Saturday, 7 January 2017

FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA COULD'NT HOLD BACK TEARS AS SHE GIVES FAREWELL SPEECH VOWING TO STAND AGAINST THE POLITICS OF FEAR




FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA

Michelle Obama fought back tears today as she delivered a farewell speech as First Lady vowing to stand up against the politics of fear.
In a message aimed squarely at President-elect Donald Trump, she praised Islam as a religion of "compassion and honesty" and warned women: "You cannot take your freedoms for granted."
Mrs Obama capped eight years in the White House with a final speech to women with links to her Reach Higher education programme.
"I want our young people to know that they matter, that they belong," she said.
"So don’t be afraid, you hear me young people, don’t be afraid. Be focused, be determined, be hopeful, be empowering and empower yourselves with a good education.
"Lead by example with hope, never fear, and know I will be with you rooting with you and working to support you for the rest of my life."
She added: "Being your First Lady has been the greatest honour of my life and I hope I’ve made you proud."
Mrs Obama's last public appearance at the White House will be ahead of Donald Trump's inauguration in two weeks.
FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA

In a reflection of the right-wing Republican's bitter campaign, America's first black First Lady made a coded plea to her successor.
Mr Trump had promised a temporary "total and complete shutdown" on Muslims entering the United States.
"Religious diversity is a great American tradition," she said.
"Whether you are Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Sikh - these religions are teaching our young people about justice and compassion and honesty.

"That is not a threat to who we are. It makes us who we are.
"Don’t let anyone make you feel like you don’t matter or you don’t have a place in our American story because you do, and you have a right to be exactly who you are."
The First Lady warned: "You cannot take your freedoms for granted.
"You need to be preparing yourself to add your voice to our national conversation."
She added: "If you and your parents are immigrants, know you are part of a proud American tradition.
"We started out with very little. There was a lot of hard work and a good education.
"That’s what the American Dream is all about."





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