Saturday, August 11, 2007

Michelle Obama, A First Partner & Lady

Michelle, Barack Obama's wife, is a moving force to be reckoned with in her own right. Accomplished Princeton educated lawyer, engaged executive leader and savvy Chicago politico are just a few of her professional credits. Michelle Obama is also a fierce protector of her children and a highly requested spokesperson for her husband. She criticizes when necessary, such as Barack's former terrible habit of smoking and fully supports her family. Michelle's ultimatum to Barack was quit smoking before running for president. It is an inside joke that if Barack even looks longingly at a cigarette, call Michelle.

Michelle Obama quietly wows and is noted as being the least known of the candidate's spouses. She is an interpreter for people seeking to understand Barack, his motivations and international appeal. Well, he's not too popular with Pervez Musharraf in Pakistan right now. Still, Michelle calls Barack the Harry Potter parent, the one who has read all six books. She states unequivocally that Harry Potter is huge in their household and they will get Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows read despite Daddy running for US president.

While Hillary is criticized for cleavage Michelle is chastised by the Chicago Sun-Times for not wearing tons of makeup. Sexism is alive and well in the news business. As Michelle put it, "who's got time to put on eyelashes and all that?" She wants folks to become accustomed to seeing her face unpainted and that is a breath of fresh air. She is more consumed with substance over style to the dismay of many who remain ensnared by the age of cotillions or the latest fad from Madison Avenue. Michelle Obama is real.

Is Barack black enough sets Michelle's pearly whites on edge! Yet she answers politely:
"The truth of the matter is that as I was growing up, talking too proper, going to certain schools, people told me that...there is a part in which we are still struggling as a people with what is black,”
She has a great sense of humor. It was on display during the non-stop play of the famous or infamous YouTube video starring a sultry young actress as "Obama Girl". The news media waited in earnest for her to flip out. Michelle's biggest concern was making sure her daughters knew she was still their father's number one girl. Even six year olds know what happens in their dad's campaigns. Michelle is focused on her number one role, being there for her family.

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