Transcript for Michelle Obama's Address at the 2008 DNC
Ed as you might imagine. A book for Barack running for president is nothing compared to that first game of basketball with my brother Craig. I can't tell you how much it means to have Craig in my mom here tonight. Like like Craig I can feel my dad looking down on us just as I've felt this presence in every grace filled moment of my life. And it's six foot six I've often felt like Craig was looking down on me too literally. But the truth is both when we were kids and today. Craig wasn't looking down on me he was watching over me. And he has been fair for me. Every step of the way. Since that clear day. February. Nineteen months ago when with a little more than are facing each other and a hunger for change. We joined my husband Barack Obama on the improbable journey. That has led us to this moment. But each of us comes here. Also by way of our own improbable journey. I come here tonight as a sister blessed with a brother who is my main store my protector and my lifelong friend. And I come here as a wife. Who loves my husband and believes he will be an extraordinary president. And I come here. The mom. As a mom whose girls aren't the heart of my heart in the center of my world. They're the first things I think about when I wake up in the morning and the last thing I think about before I go to bed at night. Their future. And all our children's future is my stake in this election. And I come here as a daughter. Raised on the Southside of Chicago. I. With the college city worker. And a mother stayed at home with my brother and me. My mother's love has always been a sustaining force for family. And one of my greatest joys is seeing her integrity. Her compassion. Her intelligence reflected in my daughter's. My debt was our rock. And although he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in his early thirties he was our provider. He was our champion our hero. But as he got sicker. It got harder for him to walk. Took him longer to get dressed in the morning. You know what if he was in pain he never let them. He never stopped smiling and laughing. Even while struggling to button his shirt. Even while using two canes to get himself across the room to give my mom a kiss. You just woke up a little earlier. And it worked a little harder. He and my mom court everything they had into me and pray. It was the greatest gift a child to receive. Never doubting for a single minute that you're loved and chairs and have a place in this world. And thanks to they have faith in their hard work we both were able to go to college. So I know first hand from their lives in mind that the American dream in doers. When I first met Iraq was that even though he had this funny name. And even though he had grown up all the way across the continent why. His family was so much like learning. He was raised by grandparents who were working class folks just like my parents. And by a single mother who struggle to pay the bills just like we did. I like my family they scrimp and save so that he can have opportunities that they never happened themselves. And Brock and I were raised with so many of the same values. Like you work hard for what you want line. That your word is your bond that you do what you say you're gonna do. That you treat faithful. Dignity and respect even if you don't know them. And even if you don't agree with them. I. Set out to build lives guided by these values in the past them on to the next generation because. We want our children and all children in this nation. To know that the only limit to the height of your achievements is the reach of your dreams and your willingness to work hard for them. And I learn more about Iraq. He introduced me to work to work and he'd done when he first moved to Chicago after college. You see instead of going to Wall Street. Oh rocked. Went to work in neighborhoods that it's been devastated by the closing of steel plants. Jobs dried up. And Barack was invited back to speak to people from those neighborhoods about how to rebuild their community. And the people gathered there together that day what ordinary folks doing the best they could to build a good life. See they were parents. Trying to get by from paycheck to paycheck. Grandparents. Trying to get it together on a fixed income me and it frustrated that they couldn't support their families after jobs disappeared. You see those votes weren't asking for handouts or shortcut. See they were ready to work. They want it to contribute. They believe like you and I believe that America should be a place where you can make it if you trop. Sit up that day. Any spoke words that have stayed with me ever since. He talked about. The world as it is in the world as it should be. Any said that all too often we accept the distance between the two and we settle for the world as it is even when it doesn't. Reflect our values and aspirations. But he reminded us that we also know what the world should like looked like. He said we'd know what fairness and justice and opportunity look like. And he urged us to believe in ourselves to find the strength within ourselves to strive for the world as it should be. And isn't that the great American story. It's the story of men and women. Gathered in churches and union halls in high school gyms and people who stood up and marched and risked everything they had refusing to settle determined. To mold our future into the shape of our ideals. And it's because of their will and determination that this week we celebrate sue anniversaries. The eightieth anniversary of women winning the rights of vote. And the forty. NM. And the 45 anniversary of that hot summer day. When Doctor King lifted our sites in our hearts with his dream for our nation. I stand here today at the cross currents of that history. Knowing that my piece of the American dream is the blessing hard won by those who came before me all