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SXSW Keynote: Michelle Obama - 2016 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival

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Yesterday, First Lady Michelle Obama delivered a keynote speech at the South By Southwest festival, where she focused on her #62MillionGirls campaign.

Moderator Queen Latifah asked the First Lady if she would ever consider running for President, and the crowd erupted in applause.  Obama said she would not run for President, and she said the reason is because of her two daughters.  Obama said, “Being the daughters of a president, just think about it. Not so easy. They handled it with grace and poise.”

Obama was also asked what she would miss most about being the First Lady.  She says she will miss all the young people that she got to work with.  She stated, “Young people keep me inspired.  You can’t be in public life and not love people. It’s a hard thing to do.”

The First Lady was joined on stage by singer Missy Elliott and songwriter Diane Warren, who took part in making the charity song “This Is For My Girls.”  All proceeds raised from the song will go to benefit the Peace Corps Let Girls Learn Fund.  The Let Girls Learn Fund aims to help girls all around the world get the education they deserve.

Obama said, “Growing up as a black girl in the South Side of Chicago, where the expectations were limited, there were always people around telling me what I couldn’t do. Always telling me how far I should dream. My reaction to that was to prove the doubters wrong.”  She continued to challenge all the men at the festival to help inspire change.

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