The beautiful thing about being First Lady
is that I have the privilege of meeting folks from different backgrounds and hearing what’s
going on in their lives. Know that when our men and women in uniform are called to
serve, their families serve right alongside them.
We are trying to end the epidemic of childhood
obesity in a generation.
When the world is swirling around you and you’re faced with tough challenges, if your
family is good, you’re good.
If any family in this country struggles, then we cannot be fully content with our own family’s
good fortune. Because that is not what we do in this country. That is not who we are.
That is not who we are.
Our house growing up was extremely modest. I remember our bedroom being formerly the
living room that my parents had divided using paneling.
It basically carved the room out into two
small rooms that were small enough for twin bedroom and a desk. A special treat was
that we could sleep out on the back porch when things got hot.
As far as where we lived, that just wasn’t
an issue. I was raised to have fun where we were with what we had. And it seemed like
it was ok.
Neither one of our parents went to college. But with a lot of love, a lot of caring, we
were afforded an opportunity to go to college.
We didn’t say, you should be a lawyer or you should be a schoolteacher. It was, you
should get an education.
We had to take out student loans in order to pay for those.
I know now how much my father had to work
and struggle because he had to take out loans to cover his portion of our tuition.
He understood his responsibilities, that despite
this hardship, despite his challenges, he was going to be there for his kids. Always,
no matter what.
My husband did not feel like MS was a battle. He would bounce out of bed and almost sing
his way out of the door to work on crutches. And that would sort of wake me up. And I’m
sure it did the same thing for the kids.
We did a lot of laughing in our household and all of that happened in those few little
Michelle Obama, now stepping into America’s most traditional role. The full-time, non-paying
multi-dimensional job of First Lady.
Part of what makes her extraordinary is that she has been able to continue to be down to
earth even as the First Lady. I mean, she’s just Michelle.
Our friendship developed I think because we
both have an interest in military families. When I met Michelle, she said, “what do
you think would be the issue that you’re most interested in?” And I said “military
And I said to Jill, I said, “that’s what I’d like to do.” And that’s where
it all began.
I’ve done three tours. It’s meant a lot to our family during some difficult times,
just to know that there are folks in the white house rowing in the same direction with us.
Whether it be helping homeless veterans through
employment, trying to incorporate the military culture into the school systems, it’s helping
spouses find jobs, it’s all come together.
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She genuinely seems to care and want to know what military families are going through so
she can make changes on a national level.
You all don’t even ask for much. You know. It’s like, so we should be able to step
up in whatever way we can.
One percent of the country is serving to protect the freedoms of the other 99 percent of us.
So my view is that there is a lot more that we can be doing for them to make that service
and sacrifice a little easier.
Oh, she’s so good with young people. And she sees herself in them. She treats the
young children just the way she treats her own kids. And so they look at her as their
mom because she is a mom.
It’s a natural for me to see her getting the nation’s kids out there exercising and
The best way to take care of yourself is to own your health. To eat better, to exercise
It’s about the whole child. It’s about understanding how a child develops and how
we can best put a child in a position to be successful.
And she wanted it to be fun. To come up
with “Let’s Move”, it has such a great name. Let’s Move. That’s something
we do together.
She is a strong woman. Physically, we all saw poor Jimmy Fallon.
I just want to know if you can do more pushups
than I can do.
And I thought it wouldn’t be good to show up the first lady, so I stopped.
I’ve seen a lead by example, a get-right-into-it,
a pull-up-your-sleeves, hula-hooping, jump-roping First Lady. And I think, that’s what we
Hello, Mrs. Obama.
And the number one fun fact about gardening…
…With enough care and effort, you can grow your own, Barack-oli!
Wow, look at this!
We harvested some healthy food. A lot of
carrots, peas, fruits. She encouraged us to exercise more and to eat healthier. You
really are a wonderful woman. I think you’re the perfect wife for Obama.
I am Barack Obama, and this is my wife Michelle.
Hey. I’m his date.
Family is everything. I think there’s
nothing more important to her than her children, her marriage, and her mom. And making sure
that all works well together.
She was very clear. Mom-in-chief. I heard it, you heard it. She came in with a very
clear, “we’re going to make sure our kids are ok.”
I think every parent thinks kids are fabulous.
And remarkable. And special. And my kids are fabulous, and remarkable, and special.
And the reason they are is because of Michelle. I always say that in our household, she’s
the conductor and I’m second fiddle.
You know, Barack always gives me so much credit for who our girls have become. But let me
tell you, our girls wouldn’t be who they are without a man in their life who loved
What I love about my wife more than anything is she knows what’s important. She knows
that the best, and most important legacy of anybody’s life is making sure that your
kids turn out all right. They have good values. They’re kind, they’re caring. And what’s
very gratifying to me is that I know that the girls at this point are going to be fine
because they have the best mom in the world.