By CNN White House Producer Shawna Shepherd
LONDON (CNN) – First lady Michelle Obama confessed she didn’t see the presidency in Barack Obama’s future when they first met over 20 years ago.
Mrs. Obama jokingly responded with “absolutely not” when a high school student asked the first lady, “when you first met the president did you think he would go on to do such great things?”
After that quip she shared stories about a young man who showed a lot of promise, but admitted she didn’t think he was going to win the presidential nomination until election night.
“I always thought he would be useful, but I had no idea he was going to be president,” Mrs. Obama said to female high school students from the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School, who were participating in a day-long university “immersion experience” at the University of Oxford outside of London.
She gave the young women some insight into what attracted her to the man who would become the 44th president of the United States.
“I knew he was a special person. And it had nothing to do with his education, it had nothing to do with potential,” Mrs. Obama said.
The first lady said she was struck by the love Obama felt for his little sister and their mother, who died when they were young. She also said they joked a lot and enjoyed his humor.
“It was those kind of values that made me think, you don’t meet people like that often,” Mrs. Obama said. “And when you couple that with talent – and he’s cute.”
The two met 22 years ago when they were young attorneys at a law firm in Chicago. Mrs. Obama said she thought he was one of the smartest associates in the firm, even had the chance to clerk for the Supreme Court, but she respected the fact that he left and become a community organizer instead.
The first lady warned the high school girls that when they get older and begin dating, they shouldn’t focus on things like whether someone went to a good school or is earning a certain income. If she did that she might have missed out on a future with the president.
“It’s with the people you surround yourselves with, and that’s just as important as the school that you choose,” Mrs. Obama said.
She passed along more words of wisdom to the young women who are not much older than her own daughters, Malia and Sasha.
“Reach for partners that make you better. Do not bring people in your life who weigh you down. And trust your instincts,” the first lady said. “Good relationships feel good, they feel right.”
She said that right. We are a product of our environment. Our bodies are a product of what we eat, just as our minds are project of what we feed it. If you all that you eat is junk food, then your body and physical health goes to waste. The same is true of the mind.
Why do vegans and health food fanatics find any way they can to push their lifestyle on others? This article doesn't even mention eating habits.
How does advising eating only junk food make you a vegan?!?
Make that, advising AGAINST eating only junk food ...
The metaphor was lost on you, huh?
You = Fail. Reading is most definitely fun duh mental. Nothing was said about being vegan, and the post honestly had nothing to do with food.....Rudy was merely putting it into perspective for people to understand....and I thought it was a great an-alogy. Obviously you've been feeding your brain with too much anti-propaganda propaganda. (Yes...I went there).
I love the First Lady. And I always enjoy RudyNYC's postings. Mrs. Obama is a kind, smart, inclusive, big-hearted, lovely lady. A beautiful woman who makes me proud to be American. She is an asset to the country and to her husband. It is an honor to see her and listen to her and the president on their travels. I am still reeling after the GWB years.
Rudy, if the processes goes the same path, well her husband could not become President. Because, he never had a Family on that line. But, I merely think it is just the right time the White Christian-Americans who favourably sharing their wealth and Authorities to the Black-Slave descendants. As they did before, offering the Caribbean Islands by choosing the suitable environments.
Many thanks for White Christian-Americans, even though I am not one of those Black-Slave descendants.
very smart lady. and a genuine person
Yes, I agree. She continually shines.
All I can say is be glad you live outside the US, because in the US Mrs. Obama does not try to have her opinion as just advise.
The word is "advice" not "advise".
That's a false attribution.
This will never be reported in the conservative media. They have a vested interest in painting the Obamas as "others." And if it is, the headline will be "Michelle Obama says she didn't think Barack was all that great."
LOL! So true!
I can see the Faux News headline now, "The First Lady Promotes Pre-martial Sex."
Bwahahahahaha u got my vote
"conservative media" LOL you are indeed a polite gentlemen.
