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Wishing you light, love, and wonder during this holiday season. May the coming year bring us all joy and peace.

Wishing you light, love, and wonder during this holiday season. May the coming year bring us all joy and peace.
1190190 9634 24 days ago

For me, the holidays have always been a chance to slow down and reflect. We’ve endured so much this past year, from the devastation of the pandemic to the ups and downs of a hard-won election. But what has perhaps stayed with me most is the passionate message of justice and empathy that has defined the Black Lives Matter protests around the world. Take the example of Patrick Hutchinson, whose humanity is on full display in this clip, as he carries another man—a stranger—to safety. I want to highlight this story because it’s hard to see so many people distort the unity and righteousness of these protests. They’ve been sowing seeds of division, misrepresenting those crying out for justice as troublemakers or criminals. The truth is the millions around the world who showed up with their homemade signs were marching with the same kind of compassion that Mr. Hutchinson shows here. They’re folks who face discrimination on a daily basis because of the color of their skin. And they’re just asking to be shown the same level of humanity that our consciences demand we show anyone else in need. I hope more people can find it in their hearts to meet these cries for decency not with mistrust, but with love and a willingness to listen. Because as the COVID-19 crisis has made clear, our fates are inextricably bound. If the least of us struggles, we all in some way feel that pain. And, unless we keep speaking out and marching for equality, none of us will ever truly be free. We can’t watch a man choked to death in the light of day and assume that all our children can be safe. We can’t tell people they can use their voices, but then say, “Yes, but not right now” or “That’s not the right way.” I pray that in 2021, more of us will reach out to understand the experiences of those who don’t look, or vote, or think like we do. I pray that we learn to pause when we're tempted to react in anger or suspicion. And I pray that we choose generosity and kindness over our worst impulses. That isn’t always easy. But it’s a place to start. And we have so many terrific examples in all of the folks who marched for what’s right this year. Thanks to you all. I’m so proud of you.

For me, the holidays have always been a chance to slow down and reflect. We’ve endured so much this past year, from the devastation of the pandemic to the ups and downs of a hard-won election. But what has perhaps stayed with me most is the passionate message of justice and empathy that has defined the Black Lives Matter protests around the world.

Take the example of Patrick Hutchinson, whose humanity is on full display in this clip, as he carries another man—a stranger—to safety. I want to highlight this story because it’s hard to see so many people distort the unity and righteousness of these protests. They’ve been sowing seeds of division, misrepresenting those crying out for justice as troublemakers or criminals. The truth is the millions around the world who showed up with their homemade signs were marching with the same kind of compassion that Mr. Hutchinson shows here. They’re folks who face discrimination on a daily basis because of the color of their skin. And they’re just asking to be shown the same level of humanity that our consciences demand we show anyone else in need.

I hope more people can find it in their hearts to meet these cries for decency not with mistrust, but with love and a willingness to listen. Because as the COVID-19 crisis has made clear, our fates are inextricably bound. If the least of us struggles, we all in some way feel that pain. And, unless we keep speaking out and marching for equality, none of us will ever truly be free. We can’t watch a man choked to death in the light of day and assume that all our children can be safe. We can’t tell people they can use their voices, but then say, “Yes, but not right now” or “That’s not the right way.”

I pray that in 2021, more of us will reach out to understand the experiences of those who don’t look, or vote, or think like we do. I pray that we learn to pause when we're tempted to react in anger or suspicion. And I pray that we choose generosity and kindness over our worst impulses. That isn’t always easy. But it’s a place to start. And we have so many terrific examples in all of the folks who marched for what’s right this year. Thanks to you all. I’m so proud of you.
427887 6600 26 days ago

There’s no doubt it’s been a trying year for all of us. But as I think about the moments that have given me hope, I think of all the ways we’ve seen people step up to help their communities this year. From checking in on neighbors to volunteering at food banks, these are just some of the many ways people have given back. Join the @ObamaFoundation’s #OFCareChallenge and share how you’re helping out in your community. Every act of kindness makes a difference.

