Success doesn’t count unless you earn it fair and square.
Speech at Democratic National Convention, September 4, 2012
One of the things — the important aspects of this race — is role modeling what good families should look like. Our view was that, if you can't run your own house, you certainly can't run the White House.Michelle ObamaSpeech Speech at a Women for Obama rally, Chicago (August 2007). YouTube video
Barack is one of the smartest men we will see in our lifetime.Michelle ObamaCampaign rally, Las Vegas, Nevada (17 January 2008)
To Mom, Dad, Craig and all of my special friends: Thank-you for loving me and always making me feel good about myself.Michelle ObamaDedication, Senior thesis, Princeton University (1985)
If my future were determined just by my performance on a standardized test, I wouldn't be here. I guarantee you that.Michelle ObamaCampaign rally, Madison, Wisconsin (18 February 2008)
Translating hope into action is something Barack has done for his entire career.Michelle ObamaLetter to The Advocate (21 October 2008)
I would be very present in his life right now. I would be probably with him a good chunk of the time, just there to talk, to figure out what's going on in his head, to figure out who's in his life and who's not, you know.Michelle ObamaOn what she would do in the place of Justin Bieber's mother (10 February 2014)
Let me tell you something. For the first time in my adult life, I am really proud of my country, because it feels like hope is finally making a comeback.Michelle ObamaYouTube video In another version (on the same video), she inserted the word 'really' before proud.
A lot of young people think they're invincible, but the truth is young people are knuckleheads. Now young people can get insurance for as little as $50 a month, less than the cost of gym shoes.Michelle ObamaDuring appearance on "Tonight Show" (21 February 2014)
We learned about gratitude and humility - that so many people had a hand in our success, from the teachers who inspired us to the janitors who kept our school clean... and we were taught to value everyone's contribution and treat everyone with respect.Michelle ObamaSpeech at the Democratic National Convention in 2012
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