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Michelle Obama Quote: “These were children, asking not just why but why so often?”
Michelle Obama Quote: “It’s taken us time – years – to understand that this is just how each of us is built, that we are each the sum total of our respective genetic codes as well as everything installed in us by our parents and their parents before them.”
Michelle Obama Quote: “You don’t know that when a memo arrives to confirm the assignment, some deep and unseen fault line in your life has begun to tremble, that some hold is already starting to slip.”
Michelle Obama Quote: “Trump, with his loud and reckless innuendos, was putting my family’s safety at risk. And for this, I’d never forgive him.”
Michelle Obama Quote: “But as I’ve said, failure is a feeling long before it’s an actual result.”
Michelle Obama Quote: “It was as if he’d surrendered a part of himself as a way of coping.”
Michelle Obama Quote: “If I died, I didn’t want people remembering me for the stacks of legal briefs I’d written or the corporate trademarks I’d helped defend. I felt certain that I had something more to offer the world. It was time to make a move.”
Michelle Obama Quote: “Her goal was to push us out into the world. “I’m not raising babies,” she’d tell us. “I’m raising adults.”
Michelle Obama Quote: “Barack’s safety was something I didn’t want to think about, let alone discuss.”
Michelle Obama Quote: “It was the very thing I’d had to create room for in our shared life, to coexist with, even if reluctantly. It aggravated me sometimes no end, but it was also what I could never disavow in Barack.”
Michelle Obama Quote: “They’re not special at all. The South Side is filled with kids like that.”
Michelle Obama Quote: “If he lost, he’d move on from politics altogether and find a different sort of job. If it didn’t work out on Election Day, this would be the end. Really and for real, this would be the end.”
Michelle Obama Quote: “Three times over the course of the fall of 2011, Barack proposed bills that would create thousands of jobs for Americans, in part by giving states money to hire more teachers and first responders. Three times the Republicans blocked them, never even allowing a vote.”
Michelle Obama Quote: “We were having an absurd and inappropriate argument because in the wake of death every single thing on earth feels absurd and inappropriate.”
Michelle Obama Quote: “I’d said it casually, but the phrase caught hold and was amplified across the press. Some Americans seemed to embrace it, understanding all too well the amount of organization and drive it takes to raise children. Others, meanwhile, seemed vaguely appalled, presuming it to mean that as First Lady I’d do nothing but pipe-cleaner craft projects with my kids.”
Michelle Obama Quote: “I considered all these people, current and former staff, to be family. And I was so proud of what we’d done.”
Michelle Obama Quote: “I owned the fact that I was reaching. Given my background, reaching was really all I could do.”
Michelle Obama Quote: “We didn’t wait for Dad. It was his job now to catch up with us.”
Michelle Obama Quote: “And it’s there, always, embedded in the hearts of children. Kids wake up each day believing in the goodness of things, in the magic of what might be. They’re uncynical, believers at their core.”
Michelle Obama Quote: “Daddy, are you gonna try to be president?” she’d asked. “Don’t you think maybe you should be vice president or something first?”
Michelle Obama Quote: “We understood, in other words, how ridiculously fortunate we were, and we both felt an obligation not to be complacent.”
Michelle Obama Quote: “In the presence of his certainty, his notion that he could make some sort of difference in the world, I couldn’t help but feel a little bit lost by comparison. His sense of purpose seemed like an unwitting challenge to my own.”
Michelle Obama Quote: “The private area of the White House occupies about twenty thousand square feet on the top two stories of the main historical structure – the one you’d recognize from photos with its iconic white pillars.”
Michelle Obama Quote: “If anyone in our family wanted to step outside onto the Truman Balcony – the lovely arcing terrace that overlooked the South Lawn, and the only semiprivate outdoor space we had at the White House – we needed to first alert the Secret Service so that they could shut down the section of E Street that was in view of the balcony, clearing out the flocks of tourists who gathered outside the gates there at all hours of the day and night.”
Michelle Obama Quote: “You’ve leaped but you haven’t landed. You can’t know yet how the future’s going to feel. After months of everything going too fast, time slows to an agonizing crawl.”
Michelle Obama Quote: “Even after the horror of Newtown, Congress appeared determined to block any measure that could help keep guns out of the wrong hands, with legislators more interested in collecting campaign donations from the National Rifle Association than they were in protecting kids.”
