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Friday, September 19, 2014
Michelle Obama: Americans 'Take for Granted' How Much Barack Has
by Charlie Spiering
Sep 19, 2014 5:52 AM PT
First Lady Michelle Obama proudly defended her husband’s record at a Washington, D.C. fundraiser, reminding the attendants how far the country had come since the Obamas entered the White House.
“Just think about how different our country looks to children growing up today,” she said. “Think about how our kids take for granted that a black person or a woman can be President of the United States.”
She also praised President Obama for changing history on gay marriage and the Supreme Court.
“They take it for granted that for the first time in history, there are three brilliant women serving on our Supreme Court,” she said. “They take for granted that their president will end hurtful policies like ‘don’t ask, don’t tell,’ they’ll speak out for gay marriage.
The First Lady emphasized her continued belief in the hope and change that they promised in 2008.
“Today, when folks ask me whether I still believe everything we said about change and hope back in 2008, I tell them that I believe it more strongly now than ever before, because, look, I’ve seen it with my own eyes,” she said, citing Obamacare, the stimulus, and the auto bailout.
The First Lady told donors that it was Congress that was stalling and blocking their agenda, reminding them of the importance of the midterm elections.
“If we lose these midterm elections, it’s going to be a whole lot harder to finish what we’ve started,” she warned. “Because things will be even worse here in Washington.”
She also skewered members of Congress for blocking her anti-obesity agenda in public schools
“In fact, it’s gotten so bad, they’ve even tried to block the work I do on child obesity -- and that’s really saying something,” she said. “I mean, for most folks in this country, making sure our kids get decent nutrition isn’t all that controversial -- it shouldn’t be.”