Transcript: Michelle Obama | Apr 05, 2021

A logo reads "CNN Original Series."

[Cheering]

Fast clips show Michelle Obama in different events and pictures of her childhood and youth years.

Norris is in her mid-forties, with curly brown hair. She wears a blue shirt, black trousers and a long silver necklace.

Norris says THERE ARE A FEW FIRST LADIES
WHO REALLY ARE MILESTONES,
CULTURAL MILESTONES,
WHO HELP US UNDERSTAND WHAT'S
GOING ON IN LARGER SOCIETY.

Michelle Obama is in her late forties, with short black hair. She wears a black cardigan over a matching shirt.

Giving a speech, Michelle says IT TOOK ME SOME TIME
DOING A LITTLE DREAMING
TO BE STANDING RIGHT HERE TODAY.

David Axelrod is in his sixties, clean-shaven with receding hair. He wears glasses, a blue jacket and a light blue shirt.

David says SHE HADN'T
FORGOTTEN THAT JOURNEY
AND THE CHALLENGES
THAT SHE FACED.

Michelle says WHEN YOU'VE
WORKED HARD AND DONE WELL
AND WALKED THROUGH THAT DOORWAY
OF OPPORTUNITY,
YOU DO NOT SLAM IT SHUT
BEHIND YOU.
NO, YOU REACH BACK...
[applause and cheering]
AND YOU GIVE OTHER FOLKS
THE SAME CHANCES
THAT HELPED YOU SUCCEED.

Leah Rigueur is in her early forties, with curly black hair. She wears a black and white striped dress.

Leah says FROM THE MOMENT
THEY ENTER INTO THE WHITE HOUSE
IT BECOMES HISTORIC,
BUT THIS IS ALSO
A REPRESENTATION
OF AMERICANS' BETTER SELVES.

Talking to a crowd, Michelle says THAT IS THE STORY
OF THIS COUNTRY,
THE STORY THAT HAS BROUGHT ME
TO THIS STAGE TONIGHT.
THE STORY OF GENERATIONS
OF PEOPLE
WHO FELT THE LASH OF BONDAGE,
THE SHAME OF SERVITUDE,
THE STING OF SEGREGATION,
BUT WHO KEPT ON STRIVING
AND HOPING
AND DOING WHAT NEEDED
TO BE DONE.
[applause]
SO DON'T LET ANYONE
EVER TELL YOU
THAT THIS COUNTRY ISN'T GREAT,
THAT SOMEHOW,
WE NEED TO MAKE IT GREAT AGAIN.
BECAUSE THIS RIGHT NOW IS
THE GREATEST COUNTRY ON EARTH!
(cheering)

[theme music plays]
Animated clips show different US presidents and their wives. The title of the show reads "First Ladies: Michelle Obama. Narrated by Robin Wright."

A girl says WHEN YOU WERE LITTLE,
DID YOU EVER WANT
TO BE THE FIRST LADY?
Michelle says NO, I DIDN'T.
I DIDN'T-- I DIDN'T KNOW...
I COULD BE THE FIRST LADY!
SOMETIMES YOU CAN ONLY BE WHAT
YOU KNOW EXISTS IN THE WORLD,
AND NO ONE LIKE ME WAS EVER
THE FIRST LADY
OF THE UNITED STATES.

A caption reads "January 20, 2009. Washington, DC."

A Female Narrator says ALL FIRST LADIES
ARE THRUST INTO THE SPOTLIGHT,
BUT MICHELLE OBAMA WILL BE
SCRUTINIZED MORE INTENSELY
THAN ANY OF HER PREDECESSORS.

The caption changes to "Michelle Norris. Friend, Author and Journalist."

Norris says WE TALK ABOUT
CIVIL RIGHTS HISTORY,
WE TALK ABOUT ALL
OF THESE SERIES OF FIRSTS,
THIS IS WITHIN OUR LIFETIME.

At a public ceremony, CJ Roberts says ARE YOU PREPARED
TO TAKE THE OATH, SENATOR?

Barack says I AM.

The caption changes to "Valerie Jarrett. Senior Advisor, Obama administration." Valerie is in her early fifties, with short brown hair. She wears a pink dress, glasses and a pearl necklace.

Valerie says IT TOOK MY BREATH AWAY,
AND I THOUGHT, "OH, MY GOSH,
THIS IS REALLY HAPPENING."

At a huge ceremony, Barack says I STAND HERE TODAY
HUMBLED BY THE TASK BEFORE US...

The caption changes to "David Axelrod. President Obama's Chief Strategist."

In an office, David says THE REALITY OF WHAT
THEY WERE ABOUT TO EMBARK ON
MUST HAVE BEEN VERY, VERY VIVID
FOR HER AT THAT MOMENT.

The Narrator says MICHELLE TRAVELLED FARTHER
AND OVERCAME MORE ON HER
JOURNEY TO THE WHITE HOUSE
THAN ANY FIRST LADY BEFORE HER.

The caption changes to "Kati Marton. Author and Journalist." Kati is in her early fifties, with blond hair tied up and bangs. She wears a blue blazer over a white shirt and black trousers.

Kati says SHE KNEW
THAT SHE WAS MAKING HISTORY,
AND THAT HER MOVEMENTS
WOULD BE SCRUTINIZED TEN TIMES,
A HUNDRED TIMES MORE
THAN ANY OTHER FIRST LADY.

The caption changes to "Leah Wright Rigueur. Associate Professor, Harvard Kennedy School."

Leah says EVERYTHING THAT MICHELLE OBAMA
HAS BEEN DOING IN HER LIFE
HAS REALLY BEEN PREPARING HER
TO WALK THIS TIGHTROPE.

The Narrator says MICHELLE WAS INTEGRAL
TO BARACK OBAMA'S PRESIDENTIAL
CAMPAIGN FROM THE BEGINNING.

The caption changes to "August 2007. Council Bluff, IA."

Standing behind a lectern at a meeting, Michelle says SO WE'RE LOOKING FORWARD
TO THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL.
I KNOW THAT ALL THE PARENTS
OUT HERE ARE HAPPY
TO HAVE THEIR KIDS
OUT OF THEIR HOUSE.
[laughter]
YOU CAN ADMIT IT.
LET'S GIVE A CHEER FOR THAT.

The Narrator says FIFTEEN MONTHS
BEFORE THE ELECTION,
POLLS SHOW BARACK OBAMA
TRAILING HILLARY CLINTON
BY DOUBLE DIGITS.

Michelle says WE'VE GOT
TWO BEAUTIFUL LITTLE GIRLS,
AND WE HAVE A WONDERFUL LIFE.
NOTHING WOULD HAVE
BEEN MORE DISRUPTIVE
THAN A DECISION TO RUN FOR
PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.

Norris says SHE KNEW
ENOUGH ABOUT RACE IN AMERICA,
ABOUT BREAKING BARRIERS,
TO KNOW WHAT THAT WOULD
MEAN FOR HER:
THAT SHE WOULD FACE
CONSTANT CRITICISM,
CONSTANT SCRUTINY.
YOU KNOW, WHO WOULD RAISE
THEIR HAND ENTHUSIASTICALLY
AND SAY, "SIGN ME UP FOR THAT"?

Back at the meeting, Michelle says BUT, YOU KNOW,
THE REASON WHY I SAID YES,
WAS BECAUSE I AM TIRED
OF BEING AFRAID.
THE GAME OF POLITICS
IS TO MAKE YOU AFRAID,
SO THAT YOU DON'T THINK.
WE HAVE A CHANCE TO MAKE
SOMETHING REAL HAPPEN.
THINK ABOUT THAT...
AND HELP US.

David says FOR SOMEONE
WHO AVOIDED POLITICS
FOR MUCH OF HER LIFE...
SHE HAD TO TAKE
A CRASH COURSE IN IT.
MY FIRST MEANINGFUL EXCHANGE
WITH MICHELLE WAS WHEN
WE WERE FILMING OUR FIRST AD.

The caption changes to "2003. www.obamaforillinois.com."

In a clip, Barack says I'M BARACK OBAMA.
I'M RUNNING FOR
THE UNITED STATES SENATE,
AND I APPROVE THIS MESSAGE
TO SAY, "YES, WE CAN."

The clip ends.

David says HE TURNED
TO ME AND SAID,
"YES WE CAN, YES WE CAN.
IS THAT TOO CORNY?"
AND HE TURNED TO MICHELLE,
HE SAID,
"MICHE, WHAT DO YOU THINK?"
SHE JUST KIND OF...
"NOT CORNY."
SO RIGHT AWAY I SAW
WHERE I STOOD
IN THE PANTHEON
OF STRATEGIC ADVISERS,
BUT OTHER THAN THAT,
SHE WAS HAPPY
TO KEEP HER DISTANCE.

