During a 49-minute episode published on Wednesday, the former First Lady and the first black president of the USA discussed the defense of social justice after the death of George Floyd, the importance of political involvement of the younger generation and family. Obama, who both received a law degree from Harvard University, also stressed that the perspective they gained from their experiences influenced their passion for political advocacy in their communities.
Barack Obama, the first African American to be president of the Harvard Act, said his Harvard education provided him with “credentials and security” to work in organizing the community.
“I think I came to the conclusion that when I came to school, that if I chased my own success, I would somehow end up alone and unhappy,”; he said. “That’s why I ended up organizing communities and the work I did, because when I thought about how I wanted to spend my life, I looked at what these civil rights workers did … And the riders for freedom And thought I know you know it looks like hard work, but it never looks like lonely work. It looks like hard and risky work, but it never looks like selfish, isolated and pointless work. ‘ “
He later said, “Well, what Harvard’s education gave me, the real ticket I set out, didn’t have to chase as much money as I wanted. “the things I wanted to do in terms of working in neighboring countries, politics, everything,” said the former president. “Knowing I had enough under the floor to be fine.”
Growing up on Chicago’s southern side, Michelle Obama discussed working as a junior associate for Sidley Austin, a city law firm, and the loneliness she felt when looking at her neighborhood.
“I was on the track. I looked at my lockers. Because I did what I thought and I thought I had to do it because I was a poor boy. I didn’t feel like I just had the opportunity to go away and do other things, “she said. “But I also had a limited vision of what I could be, because schools don’t show you the world, they just show you a lot of careers. But I came to learn the same thing you learned while working on the 47th floor, this luxury law firm made all that money and felt lonely. ‘ ”
She continued: “And she felt isolated. And you know, I had an amazing view of the southeastern part of the city from my office, “she said. “I saw the lake and I saw the whole area from which I came. And I never felt further from this area than when I was sitting in that office, working on pants and cases that had nothing to do with anything that helped a wider group of people outside of me. ‘ “
Speaking of young people and government, Michelle Obama said she hopes to look at young people, but is concerned that she often hears “too many young people asking if they are voting or whether politics is worthwhile.” .
“Well, partly because they were told that. A message is sent every day that the government is not working,” Barack Obama replied. “They take for granted all the things that the labor government has done in the past … in some ways we still live on the investments made by this largest generation.”
The former First Lady joked that some young people knew more about the cereals they eat than what the government does because the government does not have marketing budgets. They both agreed that the time when young people seem to understand what is going on in government is when it doesn’t work, and Barack Obama added, “So now we have a good lesson.”
He later added: “The danger for this generation is that they have become too cynical in government. I do not understand that the whole government is, we are making decisions together, “he said.
The former president said at the end of the day, “I think people will do the right thing.”