Michelle Obama speaks about her African roots

Michelle Obama speaks about her African roots

First lady Michelle Obama never shies from speaking up what's on her mind. An example of the same was seen on Wednesday when she referred to her family's African roots by saying that "blood of Africa" runs through her veins while delivering a speech to a group of young Africans.

As compared to the First Lady, her husband President Barack Obama has always shied away from discussing his African roots. He just once referred to his Kenyan father in the question-and-answer session at the six-week long Washington leadership fellowship.

Michelle Obama in her speech to the 500 young African students at the Presidential Summit for the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders said that she takes her position as an African-American woman in America very seriously. She addressed her listeners as her "brothers" and "sisters".

She said, "My husband's father was born and raised in Kenya. Members of our extended family still live there. I have had the pleasure of traveling to Africa many times over the years, I have brought my mother and my daughters along whenever I can".

With just three months before congressional elections such statements can influence the fate of President Obama's platform. Of late his popularity has gone down while that of his wife Michelle Obama is still very high.

The Washington African leaders summit held at the White House had women empowerment as major theme. On this theme Michelle Obama said that problems with girls' education are often the result of traditional "attitudes and beliefs" that exist even in the United States. She added that men worldwide needed to "look into their hearts and souls and ask if they truly view women as their equals".

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