"Americans want to know that at the end of the day, they can put their feet up and enjoy the fruits of their labor. When you live in a nation in which...most ordinary people are struggling, it's easy to be cynical, to be divided by fear, led by fear... The problem with fear is that it cuts us off, isolates us. ...We raise young people who are doubters, they don't try because we already have told them they will fail...
"Barack is the leader that we said we wanted.... Barack
understands that our greatest challenge as a nation is that we have
stopped caring for each other.... Barack knows that the measure of our
nation is not measured by the greatest and strongest of us, but by the
least of us."
--Michelle Obama, April 8, 2008, Tallahassee, Florida
A Princeton and Harvard Law grad, Michelle Obama grew up in a working class family in Chicago. A lawyer who also has been a community organizer, she is the wife of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama. She is the mother of two daughters.
About 450 people attended her speech, which raised $80,000, mostly from ordinary people like me, who paid $40-$250 per ticket.