My TV screen was stuck on Fox at the gym and I was a captive audience. So I listened for a while and almost fell off. Palin is releasing a movie to re-introduce herself to America. Then she will jump in the viper pit with the other GOPer's. This, I am now sure of. When I think of the grace and intelligence and heart of Mrs. Obama in comparison with Palin, they are not even on the same universe. And not that they should be compared; there is no comparison, but the stateliness and humanity that Mrs. Obama brings to us is in a class of its own.
Mrs. Obama is also an attorney and met her husband while they worked for the same law firm reminds me of the similarities they have with Bill and Hillary Clinton. So it's true, water seeks it's own level, you know like Sarah and Todd Palin, trailor trash.
You shouldn't pick on Sarah Palin. She did the best she could and in all likelyhood ended up with more than she deserved.
A lot of poor black families live in trailer parks. Why are Liberals always attacking where someone lives?
It's not where you live that makes you trash, it is how you behave. We didn't have money when I was growing up, but my parents never let us act or dress like garbage and other people didn't treat us like garbage. I have met plenty of people with money that were trashy.
Or they live in homes falling down with holes in the roof. Don't give that sob story they'd rather draw food stamps and welfare checks because we's owes 'em summpin!
People of all races live in trailers. A home is a home. The ones that give trailers a bad name are usually those in the Deep South that live on public assistance than scream when minorities want equal rights, gay want to marry, or anyone else needs public assistance.
I lived in a trailer when I was a child. My dad was a college student, and my mom was a school bus driver. But we always had clean clothes, "please" and "thank you" were never optional, and the fork always went on the left side of the plate, even if it was plastic. We were taught early on that politeness and class have nothing to do with money.
My dad is now a retired university administrator (even joined the Peace Corps after retirement), my mom is a registered dietician, I'm a college professor, my sister is a high-ranking university administrator, and my brother is a music teacher and professional musician. I'd say we've all turned out pretty well.
Except that Barack and Michelle actually have a good relationship. The Clintons kind of faked it. They probably were in love once, an obviously still like each other, but now it seems like they just stay married out of habit.
Is that the same Bill & Hillary that gave us the "White Water" cover-up & taught 3rd graders what a BJ is!? Seriously, to hold those 2 up as a high standard borders on saying " Hitler wasn't ALL bad!"
Hah. As if 3rd graders needed Bill Clinton to teach them what a BJ is. They learn this stuff from their peers, who learn it from reality shows on the TVs their lazy parents use to raise them.
The word is spelled "trailer" retard. Sounds like you live in one idiot
Great article and a great picture to go along with it as well. :)
I really like Mrs. Obama.. She is so down to earth, intelligent, funny, and REAL.
I'm barfing right now.
No one cares, G. Troll elsewhere.
You seem to be a sad little person who hates whatever this president and first lady do. It is a sad commentary on you and your values.
Of course you are barfing! your stomach's acid is way too acidic for a human. So is your life and your supposedly "Sense of humor."
Go barf on your own time. Don't you have a mop to push. Get to work!!!
this is the Anti-Christs bed servant.
What has he done that was so great other that con America into voting for him. What a scam artist.
He has set an example of the right way to do things. Be positive, do what you think is right and listen with an open mind to people who don't agree with you.
Hey dumb @ss he is allowing illegals to remain in our borders, instituting the the most ridiculous and expensive health care plan in the history of mankind, all while telling other countries, ISRAEL, what they need to do. Unemployment is going through the roof because his administration has caused such uncertainty in the markets. He's trying to play god and I say get your damn hands off. I don't need the government to help me or tell me how to live my life. He sucks
Bruck...allowing illegals alliens to stay in our country??? Umm what would you suggest? Rounding them up an putting them in a semi trailer and hauling them back to Mexico. Have you heard? Unemployment is going down...not up. You may want to watch something other than FOX news every now and then.