The caption changes to "Melissa Winter. Senior Advisor, First Lady Michelle Obama." Melissa is in her late forties, with long straight blond hair. She wears glasses and a green dress.

Melissa says WHAT MANY PEOPLE DON'T KNOW,
SHE WAS ACTUALLY
THE BREADWINNER IN THE FAMILY.
VICE PRESIDENT OF COMMUNITY
AFFAIRS AND OUTREACH
AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO,
AND THAT IS A BIG JOB
AND IT IS A JOB THAT SHE LOVED.

A picture of Michelle, Barack and her daughters appears.

David says IT ALL CHANGED, OF COURSE,
WHEN HE DECIDED
TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT.

Michelle says LET ME TELL YOU
A LITTLE ABOUT MICHELLE OBAMA.
I'M A SOUTHSIDE GIRL,
VERY SIMPLE.
MY PARENTS
WERE WORKING CLASS FOLKS...

Melissa says HER STORY IS NOT
THAT DIFFERENT
THAN HALF THE PEOPLE
SHE WOULD MEET IN IOWA.
SHE TALKED ABOUT HER PARENTS,
AND HOW SHE WAS RAISED.

Michelle says MY FATHER HAD
MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS,
BUT HE WENT TO WORK
EVERY SINGLE DAY,
HE WAS NEVER LATE
AND HE NEVER MADE EXCUSES.

Melissa says AND THEN SHE MOVED
INTO THE BARACK OBAMA YEARS...

Michelle says MIXED GUY NAMED
BARACK OBAMA,
WHO GREW UP IN HAWAII,
THAT'S WHAT I LEARNED
ABOUT HIM ON PAPER,
I THOUGHT,
THIS OTTA BE WEIRD.

Black and white pictures of young Barack and Michelle flash by.

The caption changes to "Peter Slevin. Author 'Michelle Obama: A Life.'" Peter is in his mid-forties, clean-shaven with brown hair. He wears glasses, a dark suit and a light blue open-necked shirt.

Peter says MICHELLE
WAS INVOLVED IN RECRUITING
AT A PROMINENT LAW FIRM
IN CHICAGO,
AND ACROSS HER DESK COMES
THE RÉSUMÉ
OF THIS HOT SHOT FROM HARVARD
WHO'S BEING BROUGHT IN
AS A SUMMER ASSOCIATE.
THE FIRM ASKED
IF SHE WOULD BE HIS MENTOR.

Michelle says I LEARNED THAT HE
BECAME A COMMUNITY ORGANIZER.
I WAS IMPRESSED THAT THIS GUY
COULD'VE BEEN MAKING MONEY,
BUT HE'S WORKING
ON THE FAR SOUTH SIDE
WITH A BUNCH OF CHURCHES!

The Narrator says IN HER MEMOIR, BECOMING,
MICHELLE DESCRIBES THEIR WEDDING
IN OCTOBER, 1992:
"WE STOOD THERE
WITH OUR FUTURE STILL UNWRITTEN,
WHATEVER WAS OUT THERE,
WE'D STEP INTO IT TOGETHER."

[crowd chanting]
The caption changes to "January 3, 2008. Des Moines, IA."

A crowd chants YES WE CAN! YES WE CAN!

The Narrator says FIFTEEN YEARS LATER,
THEIR SHARED FUTURE
TAKES A DRAMATIC TURN...
OBAMA SURGES FROM BEHIND
TO WIN IOWA.
MICHELLE'S MONTHS
ON THE STUMP PAY OFF.
BUT NOW THE COUPLE MUST CONFRONT
A NEW KIND OF CHALLENGE.

David says THERE WERE
CONCERNS ABOUT HIS SECURITY
THAT WERE VERY REAL,
AND VERY DARK.

The Narrator says BARACK OBAMA
IS GIVEN A SECURITY DETAIL
EARLIER THAN ANY OTHER
PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE
IN HISTORY.

Norris says WE'VE SEEN
WHAT HAS HAPPENED
TO ICONIC BLACK LEADERS
IN AMERICA.

The caption changes to "Van Jones. CNN Political Commentator." Van is in his mid-forties, with a goatee and bald. He wears a black turtle-neck sweater under a black jacket and glasses.

Van says MEDGAR EVERS,
MALCOLM X, DR. KING.
IF YOU COME FROM
THE BLACK COMMUNITY,
ALMOST EVERY HERO
YOU READ ABOUT WAS KILLED,
AND ONLY MICHELLE, WHO CERTAINLY
HAD MORE TO LOSE
THAN THE OF REST OF US
IN THE RISK HE WAS TAKING,
COULD REASSURE PEOPLE
THAT IT WAS WORTH THE RISK.

The caption changes to "February 18, 2008. Madison, WI."

Giving a speech, Michelle says IT IS MAKING A COMEBACK...
[applause]
AND LET ME
TELL YOU SOMETHING.
FOR THE FIRST TIME
IN MY ADULT LIFETIME,
I'M REALLY PROUD
OF MY COUNTRY,
AND NOT JUST BECAUSE...
BARACK HAS DONE WELL,
BUT BECAUSE I THINK PEOPLE
ARE HUNGRY FOR CHANGE.

Newspaper headlines read "Hey, Michelle Obama, some of us are proud" and "Barack Obama's bitter half."

Van says EVERYBODY KNEW
EXACTLY WHAT MICHELLE MEANT.
THIS HAS BEEN A TOUGH COUNTRY
TO BE BLACK,
TO SAY THAT,
WE'RE ON THE VERGE NOW...
MAYBE PUTTING
SOME OF THAT BEHIND US,
SHE GOT SMACKED DOWN
HARD FOR IT.

A blond woman in her late forties giving a conference says I JUST WANTED TO MAKE
THIS STATEMENT THAT I AM...
HAVE AND ALWAYS WILL BE PROUD
OF MY COUNTRY.

A newspaper headline reads "Michelle Obama called 'baby mama' on Fox News."

The caption changes to "Marcia Chatelain. Associate Professor, Georgetown University." Marcia is in her early thirties, with short black dreadlocks. She wears glasses, a black blazer and a red shirt.

Marcia says MICHELLE OBAMA WAS MET
WITH EVERY SINGLE
NEGATIVE STEREOTYPE
ABOUT AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMEN,
MAGNIFIED BY A MILLION,
AND I THINK
THAT THERE WERE FORCES
THAT FELT THAT IF THEY
HUMILIATED HER ENOUGH,
IF THEY INSULTED HER ENOUGH,
MAYBE SHE AND HER ENTIRE FAMILY
WOULD JUST GO AWAY.
BUT THEY DIDN'T.

David says I CALLED HER IN TO SHOW HER
WHAT PEOPLE WERE SEEING,
AND I TURNED THE SOUND DOWN
AND JUST LET HER SEE HERSELF...

An actress playing Michelle watches a video of herself speaking in public.

In the video, Michelle says LIVE IN A COUNTRY AND A
WORLD BASED ON FEAR.
[inaudible]

Valerie says SHE WAS OUT
ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL
GETTING MORE
AND MORE PASSIONATE,
AND SHE'D BEEN SO EFFECTIVE
THAT I DIDN'T SEE
THAT IT WAS BEING PERCEIVED
AS ANGRY.

Norris says THE EASY
TROPE OF THE ANGRY BLACK WOMAN,
WHEN IN FACT WHAT SHE WAS
DISPLAYING WAS PASSION.

Valerie says SHE HAD A CHOICE TO MAKE:
GO BACK HOME AND PICK UP LIFE
WITH HER CHILDREN
AND HER HIGH-POWERED JOB,
OR DID SHE JUST TRY
TO FIGURE IT OUT.

The Narrator says IN HER MEMOIR,
MICHELLE REMEMBERS THE IMPACT
OF THAT MOMENT:
"THIS WAS A TURNAROUND POINT.
NO ONE, I REALIZED,
WAS GOING TO LOOK OUT FOR ME
UNLESS I PUSHED FOR IT."

The caption changes to "August 25, 2008. Denver, CO."

The Narrator says AFTER A YEAR AND A HALF
ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL,
MICHELLE PREPARES
FOR HER NATIONAL DEBUT.

David says SHE WAS GOING TO BE WATCHED
BY TENS OF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE,
AND THIS WOULD BE
THEIR FIRST CHANCE
TO REALLY GET TO KNOW HER.

At the campaign, Michelle says AND BARACK AND I WERE RAISED
WITH SO MANY
OF THE SAME VALUES,
THAT YOU TREAT PEOPLE...
[cheering]
WITH DIGNITY AND RESPECT
EVEN IF YOU DON'T KNOW THEM,
AND EVEN IF YOU DON'T AGREE
WITH THEM.

David says HER FAVORABLE RATE JUMPED
20 POINTS OVERNIGHT.

