April 27, 2016
Remarks by the First Lady at 2016 Olympics 100 Days Out Countdown
New York, New York
12:18 P.M. EDT
MRS. OBAMA: Hi, everybody. Good morning — or afternoon — or wherever we are. (Laughter.) Hello. Thank you so much for joining us as we start the 100 Day Countdown to the thrilling moment when we let the games begin. I’m really honored to be here today.
I want to start by thanking Jordan — where did Jordan go? Hey, Jordan. What’s going on? — for that really kind introduction. We’re so proud of him. We’re excited to have him compete in this Summer Olympic Games. I also want to thank the outstanding leaders from the U.S. Olympic Committee who are joining me on this stage. You guys, thank you so much for all your great work — as well as The Band Perry, who is one of our favorites. I want to thank them for being here. Coach Auriemma, thank you all so much for everything you’re doing.
And, of course, most of all, I want to thank these incredible athletes who are here today. I have to turn around and look at them because I just got here. (Laughter.) They look so good! (Laughter.) I want to recognize them for the extraordinary work that they’ve been doing. I’m proud, I’m honored to be in the presence of these Olympians and Paralympians.
In fact, this is kind of a dream come true for me, because I’m here today not just as the First Lady, but as a real, lifelong, die-hard Olympics fan. To this day, I still remember the excitement that I felt as a little girl growing up on the South Side of Chicago when Olympic season would roll around. My family and all the kids in our neighborhood, we would gather around somebody’s TV somewhere in the neighborhood, and we would watch for hours as our Olympic favorites would compete — whether it was Mary Lou Retton, or Carl Lewis. I mean, I could go on. I mean, these times meant the world to kids in neighborhoods all over the country.
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