of driven by the same conviction that drove my dad to get up an hour early each day to painstakingly. Dress himself for work. The same conviction that drives the men and women I've met all across this country. People who work the station they kissed their kids goodnight and head out for the night shift without disappointment. Without regret. See that goodnight kisses of reminder of everything they're working for. The military families who say grace each night with an empty seat at the table. The service men and women who love this country so much. They leave those they love most to defend it. The young people across America serving our communities teaching children cleaning up neighborhoods caring for the least among us each and every day. People like Hillary Clinton. Good. Eighteen million cracks. In that glass ceiling so that our daughters and our sons can dream a little bigger and aim a little higher. People like Joseph Biden. Blue. I've gotten where he came from the never stop fighting but. The folks who work long hours and face long. And needs someone on their side again. All of us driven by that simple belief that the world as it is just won't do. That we have an obligation to fight for the world as it should be and that is the threat that connects our hearts. That is the thread that runs through my journey and Barack's journey and so many other improbable journeys that have brought us here tonight. With the current of history meets this new tide of hope. Any seat that. Is why I'm. I love this country. And in my own. In my own life. In my own small way I try to give back to this country that is given me so much. See that's why I had left that job at a big law firm for a career in public service. Working to. In power young people to volunteer in their communities because I believe that each of us. No matter what our age or background or walk in like each of us has something to contribute to the light of this nation. And it's a belief that Barack sayers. A belief that the heart of his life's work. See it's what he did all those years ago in Chicago. Setting up job training to get people back to work in afterschool programs to keep kids safe. Working block by block to help people lift up their families. It's what he did in Illinois in. Moving people from welfare to jobs passing tax cuts for hard working families. And making sure women get equal pay for equal work. What he's done in the United States and it. Fighting to ensure that the men and women who serve this country. Are welcome home not just with medals and parades but with good jobs and benefits. And health care. Including mental health care. That's why Barack's running. Sit in the war in Iraq responsibly. That lives every family. Some made Stuart health care is available for every American. It's a make sure that every single child in this nation has a world class education. All the way from preschool to college. At the United States. Of America. Oh. He'll exceed. These clothes the same way he always. Bringing us together. And reminding us how much we share. And how alike we really are. You sequel rock doesn't care where your room. What's your background is or what party if any belong to see that's just not how he sees the world. He knows that threat that connects us. Our belief in America's promise. Our commitment to our children's future he knows that that threat is strong enough to hold us together as one nation even when we disagree. It was strong enough to bring hoaxes. Those neighborhoods in Chicago. It was strong enough to bring hope to the mother he met who was worried about her child and I rocked. Hope to the man who is unemployed and can't afford gas to find a job. Hope to the student working nights to papers sister's health care sleeping just a few hours a day. And it was strong enough to bring hope to people who came out on a cold Iowa night and became the first voice. Saying that it had been echoed by millions of American. Million. Up Americans who know that Barack understand their dreams. Millions. Of Americans who know that Barack will fight for people like them. And that Iraq will are worrying and finally the change that we need. And India's. And in the end. After all that's happened these past nineteen months. See the Barack Obama I know today is the same man I fell in love with nineteen years ago. This same man. Who drove me in our new baby daughter home from the hospital seen in years ago this summer. Inching along at a snail's pace. Peering at us anxiously at that. They the rearview mirror and feeling the whole weight of her future in his hands. Determined to give her everything heat struggled so hard for himself. Determined to give her something he never had. The affirming embrace of a father's love. And as I've got that little girl limb. As I've sucked that little girl they venerable cistern to bed at night. You see I think about how one day they'll have families of their room. And how. One day day in your sons and daughters will tell their own children about what we did together in the selection. How this time we listened to our hopes instead of our fears. How good time. Have this time we decided to stop doubting and to start dreaming. How'd this time. In this great country where a girl from the south side of Chicago. Can go to college and law school and the son of a single mother from Hawaii can go all the way to the White House. We admit it okay. Three I felt the building built world as it should be. So tonight in honor of my father's memory. And my daughter's future. Adam granite city. For those whose triumphs we mark this week and those whose everyday sacrifices brought us to this moment. Let us devote ourselves to finishing their work led us. Work together took that filled their hopes and let stand together to elect Barack Obama president of the united. Had. Good let's move in Latin America.
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