Michelle Obama: ‘So Many People Had a Hand in Our Success’

By Susan Jones | September 5, 2012 | 10:12 AM EDT

(CNSNews.com) – From humble beginnings to the White House: First Lady Michelle Obama, explaining how she and her husband were raised in circumstances, credited “the janitors who kept our school clean” as one of the reasons for the Obamas’ success:

Mrs. Obama told the Democratic National Convention about the lessons she and her husband learned from their families:

“We learned about gratitude and humility – that so many people had a hand in our success, from the teachers who inspired us to the janitors who kept our school clean, and we were taught to value everyone's contribution and treat everyone with respect.”

President Obama, speaking in Roanoke, Va., in July, also made the point that individual success is a collective effort: “Look, if you were successful, you didn’t get their on your own,” he said.

“If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen. The Internet didn’t get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet.

“The point is, is that when we succeed, we succeed because of our individual initiative, but also because we do things together,” President Obama said in Roanoke.

In her speech to Democrats Tuesday night, Mrs. Obama said she and her husband “learned about dignity and decency – that how hard you work matters more than how much you make -- that helping others means more than just getting ahead yourself.

“We learned about honesty and integrity – that the truth matters -- that you don't take shortcuts or play by your own set of rules...and success doesn't count unless you earn it fair and square.

“Those are the values Barack and I – and so many of you – are trying to pass on to our own children. That's who we are.”