And, she added, her husband’s administration has also changed American assumptions and values. “Just think about how different our country looks to children growing up today.

First lady Michelle Obama, stepping onto the campaign stage to help Democrats in the midterms, is arguing that her husband “truly made” the change and hope he promised after former President George W. Bush gave him the keys and he saw “the mess he’d been handed.”

“When folks ask me whether I still believe everything we said about change and hope back in 2008, I tell them that I believe it more strongly now than ever before, because, look, I’ve seen it with my own eyes,” she said at a Democratic campaign in Washington late Thursday.

“While we still have plenty of work to do, we have truly made so much of that change we were talking about,” said the first lady.

Refusing to let critics get the upper hand, Obama in just a couple of paragraphs presented her case for the president being considered among the nation’s greatest, especially after he followed Bush, “when Barack first took office, and took a look at the mess he’d been handed and wondered what on Earth he had gotten himself into.”

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