Michelle says AND LET'S STAND TOGETHER
TO ELECT BARACK OBAMA
PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES
OF AMERICA.

Women get emotional in the crowd.

She concludes THANK YOU.
(cheering)

The caption changes to "November 4, 2008. Chicago, IL."

A Male Newscaster says CNN CAN PROJECT
AT 11 O'CLOCK EASTERN TIME,
THAT BARACK OBAMA
IS THE NEXT PRESIDENT
OF THE UNITED STATES,
THE FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN
PRESIDENT IN US HISTORY.

(triumphant music plays)
Barack Obama is in his late forties, clean-shaven with short black hair. He wears a black suit, white shirt and striped red tie.

Barack says AND I WOULD NOT
BE STANDING HERE TONIGHT
WITHOUT THE UNYIELDING SUPPORT
OF MY BEST FRIEND...
THE NATION'S NEXT FIRST LADY,
MICHELLE OBAMA.

A picture of Michelle hugging Obama during his presidential speech appears.

Norris says THE NEXT DAY, HEADLINES SAID,
"CHANGE HAS COME TO AMERICA."
AND I REMEMBER THINKING
AT THE TIME,
PEOPLE WILL INTERPRET
THAT HEADLINE
IN VERY DIFFERENT WAYS.

The caption changes to "January 20, 2009. Washington, DC."

David says EVERYONE WAS CELEBRATING,
BUT THERE WAS IN THE BACK
OF EVERYONE'S MIND
THE FACT THAT IN THE MORNING,
WE WERE GOING TO COME INTO FACE
A EPIC FINANCIAL CRISIS,
TWO WARS, AND MORE PRESSURES
THAN ANY PRESIDENT HAD FACED
PROBABLY
SINCE FRANKLIN ROOSEVELT.
AND MICHELLE,
THE GOD'S HONEST TRUTH IS,
I DON'T THINK SHE KNEW
WHAT SHE WAS GOING
TO MAKE OF THE POSITION,
AND IT TOOK HER SOME TIME
TO FIGURE IT OUT.

The Narrator says THERE IS, AS MICHELLE PUTS IT,
"NO HANDBOOK
FOR INCOMING FIRST LADIES."

[reporters clamor]

Kati says WE SET UP THE WHITE HOUSE
AS-- AS A ROYAL COURT IN A WAY,
AND I THINK FOR MICHELLE OBAMA,
A MODERN WOMAN, A CAREER WOMAN,
TO SUDDENLY BE
THE GREAT MAN'S WIFE
WAS AN ADJUSTMENT.

A smiling Michelle Obama greets people at a fancy gala.

The Narrator says SHE DESCRIBES THE ROLE AS,
"A STRANGE KIND OF SIDECAR
TO THE PRESIDENCY."

Kati says THE FIRST LADY IS NOT A JOB.
I MEAN, HILLARY CLINTON
LEARNED THAT
WHEN SHE TURNED IT INTO A JOB.
WE DON'T WANT THAT,
THAT'S GOING TOO FAR.

In off, Robin Givhan says SHE SAID THE ONE THAT SHE TOOK
THE GREATEST INSPIRATION FROM
WAS LAURA BUSH.

The Narrator says AFTER A BRUISING CAMPAIGN,
MICHELLE IS DETERMINED
TO CONTROL HER OWN MESSAGE.
SHE STARTS
WITH A SIMPLE STATEMENT,
DEEPER THAN IT FIRST APPEARS.

Giving an interview, Michelle says YOU KNOW, I-- I JOKE, UH,
THAT MY FIRST JOB
IS GOING TO BE "MOM IN CHIEF,"
UH... BECAUSE WITH LITTLE KIDS,
I HAVE TO MAKE SURE THAT
THEIR FEET ARE ON THE GROUND.

A Female Commentator says OBVIOUSLY, SHE'S GOING TO BE
"MOM IN CHIEF."

Female Reporter 1 says SHE'S NOT SHY
ABOUT BEING THE "MOM IN CHIEF."

Female Reporter 2 says JUST SORT OF DEFINE HER ROLE
MORE AS FIRST LADY...

The caption changes to "Robin Ghivan. Journalist, Washington Post." Robin is in her forties, with short curly black hair. She wears a pale pink turtle-neck sweater, glasses and a long skirt.

Robin says SHE WAS CONCERNED
ABOUT HER DAUGHTERS,
BUT IT WAS ALSO JUST
A VERY SAVVY WAY OF SAYING,
"DON'T WORRY,
THIS ISN'T A TWOFER."
YOU KNOW, I'M NOT HERE
TO MAKE POLICY,
DESPITE MY EXECUTIVE EXPERIENCE.

Leah says IF I WANT TO PLAY
THE TRADITIONAL FIRST LADY ROLE,
I CAN PLAY
THE TRADITIONAL FIRST LADY ROLE,
BUT DON'T BE FOOLED.
IN A COUNTRY THAT CONSISTENTLY
DEMONIZES BLACK MOTHERS,
BLACK WOMEN AS WELFARE QUEENS,
BLACK WOMEN AS DRUG ADDICTS,
BLACK WOMEN AS THE CAUSE
OF THE DECLINE
OF THE BLACK FAMILY,
A STATEMENT AS SIMPLE AS,
"I'M FIRST MOM
AND THAT'S MY PRIORITY,"
IS SOMETHING THAT IS PROFOUND
BECAUSE...
[exhales] IT'S SOMETHING
THAT'S BEEN DENIED
TO BLACK WOMEN FOR SO LONG.

Norris says SHE DECIDED
THAT IN CREATING HER ROLE
AS FIRST LADY,
THAT SHE WAS ALWAYS GOING
TO KEEP IN MIND
THE YOUNG MICHELLE OBAMA.

The caption changes to "Chicago, IL."

Norris says SHE SAYS IN HER MEMOIR,
"I GREW UP
TO THE SOUND OF STRIVING,"
AND THAT'S WHAT THE SOUTH SIDE
OF CHICAGO WAS.

Peter says MICHELLE'S
GREAT AUNT AND GREAT UNCLE
BOUGHT A HOUSE IN
THE NEIGHBORHOOD OF SOUTH SHORE,
AND INVITED MICHELLE'S MOTHER
AND FATHER
AND, OF COURSE, MICHELLE
AND CRAIG,
WHO WERE THEN TODDLERS,
TO MOVE IN WITH THEM.

The caption changes to "Arne Duncan. Secretary of Education: 2009-2015." Arne is in his late forties, clean-shaven with graying hair. He wears a light blue shirt and pale brown trousers.

Arne says I GREW UP PLAYING BASKETBALL
WITH MICHELLE'S
OLDER BROTHER, CRAIG.
THEY WERE SHAPED
BY THE COMMUNITY,
THEY WERE FORGED
BY THE COMMUNITY,
AND I THINK SHE ACUTELY
FELT THE INEQUITY;
THE INEQUITY IN RESOURCES,
THE INEQUITY IN EDUCATION
AND OPPORTUNITY.

Marcia says IN MANY WAYS,
CHICAGO IS THE PLACE
TO CREATE MICHELLE OBAMA.

[police sirens]
An old clip shows men protesting in the street. A sign reads "America: whites. Africa: blacks."

Marcia continues IT'S A PLACE THAT IS UNDERGIRDED
BY A LOT OF THE RACIAL TENSIONS
AND INEQUALITY THAT WILL SHAPE
HER VIEWPOINT IN THE WORLD.

Van says THIS IS WHERE
DR. KING WENT AND WAS DEFEATED.

The caption changes to "Chicago, III. August 1966."

In the clip, a crowd runs away and police officers hit protesters.

Van says THE POVERTY
AND THE RACISM IN CHICAGO
IS SO PROFOUND,
THAT EVEN DR. KING
CAN'T MOVE IT AN INCH.

In the clip, Martin Luther King says I HAVE NEVER SEEN, EVEN IN
MISSISSIPPI AND ALABAMA,
MOBS AS HOSTILE
AND AS HATE-FILLED
AS I'VE SEEN IN CHICAGO.

Van says CHICAGO IS A PLACE
WHERE POLITICIANS ARE CORRUPT
AND IDEALISTS GO
TO GET DEFEATED.
I THINK AMERICANS FORGET THAT
SHE GREW UP IN THE MIDDLE
OF ALL OF THAT.

The Narrator says FOR MANY, THE OBAMAS
REPRESENT THE TRIUMPH
OF INSPIRATIONAL POLITICS,
BUT MICHELLE'S OPTIMISM
IS TEMPERED
BY WHAT SHE CALLS, "THE UGLY
RED-VERSUS-BLUE DYNAMIC,"
WHICH HAS TAKEN OVER WASHINGTON.

The caption changes to "February 24, 2009. Washington, DC."

Michelle and Barack get into a limousine as photographers take their picture.