He stopped allowing insurance companies to deny health coverage to children with preexisting conditions. There's a lot of other things, and it doesn't take much googling to find them, but go ahead and keep regurgitating what's on the radio, it makes you sound really smrt.
After all, we were SOOO much better off in 2008.
The First Date meet Barry when he was 33 years old.
Sorry, I meant to ask how old were they when they meet? Pressed 'post' too soon.
In the articles it states they were both 22 years old when they met, Jay.
Does not, myesh. It states they met 22 years ago, not when they were 22.
"I always thought he would be useful" translation: "I knew I could sit around on my fat @$$ and not work for the rest of my life so I cashed in"
You are a very nasty person. Stop projecting your body parts on to others.
I suppose that snouds and smells just about right.
you do know that she also has her law degree and only recently quit working when he ran for president. You also know that she could get a job almost anywhere in the world she wants...so please tell me how you translated that she could sit on her butt for the rest of her life...I do have a serious question can you read?
It's obvious you don't have a grip. Her Law firm fired her as soon as they found out some of the unlawful things she had been doing. How can you people be so Ignorant. Obama's also had his Lawyer License taken away from him. They found out he should have nerver received one since he did not have the Qualifications.
There's no such thing as a "lawyer's license" you redneck.
Uh, she earned in the 6-digits as an attorney before he started his campaign for the presidency. She made PLENTY of bank on her own, and actually out-earned him at times... substantially.
Also, her @xx is not fat.
@GLENDA....get a dictionary before you start posting negative comments against our President. If you are going to be negative towards our President at the very least you can be grammatically correct and articulate. Get a clue!!!
She's fantastic! We are so lucky to have such an elegant and compassionate First Lady.
BULLCRAP! And I bet you're one of her sisaters too. Well you people enjoy yourselves while you can. It will soon be overwith but the crying.
@ Glenda "Sisaters"? "You people"? We should enjoy while we can?! What? You have to.be kidding. Blacks rarely get a positive image in the media and when we do racist can't handle it. How did you manage to turn this into a race thing?
You must have the education of a 6th grader
More importantly, you must also be a racist. Sad
Please stop embarrassing yourself. It is painful.
You just revealed yourself to be a racist. That's very important – now pretty much all of your political comments can be disregarded.
shawn: I agree completely. Michelle is a graceful, intelligent and compassionate woman. I feel good that she is going around the world representing me and my values to the world.
At the White House, to a group of very young children she told them that her 'favorite first book' was Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison. The book is full of cuss words all of winch are banned from CNN. Liberal use of the 'N' word, hate, racism, murder, teenage sex, rape, teenage drinking. One character lays on his back in bed dreaming of ways to 'kill little white girls.' Remember that this was her 'favorite fist book.' It came out when she was 13. How old was she gave it a read?
I agree, The First Date is one classy broad.
Oh wow Jay, That is one of the best descriptions of the Bible I've ever read (outside of teenaged drinking). is the Bible n the list of your favorite books? If not I would bet that it's on the shortlist of favorite books of many of your sanctimonious friends and family members. I would wager a lot on that! Ohhh wait, my bad! That wasn't about the Bible at all! it was about what is probably the best book written by Morrison – you know the Nobel Laureate, and Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist.
Mrs. Obama has been getting sympathy from the public, because it gives a good example .... Public loved it ... Definitely!
Mrs Obama is so cool, I just love that woman. Very down-to-earth, and 4real woman. Thanks Mrs. Obama never change.
Mrs. Michelle Robinson Obama is a wonderful, smart, and generous person. As a white person who values these things, I am very pleased she is representing me and my country all across the globe.
Ultimately it doesn't matter. Looks will still be king. All the stuff she said is great, but ultimately it's crap. People will still go for the person they find physically attractive, even if they're complete jerks.
Although I don't agree with some of Obama's practices, like pandering for the homosexual vote, He is and has been a good President. Yes , I'm a homophobe and proud of it. God created Adam for Eve not Adam for Steve. If it were to be then men would be able to reproduce themselves. It's time we as human beings stop the denial and seek Him who created us. Enough lies to our children already !
