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Michelle Obama Letter to PopSugar

A Letter From Michelle Obama on National Service Day

Last year we were fortunate enough to partner with the first lady, and this year she wanted to thank all of you for submitting questions for her to respond to. We're looking forward to more ways we can work together in 2013, and upon the eve of the inauguration, Michelle Obama reached out to remind us that today is the National Day of Service. Read her letter below and find out the ways you can help now.

Dear PopSugar,

With Barack’s second inauguration just a few days away, I wanted to take a moment to check in with all of you here at PopSugar, to reflect on the past year and to look toward the work that remains.

First, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything you did to inform people about the issues facing our country and the importance of making our voices heard in the election. You all did so much to help us all become more involved and engaged in our democracy — no matter who we were voting for — and that’s something you should be very proud of.


I especially enjoyed answering your questions about the election, life at the White House, and all the issues that come up for moms across the country. It really was a great conversation!

And now, as we look forward, there are so many ways that we can continue to engage with each other and our fellow citizens. For example, on Saturday, Jan. 19, we’ll be hosting my favorite event of inauguration weekend — the National Day of Service — when people from all across the country will come together to volunteer in their communities and honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Keep reading for more from the first lady.

This is such an important day to Barack and me because throughout our lives we’ve seen that building a full life isn’t about what you can get for yourself — but what you can give back to those around you. That’s a value that’s been central to our lives together — and as parents, it’s something we’re trying to pass down to our girls.

So we’re hoping to keep that spirit of service and citizenship central to this year’s inauguration, just like it was four years ago.

And we hope we can count on you to join us — just go to and sign up to volunteer.

And after the inauguration, I can’t wait to continue our dialogue on all sorts of issues — from making sure our kids are eating well and getting active, to helping our military families get the support and appreciation they deserve, to ensuring that we’re doing everything we can to help all our kids fulfill their potential and move our country forward. I hope you’ll stay in touch with us on these issues at and and follow my new Twitter feed, @FLOTUS.

I know you'll all be great partners in the work ahead — and I can’t wait to kick it off with you on Jan. 19 for the Day of Service. Again, thank you for all that you do for your families, your communities, and our country. God bless.

Michelle Obama

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