There’s no doubt it’s been a trying year for all of us. But as I think about the moments that have given me hope, I think of all the ways we’ve seen people step up to help their communities this year. From checking in on neighbors to volunteering at food banks, these are just some of the many ways people have given back. Join the @ObamaFoundation’s #OFCareChallenge and share how you’re helping out in your community. Every act of kindness makes a difference.
272582 1218 28 days ago

Tuesday, January 5th, is the last day to vote in the U.S. Senate runoffs, and your vote could make all the difference in this election. Go to weall.vote/GA to get the information you need to request your ballot, vote early in-person, or vote on Election Day.

Tuesday, January 5th, is the last day to vote in the U.S. Senate runoffs, and your vote could make all the difference in this election. Go to weall.vote/GA to get the information you need to request your ballot, vote early in-person, or vote on Election Day.
90702 851 33 days ago

For eight years, I saw Dr. Jill Biden do what a lot of professional women do—successfully manage more than one responsibility at a time, from her teaching duties to her official obligations in the White House to her roles as a mother, wife, and friend. And right now, we’re all seeing what also happens to so many professional women, whether their titles are Dr., Ms., Mrs., or even First Lady: All too often, our accomplishments are met with skepticism, even derision. We’re doubted by those who choose the weakness of ridicule over the strength of respect. And yet somehow, their words can stick—after decades of work, we’re forced to prove ourselves all over again. Is this really the example we want to set for the next generation? Dr. Biden gives us a better example. And this is why I feel so strongly that we could not ask for a better First Lady. She will be a terrific role model not just for young girls but for all of us, wearing her accomplishments with grace, good humor, and yes, pride. I’m thrilled that the world will see what I have come to know—a brilliant woman who has distinguished herself in her profession and with the life she lives every day, always seeking to lift others up, rather than tearing them down.

For eight years, I saw Dr. Jill Biden do what a lot of professional women do—successfully manage more than one responsibility at a time, from her teaching duties to her official obligations in the White House to her roles as a mother, wife, and friend. And right now, we’re all seeing what also happens to so many professional women, whether their titles are Dr., Ms., Mrs., or even First Lady: All too often, our accomplishments are met with skepticism, even derision. We’re doubted by those who choose the weakness of ridicule over the strength of respect. And yet somehow, their words can stick—after decades of work, we’re forced to prove ourselves all over again.
 
Is this really the example we want to set for the next generation?
 
Dr. Biden gives us a better example. And this is why I feel so strongly that we could not ask for a better First Lady. She will be a terrific role model not just for young girls but for all of us, wearing her accomplishments with grace, good humor, and yes, pride. I’m thrilled that the world will see what I have come to know—a brilliant woman who has distinguished herself in her profession and with the life she lives every day, always seeking to lift others up, rather than tearing them down.
1630253 19293 34 days ago

Georgia, let’s do this one more time! The runoff elections for the U.S. Senate are on Tuesday, January 5th, and early voting starts this Monday, December 14th. Go to the link in my bio to get the information you need to make your plan to vote.

Georgia, let’s do this one more time! The runoff elections for the U.S. Senate are on Tuesday, January 5th, and early voting starts this Monday, December 14th. Go to the link in my bio to get the information you need to make your plan to vote.
166742 1449 37 days ago

I know for many high school seniors and college students, it’s a lot to start thinking about the next school year—especially now, when there’s still so much uncertainty over this one. But trust me, filling out your FAFSA—the Free Application for Federal Student Aid—every year that you are enrolled in college is the best thing you can do to pay for school. It’s the key that can help unlock free money for your education. Make sure to complete the FAFSA soon at StudentAid.gov. @bettermakeroom

