Michelle Obama is a good example of the 21st century woman.
She knows she doesn’t have to be anyone except who she is and that is absolutely fine. From delivering a magnificent speech at the Democratic convention to hands-on meetings, advocating on behalf of military families, Michelle Obama depends on her intelligence and work ethic. At roundtable meetings, Michelle listens to the personal stories of military spouses at barracks across the nation who work hard to keep their families together while their loved ones are serving in abroad. One woman said it felt as if this was the first time anyone had had the kindness to ask “how we (the military wives and husbands) are doing.”
As First Lady, she has also become an advocate for poverty awareness, nutrition, and healthy eating. Michelle is able to combine all the separate aspects of her life and make a whole that is amazing.
Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama is the wife of the 44th President of the United States. Raised on the South Side of Chicago, she attended Princeton University and Harvard Law School before returning to Chicago. There she worked at the law firm of Sidney Austin and met the man who would become her husband. She also worked as part of the staff of Chicago Mayor Richard Daley and for the University of Chicago Medical Center.
Unlike Ann Romney's so-called perfect marriage, Michelle relationship is refreshingly like many others. While Barack and Michelle Obama may have what appears to be a perfect soul-mate union now, they have worked through difficult times together. Their marriage hasn't always been ideal. No marriage where one partner is career-centered ever is.
This is one of the prime reasons for the high divorce rate among actors. Creating and sustaining a career is exhausting, time-consuming, and leaves energy for very little else including a spouse. The key to a successful relationship where one partner is career-driven is for the other partner to take a back seat and shoulder the activities of everyday family life pretty much on their own.
In his book, Renegade, author Richard Wolffe recounts a stretch in 2000 when the Obama marriage went through a time of not talking and no romance due to Barack's unsuccessful run for Congress. Michelle felt he was selfish and career-driven and he thought she was cold and lacked understanding of his goals. At the time of his unsuccessful career move, they were parents to two year-old Malia.
By the time baby Sasha came along, their marriage was strained almost to the breaking point. They decided to work through their problems and differences and make the marriage solid. The decision for Barack to make a bid for the White House was a joint decision between the two of them. Even with that decision made, Michelle had no intention of changing who she was or her own ideas.
The idea that a President's wife was someone who stayed in the background, only trotted out by her spouse to perform the least important of official duties, are long past. In fact, the days when a woman was only a satellite to her husband’s shining sun are, thankfully, as antiquated as the Univac computer we see in history books.
Michelle Obama is a terrific example of a woman who speaks her mind, succeeds in her chosen career, and is determined to make a change in people’s lives through her own efforts.
In 2016 perhaps we may see a Clinton/Obama or Obama/Clinton ticket after all.
The Clinton would be Hilary and the Obama would be Michelle.
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