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The Classic Pamela Positive: “I love That… In The Toughest Moments….He Never…Gets Distracted By The Chatter…He Just Keeps…Moving Forward” -Michelle Obama

 

“And I love that even in the toughest moments, when we’re all sweating it – when we’re worried that the bill won’t pass, and it seems like all is lost – Barack never lets himself get distracted by the chatter and the noise. Just like his grandmother, he just keeps getting up and moving forward… with patience and wisdom, and courage and grace.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      – Michelle Obama

 

You may face distraction.

 

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But your job is to remain calm and focused on the task at hand.

 

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That’s called character and grace, and we are called to it everyday.

Believing you can be your best,

Pamela

 

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Michelle Obama, the 44th first lady of the United States and wife of U.S. President Barack Obama, was born on January 17, 1964, in Chicago, Illinois. By the sixth grade, Michelle was taking classes in her school’s gifted program. She went on to attend Whitney M. Young Magnet High School, the city’s first magnet high school for gifted children, where, among other activities, she served as the student government treasurer. She attended Princeton University, graduating cum laude in 1985, and went on to earn a degree from Harvard Law School in 1988.

After law school, Michelle worked as an associate in the Chicago branch of the firm Sidley Austin, in the area of marketing and intellectual property. It was there, in 1989, that she met her future husband, Barack Obama, a summer intern to whom she was assigned as an adviser. After two years of dating, Barack proposed, and the couple married on October 3, 1992. Their daughters, Malia and Sasha, were born in 1998 and 2001, respectively. On November 6, 2012, Barack Obama was reelected for a second term as U.S. president. After Mitt Romney conceded defeat, Michelle Obama accompanied her husband with their two daughters, Malia and Sasha, onto the stage at McCormick Place in Chicago, where President Obama delivered his victory speech. As first lady, she focused her attention on current social issues, such as poverty, healthy living and education.

 

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The Pamela Pensive: Stopping All Evil

“We can’t stop all evil in the world, but how we treat one another is entirely up to us.”

–Barack Obama, in a speech following the Tuscon, Arizona shooting, January, 2011

 

Let’s take this to heart.  We can stop anything negative in our world by watching our own world.

Every comment, every action, and important, too — every thought — contributes to a stronger, more caring world. It’s up to us to create this world, and we start with our own.

Live in the world you want to be in…be that positive catalyst. It’s no small task, and yes, it is a grand call. But how wonderful that the opportunity is open to everyone to help contribute to make our world beautiful and caring, at every moment.

 

Barack Obama is the forty-fourth President of the United States of America, and the first African-American president.  He has worked as a community organizer and a civil rights attorney in Chicago, and was a Senator for Illinois.  He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009, and is the author of Dreams from My Father and The Audacity of Hope.