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article imageOp-Ed: Michelle Obama believes in 'change and hope' stronger than before

By John Presta     Sep 21, 2014 in Politics
Washington - Michelle Obama addressed the DNC Women’s Leadership Fund conference in Washington D.C., summarily dismissed naysayers of her husband's 2008 message of "change and hope." The speech was the most vigorous defense to date of President Obama's achievements.
Michelle Obama pointed out to the audience that the nation was on brink of a catastrophic "depression" which threatened to bring the country to a standstill. "Wall Street banks were folding. Businesses were losing 800,000 jobs a month," Michelle Obama said.
"Folks on TV were panicking about whether we were headed for another Great Depression -– and that wasn’t just talk, that was a real possibility." Michelle Obama added, "Our economy was literally on the brink of collapse."
Fast forward six years later, "Businesses have created 10 million new jobs. The long-term unemployment rate has dropped by more than half over the past four years. We’ve now had the longest period of job growth since World War II. And as folks across the country have gone back to work, overall unemployment is the lowest it’s been in nearly six years."
There was more. "We’ve cut our deficit by more than half. We’re sending more kids to college." Michelle Obama then touted President Obama's legacy legislation, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care of 2010, saying "Here’s my favorite -- after decades of trying to pass health reform, today, millions of Americans finally have health insurance because of the Affordable Care Act."
Michelle Obama also noted the cultural changes since that eventful 2008 election. "Think about how our kids take for granted that a black person or a woman can be President of the United States. They take it for granted that for the first time in history, there are three brilliant women serving on our Supreme Court. They take for granted that their President will end hurtful policies like 'don’t ask, don’t tell,' they’ll speak out for gay marriage."
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