If I point to anything that makes me who I am, it’s that I have a whole lot of common sense. I’ve got a good mind and a good ability to read people and situations.
Communities and countries and ultimately the world are only as strong as the health of their women.
I always encourage people to start in their own personal universe, because sometimes we as parents start thinking about the big picture. How do I change what’s happening in my entire school? And how do I do it in my community? And then you get overwhelmed and it’s just like, “Forget it, I’ll just stay here in my kitchen and wait.” But, start small.
One of the lessons that I grew up with was to always stay true to yourself and never let what somebody else says distract you from your goals. And so when I hear about negative and false attacks, I really don’t invest any energy in them, because I know who I am.
But, 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 angry, or too emasculating? Or was I too soft, too much of a mom, not enough of a career woman?
There is nothing more important to this nation’s future than investing in our young people.
This is really what the White House is all about. It’s the “People’s House.” It’s a place that is steeped in history, but it’s also a place where everyone should feel welcome. And that’s why my husband and I have made it our mission to open up the house to as many people as we can.
I’m not asking any of you to make drastic changes to every single one of your recipes or to totally change the way you do business. But what I am asking is that you consider reformulating your menu in pragmatic and incremental ways to create healthier versions of the foods that we all love.
Education is the single-most important civil rights issue that we face today.
You have to stay in school. You have to. You have to go to college. You have to get your degree. Because that’s the one thing people can’t take away from you is your education. And it is worth the investment.
The ability to read, write and analyze; the confidence to stand up and demand justice and equality; the qualifications and connections to get your foot in that door and take your seat at that table- all of that starts with education.
Girls know that education is their only path to self-sufficiency. It is their only chance to shape their own fate rather than having the limits of their lives dictated to them by others.
The truth is, in order to get things like universal health care and a revamped education system, then someone is going to have to give up a piece of their pie so that someone else can have more.
The arts are not just a nice thing to have or to do if there is free time or if one can afford it. Rather, paintings and poetry, music and fashion, design and dialogue, they all define who we are as a people and provide an account of our history for the next generation.
As women, we must stand up for ourselves. We must stand up for each other. We must stand up for justice for all.
Throughout my life, I’ve learned to make choices that make me happy and make sense for me. Even my husband is happier when I’m happy.
The benefits of studying abroad are almost endless.
No matter who you are, no matter where you come from, you are beautiful
People are always going to have opinions, and people have a right to their opinions.