Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

Peggy Wallace Kennedy’s Speech Introducing Michelle Obama

Last week, Mrs. Peggy Wallace Kennedy had the historic honor of introducing our First Lady at her event in Birmingham. Below are her remarks.

"Good afternoon.

It is truly a privilege to be here with my fellow Alabamians, gathered here today to welcome America's First Lady to our state.   Mrs. Obama, Alabama Democrats remain committed to the President’s vision for moving America forward as he continues to build a nation where "justice will roll down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream."

In June of 1963, the governor of Alabama traveled to Tuscaloosa and stood in the schoolhouse door to promote the politics of segregation and discrimination.  Today, his daughter stands in Birmingham, in a much different Alabama, to welcome as an honored guest our First Lady, a woman of grace, courage and strength. 

Mrs. Obama, as a child who grew up in the Governor’s mansion, I cannot fully express what it has meant to me to watch you and your husband set such a positive example for America’s parents.  The clear devotion you and he both share for your two beautiful daughters is the single best example of true American family values.

From the moment I first heard the President’s message of hope and promise, I believed that he would bring about a refreshed America, vibrant with renewed energy and enthusiasm for a new way forward.  My husband and I were vocal supporters of the President when he began his first Presidential race in 2007, and today, as I look back and compare the America that he was elected to lead to the America that we have today, I say,  "Job well done!"

Mrs. Obama, I am the mother of an American soldier, who has served his country in both Iraq and Afghanistan.   He is a decorated officer who is honored to serve your husband, his Commander in Chief.  And, I am thankful to you for your unwavering support for the families that pray daily for their loved ones’ safe return.

I am also the mother of a college student, who is graduating in August. Armed with his diploma, he will face uncertainty as he seeks employment, but because of the Affordable Care Act there will be no uncertainty regarding his right to be protected under his family's health insurance as he finds his way. 

From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank you for all that you have done to help strengthen this nation and for blessing us by visiting our state.  Would all of you gathered here now join me in welcoming the First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama."