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Michelle Obama quotes and moments we can't forget


The former first lady will share her wisdom in Indianapolis in February, when she speaks at an event hosted by the Women's Fund of Central Indiana.

Here's a look back at Michelle Obama quotes and other memorable moments of hers

Pride in her husband and country
"For the first time in my adult life, I am really proud of my country, because it feels like hope is making a comeback … not just because Barack has done well, but because I think people are hungry for change."

Michelle was always in Barack Obama's corner. But she stirred pride — but also blowback — early on, when she said these words before the Wisconsin primary in February 2008, during her husband's first presidential campaign. Soon afterward, Cindy McCain, wife of the then-Republican front-runner John McCain, told reporters "I have and always will be proud of my country." Some people undoubtedly wondered why Michelle chose those exact words, but it spoke to her experience as an American. You also may remember the emotional words she spoke to an audience at the White House in January 2017 in her final speech as first lady: "Being your first lady has been the greatest honor of my life. And I feel I have made you proud."
Personal touch
"Be passionate about something and lean to that strength."

Michelle was a hugger. Remember that famous photo of she and her husband hugging on Election Night in 2008? She even wrapped her arm around Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace a year later — a major breach of royal etiquette — but Great Britain's sovereign didn't seem to mind. Perhaps her most famous moment was when she wrapped her arms around former Republican President George W. Bush at the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in September 2016. The two had become friends during Barack Obama's eight years in office, and the photo went viral because it was a welcome moment in a time of bitter partisan politics.
Occasional prankster
“Choose people who lift you up.” 
Michelle also loved a good joke. When Miami Heat players were at the White House in 2014 celebrating back-to-back NBA championships, she did a little photobombing. As player Ray Allen and coach Erik Spoelstra were being interviewed on camera, she and LeBron James goofed around in the background. At one point, Michelle dunked a basketball, something that another Heat player Dwyane Wade said he'll never forget.
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