“Being your First Lady has been the greatest honor of my life, and I hope I made you proud.” —The First Lady Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama Youtube Video transcript translation – 2017

“Being your First Lady has been the greatest honor of my life, and I hope I made you proud.” —The First Lady.



Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama (born January 17, 1964) is an American lawyer, writer, and First Lady of the United States. She is married to the 44th and current President of the United States, Barack Obama, and is the first African-American First Lady.












[Applause]
ok
guys at the command rest yourselves what
we’re almost stepping in
hello everyone and may I say for the
last time officially welcome to the
White House
well we are beyond thrilled to have you
all here to celebrate the national
school counselor of the year as well as
all of our state counselors of the year
these are the fine women and a few good
men go man who are on the stage and they
represent schools from across this
country and I want to start by thanking
Terry for that wonderful introduction
and her right on the spot remarks i’m
going to say a lot more about Terry in a
few minutes but first I want to take a
moment to acknowledge a few people who
were here first
our outstanding Secretary of Education
john king
as well as our former Education
Secretary Arne Duncan
I want to take this time to thank you
both publicly for your dedication and
leadership and friendship we couldn’t do
this without the support of the
department of education under both of
your leadership so I’m grateful to you
personally and I am very proud of all
that you’ve done for this country
i also want to acknowledge at a few
other special guests we have in the
audience we’ve got a pretty awesome crew
and as one of my staff said you’re all
pretty deep
yeah we have a few good friends we have
with us today Ted Allen llama Anthony
Connie Britton and becoming yeah Andy
Cohen Carla hall coach Jim Harbaugh and
his beautiful wife who’s like they’re
looking at him Lana Parrilla my buddy
Jay Pharoah kelly rowland usher keep it
keep it down keep it together Lee wale
is here and of course
Allison Williams and her mom are here
and all these folks are here because
they’re using their star power to
inspire our young people and I’m so
grateful to all of you for stepping up
in so many ways on so many occasions i
feel like i passed review all these
years asking time and time again where
you’re going to be on view New York
income can come here can you do this can
take that can you ask for that can you
come can we wrap can we say
so thank you all so much it really means
the world to this initiative to have
such powerful respected and admired
individuals speaking on behalf of this
issue so congratulations on the work
that you’ve done and we’re going to keep
working and today I especially want to
recognize all the extraordinary
leadership team that was behind reach
higher from day one and this isn’t on
the script so they know they don’t know
this i want to take time to personally
acknowledge a couple of people executive
director Eric Waldo where where you
gotta step up
Eric acting like he’s a him but he likes
the spot a little shot i want to
recognize our deputy director Stephanie
sprouse
and he’s really not gonna like this
because he tries to pretend like he
doesn’t exist at all but our senior
advisor grade are neither whoa great
brand has been a leader in education his
entire life I’ve known him since I was a
little little organizer person and it’s
it’s just been just a joy to work with
you all these individuals they are both
brilliant they are creative they have
worked miracles with hardly any staff or
budget to speak of which is how we roll
in the first lady’s office and I am so
proud and so so grateful to you all for
everything that you’ve done so let’s go
and finally i want to recognize all of
you who are here in this audience you
have there are educators are leaders are
young people who have been with us since
we launched retire back in
now when we first came up with this idea
we had one clear goal in mind we wanted
to make higher education cool we wanted
to change the conversation around what
it means and what it takes to be a
success in this country because let’s be
honest if we’re always shining the
spotlight on professional athlete so
recording artist or hollywood
celebrities if those are the only
achievements we celebrate than what we
ever think kids would see college as a
priority so we decided to flip the
script and shine a big bright spotlight
light on all things educational for
example we made college Signing Day a
national event we wanted to mimic all
that drama and excitement traditionally
reserved for those few amazing football
and basketball players choosing their
college and university teams we wanted
to focus that same level of energy and
attention on kids going to college
because of their academic achievements
because as a nation that’s where the
spotlight should also be on kids who
work hard in school and do the right
thing when no one’s watching many
beating daunting odds
next we launched better make room it’s a
social media campaign to give young
people the support and inspiration they
need to actually complete higher
education and to really drive that
message home you may recall that I debut
my music career rapping with day about
getting some knowledge by going to
college
we are also very proud of all that this
administration has done to make higher
education more affordable we doubled
investments in pell grants and college
tax credits we expanded income-based
loan repayment options for tens of
millions of students we made it easier
to apply for financial aid we created a
college scorecard to help students make
good decisions about higher education
and we provided new funding and support
for school counselors altogether
altogether we made in this
administration the largest investment in
higher education since the GI Bill
[Applause]
today the high school graduation rate is
at a record high and more young people
than ever before are going to college
and we know that school counselors like
all of the folks standing with me on
this stage have played a critical role
in helping us get there in fact a recent
study showed that students who met with
a school counselor to talk about
financial aid or college or three times
more likely to attend college and they
were nearly seven times more likely to
apply for financial aid so our school
counselors are truly among the heroes of
the retire story and that’s why we
created this event two years ago because
we thought that they should finally get
some recognition
he wanted everyone to know about the
difference that these phenomenal men and
women have been making in the lives of
our young people every day and our
school counselor the year Terry
trzcinski is a perfect example as you
heard Terry works at the Calhoun area
career center a career and technical
education school in michigan and here’s
what Terry’s principal said about her in
his letter of recommendation he said
once she identifies systemic need she
works tirelessly to address it
so when students that Terry school
reported feeling unprepared to apply for
higher education
Terry spring into action to create a
school-wide top-to-bottom college
readiness effort under Terry’s
