May 1st, 2009
05:30 PM ET

Time 100: Oprah Winfrey on Michelle Obama

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Oprah Winfrey
For Time

Michelle Obama doesn't just inspire us. She affirms us with her intelligence, authenticity, depth and compassion. We see the best of ourselves in her and marvel that no matter what she's doing, she brings 100% of herself to the experience.

I first met Michelle almost five years ago, shortly after Senator Barack Obama's riveting 2004 DNC speech. Long before there was serious talk of a campaign for the presidency, I remember going to the Obamas' house for dinner. I figured there would be takeout since I knew that, like me, Michelle had worked all day. But no, there she was in the kitchen, calm and organized, preparing linguine with shrimp and vegetables.

The woman I witnessed five years ago, with her graciousness, care and attention to detail, is the same woman I visited in the White House in February. Her very presence makes you feel welcome. Her political power is secondary to her heart power, and I salute her for that. I trust her. I know that whatever she gives her attention to, the truth will always be present. She doesn't make false moves.

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  1. jmyoung

    I admire both of these women, and know that they are effecting the lives of young women, who are in need of seeing capable women who daily live what they have been taught. What a tribute to their mothers!
    They speak to all woment.

    Thank you for your efforts to provide good, honest and informative news.

    My support is there for you all.
    Joella Young
    from Heredia, Costa Rica

    May 1, 2009 at 5:45 pm |