A homophobe and proud of it? If you believe all you said you should also believe only God can and should judge. If there is punishment for being gay its not your problem so why protest gay marriage? I never understood that.
you should be ashamed of yourself, adults do not speak like that. talk about setting an example...teach your children to be accepting of all human beings. You are a disgrace to America and your family. It's been said that the most outspoken "homophobes" are in fact gay themselves. Don't worry, I will still accept you, and I hope your children will too.
Good grief...leave the gay people alone and worry about your own sins.
I wonder why my last statement wasn't posted ? The truth is an offense but not a sin !
why has this story been out for 2 whole hours with no critical response from palin or bachmann? this is disturbing.
Why is she hugging that muslim chick?
Great. Glad we're still teaching high school girls that their highest aspiration in life is to get married.
Did she even say anything along the lines of "Establish your own career first?" Mrs. Obama was a successful lawyer before having to leave her career to back her husband's presidential campaign, but she's never needed Barack to survive, much less thrive. That's what helps a marriage like theirs work. What she should have been telling those girls was, "Marriage is great, but don't put yourself in a position where you need a man to survive. Learn how to take care of yourself first."
Perhaps I've misread this post ~ but there was no reference to marriage, but rather, providing a bit of Relationship advice to young students.. I share in your understanding that one's career/LIFE/Self should be worked on perhaps moreso than a relationship/aspirations to marriage, but that was obviously beyond the scope of the conversation... I wonder, what brought you to ascribe such a different interpretation to what was provided per this article??
I wish more people would take the time to talk to our girls about what to look for in a relationship. There are grown women who are still averaging D's on this subject.
I called the White House to inquire, " Where's the CHANGE !?" They sent me 2 cents!!! GREAT!!! Now, my taxes will go up!!!
They're both bright, articulate and compassionate. Thankfully we elected him, and got her as a bonus. She's a fine example to young women.
Translation: Date nerds. Worked well enough for me!
I got news for you fat lady Obama is not a Presidebnt yet. I hope he enjoyed his fancy costly vacation hop juping around Europe in this long new Devil Looking new Car. Him and his entourage cost the taxpayers how much While Iowa is still under water, the Mississippi is taking Home and farms down river while Joplin MO was blown away. All the while this sorry son of a pistol eater was playing. President, Hades he couldn't make a pimple on Carter's rear.
Your insane! You have NO idea what you are talking about and should be ashamed of yourself! I hope you dont have children, GOD FORBID they were being raised by such a hateful, ignorant, insane woman!
Glenda Blenda pudding and pie; kissed the_dude and made her cry
Glenda – do us all a favor and shut the f@*k up. If you say Mrs. Obama did something illegal and was fired, prove it. If you say the President was disbarred, prove it. Otherwise you have committed defamation. Stop reading about things you don't understand and give that GED another try.
It's a pleasure to find such raitaolnity in an answer. Welcome to the debate.
Glenda, I think you need a laxative.
she needs more than a laxitive- shes needs a lobotomy!
I think she already had one...
Its difficult not to like the Obamas! Michelle is a classy person.
No it isn't. If you have any respect for the principles and institutions that America was founded upon, it's quite easy.
Please leave Glenda alone. She is so easy to describe. Unhappily married- unlike Mrs Obama, overweight-unlike Mrs Obama, GED educated vs Ivy League education, goes to Church and shouts how much she loves God the One that she has never seen, yet is eaten up with hatred and bile towards the Obamas and people that don't look like her. Mrs Obama needs to give Glenda a hug, Glenda obviously has no one to respect her or love her as she wouldn't be so bitter towards others. God Bless you Glenda. We don't hate you, we pity you.
Many black families are GED educated and do not have an Ivy League education. Many Americans go to Church and shouts how much they love a God the One that she has never seen. Including the president. Why are Liberals so angry toward the poor and religion?
