During a speech in Washington, D.C., this week, First Lady Michelle Obama wholeheartedly defended her husband’s record as president, asserting that younger Americans may take for granted the positive impact he has had on the country.
Speaking before the Women’s Leadership Fund Conference, Obama said her husband first entered office when the United States was on the brink of a “Depression.” Six years later, she said, “overall unemployment is the lowest it’s been” and the president’s policies have “cut our deficit by more than half.”
She also noted the cultural changes that have happened since her husband took office. “[J]ust 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. They take it for granted that for the first time in history, there are three brilliant women serving on our Supreme Court. 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.”
Obama dismissed naysayers of the president’s 2008 campaign message, telling the crowd, “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.”
[h/t Charlie Spiering]
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