I know for many high school seniors and college students, it’s a lot to start thinking about the next school year—especially now, when there’s still so much uncertainty over this one. But trust me, filling out your FAFSA—the Free Application for Federal Student Aid—every year that you are enrolled in college is the best thing you can do to pay for school. It’s the key that can help unlock free money for your education. Make sure to complete the FAFSA soon at StudentAid.gov. @bettermakeroom
125141 1359 39 days ago

This #GivingTuesday, meet some of the girls from the @GirlsOpportunityAlliance global community, along with some of the remarkable organizations that are supporting them during the pandemic. Even before COVID-19, millions of girls faced barriers that kept them out of school—and, sadly, we know the hurdles are heightened during times like these, from dwindling access to education to increased violence at home. Grassroots organizations in the Girls Opportunity Alliance have been working tirelessly all year to help girls learn and feel supported during school closures. They have also delivered face masks, food, and remote counseling services to girls and their families to help them stay safe and healthy. During this difficult year, when these girls needed help the most, these organizations stepped up and were there for them. I hope you’ll support their important work for girls’ education today and donate whatever you can—because what we choose to do now will echo throughout the lives of these girls in the months and years to come. Take action at the link in my bio.

This #GivingTuesday, meet some of the girls from the @GirlsOpportunityAlliance global community, along with some of the remarkable organizations that are supporting them during the pandemic. Even before COVID-19, millions of girls faced barriers that kept them out of school—and, sadly, we know the hurdles are heightened during times like these, from dwindling access to education to increased violence at home. Grassroots organizations in the Girls Opportunity Alliance have been working tirelessly all year to help girls learn and feel supported during school closures. They have also delivered face masks, food, and remote counseling services to girls and their families to help them stay safe and healthy. During this difficult year, when these girls needed help the most, these organizations stepped up and were there for them. I hope you’ll support their important work for girls’ education today and donate whatever you can—because what we choose to do now will echo throughout the lives of these girls in the months and years to come. 

Take action at the link in my bio.
75285 622 47 days ago

One thing I’ll always remember from my #IAmBecoming tour is seeing the crucial role that independent bookstores play in so many communities. On this Small Business Saturday, show your support by ordering a book from an independent bookstore online. I'd love to hear what you're planning to read below!

One thing I’ll always remember from my #IAmBecoming tour is seeing the crucial role that independent bookstores play in so many communities. On this Small Business Saturday, show your support by ordering a book from an independent bookstore online. I'd love to hear what you're planning to read below!
448330 2652 50 days ago

Many of us will be experiencing Thanksgiving in a whole new way this year—whether by celebrating virtually with relatives in different cities or keeping it small with just our immediate family. Whatever your plan, I hope you can still find some time to tell the people in your life how much they mean to you. Maybe that means picking up the phone and simply asking somebody how they’re doing. Maybe that means setting up a big Zoom party with all of your oldest friends. Lately, I’ve been reflecting a lot on the conversation my brother, @CraigMalRob and I had on The #MichelleObamaPodcast earlier this year, where we talked about how important it is to stay connected and let others know you are there for them. How are you planning to stay in touch with your friends and family this holiday? I’d love to hear about your plans in the comments.

Many of us will be experiencing Thanksgiving in a whole new way this year—whether by celebrating virtually with relatives in different cities or keeping it small with just our immediate family. Whatever your plan, I hope you can still find some time to tell the people in your life how much they mean to you. Maybe that means picking up the phone and simply asking somebody how they’re doing. Maybe that means setting up a big Zoom party with all of your oldest friends. Lately, I’ve been reflecting a lot on the conversation my brother, @CraigMalRob and I had on The #MichelleObamaPodcast earlier this year, where we talked about how important it is to stay connected and let others know you are there for them. How are you planning to stay in touch with your friends and family this holiday? I’d love to hear about your plans in the comments.
216162 2277 53 days ago

