"I grew up in a working class neighbourhood of Chicago. My parents worked hard. Even though they could not give us material things, they gave us something more precious; they gave me and my brother strong values. They taught us to push for excellence in every single thing we did."
- Michelle Obama, U.S. First Lady
"I do think that one of the challenges that we are going face in the US, at a time when we are still recovering from the financial crisis is, how do we respond to some of the challenges of globalisation? The fact of the matter is that for most of my lifetime and I'll turn 50 next year - the US was such an enormously dominant economic power, we were such a large market, our industry, our technology, our manufacturing was so significant that we always met the rest of the world economically on our terms. "
- Barack Obama, President of U.S.A.