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Last year, as you know, we were proud to host Prime Minister Singh and Mrs. Kaur for our very first state visit and dinner. It was a beautiful evening under a tent on the South Lawn of the White House, and we got to hear some pretty great Bhangra as well. I danced there, too, when I was your age, I never dreamed of traveling to countries like this and meeting with young people like all of you.
One of the things I do worry about sometimes among progressives in the United States, maybe it's true here as well, is a certain kind of rigidity where we say,' Uh, I'm sorry, this is how it's going to be,' and then we start sometimes creating what's called a' circular firing squad,' where you start shooting at your allies because one of them is straying from purity on the issues.
The Democratic former president have to recognize that the way we've structured democracy requires The Democratic former president to take into account people who don't agree with The Democratic former president, and that by definition means The Democratic former president're not going to get 100 percent of what The Democratic former president want.
We haven't had much time to reflect over these eight years because we were so busy doing and so busy trying to be perfect, and to get everything right that rarely did we have time to sit back and acknowledge what we've done, w and I was able to do that with my husband just the other night. And just look at him and say,' man, man you did this. You did this. You did one of the hardest jobs on the planet.'.
And Barack and I were raised with so many of the same values: that you work hard for what you want in life; that your word is your bond and you do what you say you're going to do; that you treat people with dignity and respect, even if you don’t know them, and even if you don’t agree with them, and Barack Obama and I set out to build lives guided by these values, and pass them on to the next generations.
I've grown up in this community. I'm as black as it gets. I was born on the South side. I come from an obviously black family. We weren't rich. I put my blackness up against anybody's blackness in this state, ok ? , and Barack is a black man. And he's done more in terms of meeting his commitments and sticking his neck out for this community than many people who criticize him. And I can say that'cause I'm black.
As potentially the first African-American first lady, I was also the focus of another set of questions and speculations, conversations sometimes rooted in the fears and misperceptions of others, was I too loud or too emasculating? Or was I too soft? Too much of a mom and not enough of a career woman?
So I immersed myself in the policy details. I worked with Congress on legislation, gave speeches to CEOs, military generals and Hollywood executives. but I also worked to ensure that my efforts would resonate with kids and families -- and that meant doing things in a creative and unconventional way. So, yeah, I planted a garden, and hula-hooped on the White House lawn with kids. I did some mom dancing on TV ... And at the end of the day, by staying true to the me I've always known, I found that this journey has been incredibly freeing.
All of that is gonna be a heavy burden to carry. It can feel isolating. It can make you feel like your life somehow doesn't matter ... And as we've seen over the past few years, those feelings are real. They're rooted in decades of structural challenges that have made too many folks feel frustrated and invisible, and those feelings are playing out in communities like Baltimore and Ferguson and so many others across this country.
For the last four years, Jeremy has worked tirelessly to open the doors of the White House to as many people as possible and to make each and every event in the White House one to remember, i was lucky to have such a talented individual on my team, and I am equally lucky to have made a lifelong friend in Jeremy.
While I know there have been critics, I felt that, more often than not, this film touches on many of the emotions and experiences that I've heard firsthand from military families over these past few years, here's why a movie like this is important: see, the vast majority of Americans will never see these stories. They will never grasp these issues on an emotional level without portrayals like this.
The small irritations or indignities that we experience are nothing compared to what a previous generation experienced, it's one thing for me to be mistaken for a waiter at a gala. It's another for my son to be mistaken for a robber and to be handcuffed, or worse, if he happens to be walking down the street and is dressed the way teenagers dress.
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