This week, I’ve been reflecting a lot on where I was four years ago. Hillary Clinton had just been dealt a tough loss by a far closer margin than the one we’ve seen this year. I was hurt and disappointed—but the votes had been counted and Donald Trump had won. The American people had spoken. And one of the great responsibilities of the presidency is to listen when they do. So my husband and I instructed our staffs to do what George and Laura Bush had done for us: run a respectful, seamless transition of power—one of the hallmarks of American democracy. We invited the folks from the president-elect’s team into our offices and prepared detailed memos for them, offering what we’d learned over the past eight years. I have to be honest and say that none of this was easy for me. Donald Trump had spread racist lies about my husband that had put my family in danger. That wasn’t something I was ready to forgive. But I knew that, for the sake of our country, I had to find the strength and maturity to put my anger aside. So I welcomed Melania Trump into the White House and talked with her about my experience, answering every question she had—from the heightened scrutiny that comes with being First Lady to what it’s like to raise kids in the White House. I knew in my heart it was the right thing to do—because our democracy is so much bigger than anybody’s ego. Our love of country requires us to respect the results of an election even when we don’t like them or wish it had gone differently—the presidency doesn’t belong to any one individual or any one party. To pretend that it does, to play along with these groundless conspiracy theories—whether for personal or political gain—is to put our country’s health and security in danger. This isn’t a game. So I want to urge all Americans, especially our nation’s leaders, regardless of party, to honor the electoral process and do your part to encourage a smooth transition of power, just as sitting presidents have done throughout our history.

This week, I’ve been reflecting a lot on where I was four years ago. Hillary Clinton had just been dealt a tough loss by a far closer margin than the one we’ve seen this year. I was hurt and disappointed—but the votes had been counted and Donald Trump had won. The American people had spoken. And one of the great responsibilities of the presidency is to listen when they do. So my husband and I instructed our staffs to do what George and Laura Bush had done for us: run a respectful, seamless transition of power—one of the hallmarks of American democracy. We invited the folks from the president-elect’s team into our offices and prepared detailed memos for them, offering what we’d learned over the past eight years.

I have to be honest and say that none of this was easy for me. Donald Trump had spread racist lies about my husband that had put my family in danger. That wasn’t something I was ready to forgive. But I knew that, for the sake of our country, I had to find the strength and maturity to put my anger aside. So I welcomed Melania Trump into the White House and talked with her about my experience, answering every question she had—from the heightened scrutiny that comes with being First Lady to what it’s like to raise kids in the White House.

I knew in my heart it was the right thing to do—because our democracy is so much bigger than anybody’s ego. Our love of country requires us to respect the results of an election even when we don’t like them or wish it had gone differently—the presidency doesn’t belong to any one individual or any one party. To pretend that it does, to play along with these groundless conspiracy theories—whether for personal or political gain—is to put our country’s health and security in danger. This isn’t a game. So I want to urge all Americans, especially our nation’s leaders, regardless of party, to honor the electoral process and do your part to encourage a smooth transition of power, just as sitting presidents have done throughout our history.
3709829 77223 2 months ago

Barack's memoir, A Promised Land, comes out on Tuesday, and I can’t wait for you all to read it. And on a personal level, I can’t wait for him to experience what I did after my memoir was published. It’s now been two years since Becoming came out and I couldn’t be more thankful for all the stories and conversations that people from all over the world have shared with me. That has been the most rewarding part of writing Becoming – hearing from all of you as you discovered a new beauty in your own journey. ❤️️ #IAmBecoming #APromisedLand

Barack's memoir, A Promised Land, comes out on Tuesday, and I can’t wait for you all to read it. And on a personal level, I can’t wait for him to experience what I did after my memoir was published. It’s now been two years since Becoming came out and I couldn’t be more thankful for all the stories and conversations that people from all over the world have shared with me. That has been the most rewarding part of writing Becoming – hearing from all of you as you discovered a new beauty in your own journey. ❤️️ #IAmBecoming #APromisedLand
1413953 8885 2 months ago