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Michelle Obama says she feels welcome in Hawaii

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First lady Michelle Obama told spouses of international leaders at a luncheon in Hawaii Sunday that she feels welcome in America’s 50th state because of its “spirit of openness and tolerance.”

“I feel like this is my home away from home, a place where I feel welcome and open and optimistic,” Mrs. Obama said during the Asian-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit, at a lunch at the seaside resort of Ka’a’awa, Hawaii.

“Folks here view their differences as strengths –- not as weaknesses.  And people of all different backgrounds live together and work together and seek to learn from each other.”

President Obama was born in Honolulu, and his wife joked that his birthplace was a compelling factor when she agreed to marry him.

“That’s really one of the reasons I married Barack,” Mrs. Obama said. “When I realized that this is where we’d be spending the holidays, I said, ‘Yes — I love you!’”

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Dave Boyer is a White House correspondent for The Washington Times. A native of Allentown, Pa., Boyer worked for the Philadelphia Inquirer from 2002 to 2011 and also has covered Congress for the Times. He is a graduate of Penn State University. Boyer can be reached at dboyer@washingtontimes.com.

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