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Michelle Obama Reveals Her Biggest Inspiration That Led Her To Barack Obama, And Their Incredible Life

When you think about your biggest inspiration that set you on your path in life, what comes to mind? Is it a moving experience, a motivational song, a piece of wisdom from a great book? For former First Lady Michelle Obama, that inspiration is easy to pinpoint. There were two key inspirations that set her on her path in life: her mom and her dad.

Mrs. Obama showed up at the Obama Foundation Summit in Chicago and talked about how much of an impact her parents had on her life. "When I think about the words that stay in my head, that guide me, what I wake up to every day, it's the voice of Marian and Fraser Robinson," she reveals.

Michelle says that when she was growing up, she remembers the lessons that her parents taught her, by their words and by their deeds. Her father, Fraser Robinson, was once an athletic man, but Michelle watched him struggle with MS through much of her life with him. She remembers how he commanded respect, even with his disability and his struggle.

"My father used to sit in his chair and people would come for advice, they would come for money, for love, for affirmation and he would give that affirmation so willingly," Obama said. "But the thing that I remembered about my father is that he never complained."

Mr. Robinson, with his illness, still got up every day and went to work, even when he had to walk with a cane. "I think for me and my brother to grow up watching somebody sacrifice that much, somebody with that much power and influence and love, never complain once," Obama said, "the stories, the message, the images that roll around in my head tell me I have no reason to complain and that I am a blessed child."

Michelle remembers the lessons her mother and father taught her, such as, "Do what you say you're going to do, be honest and true, and treat people with dignity and respect."

Those words are the words that eventually led her to fall in love with her husband. "[Barack] reminded me very much of my own father in his decency and his honesty and his compassion. That was my foundation," she says.

Michelle says her parents didn't just give her empty talk and clichés, though. They led by example. "It wasn't just their words, it was their actions: to be open-hearted, to be empathetic and to make your life useful and to define usefulness as broadly as you can," she added. "Maybe I didn't have that much money, but I was blessed with the love of a father and a mother who gave me gifts that were priceless and for that, I owe so much."

They say that your partner in life is the biggest key to your success. Perhaps that’s why Barack Obama defied the odds and rose to such lofty goals—he had Michelle as his partner. Obama has often said that she’s his ‘rock’.

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