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Saturday 20 September 2014

Michelle tells schoolchildren: ‘We expect great things’

Published 17/06/2013 | 10:22

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Michell Obama delivers a keynote address at Waterfront Hall in Belfast
US first lady Michelle Obama arrives to introduce President Barack Obama to speak to students and other guests at Belfast Waterfront in Belfast
US first lady Michelle Obama arrives to introduce President Barack Obama to speak to students and other guests at Belfast Waterfront in Belfast
Student Hannah Nelson, 16, gives a speech at the Belfast event just before US President Barack Obama
Student Hannah Nelson, 16, gives a speech at the Belfast event just before US President Barack Obama

First Lady Michelle Obama spoke to the young people of Northern Ireland today telling them, “you are in a powerful position” and “we expect great things”.

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Mrs Obama who joined her husband at an event with local students at the Belfast Waterfront Convention Centre spoke with honesty about her husband’s struggle to rise to the top of international politics.

She told the audience filled with school children that they could be anything they want to be.

“I know that my husband never thought he’d be President.

“He was raised by a single mom. All along the way there were plenty of people who doubted that we could make it.

“As young people you are all in a very powerful position. You have the freedom of an open mind.”

Michelle who will travel down south to Dublin today told assembled audience

“But wherever we go, no matter what’s on our plate we always do our best to meet young people just like you.

“You might be some of the most important people that we talk to on our trip.

“When I look around this room I don’t just see a bunch of teenagers, I see people who will be moving the world forward in years to come,” she said.

Michelle who looked radiant wearing a classic camel coloured top, with tailored rust coloured pants, accessorised with multiple strings of pearls.

“Standing here with all of you today I have never felt more optimistic.

“Choosing to work together, choosing to leave behind the conflict and the prejudice of the past. That’s what so powerful of your generation.

“We want you to know that we believe in each and everyone of you.

“We are so proud of you. WE expect great things.”

Earlier after touching down in Belfast airport, she stepped off Air Force One wearing a belted trench coat, to ward off the summer showers.

Daughters Malia and Sasha caused a stir with their choice of neon sandals – 13-year old Sasha wore bang on trend fluorescent green sandals, while older sister Malia wore the same style shoe, but in hot pink.

The teenage daughter of the President, were dressed for the Irish weather, both wearing jackets and  angle  grazing skinny jeans.

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