The caption changes to "Tim Naftali. CNN. Presidential Historian." Tim is in his early fifties, clean-shaven with black hair. He wears a black shirt and matching trousers.

Tim says SHE GOES TO WATCH
HER HUSBAND
GIVE HIS FIRST SPEECH TO
A JOINT SESSION OF CONGRESS.

Barack says MEMBERS OF CONGRESS,
THE FIRST LADY
OF THE UNITED STATES.

Tim says SHE'S LOOKING OVER
THIS SEA-- AS SHE DESCRIBES IT,
SEA OF WHITENESS AND MALENESS.
AND SHE IS VERY
AWARE OF THE BODY LANGUAGE
AND THE EXPRESSIONS
OF MANY REPUBLICANS.

In Congress, Barack says THE AMERICAN PEOPLE EXPECT
US TO BUILD COMMON GROUND.

The Narrator says MICHELLE WATCHES
AS ALL THE REPUBLICANS
REMAIN SEATED.
BUT THE FIRST LADY
IS BEING WATCHED AS WELL.

A Male Newscaster says THIS MAY HAVE BEEN
ONE OF THE MOST TALKED ABOUT
MOMENTS FROM LAST NIGHT.
MICHELLE OBAMA
AND HER SLEEVELESS DRESS.

A newspaper headline with a picture of Michelle applauding reads "Arms and the woman."

Tim says IT WAS ESPECIALLY
UNFAIR FOR MICHELLE OBAMA
BECAUSE JACKIE KENNEDY
WASN'T CRITICIZED
FOR COMPLETELY CHANGING
THE LOOK OF THE FIRST LADY.

Male Reporter says WITH MICHELLE OBAMA
"BEARING ARMS" HAS A WHOLE NEW
MEANING INSIDE THE BELTWAY.

Robin says PEOPLE ZEROED IN ON HER ARMS
BECAUSE THEY WERE NOT THE ARMS
OF A FRAGILE DAMSEL
WHO WAS WHITE.
NON-WHITE AMERICANS
HAVE FOR YEARS LOOKED
AT A WHITE FIRST LADY
AND WERE STILL ABLE TO SAY
THAT SHE REPRESENTED THEM.
BUT I THINK IT BECOMES
MUCH MORE CHALLENGING
FOR SOME WHITE AMERICANS
TO LOOK AT A BLACK FIRST LADY
AND SEE THEMSELVES IN HER.
INSTEAD, THEY SIMPLY SAW HER
AS AN ALIEN.

The caption changes to "April 1, 2009. London, UK."

(classical music plays)

The Narrator says FOUR MONTHS
INTO THE OBAMAS' FIRST TERM,
MICHELLE TAKES HER FIRST
OFFICIAL TRIP ABROAD
ACCOMPANYING HER HUSBAND
TO LONDON.
THE NEXT DAY,
WHILE HER HUSBAND
HUDDLES WITH OTHER G-20 LEADERS,
THE CAMERAS FOLLOW MICHELLE
AS SHE MEETS WITH THEIR SPOUSES.

Melissa says BUT SHE WASN'T
JUST GOING TO GO AS A FIGUREHEAD
AND JUST AS A SPOUSE.
SHE ACTUALLY WANTED TO INTERACT
WITH REAL PEOPLE.

The Narrator says AND SO MICHELLE MAKES
A SOLO VISIT TO A GIRLS' SCHOOL
A FEW MILES ACROSS LONDON
BUT WORLDS AWAY
FROM BUCKINGHAM PALACE.

A Female Teacher says WE WELCOME TO THE STAGE,
THE FIRST LADY
OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

The Narrator says MICHELLE WRITES THAT,
"LOOKING AT THOSE LONDON GIRLS,
I ALMOST FELT MYSELF FALLING
BACKWARDS INTO MY OWN PAST."

Michelle watches school girls sing and perform.

Norris says SHE SAID,
"I SEE MYSELF IN THEM."
AND I'M NOT SURE
THAT WE'VE HEARD
A FIRST LADY SPEAK
LIKE THAT BEFORE.

Leah says YOU HAVE TO BE STRONGER,
YOU HAVE TO BE SMARTER,
YOU HAVE TO BE TWICE AS GOOD
WITH HALF THE RESOURCES.
AND THIS IS SOMETHING
THAT MICHELLE'S FAMILY,
HER COMMUNITY, HER EXPERIENCES
REALLY INSTILL IN HER.

Giving a speech at the school, Michelle says WE ARE COUNTING
ON EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU
TO BE THE VERY BEST
THAT YOU CAN BE,
BECAUSE THE WORLD IS BIG
AND IT'S FULL OF CHALLENGES,
AND WE NEED STRONG, SMART,
CONFIDENT YOUNG WOMEN
TO STAND UP AND TAKE THE REINS.
WE KNOW YOU CAN DO IT.
WE LOVE YOU.
THANK YOU SO MUCH.
[applause]

Norris says THAT SIMPLE STATEMENT,
"I SEE MYSELF IN THEM."
THERE IS SO MUCH IN THAT
AND NOT JUST SAYING THAT
BUT THEN FIGURING OUT
HOW TO ACT ON THAT.

Tim says EVERY FIRST LADY IS EXPECTED
TO HAVE AT LEAST ONE CRUSADE.
BARBARA BUSH, LITERACY.
NANCY REAGAN, SAY NO TO DRUGS.
MICHELLE'S CRUSADE
WAS TO EMPOWER CHILDREN
AND THEIR PARENTS TO EAT BETTER.

The caption changes to "June 16 2009. Washington, DC."

Giving a speech, Michelle says THE PRESIDENT AND CONGRESS
ARE GOING TO BEGIN TO ADDRESS
HEALTH CARE REFORM.
NEARLY A THIRD OF THE CHILDREN
IN THIS COUNTRY
ARE EITHER OVERWEIGHT OR OBESE.

The Narrator says THE SCOPE
OF MICHELLE'S INITIATIVE
IS STRATEGICALLY MASKED
BY HER SIMPLE OPENING MOVE,
WHICH SHE DESCRIBES AS,
"A HARMLESS
AND INNOCENT UNDERTAKING
BY A LADY WITH A SPADE."

At an outdoor meal with children, Michelle says LET'S GET UP
AND GET SOME SHOVELS.
COME ON, LET'S GO, LET'S GO!

The caption changes to "Sam Kass. Executive Director, Let's Move." Sam is in his mid-forties, bald with a beard. He wears a black suit and a white open-necked shirt.

Sam says WHEN YOU HAVE
ONE IN THREE KIDS ON TRACK
TO HAVE DIABETES
IN THEIR LIFETIME, LIKE,
DOESN'T MATTER WHAT
WE DO WITH HEALTHCARE
IF WE DON'T SOLVE
THAT SIDE OF THE PROBLEM,
AND THE GARDEN WAS STEP ONE.
WHEN WE WERE DOING
OUR FIRST PLANTING,
THERE'S KIDS...
EVERYBODY'S RUNNING AROUND
AND YOU CAN JUST HEAR ALL THE
CAMERAS CLICKING CONSTANTLY...
SHE JUST LOOKED AT ME,
SHE'S LIKE, "THIS BETTER WORK."
[chuckles]

Michelle says THIRTY-ONE MILLION
AMERICAN CHILDREN
PARTICIPATE IN THE FEDERAL
SCHOOL MEALS PROGRAM,
AND MANY OF THESE KIDS CONSUME
AS MANY AS HALF
OF THEIR CALORIES
DAILY, UH, AT SCHOOL.

Van says SHE HAS THE AUDACITY TO SAY,
"MAYBE KIDS SHOULD EAT
GOOD FOOD."
NOW THIS STRIKES ME AS
A NON-CONTROVERSIAL THING
FOR A MOM TO SAY.

Michelle says WE'LL START BY UPDATING THE LAW
THAT SETS NUTRITION STANDARDS
FOR WHAT OUR KIDS EAT AT SCHOOL.

Van says AND YET, YOU WOULD HAVE THOUGHT
SHE WAS USHERING IN STALINISM
THROUGH THE LUNCHROOM.

At a speech, Sarah Palin says WHO SHOULD BE MAKING
THE DECISIONS
WHAT YOU EAT AND SCHOOL
CHOICE AND EVERYTHING ELSE,
SHOULD IT BE THE GOVERNMENT
OR SHOULD IT BE THE PARENTS?
IT SHOULD BE THE PARENTS!

[applause and cheering]

Tim says THE UNITED STATES
WAS ENTERING A VERY PARTISAN,
VERY POLARIZED ENVIRONMENT.

At a TV show, Woman 1 says IT IS INDEED THE NANNY STATE.

Woman 2 says IT IS NOT A NANNY STATE.

Tim says AND EVEN SOMETHING AS INNOCUOUS
AS EATING BETTER
BECAME POLITICIZED.

