In all honesty, that became my issue because people keep asking me questions about marriage and children. It came out of advocating for myself. And I feel pretty clear that I am the chooser.
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Obama, the second revelation is about your going to marriage counseling, as a young mom, with your husband. I just need someone to tell him that. Instead, an imagined white working class remains central to our politics and to our cultural understanding of those politics, not simply when it comes to addressing broad economic issues but also when it comes to addressing racism. At its most sympathetic, this belief holds that most Americans—regardless of race—are exploited by an unfettered capitalist economy. The key, then, is to address those broader patterns that afflict the masses of all races; the people who suffer from those patterns more than others blacks, for instance will benefit disproportionately from that which benefits everyone.
This notion—raceless antiracism—marks the modern left, from the New Democrat Bill Clinton to the socialist Bernie Sanders. Few national liberal politicians have shown any recognition that there is something systemic and particular in the relationship between black people and their country that might require specific policy solutions. In , Hillary Clinton acknowledged the existence of systemic racism more explicitly than any of her modern Democratic predecessors.
She had to—black voters remembered too well the previous Clinton administration, as well as her previous campaign.
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One is tempted to excuse Hillary Clinton from having to answer for the sins of her husband. Bennett, John P. Walters, and John J. DiIulio Jr. The unemployment rate for young blacks And since the late s, William Julius Wilson and other social scientists following in his wake have noted the disproportionate effect that the decline in manufacturing jobs has had on African American communities.
If anyone should be angered by the devastation wreaked by the financial sector and a government that declined to prosecute the perpetrators, it is African Americans—the housing crisis was one of the primary drivers in the past 20 years of the wealth gap between black families and the rest of the country. But the cultural condescension toward and economic anxiety of black people is not news.
Toiling blacks are in their proper state; toiling whites raise the specter of white slavery. Moreover, a narrative of long-neglected working-class black voters, injured by globalization and the financial crisis, forsaken by out-of-touch politicians, and rightfully suspicious of a return of Clintonism, does not serve to cleanse the conscience of white people for having elected Donald Trump.
Only the idea of a long-suffering white working class can do that. Vote for me! Other Sanders appearances proved even more alarming. And often, what you are not allowed to say are things which offend very, very powerful people. This definition of political correctness was shocking coming from a politician of the left.