Sunday, April 19, 2009

Michelle

On the night of the election Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert had one of Michelle and Barack's former Harvard professors on their election coverage. When they asked him if he thought Barack would some day be president, he said that he would have pegged Michelle more as the presidential material.
I'm personally really excited to have such an awesome first lady. Michelle Obama is incredibly brilliant, takes no shit, and manages to have killer arms, amazing daughters, and a controversial amount of legislative input. I've always found it interesting that she actually met Barack when she was assigned to mentor him while he was a summer associate at the law firm she worked at.
Michelle grew up in Chicago, spending 3 hours a day on the public bus system to attend high school. She wrote her thesis at Princeton on "Princeton-Educated Blacks and the Black Community". After Princeton and Harvard she went on to work at the Sidley Austin Law Firm, as well as being Assistant to the Mayor of Chicago and Assistant Commissioner of Planning and Development. She also worked as Executive Director for the Chicago office of Public Allies, a non-profit encouraging young people to work on social issues in nonprofit groups and government agencies. In 1996, she served as the Associate Dean of Student Services at the University of Chicago and then went on to be Vice President for Community and External Affairs at the University of Chicago Hospitals. Somewhere around there Michelle and Barack were finally able to pay off their student loans.
Now in the White House she is fighting for equal opportunities in the work place and advocating on the behalf of military families. She has set up a garden on the White House property and is working to promote organic agriculture. Michelle has appeared before the Department of Education and Department of Housing and Urban Development to promote the Economic Stimulus Bill. I really admire Michelle for being able to accomplish so much while maintaining a stable environment for her daughters. And by stable I mean she held a meeting with the entire wait staff to let them know that Sasha and Malia will be making their own beds and helping the staff with chores in the kitchen and elsewhere. I'm excited to see not just what Michelle accomplishes in her position as first lady but also to watch the Obama girls grow up to be equally as amazing.

1 comment:

Lilly White said...

Buildings are always erected by people. People are children of their blood, are members or their race. As blood speaks, so the people build