Michelle Obama Receives Standing Ovation At The ESPN Awards

The former first lady honoured the late Eunice Shriver, who founded the Special Olympics nearly 50 years ago

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What with Donald Trump banning people's Grandmas and Pas from entering the Land of the Free, it's easy to forget life was once much simpler.

Remember the Obamas? The sweet, kind, we-won't-ruin-the-earth Obamas?

It's a daily struggle. So when Michelle pops up at an innocuous awards ceremony, you can forgive us for getting a little bit excited.

The former first lady was out and about for the ESPN awards, where she was posthumously honouring Eunice Kennedy Shriver - the woman who founded the Special Olympics almost 50 years ago.

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Shriver died in 2009, so Obama presented the Arthur Ashe Courage Award to Kennedy's son, Timothy Shriver, who chairs the Special Olympics.

The award, which celebrates those who embody the spirit of tennis legend and longtime human rights campaigner Arthur Ashe, has previously been given to Caitlyn Jenner.

Obama received a huge round of applause from the athletes and other stars in attendance, so much so she had a wait on stage before detailing why she was there in the first place.

When silence did eventually fall she explained: 'I am here tonight to honour a remarkable woman.'

She called Shriver a woman who believed 'everyone deserves a chance to push themselves and find out what they're made of.'

Obama continued, 'Through her passionate service, she made our world more inclusive and fair. ... She honored the highest traditions of athletic history, using sports to break barriers and change hearts and minds.'

She steered clear of any political comments, but did end her speech by talking about the need to make the world 'more inclusive, welcoming, and fair' for everyone – regardless of where they come from.

We've missed you, Michelle!

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