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I love Obama more than I did 23 years ago: Michelle

Last updated on: September 5, 2012 11:25 IST

I love Obama more than I did 23 years ago: Michelle

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United States First lady Michelle Obama has said that the four years of presidency has not changed the personality of Barack Obama and she loves her husband today more than she did when they married 23 years ago.

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Image: US first lady Michelle Obama smiles as she arrives to address delegates during the first session of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina
Photographs: Jason Reed/Reuters

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'Barack Obama is still the same man'

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"When people ask me whether being in the White House has changed my husband, I can honestly say that when it comes to his character, and his convictions, and his heart, Barack Obama is still the same man I fell in love with all those years ago," Michelle said in her impressive speech at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Image: US President Barack Obama and his daughters Malia (left) and Sasha, watch on television as first lady Michelle Obama takes the stage to deliver her speech at the Democratic National Convention, in the Treaty Room of the White House in Washington September
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Michelle said Obama started his career by turning down high paying jobs and instead working in struggling neighborhoods where a steel plant had shut down, fighting to rebuild those communities and get folks back to work because for him success isn't about how much money you make, it's about the difference you make in people's lives.

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Image: A delegate watches as US first lady Michelle Obama addresses the first session of the Democratic National Convention
Photographs: Jim Young/Reuters
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'Obama is the same man'

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"He's the same man who, when our girls were first born, would anxiously check their cribs every few minutes to ensure they were still breathing, proudly showing them off to everyone we knew. That's the man who sits down with me and our girls for dinner nearly every night, patiently answering their questions about issues in the news, and strategising about middle school friendships," she said.

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Image: US first lady Michelle Obama's brother Craig Robinson and President Obama's sister Maya Soetoro-ng address delegates during the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina
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'That's the man I see in those quiet moments late at night'

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"That's the man I see in those quiet moments late at night, hunched over his desk, poring over the letters people have sent him. The letter from the father struggling to pay his bills from the woman dying of cancer whose insurance company won't cover her care from the young person with so much promise but so few opportunities," the First Lady said.

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Image: US first lady Michelle Obama 'fist-bumps' actor and Obama administration official Kal Penn, the associate director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, as she tours the stage a day before her speech to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina
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'We've got to keep working to fix this'

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"I see the concern in his eyes... and I hear the determination in his voice as he tells me, you won't believe what these folks are going through, Michelle it's not right. We've got to keep working to fix this. We've got so much more to do.' I see how those stories -- our collection of struggles and hopes and dreams -- I see how that's what drives Barack Obama every single day," she said.

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Image: Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick addresses delegates during the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina
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'We can trust Barack to do what he says he's going to do'

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"And I didn't think it was possible, but today, I love my husband even more than I did four years ago even more than I did 23 years ago, when we first met. I love that he's never forgotten how he started. I love that we can trust Barack to do what he says he's going to do, even when it's hard -- especially when it's hard," Michelle said.

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Image: Julian Castro (left), Mayor of San Antonio, Texas, waves with his brother, US Congressional candidate Joaquin Castro, after Joaquin introduced his brother to deliver the keynote address during the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina
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'For Barack, there is no such thing as 'us' and 'them'

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"I love that for Barack, there is no such thing as 'us' and 'them' -- he doesn't care whether you're a Democrat, a Republican, or none of the above, he knows that we all love our country and he's always ready to listen to good ideas, he's always looking for the very best in everyone he meets," she said in her speech.


Image: US first lady Michelle Obama applauds after concluding her address to delegates during the first session of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina
Photographs: Jessica Rinaldi/Reuters
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