Male Reporter says IT'S NO LONGER FATHER
KNOWS BEST OR MOTHER KNOWS BEST,
IT'S WHAT GOVERNMENT
KNOWS BEST.

The Narrator says THE FOOD INDUSTRY
FIGHTS BACK,
DOUBLING SPENDING ON LOBBYISTS.

Female Reporter says WELL NOW,
ONE OF THE FIRST LADY'S
MAJOR HEALTH INITIATIVES
IS IN JEOPARDY.

In off, Ann Thomson says CONGRESS SAYS A SLICE OF PIZZA
QUALIFIES AS A VEGETABLE
BECAUSE IT HAS TWO TABLESPOONS
OF TOMATO PASTE.

Sam says THERE IS A LOT
OF MONEY AT STAKE
IN SELLING PEOPLE A LOT
OF REALLY UNHEALTHY FOOD.
BUT OUR TOP PRIORITY
WAS TO TAKE THESE ISSUES
AND PUT THEM DIRECTLY IN
THE MAINSTREAM OF OUR CULTURE,
AND THAT'S WHAT WE DID.

Michelle playfully shows her biceps next to two Muppets.

The Narrator says MICHELLE KNOWS HOW
TO HANDLE THE POLITICAL FIRE
THAT HER NUTRITION
CAMPAIGN DRAWS,
BUT PERSONAL ATTACKS
ARE DIFFERENT.

Tim says WHEN PEOPLE STARTED TO HIT HER,
HIT THE FAMILY, HIT HIM,
IT HURT HER.

The Narrator says THE MORE CONFIDENT
MICHELLE GROWS IN HER ROLE,
THE MORE INTENSE
THESE ATTACKS BECOME.

(piano music plays)

David says IT WAS PART
OF A STRATEGY, IT WAS A STRATEGY
THAT TAPPED
INTO A KIND OF NATIVISM
THAT WE SEE TO THIS DAY.

A Male Announcer says LADIES AND GENTLEMEN,
PLEASE WELCOME
MICHELLE OBAMA!

In a TV show, middle-aged Anderson Cooper says I DON'T THINK
THERE HAS BEEN A FIRST LADY
IN RECENT MEMORY WHO SO MANY
PEOPLE ARE FASCINATED BY.

Tim says WHAT SHE IS, WHO SHE IS,
HER PASSIONS, THEY ARE REAL,
AT LEAST THEY COME ACROSS
AS REAL,
AND IT MAKES HER A STAR
IN HER OWN RIGHT.

The Narrator says MICHELLE EMBRACES POP CULTURE
IN A WAY THAT NO OTHER
FIRST LADY HAS EVER DONE BEFORE.

Tim says SHE TAKES TO TV
AND TV TAKES TO HER.

Fast clips show Michelle doing funny sketches and appearances in different talk shows.

The caption changes to "October 19 2011. Washington DC."

The Narrator says TWO YEARS
INTO THE FIRST TERM,
MICHELLE STEPS
INTO A BRAVE NEW WORLD.

Behind a laptop, Michelle says SO NOW I JUST PRESS TWEET?
DO I PRESS THIS?

Kari says SHE IS THE FIRST FIRST LADY
IN THE AGE OF SOCIAL MEDIA,
AND-- AND THAT TOO HAS
TRANSFORMED THE LANDSCAPE.

Michelle says I DID IT!
A woman says YAY!
[cheering]

A twit reads "Military families serve our nation too. Let's all show our appreciation by hashtag Joining Forces with them. Get involved. JoinForces.gov."

Norris says I'M PRETTY CERTAIN
THAT THERE WAS
SOME CONSTERNATION
ABOUT THE USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA
BY THE EAST WING
BECAUSE IT WAS NOT DONE.
IT WAS NOT
IN ANYBODY'S PLAYBOOK.

The caption changes to "Tina Tchen. Chief of Staff, First Lady Michelle Obama." Tina is in her fifties, with short graying hair. She wears a black jacket.

In an office, Tina says AS A LAWYER, I WAS
ONE OF THE STRONG NAYSAYERS
AGAINST THE PRESIDENT
OR THE FIRST LADY
EVER HAVING A TWITTER ACCOUNT,
BECAUSE EVERY PRESIDENTIAL
STATEMENT IS HEAVILY VETTED.

As people take a selfie with her, Michelle says THAT'S IT.

Melissa says BUT WE HAD A YOUNG STAFF
WHO REALIZED THAT SOCIAL MEDIA
WAS WHERE A LOT OF THE PEOPLE
THAT WE WERE TRYING TO REACH
WERE GOING.

Michelle says DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME
TRYING TO CONNECT
WITH YOUR KIDS VIA EMAIL.
THAT ANTIQUATED METHOD
IS AS USELESS AS MORSE CODE.

The Narrator says MICHELLE NOW HAS A DIRECT LINE
TO MILLIONS OF PEOPLE
AROUND THE COUNTRY,
EAGER TO HEAR HER MESSAGE.

In a video talking to a group of kids, Michelle dances and says CAN YOU GUYS DO
A LITTLE DOUGIE?

A woman says OH YEAH!

The Narrator says BUT SOCIAL MEDIA
IS A TWO-WAY STREET.

Kati says THERE'S SO MUCH
ANGER AND PURE HATE
EVERY TIME A PUBLIC PERSON
SAYS ANYTHING.

In off, a man says DID YOU SEE THE PICTURE
OF HIS WIFE YESTERDAY?

A Male Caller says LIKE SHE'S
A LITTLE GIRL DRESSING UP
IN HER MAMA'S CLOTHES.

Peter says THE TROLLING
THAT HAPPENED ANYTIME
THERE WAS COVERAGE OF HER
WAS UNLIKE ANYTHING
ANY FIRST LADY HAD FACED BEFORE.

Tina says SHE WASN'T ENGAGING IN IT
WHICH I THINK
WAS THE RIGHT THING TO DO.

Norris says SHE WOULD GET UP REALLY,
REALLY EARLY IN THE MORNING,
AND SHE WOULD WORK OUT,
AND SHE USES THAT AS A WAY
TO FIND THE STRENGTH
TO TAKE ON LIFE'S CHALLENGES.

In off, a Woman says THAT'S WHO HE'S MARRIED TO.

Van YOU COULD NOT GO
TO A REPUTABLE WEBSITE,
THE WASHINGTON POST,
THE NEW YORK TIMES,
AND LOOK AT THE COMMENT SECTION,
AND SCROLL DOWN
MORE THAN AN INCH
AND NOT SEE N WORD, N WORD,
N WORD,
MONKEY, MONKEY, MONKEY,
ON ANY ARTICLE
ABOUT MICHELLE OBAMA.

Leah says WE'RE IN THIS MOMENT
WHERE A GOOD PORTION
OF THE AMERICAN PUBLIC DECLARES
THAT WE ARE
IN A POST-RACIAL AMERICA.
AND THEN TO BE HIT WITH WAVE
AFTER WAVE AFTER WAVE
OF JUST VICIOUSNESS.

Michelle says WE'VE GOT TRASH
IN THE WHITE HOUSE.

Van says SHE DIDN'T BLINK.

In Larry King' TV show, Michelle says IT IS MY RESPONSIBILITY
TO WORK WITH ALL AMERICANS,
AND I WANT TO STAY FOCUSED...

Larry says ALL RIGHT...

Michelle says ON THE WORK, RATHER THAN,
YOU KNOW...

Larry says OTHER THINGS.

Michelle says OTHER THINGS.

Norris says SHE TRIED
TO IGNORE MOST OF IT,
BUT YOU CAN'T IGNORE ALL OF IT.

Giving a press conference, Donald Trump says I FEEL STRONGLY ABOUT THE FACT
THAT BARACK OBAMA
SHOULD PROVIDE THE PUBLIC
WITH A BIRTH CERTIFICATE,
AND HE SHOULD DO IT SOON.
LOOK, HIS BIRTH CERTIFICATE...

Valerie says THE BIRTHER MOVEMENT
WAS AN EXCELLENT EXAMPLE
OF WHERE SOMETHING
WAS COMPLETELY MADE UP,
AND THEN USED
TO TRY TO INCITE HATE.

Mark Meadows says WE'RE GOING TO
SEND MR. OBAMA HOME TO KENYA
OR WHEREVER IT IS,
WE'RE GONNA DO IT.

An old woman says HE'S NOT EVEN A CITIZEN
OF THE UNITED STATES,
AND THEY'RE HIDING THAT.

Anderson says MORE THAN ONE IN FOUR BELIEVE
PRESIDENT OBAMA
DEFINITELY OR PROBABLY
WAS NOT BORN
IN THE UNITED STATES.

Van says IT WAS LUDICROUS
BUT AT THE SAME TIME,
IT WAS IN KEEPING WITH SOMETHING
THAT WAS GROWING IN THE COUNTRY.