We don't hate the poor or religious. We hate the Glendas of the world – hateful, divisive, ignorant, and cruel people. It just seems that these are the very people that loudly profess their love for Jesus. They may love the Lord, but they hate the rest of us and find pleasure and self-justification in the poverty and struggles of others. Some are clever like a fox, like Ms. Palin, but the less crafty ones are just Glendas. I have high hopes that evolution will eventually resolve the Glenda problem.
Andrea very clearly stated that she doesn't hate Glenda, she pities her. The poor and the Christian fanatics are to be pitied are they not?
Such a cute picture of the first traitor hugging that adorable terrorist suicide bomber. I feel so much better about life after looking at that picture.
Ann Coulter, is that you, dude?
I know. Doesn't it warm your heart to see that photo in contrast to some TSA pervert fondling a 6 year old American child.
Yes the picture is cute but your comment is so not. Grow up and learn to be more tolerant.
That Glenda lady has lost it. Someon take away her computer. Glenda I see that maybe you need to get a grip on reality. This is not back-in the day. Gt with the program.
Mrs. Obama is a good role model to young girls all round the world. i wish their were more role models like her
WOW! Everyone has problems in their marriage, but what matters is at the end of the day they keep it together. Thats the Obamas: we see them as lovely because they hold it togeyther; some things can't be faked. Yes, Michelle practically ran the medical industry in Chicago before Obama's'presidency. And Obama came into office with loads of previous issues from the Bush administration on his plate, so be happy our President has compassion and is actually human...
The First Lady & President Obama, are a beautiful & classy, family!!!! I Think the President, OVER/ALL has done a GREAT JOB, Protecting our COUNTRY & keeping us safe. THANK YOU BOTH!!!!
D.holley, thats so ignorant. i believe that we get a choice on what we want in our life. who cares if you are homosexual or not. I think you should live your OWN life and don't worry about others. My brother is homosexual and that was his choice. No one influenced him. My brother has done a lot of great things in his life and he deserves to be better treated. gay people have feelings too. Just think about what you say before you say it.
Wow, love the uber-politically-correct photo-shot heading this article. Funny that CNN picked that picture. Typical, but funny nonetheless.
SOME OF YOU RACIST PEOPLE (ESPECIALLY GLENDA) NEED JESUS! PLEASE STOP IT WITH THE NONSENSE! RACIST COMMENTS ABOUT TRAILERS, FOOD STAMPS, MEDICAL ASSISTANCE, SUICIDE BOMBERS!!! OMG HOW OLD ARE YOU PEOPLE??? I'M 25 AND I HAVE MORE SENSE THAN MOST OF YOU! WHY JUDGE A PERSON BECAUSE OF THEIR RACE, WHAT THEY EAT & ETC...? GO READ AN EDUCATIONAL BOOK OR SOMETHING & STOP BASHING MY PRESIDENT & HIS WIFE! SO WHAT THEY'RE BLACK! I AM TOO! ALSO I HAVE WHITE & INDIAN ANCESTORS! NOBODY (HARDLY) IN AMERICA IS 100% OF THEIR RACE & WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT, GOD MADE ALL OF US IN HIS IMAGE & HE IS THE ONLY JUDGE!!! I WILL PRAY FOR YOU ALL BECAUSE GOD DON'T LIKE UGLY/HE'S NOT TOO FOND OF CUTE...HAVE A BLESSED DAY!!!!
It takes a whole lot to run a Country give the president and his family a brealk.he has done more in office than President bush
I am suddenly inspired to go into politics after reading this.
changing the inevitable is never been my cup of tea, http://www.christian-dating-guide.com/
I hope Mrs. Obama does more school talks like this here in the US
@aaron, that wasnt a stereotype, now was it?
Keep purity until marriage and get a man of character.
Keep p u r i t y until marriage and get a man of character.
