‘imprinted on his heart’

First Lady Michelle Obama, Pasadena, June 13: ….. “let me tell you something about your President … when he returns home after a long day traveling around the country …. he always tells me not about how hard the day was but about the people he’s met along the way.

And I see in those quiet moments late at night, after we’ve put the girls to bed, and he’s hunched over his desk, and he’s reading everything – letters people have sent him.  That’s what keeps him motivated. He reads those letters. A letter from the woman dying of cancer whose health insurance wouldn’t cover her care. Those are the letters he’s reading …

And I see the sadness and the worry that’s creasing his face. And I hear the passion and the determination in his voice. He says, “You know, Mich, you won’t believe what these folks are going through.”  He says, “It’s not right. Still not right. And we’ve got to fix this. We have to do more.”

…..when it comes to the people he meets and the stories he hears, he has a memory like a steel trap ….  if he’s had a few minutes and a decent conversation, he will never forget your story.  It becomes imprinted on his heart.  And that is what he carries with him every day – that collection of hopes, and dreams, and struggles.

…. Starting first thing in the morning and going late into the night, hunched over every briefing, he reads every word of every memo so that he is more prepared than the people briefing him, writing notes, asking questions. That is who your President is. That’s who you elected, because all those wins and losses, trust me, are not wins and losses for him. They’re wins and losses for the folks whose stories he carries with him, the folks he worries about and prays about before he goes to bed at night.

….here’s the thing about Barack – and this is something I’d appreciate even if he hadn’t shown the good judgment to marry me. (Laughter and applause.) But even in the toughest moments …. when it seems like all is lost, and we’re all wringing our hands, and I’ve done it to him, too – what’s going to happen, are we going to be okay – (laughter) – Barack Obama never loses sight of the end goal. He is always an end-goal game player. He’s not looking right here. He’s looking way down the road. (Applause.) And he never lets himself get distracted by the chatter and the noise. It doesn’t faze him. He just keeps moving forward, step by step. That’s how change happens. (Applause.)

And in those moments when we’re all sweating it, when we’re worried that that bill won’t pass, or the negotiations might fall through, Barack always reminds me that we’re playing a long game here. That’s how he reassures me. It’s not about today. It’s about our future. It’s about these kids. It’s not about us.

He reminds me that change is slow. Nothing worth having happens in an instant. He reminds me that change does not happen all at once. It never does. Never has. But he tells me that if we keep showing up, right, if we keep fighting the good fight, and doing what we know is right, then eventually we will get there, because we always have. When you think about it, we always have gotten to the right place in this country.

And that’s what he needs from you. All of you.

Read the full speech here

45 Responses to “‘imprinted on his heart’”

  1. June 14, 2011 at 8:06 am

    Wow! The msm is loving them some republicans this morning! Did they even watch the debate? Sounds like they had there talking points before the debate! Hmmmmm

  2. 3 Fred
    June 14, 2011 at 8:14 am

    thank you GOD for this man.
    GOD please give him plenty of courage and health;focus and energy and blessings as he is tireless.

  3. 5 halo
    June 14, 2011 at 8:14 am


    Chipsticks, the Today show interview is up.

    Ann Curry asked some tough questions, but as always, POTUS answered them in common sense ways.

    • June 14, 2011 at 8:26 am

      Thanks so much Halo, just posted the link, watching it now 😉

    • 7 dotster
      June 14, 2011 at 8:48 am

      Agree. Obama handled every question beautifully, per usual. He is always so smart and his answers are always clear and sensible. His answers almost always make the accusatory questions appear dumb. (shouldn’t you have concentrated on the economy instead of health care reform? Duh—-health care reform was an essential ingredient to healing the economy. Put on your thinking caps, media—-please)

  4. 8 Me4obama
    June 14, 2011 at 8:28 am

    I love my Michelle. Mornng TOD family.