Tim says IT WAS MORE
THAN JUST FINDING A REASON
TO DISQUALIFY
BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA.
IT WAS ABOUT FINDING A REASON
TO DISQUALIFY
MORE THAN TEN PERCENT
OF THE AMERICAN POPULATION.

The Narrator says IN HER MEMOIR,
MICHELLE DESCRIBES THESE ATTACKS
AS "CRAZY AND MEAN-SPIRITED
BUT ALSO DANGEROUS."

David says I HAVE TO SAY
THAT EVERY SINGLE DAY,
IT WAS IN THE BACK OF MY MIND
THAT IT JUST TAKES
ONE CRAZY PERSON.

The Narrator says SHE ADDS:
"WHAT IF SOMEONE
WITH AN UNSTABLE MIND LOADED
A GUN AND DROVE TO WASHINGTON?
WHAT IF THAT PERSON
WENT LOOKING FOR OUR GIRLS?"

David says THIS WAS SOMETHING
THAT MICHELLE LIVED WITH
IN A REALLY INTENSE WAY.

The Narrator says "DONALD TRUMP,"
MICHELLE CONTINUES,
"WITH HIS LOUD
AND RECKLESS INNUENDOS,
WAS PUTTING
MY FAMILY'S SAFETY AT RISK,
AND FOR THIS,
I COULD NEVER FORGIVE HIM."

Valerie says SHE UNDERSTOOD
THAT THE CONSEQUENCES
COULD BE FATAL FOR HER HUSBAND,
FOR HER CHILDREN, FOR HERSELF.

The Narrator says ONE NIGHT IN THE FIRST TERM,
MICHELLE HAS A DREAM.
A MAN LEADS HER FAMILY
TO THE SOUTH LAWN
TO SEE SOME ANIMALS HE HAS
GATHERED, FOR THEM TO ADMIRE.
MICHELLE IS APPREHENSIVE.
MICHELLE LIVES DAY AND NIGHT
KNOWING THAT HER FAMILY
IS A TARGET FOR VIOLENCE.

[helicopter whirring]

In a call, Officer Robinson says THIS IS OFFICER ROBINSON
FROM THE SECRET
SERVICE CALLING FROM
1600 PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE.
OUR UNITS ARE
REPORTING SHOTS
FIRED ON 17TH AND CONSTITUTION NW.

Melissa says SOMEBODY HAD
SHOT A RIFLE
FROM CONSTITUTION AVENUE
INTO ONE OF THE WINDOWS IN WHAT
IS KNOWN AS THE YELLOW OVAL.

The Narrator says SEVEN BULLETS HIT
THE WHITE HOUSE,
ONE SMASHING A WINDOW
BY THE LIVING ROOM.
SASHA AND MICHELLE'S MOTHER
ARE INSIDE.

Valerie says HER THOUGHT WAS,
THEY COULD HAVE BEEN OUT
ON THE TRUMAN BALCONY.
HER CHILDREN PLAYED ALL OVER.
SHE'D BEEN ASSURED
IT WAS SAFE OUT THERE.

Melissa says YOU KNOW,
THAT WASN'T THE ONLY INCIDENT,
BUT SHE PUT HER HEAD DOWN,
AND SHE TRUSTED THE MEN
AND WOMEN OF THE SECRET SERVICE
TO PROTECT HER CHILDREN,
BECAUSE SHE WAS NOT GOING TO LET
UNDISCIPLINED PEOPLE TELL HER
HOW TO LEAD HER LIFE, EVER.
SHE WAS THE
FIRST LADY OF THE UNITED STATES,
SHE WAS THE FIRST LADY TO ALL
PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES
WHETHER THEY LIKED HER OR NOT.

At a dinner, Barak says INTRODUCING THE STAR OF THE
SHOW, MICHELLE OBAMA.

Norris says SHE THREW OPEN
THE DOORS AT THE WHITE HOUSE
AS A PLACE WHERE AMERICANS
WERE ALLOWED TO SEE THEMSELVES.

Michelle says TONIGHT'S EVENT
IS REALLY JUST ANOTHER WAY
FOR US TO OPEN UP
THE WHITE HOUSE
AND ONCE AGAIN
MAKE IT THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE.

Tina says MRS. OBAMA SAID
WE WANT TO MAKE SURE
THAT PEOPLE
WHO HAVE PERHAPS PREVIOUSLY
NEVER BEEN TO THE WHITE HOUSE
HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO DO SO
IN A MEANINGFUL WAY.

Michelle says JUST GET
COMFORTABLE HERE, RIGHT?
GET COMFORTABLE
WITH A LITTLE GREATNESS!

The caption changes to "Deesha Dyer. Social Secretary, Obama White House." Deesha is in her early thirties, with black dreadlocks tied-up. She wears a red shirt.

In an auditorium, Deesha says WE WANT TO BRING IN
DIVERSE VOICES,
DIVERSE BODIES, DIVERSE PEOPLE,
DIVERSE GENDERS, LIKE EVERYBODY,
WE JUST SAID, "COME ON IN."

Michelle says IF YOU FEEL LIKE THIS DAY
WAS SPECIAL,
IT'S BECAUSE WE THINK YOU ALL
ARE SPECIAL.

Deesha says WHETHER THEY'RE KIDS THAT HAVE
GOTTEN IN TROUBLE BEFORE OR
WHETHER IT'S COLLEGE DROPOUTS.

MichellesaysSO TODAY, I WANT ALL OF YOU
TO KNOW THAT YOU BELONG
RIGHT HERE IN THE WHITE HOUSE.

Deesha says THAT'S A GAME CHANGER
BECAUSE THEN THEY COULD SEE
THEMSELVES THERE IN THE FUTURE.

Pictures show Michelle spending time with children and hugging them.

Michelle says REMEMBER THIS MOMENT,
AND REMEMBER THAT THE FIRST LADY
OF THE UNITED STATES
TOLD YOU THAT YOU CAN DO
ANYTHING YOU WANT TO.
[applause]

The Narrator says THE 2012 ELECTION
IS ONLY A YEAR AWAY,
AND THE PRESIDENT'S
APPROVAL RATING
IS WORRYINGLY LOW.
BUT THE FIRST LADY'S POPULARITY
IS SOARING.

Tim says RE-ELECTIONS
ARE THE PRESIDENT'S TO LOSE.
THERE IS A POWER THAT COMES
FROM INCUMBENCY
THAT IS HARD TO DEFEAT
IN AMERICAN HISTORY.
THAT WAS NOT HOW
PEOPLE LOOKED
AT BARACK OBAMA'S
CHANCES IN 2012.

The Narrator says MICHELLE'S POPULARITY
IS NOW ESSENTIAL
TO HIS RE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN.

The caption changes to "September,2012. Charlotte,NC."

Michelle says THANK YOU SO MUCH. THANK YOU.

David says MICHELLE WAS
THE PRESIDENT'S LIFELINE
TO HUMANITY.

At a political gathering, Michelle says SO MANY PEOPLE
HAD A HAND IN OUR SUCCESS,
FROM THE TEACHERS
WHO INSPIRED US
TO THE JANITORS
WHO KEPT OUR SCHOOL CLEAN.

David says SHE HAD AN
INNATE COMMON-SENSICAL QUALITY
THAT HELPED GROUND
THESE KIND OF LOFTY DISCUSSIONS.

Michelle says BEING PRESIDENT
DOESN'T CHANGE WHO YOU ARE.
NO, IT-- IT REVEALS WHO YOU ARE.

David says AND THAT WAS
ENORMOUSLY VALUABLE.

Michelle says LET ME TELL YOU TODAY,
I LOVE MY HUSBAND EVEN MORE
THAN I DID FOUR YEARS AGO.
EVEN MORE THAN
I DID 23 YEARS AGO,
WHEN WE FIRST MET.
[cheering]

A crowd chants FOUR MORE YEARS!

The Narrator says BARACK OBAMA COMES
FROM BEHIND IN THE POLLS
TO SECURE A DEFINITIVE VICTORY
AND A SECOND TERM AS PRESIDENT.

The caption changes to "January 21 2013.Washington DC."

Valerie says WE OFTEN SAID
THAT THE FIRST ELECTION
WAS ASPIRATIONAL,
THE SECOND ONE
WAS AFFIRMATIONAL.

The Narrator says WATCHING THE
THOUSANDS OF PERFORMERS
ON INAUGURATION DAY,
MICHELLE DOESN'T KNOW
THAT ONE OF THEM,
A HIGH-SCHOOL MAJORETTE
FROM CHICAGO,
WILL DRASTICALLY IMPACT
WHAT SHE FIGHTS FOR
IN HER SECOND TERM.

The caption changes to "February 9 2013. Chicago IL."