The first lady did an excellent job by telling this young girls what it entails to ve a happy ending in life. no matter u no of degrees u ve as a woman and u dnt ve a happy home u are not a complete woman. peeps stp haten on this black folks that are good enough to ve became d first black president and first lady. They are doing good and they are exmaple of a successful career and family. learn and stp being ignorant.
Al,What a kind and generous thing to say. If you don\'t mind, howeevr, I\'d like to take a minute to address Ari\'s comment, above.It\'s wonderful to think of the future as a wide open book, and I wholeheartedly agree that it should be. We should always strive for things, and not live in the past.HOWEVER, as the saying goes, the past is prologue. If we don\'t learn from our mistakes, then we doom ourselves to repeating them – and that DOES require reflection into the past.If you are unfamiliar with the phrase that history repeats itself, then you are living in a world of rose-colored glasses – which I DO NOT criticize at all, but I believe to be self-limiting, rather than self-liberating.Probably the easiest – and quickest example I can give you: we should have seen that WWII was coming the minute we saw the events that happened just after the signing of The Treaty of Versailles, which ended WWI. Though Al\'s blog is not the place for a history lesson, all it takes is a little reading to understand why many people now are starting to believe that WWII was not, in fact, a war of its own – it was a continuation of WWI!Had we paid attention to the past, we could have easily foreseen the future. And imagine what this world would look like today had there NEVER been a WWII.Just one example of some food for thought. RitaRita\'s last blog post:
Disagree about the 'who to date'. make sure the man is smart and has a good job and is motivated to work. having a 'nice relationship' and 'love' doesn't pay the bills and makes life hard. tell your daughters to marry men with education, a good work ethic, a good job, and life will be much easier.
Interesting how they show her hugging a Muslim girl. More proof that the first family has a favorite.
I hope she reminded that young muslim woman in the photo to always be subservient to he husband.
What Mrs. Obama said is just what i told my 17yr. Old daughter but for her to hear from the first lady its more POWERFUL and i glad she said again for me. Thank you Mrs. Obama
Glenda is one sorry fat ass of a person who sits in front of the computer all day long with a beer in hand
and shit all around her :(
Mrs Obama speaks and crap comes out! Who really cares about her relationship with our pathetic excuse for a President. Maybe instead of telling us how are kids are fat she should put her time to use talking about the educational system in this country and how its failing our kids. Betwwen the two of them they have to do something right. Her husband is killing our country and our way of life, and she speaks mindless dribble. Did she know her husband was gonna ruin the country when he was elected? Let's talk about things that mean something. Quit kissing the Obamas ass and hold them accountable!
Dear God almighty. You have GOT to be kidding us.
If Bill Clinton had called Hilary "useful" in this fashion, feminists would be calling for his head. If Laura Bush had called Bush 43 "useful" (or Nancy Reagan called Ronald "useful"), she would have been verbally pilloried and torn to shreds by the media.
At best, this is either a bad joke that doesn't survive transcription well, or an appallingly bad word choice. At worst, this depicts a raw look at an appalling mindset.
Mrs. Obama didn't think hed win the presidency(nomination?) till that night ? I thought he was well ahead in the polls by then. So much for confidence. And at that point it wasn't the "Nomination" but the actual.... who writes this cr*p... where's her basketball... (i actually support Prez. Obamma) but lets not be stupid or sloppy...
Jim-I, I like your comment. LOL! Good point and well-stated; but NOPE. Some people are only interested in turning good into bad, and bad into worse when it comes to the OBAMAS, period. There's a thin line between love & hate; positive & negative, good & bad, or should I say good & evil. Most haters LIVE to pull hate, bad, evil, and negatives out of what is meant to be good! They work hard at it! PULITZER AWARD WINNER and NOBEL LAUREATE! WHO?? Toni Morrison?!? They hate that with a 'hot heat' too!!! LOL!!!
The best relationship advise she could give is "stay away from Anthony Weiner"
So true. Hoentsy and everything recognized.