Monday at Oberlin College in Oberlin, OH, first lady Michelle Obama took great pride in the “change these past six years” of her husband’s administration when speaking to graduating students.
“Think about how just 10 years ago gay marriage was legal in just one state in this country, just one, and today it is legal in 37 sates and Washington D.C.” she said. “Think about those elections in 2008 and 2012 when idealistic young people like all of you worked long hours for little money and less sleep, pounding the payment for months talking about what’s at stake. Think about the million of folks that got out to vote on election day waiting in the rain and cold in lines that stretched for hours. Refusing to leave until they made their voices heard. And finally think about how even with all the gridlock and polarization in Washington we have made so much change these past six years. Twelve million new jobs, Sixteen million people who finally have health insurance, historic agreements to fight climate change, epic increases in college financial aid, more progress on LGBT rights than anytime in our history, and today it is no longer remarkable to see two beautiful black girls walking their dogs on the South lawn at the White House. That’s just they way things are now.”
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