Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Great Expectations for Michelle Obama

I read an interesting post on The Seferm Post titled, "Great Expectations Await Michelle Obama." Here's my two cents . . . Just as the nation has placed an enormous responsibly on the shoulders of our President-Elect to save the world from economic catastrophe, rebuild a failing health care system, create jobs, cure global warming, end the wars, restore our nation's standing in the world and that's all before 9am - we have also placed an huge task on our soon-to-be First Lady's plate.

We expect her to set fashion trends, revive 1600 Pennsylvania Ave with swank social gatherings, raise well-adjusted little girls, some even want her to bear a son, support a powerful, complex husband, set effective national programs in motion, set the image standard for not just African-American women, but ALL women, choose a hypo-allergenic puppy . . . whew, I'm tired just typing all of these things. So, just imagine having the pressure to not only do all of these things, but do them WELL.

But Michelle has shown us that she has the chutzpah to do it. She is a wonderful, intricate hybrid of class and hood. Now, don't take offense, understand what that means. Michelle grew up on the southside of Chicago in a working class family with great parents. She attended and graduated Princeton University - undergrad and Harvard Law. She can quite easily go from a state dinner at the White House, coddling international dignitaries to a church fish fry on a Saturday afternoon sponsored by the usher board. A power-house attorney, self-proclaimed Mom-in-Chief, supportive wife of 16 years. She definitely has the substance to meet and exceed all of our expectations. We recognize that no one is perfect and that at times, she will get tired and she may make a mistake, but she is not caught up in the hype. She seems to take everything in stride and appears extremely cautious of her decisions and course of action. So, let's just sit back and watch and enjoy, because the next 8, err, 4 years are going to be an exciting time to be alive, simply because NO ONE has charted this voyage before, so trust that it will be the trip of a lifetime. *photo source is unknown

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