Michelle Obama Quote: “As Barack’s adviser, I was meant to act as a social conduit more than anything. My assignment was to make sure he was happy in the job, that he had someone to come to if he needed advice, and that he felt connected to the larger team.”
Michelle Obama Quote: “We’d aligned ourselves with different foundations and food suppliers to install six thousand salad bars in school cafeterias and were recruiting local chefs to help schools serve meals that were not just healthy but tasty.”
Michelle Obama Quote: “When I thought I had a good idea about something, I didn’t like being told no.”
Michelle Obama Quote: “The last commencement I attended that spring was personal – Malia’s graduation from Sidwell Friends, held on a warm day in June.”
Michelle Obama Quote: “I didn’t want them ever to believe that life began when the man of the house arrived home. We didn’t wait for Dad. It was his job now to catch up with us.”
Michelle Obama Quote: “There were days, weeks, and months when I hated politics. And there were moments when the beauty of this country and its people so overwhelmed me that I couldn’t speak.”
Michelle Obama Quote: “I had peers who were always a step or two ahead of me, whose achievements seemed effortless, but I tried not to let that get to me. I was beginning to understand that if I put in extra hours of studying, I often close the gap. I wasn’t a straight-A student, but I was always trying, and there were semesters when I got close.”
Michelle Obama Quote: “She climbed out of the car, giving me no choice but to drive. Get over it and just live a little was her message.”
Michelle Obama Quote: “Whatever deficits I might have arrived with, coming from an inner-city high school, it seemed that I could make up for them by putting in extra time, asking for help when I needed it, and learning to pace myself and not procrastinate.”
Michelle Obama Quote: “This was not me and never would be. I could be supportive, but I couldn’t be a robot.”
Michelle Obama Quote: “If you were a girl with a brain and a dawning sense that you wanted to grow into something more than a wife, Mary Tyler Moore was your goddess.”
Michelle Obama Quote: “Our presence in the White House had been celebrated by millions of Americans, but it also contributed to a reactionary sense of fear and resentment among others. The hatred was old and deep and as dangerous as ever.”
Michelle Obama Quote: “Maybe you spend the whole day considering new ways to live before finally you fit every window back into its frame and empty your bucket of Pine-Sol into the sink. And maybe now all your certainty returns, because yes, truly, it’s spring and once again you’ve made the choice to stay.”
Michelle Obama Quote: “He was not like anyone I’d dated before, mainly because he seemed so secure. He was openly affectionate. He told me I was beautiful. He made me feel good.”
Michelle Obama Quote: “America would bring to Barack Obama the same questions my cousin was unconsciously putting to me that day on the stoop: Are you what you appear to be? Do I trust you or not?”
Michelle Obama Quote: “When you’re First Lady, America shows itself to you in its extremes.”
Michelle Obama Quote: “I also learned that being rich didn’t protect you from failure.”
Michelle Obama Quote: “But my first months at Whitney Young gave me a glimpse of something that had previously been invisible – the apparatus of privilege and connection, what seemed like a network of half-hidden ladders and guide ropes that lay suspended overhead, ready to connect some but not all of us to the sky.”
Michelle Obama Quote: “What struck me was how assured he seemed of his own direction in life. He was oddly free from doubt, though at first glance it was hard to understand why.”
Michelle Obama Quote: “In the Midwest... winter is an exercise in waiting – for relief, for a bird to sing, for the first purple crocus to push up through the snow.”
Michelle Obama Quote: “It’s a sensation I’ve come to love as I’ve traveled more, the way a new place signals itself instantly and without pretense. The air has a different weight from what you’re used to; it carries smells you can’t quite identify, a faint whiff of wood smoke or diesel fuel, maybe, or the sweetness of something blooming in the trees. The same sun comes up, but looking slightly different from what you know.”
Michelle Obama Quote: “Studying in countries like China isn’t only about your prospects in the global marketplace. It’s not just about whether you can compete with your peers in other countries to make America stronger. It’s also about whether you can come together and work together with them to make our world stronger. It’s about the friendships you make, the bonds of trust you establish and the image of America that you project to the rest of the world.”
Michelle Obama Quote: “America, our moment is now,” Barack said. “Our moment is now.”
Michelle Obama Quote: “Having lost a fifth-grade classmate to a house fire, having watched Suzanne die before she’d had a chance to really be an adult, I’d learned that the world could be brutal and random, that hard work didn’t always assure positive outcomes.”
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