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Michelle Obama’s advice to men: “Be better”

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama (L) and Oprah Winfrey (R) discuss "Trailblazing the Path for the Next Generation of Women" during the White House Summit on the United State Of Women. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

The first lady’s message was, in her usual fashion, clear and direct. In a conversation with Oprah Winfrey at the United State of Women summit in Washington D.C. on Tuesday, Michelle Obama has this to say to men: Be better.

“Be better at everything,” she unequivocally advised the men in the 5,000-strong audience. “Be better fathers. Just being good fathers who love your daughters and are providing a solid example of what it means to be a good man in the world. That is the greatest gift that the men in my life gave to me.

“Be engaged. Don’t just think going out to work and coming home makes you a man.”

Earlier in the day, President Barack Obama had affirmed his own credentials as an engaged father and husband. “I may be a little grayer than I was eight years ago, but this is what a feminist looks like,” he joked.

Michelle Obama conceded that, even with enviable resources at hand, “having it all” was a challenge. “I don’t want young women out there to have the expectation that if they’re not having it all they’re somehow failing,” she said.

Read the full story at The Associated Press.

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