  5. 10 meta
    June 14, 2011 at 8:32 am

    OMG, I just read FLOTUS’ entire speech and this woman is just so remarkable in every way. Very smart, very human, very moving words. Motivating words. Loving, kind words. I can’t imagine a more compassionate, beautiful person to be our First Lady. Thanks for bringing this link to us, Chips. I will return to that speech whenever I feel a surge of negativity or fear. We cannot let this moment of tremendous opportunity go by.

  6. June 14, 2011 at 8:50 am

    I wish there was a video. I read the speech and it sounds so moving. We have two people who are really remarkable. I love FLOTUS. I also love the photos.


  7. 13 Anonymous
    June 14, 2011 at 9:17 am

    I’m not one to toot my own horn (well not always), but when I told everyone last night to cheer up, this is what I meant. He’s got this. Re-read his book “Dreams for My Father”, and you will rediscover the Barack Obama who doesn’t back down, and doesn’>?t get flustered like most folks. Meanwhile, on NPR, the word is that Huntsman is the one the WH fears the most. Okay, anyone want to approach this? Also, can someone tell me how to re-adjust my browser settings so I am not typing blindly. I’m okay at home, but for now I am at work and can’t complain to IT as I should not be online 😀 Thanks much!

    • 14 theo67
      June 14, 2011 at 12:44 pm

      I’m in the same boat as you re: being online at work and typing blind. Someone mentioned last week that you can go to “tools” and unclick your “compatibility” setting. I can’t change mine at work, so I just type in Word, and then copy it in to the comment box.

    • 15 anniebella
      June 14, 2011 at 12:56 pm

      Anooymous, I think that is alot of B.S., even if it comes from the NPR. It’s still B.S. I am also havin problems seeing what I am typing. Help!

  8. 16 PoliticalJunkessa
    June 14, 2011 at 9:21 am

    Beautiful and powerful. This is why I really try not to engage in hand-wringing and chicken-littling. To *me* it somehow betrays my support just a little bit to not be stronger and more resolved in the face of the negativity and pettiness. I know that my President is reading, listening, thinking, praying, and planning — and the least I can do is be strong in mind and spirit.

    I don’t know — it’s just me.

    We are being called to grow up in this country; I am sure that is what Barack Obama’s presidency is about. As he said in his inaugural address (based on a Bible verse): “it’s time to put childish things behind.”

    I love these comments from Michelle Obama. I just love her and her husband. They are the right people for the right time.

  9. 19 Street_Smart
    June 14, 2011 at 9:31 am

    This is deep and powerful.
    We believe in you!!!

  10. 20 m
    June 14, 2011 at 9:39 am

    Wow, amazing!

  11. 21 Mariele K.
    June 14, 2011 at 9:46 am

    That’s why he is the President of the United States.

  12. 22 kels
    June 14, 2011 at 10:29 am

    She is amazing and I am so glad POTUS has this incredible woman by his side every day of his life! We could not have had a better First Lady than Michelle Obama.

  13. 25 Senior4Obama
    June 14, 2011 at 10:46 am

    Anonymous, when I use Internet Explorer I am also typing blind? Try using Firefox, that is what I did and it works for me!

    • June 14, 2011 at 10:52 am

      Thanks for that tip S4O, I contacted WordPress support yesterday looking for help with the problem but I haven’t heard back yet. From checking their forums it definitely seems to be a browser issue, I hate recommending to any one what browser they should use, but it does seem that Firefox works best with WordPress. I’ll let you all know if WordPress give me any useful advice on the problem – thanks again S4O. 😉

  14. 27 Asher in Boston
    June 14, 2011 at 11:36 am

    Our flotus always shines thru and never disappoints. What a touching speech that was.

