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A Thank You From Michelle Obama

Dear CafeMoms,

With Barack’s second inauguration just a few days away, I wanted to take a moment to check in with all of you here at CafeMom, to reflect on the past year, and to look toward the work that remains. First, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything you did to inform people about the issues facing our country and the importance of making our voices heard in the election.  You all did so much to help us all become more involved and engaged in our democracy—no matter who we were voting for—and that’s something you should be very proud of.

I especially enjoyed our discussion about the election, life at the White House and all the issues that come up for moms across the country. It really was a great conversation!

And now, as we look forward, there are so many ways that we can continue to engage with each other and our fellow citizens.  For example, on Saturday, January 19th, we’ll be hosting my favorite event of inauguration weekend – the National Day of Service – when people from all across the country will come together to volunteer in their communities and honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

This is such an important day to Barack and me because throughout our lives we’ve seen that building a full life isn’t about what you can get for yourself – but what you can give back those around you.  That’s a value that’s been central to our lives together – and as parents, it’s something we’re trying to pass down to our girls.

So we’re hoping to keep that spirit of service and citizenship central to this year’s inauguration, just like it was four years ago. And we hope we can count on you to join us – just go to http://www.2013pic.org/service and sign up to volunteer.

And after the inauguration, I can’t wait to continue our dialogue on all sorts of issues – from making sure our kids are eating well and getting active, to helping our military families get the support and appreciation they deserve, to ensuring that we’re doing everything we can to help all our kids fulfill their potential and move our country forward. I hope you’ll stay in touch with us on these issues at http://www.letsmove.gov/ and http://www.joiningforces.gov/ and follow my new Twitter feed: @FLOTUS.

I know you’ll all be great partners in the work ahead – and I can’t wait to kick it off with you on January 19th for the Day of Service. Again, thank you for all that you do for your families, your communities, and our country. God bless.  

Michelle Obama   

by Michelle Obama on Jan. 17, 2013 at 1:52 PM
Replies (11-20):
IandLoveandYou
by Penny Lane on Jan. 17, 2013 at 5:36 PM

Thank you for everything bouth you and your family do.

Happy Birthday :).

annelauer
by on Jan. 17, 2013 at 5:53 PM

Thank you for your sacrifice and hard work, Mrs. Obama.  Our family appreciates and respects you immensely.

jdahlstedt
by on Jan. 17, 2013 at 6:01 PM

The link for the volunteering doesn't work.

cjsmom1
by on Jan. 17, 2013 at 6:06 PM
5 moms liked this

Happy Birthday!! I hope your husband can find ways to create more jobs and start fixing this economy. I understand one person can't do it alone and that there's a lot to be done, but I really hope things can start getting fixed.

People, you may not like our president but that doesn't make it ok to disrespect him or his wife. It's people like yourselves with no respect that have started turning this country into what it is. It's ok to not like the president, his views, or what he stands for but there's no reason to be so dusrespectful, he's still the president.

imamomzilla
by on Jan. 17, 2013 at 6:12 PM

 Happy Birthday FLOTUS

blowing candles

mem82
by Member on Jan. 17, 2013 at 6:12 PM

Thanks!

romalove
by SenseandSensibility on Jan. 17, 2013 at 6:33 PM

Thank you for having spent time visiting with us, Mrs. Obama.

Barabell
by on Jan. 17, 2013 at 6:39 PM

Thank you, and happy birthday!!

imamomzilla
by on Jan. 17, 2013 at 6:51 PM
7 moms liked this

 sweeping

AmyA1071
by on Jan. 17, 2013 at 7:01 PM
1 mom liked this

Thank you Mrs. Obama -- please keep reminding those in Washington that our government is supposed to be of the people, by the people, for the people and I have to say it hasn't felt like that over the past few years.  Instead of dwelling on our differences we need to band together and work hard to compromise and meet in the middle and understand we are not all going to get what we want but if we are happy 50% of the time then we are doing better than before.  Keep on fighting for a better America for ourselves and our children as they will ultimately pay the price if we fail.......

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