Transcript: Q&A w/ Michelle Obama on combating childhood obesity – Part 11
Part 11 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:
We didn’t launch Let’s Move! 100 days in. We took the time to understand, to learn, to meet the community of advocates. Hopefully to build credibility, to learn something. So that we didn’t get out looking stupid, quite frankly. And that takes time.
And we’re going to be doing the same thing as we exit.
But I want the folks here to know that my commitment to these issues are real. This didn’t have anything to do with me being First Lady. I picked this issue because there was deep passion for it because of my position as a mother, not as a First Lady.
I mean, when you hear me getting riled up in this chair, it’s not politics. It’s parenting that is really moving.
Because let me tell you something. Our kids are so amazing. And that has been the biggest gift that I had as First Lady.
I got to spend time traveling the country, traveling the world, and meeting kids like Brooke, the kids who planted with me, kids who we mentored, kids from all backgrounds. And they come to this stuff so pure. And we owe them. We owe them so much. We owe them our best. We owe them putting aside our politics. We owe it to them to not to be cynical. We owe it to them not to give up. You know, we owe it to them to be honest and to be true and to be empathetic, to be compassionate.
You know? And everything I do, I think about the kids that are watching me and my commitments, and did I do what I said I was going to do? Because that matters to kids. That shapes them. And it can hurt them when you disappoint them.
So I operate from that place, because I love your kids as much as I love mine. I can’t help them in the same way. I can’t have the direct impact.
I just wish we all operated from that place. You know, if everyone on Capitol Hill down to every State House to every kitchen to every company just operated from that place of what is best for our kids, you know, what would I want for my grandchild? What would I want for my daughter, my son, my neighbor? If we operated from that place, these issues would be so clear. It would be easier for us.
So with that said, I’m going to continue to work on this issue. There’s nothing more important than our kids’ health. I mean, we can give them all the money in the world. We can give them a great education. You know? And we’re not doing that as well as we should. You know, we can expose them. But if we really want to make this country great? Then our kids need to be healthy and they need to have access to the best and not just some of them but all of them. You know? All of them need to have the best that we can give them.
So I think that the PHA, the work that y’all are doing here is just beginning to take off and you know we’re going to spend the next year figuring out what is that going to look like? What are the next steps? And how can I be of help? How can I be a good partner?
And that will take a little bit of time. But I’m here.
You know, being here at this conference, this summit, was important. You know? Because I want you to know that, again, it doesn’t matter what house I live in, whether it’s girls’ education, whether it’s healthy eating, whether it’s – you know – our military families, I mean what I say and I say what I mean, that you’ve got me as a partner as long as I can be of use. And so the question for you is where do you want me? Where do you want me to stand? What do you want me to do? Just let me know and I’ll be here.
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