  15. June 14, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    This is why President Barack Obama became the Leader of the Free World. His faith and Positivity comes during a period of a extreme negativity from all of his detractors, many of whom are against the President for reasons as negative and shortsided as bigotry and racism. The Birther insanity and questioning his loyalty are two reasons I feel the opposition are attempting to usher in a return us to a time of exclusionism and the denial of rights based on bias. This would be against all that we as a people stand for. And it limits our ability to perservere during a period we should all be part of making a total cocerted effort to cope and overcome with all of the serious problems such as of climate change. Plus its wrong because we need to deal with an Ultra-wealthy sector of society which refuses to make even the slightest concessions that would help deal with the fast growing Unemployment and Poverty. Thank God our President continues to keep our national focus steady, trying to finding the changes necessary to alleviate all of the most pressing problems of our time. Obama in 2012

  16. 29 theo67
    June 14, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    I’ve come to believe that the President and First Lady really are two halves of the same person. She’s able to express what he can’t or won’t. Everyone looks to him for strength and steadfastness, and he provides that – like a rock. She reminds everyone that he’s human, has insecurities and needs reassurance, just like everyone else. That he needs people to give him strength and to affirm his faith in humanity. This speech of Michelle’s has touched me the most, and coupled with the stillness and quiet force of the President’s speech last night at the fundraiser, it’s become quite clear that these two people aren’t simply rising above the hate, they are battling through it. That’s not easy. They see and hear everything that we do – and probably more. But they are focused on that longer term goal, and they’ve dedicated their lives, and their children’s’ childhoods, to making this world better. If this President does not get a second term, then I don’t know where this country will end up. If people cannot see the goodness in this pair, then they really have gone to the dark side. Simply awesome.

    • 30 anniebella
      June 14, 2011 at 1:02 pm

      I read the First Lady speech, and let me say it was wonderful. We are so bless to have her as our Firdt Lady and Barack Obama as our President. And they are so bless to have found each other.May the good Lord continue to watch over them and their family.

    • 32 sjterrid
      June 14, 2011 at 3:54 pm

      Theo67 I love your comment., and totally agree.

    • June 14, 2011 at 11:15 pm

      I really like the way you expressed your response to the FLOTUS’ speech, and the POTUS’ speech, Theo, even though I haven’t yet heard the latter. I found Michelle’s words very moving, AND very ‘real’. One of the things I love about them is their naturalness- they exude a certain awareness and caring for whatever company they are in, and they never seem to be puffed up in their own importance. Indeed, I’m thinking that if enough Americans do not return this couple to the driver’s seat in 2012, I hold out little hope for the morale of the country.

    • 34 Street_Smart
      June 16, 2011 at 10:48 am

      This is so true theo67. I am really wondering what will happen if he doesn’t get a second term. People like these two don’t come around that often….we should take full advantage of their dedication and thank them for their service to the nation.

  17. 35 CEB
    June 14, 2011 at 1:11 pm


    You have beautifully expressed thoughts that I have had for some time. And for all of us, remember, where there is darkness there is light.

  18. 37 GGail
    June 14, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    First Lady Michelle Obama – WOW what a woman!

  19. June 14, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    Yes, as I was reading her speech or message yesterday, talking about how her Husband worries and how she can see the toll It’s taking on him, I just teared uncontrollably, and snot nose too. Those were some words that tells a lot about our First Family. Lord Jesus Thank you for our First Family. Lord Jesus, I believe that you sent them to us, to clean up our Country, and at the same time to show us that we must be humble while we work. We must reach back to help one another, In a christian like manner. They show us love, compassion, devotion committment. Father God help us, your People, show us thy way Lord. In your precious name Lord, In Jesus name Lord, Amen

    • 39 anniebella
      June 14, 2011 at 7:16 pm

      When will the First Lady be coming home to the White House? Is the President on his way home? I believe I saw that he has left PR an hour early.

  20. 41 MissMapleLeaf
    June 15, 2011 at 12:57 am

    Hi, Greetings from Canada!

    This is my first time commenting here but I’ve haunted these lovely halls for some time now. So nice to come here after all the savage punditry on TV or new sites.

    I just read Michelle Obama’s words and I have to say that I got a bit choked up. The words were powerful.

  21. 43 Titti
    June 15, 2011 at 5:50 am

    Finally read the speech. Brilliant as always. She is his not so secret ‘weapon’.

  22. 45 anameti
    June 18, 2011 at 6:43 am

    Mrs O’s words are very encouraging. she know the president the most and her words just confirms what we his suporters love about him

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