When I Grow Up, I Want To Be Michelle Obama
By Mochanista on October 07, 2008
There weren’t many women in this day and age who I could say I
admired and wanted to mold myself after… until Michelle Obama arrived
on the scene! As an African American professional woman, it is truly
refreshing to see a dynamic woman who not only is educated,
professional and sophisticated, but also sets an example for
professional wives and mothers holding down careers and families (or
hoping to one day).
When you see the Obama family, you can feel a sense of real warmth,
unlike other political families who seem to “stage” hugs and “fake”
family moments. You get a “real sense” that the Obamas are a loving
family and that Michelle and Barack actually share intimate moments.
That might seem a bit much to you, but it should be big deal. How can
we vote someone into office who doesn’t know what it takes to keep a
family together? You married women know what I mean. It isn’t an easy
task, especially once you add outside forces such as travel schedules,
meetings, paparazzi, press, political groupies (yes, and they are just
as bad as music groupies!). It can put intense strain and stress on the
union. Not many political marriages last, just like in Hollywood, but
it seems as though this one will.
I am not impressed by most First Ladies because most seem as though they are
following the scripts given to them. They act like Stepford wives, not
really setting themselves apart or developing their own identity.
Jackie Onassis was the last First Lady that not only had style but was
interesting and didn’t sacrifice her sexiness. Why can’t we be all
those things even if our husband is the President of the United States?
As seen in profiles of her in magazines like Essence, Ebony, Time
Magazine, and More Magazine– Michelle Obama, who is a lawyer by trade,
is fascinating. Not only does she possess grace and flair, you can tell
that she is a “take charge” type of woman– a person who handles stress
with grace and never lets you see her sweat.
An advocate of education and great example of what you can do when
you put your mind to it, this Harvard/Princeton graduate did not let
her economic background stop her from achieving. With the support of an
amazing mother and father, the stage was set for her to succeed.
I just want to share some news and tidbits here and there to prove my point:
OFFICIAL BIO (excerpt):When people ask Michelle Obama to describe
herself, she doesn’t hesitate. First and foremost, she is Malia and
Sasha’s mom. But before she was a mother - or a wife, lawyer, or public
servant - she was Fraser and Marian Robinson’s daughter.
The Robinsons lived on the South Side of Chicago, on the top floor
of a brick bungalow. Fraser was a pump operator for the Chicago water
department. He was a hero to Michelle and her older brother Craig: even
though he had multiple sclerosis, he hardly ever missed a day of work.
Marian stayed home to raise Michelle and Craig, skillfully managing a
busy household filled with love, laughter, and important life lessons.
Fraser and Marian valued hard work, independence, and honesty. Today,
their children point to their parents as their greatest teachers.
Michelle attended Chicago public schools, then Princeton. She
studied sociology and African American studies, graduated in the class
of 1985, and earned admission to Harvard Law School. When she returned
to Chicago in 1988, she joined the law firm Sidley & Austin.
After a few years, Michelle realized that corporate law was not her
calling. So she left to give back to the city she loves and to help
others serve their communities. She worked for City Hall, becoming the
assistant commissioner of planning and development. Then she became the
founding executive director of the Chicago chapter of Public Allies, an
AmeriCorps program that prepares young people for public service.
Today, more than 350 young leaders have graduated from Public Allies
got one great thing out of working for a corporate law firm-that’s
where she met her husband, Barack. They were married in 1992. Today,
they have two girls-Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7. Like their mom, both girls
were born on the South Side of Chicago.
Since 1996, Michelle has worked for the University of Chicago. As
associate dean of student services, she developed the university’s
first community service program. Later, she became the vice president
of community and external affairs for the University of Chicago Medical
Center. Under Michelle’s leadership, volunteering skyrocketed, both in
the hospital and the community. Hospital employees serving in the
community increased nearly fivefold, while community members
volunteering in the hospital nearly quadrupled.
Great story on the woman behind the man: Barack’s Rock. She’s the
one who keeps him real, the one who makes sure running for leader of
the free world doesn’t go to his head. Click here to read more on
“Barack’s Rock”: www.newsweek.com
Michelle on husband, Barack:
In an age where MTV and celebrities dictate what is normal in society,
it will be encouraging to me for my little girls to see a woman of
grace and dignity lead this nation and provide an example of how
beautiful and intelligent African American women are as a reinforcement
to my teachings and beliefs.
“I say to myself, what a wonderful world!”
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