Courtesy of Politico:
“As I end my time in the White House, I can think of no better message to send to our young people in my last official remarks as first lady,” Obama said. “For all the young people in this room and those who are watching, know that this country belongs to you, to all of you, from every background and walk of life.”
“Our glorious diversity, our diversity as the faiths and colors and creeds, that is not a threat to who we are — it makes us who we are,” she said, after citing immigration and religious diversity as proud American traditions. “To the young people here, and the young people out there, do not ever let anyone make you feel like you don't matter, or like you don't have a place in our American story, because you do, and you have a right to be exactly who you are.”
“But I also want to be very clear,” she continued. “This right isn’t just handed to you. No, this right has to be earned every single day. You cannot take your freedoms for granted. Just like generations who have come before you, you have to do your part to preserve and protect those freedoms, and that starts right now, when you're young. Right now, you need to be preparing yourself to add your voice to our national conversation.”
Listen to that voice.
So filled with class, and hope, and inspiration.
The President, and essentially everybody who knows Mrs. Obama, says that there is no way that she will ever run for political office. And if that is not in her heart then of course she should not.
But when I hear her speak like this, I cannot help but think that her decision not to run is this country's loss.
She is amazing.
And they are both, she and her husband, perhaps better than we ever deserved.