Speaking to a group of Chilean students in a low-income area near Santiago, the first lady said their stories should encourage the students to pursue their college degrees and dream big. “It wasn’t so long ago that my husband and I were young people just like you, dreaming the same dream and facing the same challenges,” she said.
Growing up “in a teeny little apartment” on the rugged South Side of Chicago, Obama said, “there was never any question in my parents’ mind that we would go to college.”
“And they always told us that even if we weren’t rich, we were just as smart and just as capable as anyone else,” she said. “They taught us that if we dreamed big enough and if we worked hard enough, anything was possible. In my country, we call that the ‘American dream’ and I think it’s also true right here in Chile.”
The idea wasn't named "American Dream" just because we live in America. This idea of self-attained success was named for the country that once made it possible to realize that dream; the country that was wholly unique in its recognition of individual freedom and determination. But progressive policies striving to make America more like other countries has not created "American Dreams" in other parts of the world, it has only diminished that dream at home.