And and as I got to know Barack I realized that even though he had grown up all the way across the country. He'd been brought up just like me. Like so many American families. Are families weren't... See More
And and as I got to know Barack I realized that even though he had grown up all the way across the country. He'd been brought up just like me. Like so many American families. Are 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. They they simply believe in the fundamental American. That even. If you don't start out. With much if you work hard and do what you're supposed to do you should be able to build a decent life for yourself and an even better life for your kids and grandkids. We learned about dignity and decency. That how hard you work matters more than how much you make that helping others means more than just getting ahead yourself. Week we learned about honesty and integrity. That the truth matters. That it. Don't take sort. And and standing before you four years ago. I knew that I get. -- want any of that to change of Barack became president. Well today. After so many struggles and triumphs and moments that have tested my husband ways I never could have imagined. I have seen firsthand. That being president doesn't change who you are no it did reveal some -- -- see that's the man who sits down with me and our girls for dinner nearly every night. Patiently answering. Questions about issues in the news. Strategizing. About middle school friendships. That's the -- and I see it in those quiet moments late at night. Hunched over his desk. Poring over the letters people let's send him. The letter from the father struggling to pay its bills. For from the woman dying of cancer whose insurance company won't cover her care. Truck from the young people was so much promise but so few opportunities. See the concern in his eyes. And I hear the determination in his voice as he tells me you won't believe what these folks are going to Michelle it's not right. We got to keep working to fix this week. So much more. This could -- independence from an empire. If it emigrants could leave behind everything they knew for better life on our shores if women could be dragged to jail for seeking the vote. A quick generation could defeat a depression and define greatness or -- time Italy young preacher could -- does to the mountaintop would be. -- is trying it. Out. There are. And believe. This country of fair chance. American dream. -- let me tell you something I say all of this tonight not just as First Lady no. Not just as -- wife. -- At the end of the day my most important title is still mom and she. I know from experience. That if I truly want to leave a better world for my daughters. And for all of our sons and daughters. If if we want to give all -- children. -- foundation. For their dreams. And opportunities worthy of their promise. If -- we want to give them that sense of limitless possibility. That belief that here in America there is always something better out there if you are willing -- -- -- -- Then we must have worked like never before.
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