First Lady Michelle Obama spoke at a mentoring event for girls at the White House today. In her remarks, she told the story of her career as a lawyer and hospital executive. But before that, the First Lady told the girls that they should relate to her, even though she is now living in the White House.
“One of the things that my mom always said — because people ask her all the time, 'What did you do to create Michelle Obama?'” Mrs. Obama told the audience. “And the one thing my mom has always said, and I agree, she said, 'You know, Michelle and Barack aren't new.' She says, 'Michelle and Barack are not unique.' She says, 'There are thousands of Michelle and Barack Obamas all over this nation, in neighborhoods and communities all over the place. And she is absolutely right. She is absolutely right. There is no magic to us.”
Later, Mrs. Obama told the girls that they would be matched up with mentors from the White House and across the administration. “People have been mentoring young women — this isn't the first time; all of us sitting around the table have someone in our lives that was pushing us,” the First Lady said. “But to have it done out of the White House is special.”