leadership more students than ever
before attended workshops on resume
writing facts of completion
yes i can now say fafsa an interview
preparation i can barely say it
they did career and personal personality
assessments they helped plan a special
College week and they organized a
military day hosting recruiters from all
branches of our armed forces and because
of these efforts today pot % of
Calhoun’s seniors now complete key
college application steps and Terry
school has one state and national
recognition and all of this is just one
small part of what Terry does for his
students he did
each day I can go on and on about all
the time she spends one-on-one with
students help them figure out their life
path Terry told us as you heard she told
us about one of those students so we
reached out to Kyra and here’s what Kyra
had to say in her own words Cairo that
mr. Osinski has helped me grow to love
myself
she helped me with my doubts and
insecurities
she said my life has changed for the
better in all aspects Tyra said she held
my hand through my hardest time
she said mrs. stores in ski is my
lifesaver
that’s what kind and this is what each
of you do every single day you see the
promise in each of your students you
believe in them even when they can’t
believe in themselves and you work
tirelessly to help them be who they were
truly meant to be and you do it all in
the face of some overwhelming challenges
tight budgets impossible student
counselor ratios yeah
amen endless demands on your time y’all
come in early you stay late you reach
into your own pockets and see we got the
it you stick with students in their
darkest moments when they’re most
anxious and afraid and if anyone is
dealing with a college senior junior you
you know what this feels like these men
and women show them that those kids
matter that they have something to offer
that no matter where they’re from or how
much money their parents have no matter
what they look like or who they love or
how they worship or what language they
speak at home they have a place in this
country and as I in my time in the White
House I can think of no better message
to send to our young people in my last
official Marxist first lady
so for all the young people in this room
and those who are watching know that
this country belongs to you to all of
you from every background and walk of
life if you or your parents are
immigrants know that you are part of a
proud American tradition the infusion of
new cultures talents and ideas
generation after generation that has
made us the greatest con
beyond Earth if your family doesn’t have
much money I want you to remember that
in this country plenty of folks
including me and my husband we started
out with very little but with a lot of
hard work and a good education
anything is possible even becoming
president that’s what the American Dream
is all about
and if you are a person of faith know
that religious diversity is a great
American tradition to in fact that’s why
people first came to this country to
worship freely and whether you are
Muslim Christian Jewish in do seek these
religions are teaching our young people
about justice and compassion and honesty
so I want our young people to continue
to learn and practice those values with
pride ser our glorious diversity are
diversities of faiths and colors and
creeds that is not a threat to who we
are it makes us who we are
[Applause]
the young people here and the young
people out there do not ever let anyone
make you feel like you don’t matter are
like you don’t have a place in our
American story because you do and you
have a right to be exactly who you are
but I also want to be very clear this
right isn’t just handed to you know this
right has to be earned every single day
you cannot take your freedoms for
granted now just like generations who
come before you have to do your part to
preserve and protect those freedoms and
that starts right now
when you’re young right now you need to
be preparing yourself to add your voice
to our national conversation you need to
prepare yourself to be informed and
engaged as a citizen to serve end to
lead to stand up for proud American
values and to honor them in your daily
lives and that means getting the best
education possible so you can think
critically
so you can express yourself clearly so
you can get a good job and support
yourself in your family
so you can be a positive force in your
communities and when you encounter
obstacles because i guarantee you you
will and menu you already have when you
are struggling and you start thinking
about giving up i want you to remember
something that my husband and I have
talked about since we first started this
journey nearly a decade ago something
that is carried us through every moment
in this White House in every moment of
our lives and that is the power of hope
the belief that something better is
always possible if you willing to work
for it and fight for it is our
fundamental belief in the power of hope
that has allowed us to rise above the
voices of
doubt and division of anger and fear
that we have faced in our own lives and
in the life of this country are hope
that if we work hard enough and believe
in ourselves then we can be whatever we
dream
regardless of the limitations that
others may place on us the hope that
when people see us for who we truly are
maybe just maybe they too will be
inspired to rise to their best possible
selves that is the hope of students like
Cara who fight to discover their gifts
and share them with the world it’s the
hope of school counselors like Therrien
all these folks up here whoo-hoo guide
those students every step of the way
refusing to give up on even a single
young person shooters the hope of my
folks like my dad got up every day do a
job at the city water plant the hope
that one day his kids would go to
college and have opportunities you never
dreamed up
that’s the kind of hope that every
single one of us politicians parents
preachers all of us need to be providing
for our young people because that is
what move this country forward every
single day i hope for the future and the
hard work that hope inspires so that’s
my final message to young people its
first lady
now we want our young people to know
that they matter that they belong
so don’t be afraid you hear me young
people don’t be afraid be focused be
determined be hopeful be empowered
empower yourselves with a good education
then get out there and use that
education to build a country worthy of
your boundless promise lead by example
with help
never fear and know that i will be with
you rooting for you and working to
support you for the rest of my life and
that is true i know for every person who
were here is here today and for
educators and advocates all across this
nation who get up every day and work
their hearts out to lift up our young
people and I am so grateful to all of
you for your passion and your dedication
and all the hard work on behalf of our
next generation and I can think of no
better way to end my time is first lady
been celebrating with all of you so i
want to close the day by simply saying
thank you thank you for everything you
do for our kids and for our country
being your first lady has been the
greatest honor of my life and I hope I
made you proud
[Applause]
ok
[Music]

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