Female Reporter 1 says FIRST LADY,
MICHELLE OBAMA,
IS RETURNING TO HER HOMETOWN
TO ATTEND THE FUNERAL
OF 15-YEAR OLD
HADIYA PENDLETON,
A BYSTANDER SHOT DEAD
IN A CHICAGO PARK
A WEEK AFTER SHE PERFORMED
AT THE PRESIDENT'S INAUGURATION.

Female Reporter 2 says HADIYA PENDLETON
BECAME THE 42ND PERSON
KILLED THIS MONTH
IN THE PRESIDENT'S HOMETOWN.

Arne says I RAN THE CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOL
FOR SEVEN AND A HALF YEARS.
ON AVERAGE WE HAD A CHILD KILLED
EVERY TWO WEEKS
DUE TO GUN VIOLENCE.
HADIYA JUST REMINDED ME
OF MICHELLE.

Melissa says HADIYA WAS A STRAIGHT-A STUDENT,
AND SHE WAS A CASUALTY
OF A STRAY BULLET
WALKING TO HOME FROM SCHOOL
AND MRS. OBAMA KNOWS,
THERE BY THE GRACE OF GOD GO I,
THAT COULD HAVE BEEN HER
AT ANY MOMENT AT ANY TIME
AS A LITTLE GIRL
ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF CHICAGO.
IT AFFECTED HER DEEPLY.

At a funeral, a Male Pastor says WE THANK YOU
FOR OUR FIRST LADY
AND THE OTHER OFFICIALS
WHO HAVE COME TO COMFORT.

Michelle says WE READ THAT STORY
DAY AFTER DAY,
MONTH AFTER MONTH,
YEAR AFTER YEAR IN THIS CITY
AND AROUND THIS COUNTRY.
AND LET ME TELL YOU,
IT IS HARD TO KNOW WHAT TO SAY
TO A ROOM FULL OF TEENAGERS
WHO ARE ABOUT
TO BURY THEIR BEST FRIEND.

Arne says MICHELLE
UNDERSTOOD ON A VERY VISCERAL,
VERY PERSONAL LEVEL,
HOW HORRIFIC THE VIOLENCE WAS.
SHE COULDN'T SOLVE
GUN VIOLENCE BY HERSELF,
BUT SHE HAD TO TRY
AND CREATE SOME HOPE
AND SOME INSPIRATION FOR KIDS
AND COMMUNITIES
THAT WERE LIVING
ON A DAILY BASIS
WITH A LEVEL OF FEAR
AND TRAUMA THAT'S UNTENABLE,
THAT'S UNACCEPTABLE,
THAT'S NOT RIGHT.

Michelle says WHAT IT TAKES TO BUILD STRONG,
SUCCESSFUL YOUNG PEOPLE
ISN'T GENETICS,
OR PEDIGREE, OR GOOD LUCK.
IT'S OPPORTUNITY.

At a protest, a woman holds a sign that reads "All I want for Christmas is to live."

The Narrator says BUT FOR SOME YOUNG
AFRICAN AMERICANS
OPPORTUNITY IS OUT OF REACH.

Anderson says WE BEGIN TONIGHT WITH THE LATEST
IN THE TRAYVON MARTIN CASE...

Male News Host says THE INVESTIGATION INTO
THE DEADLY POLICE SHOOTING OF...

Female News Host 1 says THE FERGUSON UNARMED TEEN...

Female News Host 2 says MICHAEL BROWN.

Female News Host 3 says ERIC GARNER'S DEATH
AT THE HANDS
OF A NEW YORK POLICE OFFICER...

A woman at a press conference says A COP DID WRONG!

Female News Host 4 says HIS LAST WORDS...

Reporters say I CAN'T BREATHE.

At a protest, a man says WHAT DO WE WANT?

All say JUSTICE!

The man says WHEN DO WE WANT IT?

All say NOW!

Giving a speech at a university, Michelle says THE ROAD AHEAD
IS NOT GOING TO BE EASY.
IT NEVER IS, ESPECIALLY
FOR FOLKS LIKE YOU AND ME.

Leah says AFTER THE 2012 ELECTION,
THE KIND OF CAUTION
THAT REALLY DEFINED THE OBAMAS
DURING THE FIRST ADMINISTRATION
SOME OF THAT GOES
BY THE WAYSIDE.

Michelle says NO MATTER HOW FAR
YOU RISE IN LIFE,
HOW HARD YOU WORK TO BE
A GOOD PERSON,
A GOOD PARENT, A GOOD CITIZEN,
FOR SOME FOLKS,
IT WILL NEVER BE ENOUGH.

Leah says AND WE SEE IN
MICHELLE OBAMA
THAT IS LESS COY ABOUT RACE.

Michelle says IT CAN MAKE YOU FEEL
LIKE YOUR LIFE SOMEHOW
DOESN'T MATTER...
AND THOSE
FEELINGS ARE PLAYING OUT
IN COMMUNITIES LIKE
BALTIMORE AND FERGUSON
AND SO MANY OTHERS
ACROSS THIS COUNTRY.

Leah says YOU CAN SAY,
IT WOULD'VE BEEN
A MASSIVE OPPORTUNITY
TO REALLY SAY
SOMETHING TRANSFORMATIVE.

Protesters say BLACK LIVES MATTER!

Leah continues BUT AT THE SAME TIME,
SHE'S STILL OPERATING WITHIN THE
BOUNDARIES OF THE WHITE HOUSE.

Protesters say BLACK LIVES MATTER!

Michelle says TODAY, I WANT TO BE VERY CLEAR
THAT THOSE FEELINGS ARE NOT
AN EXCUSE
TO JUST THROW UP OUR HANDS
AND GIVE UP,
NOT AN EXCUSE,
THEY ARE NOT AN EXCUSE
TO LOSE HOPE!
[applause]

Outside a house at night, a female reporter says FIVE, FOUR, THREE, TWO, ONE.
[sirens]

The caption changes to "June 17 2015. Charleston, SC."

The Narrator says IN THE SUMMER OF 2015,
A 21-YEAR OLD WHITE MAN
JOINS A BIBLE STUDY
AT THE EMMANUEL AFRICAN
METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH
AND THEN STARTS SHOOTING.
THE SHOOTER REPORTEDLY ACCUSED
THE ALL-BLACK CONGREGATION
OF "TAKING OVER THE COUNTRY."
NINE PEOPLE ARE KILLED.

Marcia says WHAT DOES
IT MEAN TO BE PROUD
TO BE THE FIRST
AFRICAN AMERICAN INHABITANTS
OF THE WHITE HOUSE,
AND KNOW THAT IT'S LINKED
TO MOVEMENTS,
IT'S LINKED TO INDIVIDUALS,
WHO SEE THAT AS AN AFFRONT
TO THINGS
THAT ARE RIGHTFULLY THEIRS.
THEIR PROGRESS RILED UP
SOME OF THE WORST FORCES
IN OUR WORLD.

A sign on a fence with police officers reads "Diversity is forced in every white country and only white countries."

Tim says THE WAY TO DEFEAT HOPE
IS TO MAKE PEOPLE ANGRY
AND RESENTFUL.
WE'RE GONNA MAKE YOU ANGRY
THAT THESE PEOPLE
ARE IN THE WHITE HOUSE,
AND WE'RE GONNA
MAKE YOU CERTAIN
THAT EVERY PROBLEM YOU FACE,
EVERY MISFORTUNE,
IS THE FAULT OF PEOPLE
LIKE THAT.

Norris says HATRED IS REALLY JUST FEAR
IN A DIFFERENT OCTAVE.
SHE WAS USING HER VOICE
TO SPEAK TO THE HATRED
AND TO SPEAK TO THE FEAR
THAT PEOPLE HAD.

Giving a speech during a graduation, Michelle says HERE IN AMERICA,
WE DON'T GIVE IN TO OUR FEARS,
WE DON'T BUILD UP WALLS
TO KEEP PEOPLE OUT
BECAUSE WE KNOW
THAT OUR GREATNESS...
HAS ALWAYS DEPENDED
ON CONTRIBUTIONS
FROM PEOPLE WHO WERE BORN
ELSEWHERE...
BUT SOUGHT OUT THIS COUNTRY
AND MADE IT THEIR HOME.
YOU ARE THE LIVING,
BREATHING PROOF
THAT THE AMERICAN DREAM ENDURES
IN OUR TIME. IT'S YOU!

Barack says YOU MIGHT HAVE
HEARD THAT SOMEONE JUMPED
THE WHITE HOUSE FENCE LAST WEEK,
BUT I HAVE TO GIVE
SECRET SERVICE CREDIT,
THEY FOUND MICHELLE,
BROUGHT HER BACK.
[laughter]
IT'S ONLY NINE MORE
MONTHS, BABY.

Giving another speech, Michelle says IT'S HARD TO BELIEVE
THAT IT HAS BEEN EIGHT YEARS.

