M Obama.. M ObamaMichelle Obama yesterday told a gathering at a Washington summit for young African leaders, “The blood of Africa runs through my veins.”

“The roots of my family tree are in Africa,” the popular first lady said, as the crowd cheered. “My husband’s father was born and raised in Kenya. Members of our extended family still live there. I have had the pleasure of traveling to Africa many times over the years, including four trips as first lady, and I have brought my mother and my daughters along whenever I can.”

“The blood of Africa runs through my veins, and I care deeply,” Obama said, as she called the audience her “brothers” and “sisters.”

“I am who I am today because of the people in my family, particularly the men in my family, who valued me and invested in me from the day I was born,” Michelle Obama said. “And as I grew up, the men who raised me set a high bar for the type of men I’d allow into my life—which is why I went on to marry a man who had the good sense to fall in love with a woman who was his equal, to treat me as such—a man who supports and reveres me, and who supports and reveres our daughters as well.”