Transcript: Q&A w/ Michelle Obama on combating childhood obesity – Part 10

Part 10 of 11. Partial transcript of the Q&A with former First Lady Michelle Obama on healthy eating and combating childhood obesity. The Partnership for a Healthier America event was held on May 12, 2017:

Sam Kass:
But just to build on that very briefly, because I think this couldn’t be more important. The one thing we have that is priceless right now is so much momentum. And once you have momentum, everything is possible. And honestly, watching your husband in his trajectory had no momentum and then gained momentum and then see what happened from there really taught me that.

And every time we got to win, we experienced a lot of big wins that were turned into losses. It’s never stopped our momentum but it definitely slowed it at times. And I think as a community, we really have to understand that our job is to cherish that moment and feed it and try to grow it. Even if, you know, you get half now, you’re going to get the next half later – if we keep our momentum.

And that was for our issues and that was for all kinds of issues.

Okay, so it feels like you’ve been gone for a long time.

Michelle Obama:
No, it doesn’t.

Sam Kass:
Turns out though it’s only been like 100 and a few days.

Michelle Obama:
That’s right.

Sam Kass:
So, you know, I know you’re probably still figuring some things out. Everybody wants to know like “What’s the plan?” But how are you thinking about the future? Because, you know, on this issue particularly, we’re seeing a lot of progress. Rates have started to come down for the first time. So how are you thinking about your future on this?

Michelle Obama:
Well, that’s what we’re going to spend this next year doing. I mean, you know, we’re not gone. We’re just breathing. We’re just breathing, y’all. Let us breathe.

So as I said at the outset, you know, we’ve got to get our new lives set up and that takes some effort, you know. Getting offices set up. Establishing a new household. Making sure our kids are good.

I got one kid going to college and another one just being 16.

Thank you.

You know, so there’s still parenting and life and all of that good stuff.

You know, as I’ve mentioned, we have the presidential center and there are big hopes and dreams for that. We’re very excited about the potential that the center can have, not just in the South Side of Chicago but in the country and in the world. And it will be a platform for the issues that Barack and I care most about, including nutrition, health, and all that good stuff.

But I’m approaching the next chapter the way I approached this last chapter. I want to be strategic. I want to take time to get to understand what this new platform is.

You know, I am a former First Lady. Well, what does that mean? And you know, where are the needs, where are the gaps? How do I make sure that I’m not redundant? That I don’t supplant work that’s there?

You know, that takes some time to figure out.

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