Everybody talks about the president´s legacy, so let´s talk about her´s.
“I will never forget that winter morning as I watched our girls, just 7 and 10 years old, pile into those black SUVs with all those big men with guns. I saw their little faces pressed up against the window. And the only thing I could think was: What have we done?”
And that´s how it all began in 2008 — only one year later, she was named: “Most Fascinating Person of 2009”.
Over the years, she went from “What have we done” to “Let´s Move”, one of her initiatives against the obesity problem in America, and thanks to her amazing speeches, she became this incredible public voice for so many young people, especially girls, all over the world.
In Washington, “Let’s Move” was a deeply controversial topic for anyone. Several Republicans have critiqued her initiative — Governor of New Jersey and presidential candidate Chris Christie condemned the First Lady’s involvement with healthy eating while on the campaign trail in Iowa, arguing that she was using the government to exercise her views on eating, but that couldn´t stop her…
She talked to executives at big food companies and lobbyists for the food industry, but being criticized as “the food police” while fighting against these giant corporations and fast-food companies, made her even stronger.
But talking about it was not enough. Here are a few examples of organizations she supported over the years:
On her first foreign trip as First Lady, she visited a girls’ school in London to speak about the importance of education and the future role of women.
In April 2010, she traveled to Mexico, her first solo visit to a nation. She spoke to students, encouraging them to take responsibility for their futures. Referring to the underprivileged children, Obama argued that “potential can be found in some of the most unlikely places”, citing herself and her husband as examples.
In 2015, the President and the First Lady launched ‘Let Girls Learn’ at the White House.
In September 2015, as part of the initiative, she told girls, all from different schools and organizations, at the Apollo Theater in New York: “There are 62 million girls who would give anything to be in your position. So if you care about those girls, the first thing you have to care about is your education.”
She held many impressive speeches over the years, and you can think about motivational speeches whatever you want, but when you hear her commencement speech about education and how important and difficult it can be, you can see that she means it from the bottom of her heart.
“Life will put many obstacles in your path that are far worse than a bad grade”, she says. “You´ll experience illnesses, losses, crises and setbacks, that will come out of nowhere and knock you off your feet.”
And if that happens: “You need to pick yourself up and dust yourself off, and keep moving through the pain.”
And then, there was the election year and the beginning of the most unprecedented series of speeches by a First Lady, ever. The fear of Donald Trump becoming President, and the fact that he could jeopardize everything she worked for, unleashed a form of passion in her that we haven´t seen before.
She took every opportunity to make sure people understand the magnitude of the decision they are about to make. She didn´t just speak to democrats, she appealed to the common sense of everyone.
In the end, it wasn´t enough, but somehow it was, because:
“When they go low, we go high.”