Michelle Obama to Students: “You are the Ones Really that We’ve Been Waiting For.”

By Alex Pepper

May 26, 2010 4:56pm

ABC News’ Yunji de Nies Reports:


Michelle Obama has made mentoring a key part of her agenda in the White House, with a focus on young women.  Today, she took her mentoring message on the road, with a speech at Wayne State University and a luncheon for Detroit high school and college students at the Detroit’s Institute of Arts. The First Lady spoke at the Wayne State University football field, where she said she understands that times are tough, especially in the Motor City and in Michigan as a whole.  But that hardship was not her focus.

“I am here because I know something that I want everyone in America to know — and that there is a brighter, better future ahead for Detroit, for Michigan, for America,” she told the crowd.

Mrs. Obama touched on familiar themes, telling the students that there is no magic “secret to success” but rather that education and hard work is the only sure way to achieve greatness.

“My husband wasn’t born a President.  He didn’t grow up with a lot of money.  He didn’t even grow up knowing his father.  He was no more talented or gifted than any one of you here.  His life could have taken any turn.  But what he did have was someone who believed in him and pushed him to work hard and do his best,” she said, explaining that that “someone” was his mother.

Mrs. Obama also spoke about her own childhood, and the strength she drew from her parents. She was joined by celebrities Spike Lee, Kimberly Locke and Magic Johnson, along with politicians and business leaders.

She ended by asking the students to remember this: “In life, there are two kinds of people:  those who give up, and those who don’t.  And it’s the folks who don’t who make all the difference.  And I believe in my heart, which is why I’m here, that you all are those special people.  You are the ones really that we’ve been waiting for.”

FLOTUS Fashion Watch: Mrs. Obama wore a bright pink sleeveless dress, with a v-neck ruffled collar.

-Yunji de Nies

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