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Michelle Obama Tape at UCLA



Michelle Obama: We hold no level of fear in this race because there is no expectation that we are doing this alone. We will need all of you standing with us, praying with us, working with us every step of the way because that's how change happens in this country. And if you need any further evidence of what need to do, I'm going to tell you a story about this little girl that I met in Newberry, South Carolina, two days before the South Carolina primary in a beauty shop. And it was packed. And folks were pumped up. 'Cause I pumped them up. I did a good job in pumping them up. And this little girl came up to me and she said, 'Miss Obama, I'd like to tell you something.' And I said, 'OK, how old are you? Forty? Fifty?' She seemed so old. She said, 'No. I'm ten.' She said, 'Do you realize that when Barack Obama becomes the next president of the United States it will be historical.' And I said, 'Well, yeah.' But I said, 'but what does it mean to you?' And she said, ' It means that I can imagine anything for myself in this world.' And that little girl started to cry. She broke down and she started crying because you see, that little girl understands, she knows, that little girl understands the limitations that are already set for her, she knows that she already five steps behind, and she has heard so many people already tell her what she can't do. She knows about that bale of impossibility because it is suffocating her. And the truth is that she knows that she is better than anybody's limited expectations of her. But she is looking to us for some sign that we are ready to move this country in a way that's going to push her likes to the forefront. You see because the truth is that this is all about dreams. Dreaming is everything. Don't let anybody full you. Dreams and inspiration are everything. Cause let me tell you something. If it weren't for a little dreaming, I wouldn't be here. See because I was that ten year little girl. I am not supposed to be here. I wasn't supposed to go to Princeton because somebody told me my test scores weren't high enough, I wasn't supposed to go to Harvard Law School because they said it would be too much for me. Every step of the way in my life, and so many of you out there, have been told, 'No. Don't. You can't. Wait, we're not ready. Wait to your turn.' All the while knowing in your heart that you are better than anybody's limited expectations of you. And we don't learn anything else through this race I want young people out there to understand that they, if they push pass other people's limited expectations of them and reach for their seats at the table that others feel so entitled to, when they get to that table they are going to find that they are just as ready, just as qualified, just as capable, as anyone sitting around that table. See, because those doubts and fears that we fester in the society, those are a lie. So we need to do a little dreaming. A dream of the day that a man like Barack Obama is standing in front of the Capitol with his hand on the Bible taking the oath of office to become the next president of the United States. And just imagine what that image, what message that image will send to all these little kids in this nation. And if we can do that here in this country, imagine what we can do around the world. We all know the world is watching. We have young kids all over the world who are looking to this nation and they are trying to figure out who we are and what we want to become. We have a chance not just to make history but we can change the world. We can change the world. Yes we can. Yes we can. Yes we can. Yes we can.


[Crowd: yes we can, yes we can, yes we can]



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