The caption changes to "July 25 2016. Philadelphia, PA."

The Narrator says IN MICHELLE'S FINAL
CONVENTION APPEARANCE,
SHE DELIVERS A REBUKE
TO CANDIDATE DONALD TRUMP'S
ATTACKS ON HER FAMILY,
SHARING THE MANTRA THEY USED
THROUGH THEIR YEARS
IN THE WHITE HOUSE.

Michelle says I TOLD YOU ABOUT
OUR DAUGHTERS,
HOW WE URGE THEM
TO IGNORE THOSE...
[applause]
WHO QUESTION THEIR FATHER'S...
CITIZENSHIP OR FAITH.
HOW WE EXPLAIN THAT
WHEN SOMEONE IS CRUEL
OR ACTS LIKE A BULLY,
YOU DON'T STOOP TO THEIR LEVEL.
NO, OUR MOTTO IS,
"WHEN THEY GO LOW,
WE GO HIGH."

Tim says FOR EIGHT YEARS,
SHE HAD BEEN CRITICIZED
FOR TINY LITTLE THINGS.
BOTH OF THEM BENT OVER BACKWARDS
TO RESPECT PRESIDENTIAL NORMS.
AND YET IN THE 2016 CAMPAIGN,
THEY SEE SOMEBODY WHO
DOESN'T CARE ABOUT THESE NORMS.

In off, Donald Trump says YOU KNOW I'M AUTOMATICALLY
ATTRACTED TO BEAUTIFUL-
I JUST START KISSING THEM.
IT'S LIKE A MAGNET.

The Narrator says ONE MONTH
BEFORE THE ELECTION,
AN OLD VIDEO SURFACES.

Donald says AND WHEN YOU'RE STAR
THEY LET YOU DO IT.
YOU CAN DO ANYTHING.

Norris says SHE FELT
THAT SHE HAD TO SAY SOMETHING,
KNOWING THAT PEOPLE LOOKED
TO HER FOR INSPIRATION.

Michelle says I-- I CAN'T
BELIEVE THAT I'M SAYING
THAT
She scoffs and says A CANDIDATE FOR
PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES
HAS BRAGGED
ABOUT SEXUALLY ASSAULTING WOMEN.

Kati says SHE SHOOK OFF
HER SUPREME CAUTION
THAT SHE HAD EXERCISED
FOR EIGHT YEARS.

Michelle says TOO MANY ARE TREATING THIS
AS JUST ANOTHER DAY'S HEADLINE.

Kati says SHE BECAME
A GREAT FIRST LADY,
BECAUSE SHE SPOKE FOR SO MANY.

Michelle says AS IF OUR OUTRAGE
IS OVERBLOWN OR UNWARR...
UNWARRANTED.
AS IF THIS IS NORMAL.

Kati says AND I THINK SHE REACHED
ELEANOR ROOSEVELT TERRITORY.

Michelle says BUT NEW HAMPSHIRE, YEAH,
BE CLEAR: THIS IS NOT NORMAL.
THIS IS NOT POLITICS AS USUAL.
(ovation)

The caption changes to "November 8 2016."

The Narrator says MICHELLE SPENDS
ELECTION NIGHT WATCHING A MOVIE.
AS THE MESSAGES START
COMING IN, SHE HEADS OFF TO BED.

In off, Wolf Blitzer says CNN PROJECTS,
DONALD TRUMP WINS
THE PRESIDENCY.

Melissa says THE DAY AFTER ELECTION DAY
WAS EXTREMELY DIFFICULT,
AND I THINK NONE OF US
WANTED TO GO TO WORK,
BUT WE ALL PICKED OURSELVES UP
AND WE CAME INTO THE OFFICE,
AND MRS. OBAMA EMAILED
THE CHIEF OF STAFF AND I
AT THE TIME AND SAID,
"I'D LIKE TO TALK TO THE STAFF."

Deesha says THE FIRST LADY
BROUGHT US ALL TOGETHER
AND SHE SAID, "I WANT TO HEAR
FROM YOU ALL. HOW DO YOU FEEL?"

Melissa says PEOPLE WERE AFRAID
THAT A LOT OF THE WORK
THAT WE HAD POURED
OUR HEARTS AND SOULS INTO
WOULD BE UNWOUND.

Deesha says SHE ASSURED US
THAT WHAT WE DID WAS REMARKABLE,
AND TO GO ON AND CONTINUE THAT.
THIS HOUSE WAS JUST
THE BEGINNING FOR SOME OF US
BUT IT'S NOT THE END.

The caption changes to "January 10 2017. Chicago, IL."

Barack says MAYBE YOU STILL
CAN'T BELIEVE
WE PULLED THIS WHOLE THING OFF.
LET ME TELL YOU,
YOU'RE NOT THE ONLY ONES.
MICHELLE...
(crowd ovation)
YOU TOOK ON A ROLE
YOU DIDN'T ASK FOR
WITH GRACE AND WITH GRIT
AND WITH STYLE,
AND WITH HUMOR.

In the audience, Michelle and one of her daughters smile at each other. Barack uses a tissue to wipe his tears.

He continues YOU MADE THE WHITE HOUSE A PLACE
THAT BELONGS TO EVERYBODY,
AND A NEW GENERATION
SETS ITS SIGHTS HIGHER
BECAUSE IT HAS YOU
AS A ROLE MODEL.

Deesha says SHE WAS EXHAUSTED.
WE WERE ALL EXHAUSTED.
I MEAN, THE DOGS
WERE PROBABLY EXHAUSTED.
IT'S LIKE YOU'RE RUNNING
A MARATHON FOR EIGHT YEARS
AND THEN ALL OF A SUDDEN,
IT STOPS.

The caption changes to "January 20 2017."

The Narrator says MICHELLE OBAMA WALKS
OUT OF THE WHITE HOUSE
FOR THE LAST TIME.

Donald Trump and Michelle Obama shake hands.

Leah says ON INAUGURATION DAY, 2017,
WE SEE A MICHELLE OBAMA
WHO HAS SLICKED BACK HER HAIR
AND SHOWS NONE OF THE USUAL CARE
THAT WE SEE IN MOMENTS
OF POLITICAL IMPORT.
IT'S SUCH A CLEAR MOMENT...
[laughs]
IT'S SUCH A CLEAR MOMENT
THAT SHE IS OVER IT AND DONE.

The Narrator says MICHELLE STAYS OUT
OF THE LIMELIGHT FOR A TIME...
AND THEN BURSTS BACK
ONTO THE SCENE.

Talking to an excited girl at a book signing, Michelle says YES, THAT'S EXCITING.

The Narrator says MORE THAN
ANY OTHER FIRST LADY,
MICHELLE OBAMA HAS BECOME
A SYMBOL OF HOPE
AND POSSIBILITY FOR MILLIONS
ACROSS THE UNITED STATES
AND BEYOND.

Norris says SHE REDEFINED
THE ROLE OF FIRST LADY
ON HER OWN TERMS.

Marcia says HER BACKGROUND IS SOMETHING
THAT SHE CELEBRATES AS MUCH
AS HER ACCOMPLISHMENTS,
AND I THINK THAT IS ONE
OF THE REASONS
WHY SHE IS SUCH
A UNIQUE FIRST LADY.

Michelle says EACH OF US HAS A MISSION
IN THIS WORLD.

Arne says SHE GAVE LOTS
OF KIDS AROUND THE COUNTRY
PERMISSION TO BE THEMSELVES.
WALK A LITTLE TALLER.
THINK A LITTLE BIT BIGGER.
DREAM A LITTLE BIT HIGHER.

Michelle says MY STORY CAN BE YOUR STORY.

Arne says I THINK
THAT'S HER GREATEST LEGACY.

Michelle says ARE YOU LISTENING TO ME?

A Crowd says YES!

Michelle says DO YOU HEAR
WHAT I'M TELLING YOU?

A Crowd says YES!

Valerie says SHE ALWAYS HAD THIS
INNER STRENGTH AND TENACITY,
AND CONVICTION AND COMPASSION.

The end credits roll.

Michelle says SO DON'T BE AFRAID,
DO YOU HEAR ME, YOUNG PEOPLE?
DON'T BE AFRAID.
BE DETERMINED.
LEAD BY EXAMPLE
WITH HOPE, NEVER FEAR.

Valerie says YES, SHE'S GROWN MIGHTILY
BUT THE CORE ESSENCE
OF MICHELLE ROBINSON,
WHO I MET IN 1991,
IS STILL THERE TODAY.

Getting emotional at a public speech, Michelle says BEING YOUR FIRST LADY HAS BEEN
THE GREATEST HONOR OF MY LIFE,
AND I HOPE I'VE MADE YOU PROUD.

A Woman says THANK YOU.

People say YES!

(applause)

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