MN Daily Salute: Michelle Obama

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February 22, 2013 ‐ By
Source: WhiteHouse.Gov

Source: WhiteHouse.Gov

Michelle Obama

CALLING: Mother, wife, and First Lady of the United States

WHY WE’RE SALUTING HER:

As the first African American First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama has reintroduced a new image of Black women to the people of America, while simultaneously inspiring women across the globe as an example that it’s not impossible to be a mother, have a career, and be unwaveringly supportive of your husband and his dreams.

Mrs. Obama’s own career began right at home at the Sidley Austin law firm in Chicago when she was Miss Robinson at the time. After majoring in sociology and minoring in African American studies, Mrs. Obama graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1985 from Princeton and went on to earn her Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School in 1988.

While at Sidley Austin, Michelle was assigned to mentor a summer associate who just happened to be Barack Obama, and after the Harvard grad impressed the First Lady during a community organization meeting, she agreed to that infamous first date screening of Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing.” Four years later, they were married in 1992.

In 1993, Michelle became Executive Director for the Chicago office of Public Allies, which is a non-profit organization encouraging young people to work on social issues in nonprofit groups and government agencies. The  fundraising records she set for the organization during those four years still stood 12 years after she left and went on to become Associate Dean Dean of Student Services at the University of Chicago. There she developed the University’s Community Service Center, and in 2002, she began working for the University of Chicago Hospitals, first as executive director for community affairs, and then as Vice President for Community and External Affairs in 2005.

In May 2007, after Barack Obama, who then had become a Senator, announced his candidacy for President of the United States, Michelle cut back on her professional responsibilities by 80 percent, joining him on the campaign trail more frequently. Concerned about the negative effects campaigning could have on their family, Michelle negotiated an agreement with Barack, saying he had to give up smoking in exchange for her support of his decision to run. As we now know, the rest is history and President Obama has won not one, but two terms in office.

Since 2008, the POTUS has joked on numerous occasions that his wife is more popular than he is, and by most accounts, he’s right. The American people have become obsessed with everything Michelle Obama does, from what designer she’s wearing, to her hair cut, to her Let’s Move! campaign, aimed at lowering childhood obesity. The mother of two has been said to be the key to the President’s election and the humble way in which she supports her husband while at the same time not interfering with his policy decisions has proven to be a key element of their success as a couple and as leaders of our nation. For setting the greatest example of selflessness and integrity, and being the symbol of the type of Black woman we know exists but don’t see nearly enough on the national scale, we salute Michelle Obama.

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  • Felicia Jones

    I love Michelle she is amazing,love you michelle obama

  • thats right!

    she is a skank ho

  • SUN

    LOVE MRS O

  • psylocke_2001

    I love Michelle!!!!! She’s the only person I will stan for.

  • CharlieTruth

    Don’t drink the cool aid! This dis-bar’ed troll is a pawn in the devils game.
    It’s in our faces and we are so ignorant to it because it wears our color. The devil is a liar… And so are the Obamas!

  • http://twitter.com/NickiMinajChic Ivy Blue Carter

    Michelle looks really pretty!!! i cant believe kanye dissed jay z..i mean just google kelsnetwork..

  • Lue Blacknell

    Did you hear the POTUS at the SOTU say to her “Honey-thank you”? No President in history-has ever acknowledged his wife in public like that-I know the “sistahs” were smiling!

  • Chester43

    damn hoe i know you be pu$$y poppin and makin’ that a$$ clap.

  • Sojourner’s Truth

    And Beauty is her name. Love ya FLOTUS.

  • http://twitter.com/TBravens92 ISpeakDaTruth

    Michelle is a man, not pretty at all

    • Chester43

      she does have a very masculine physique and it has been proven that black women have unusually high testosterone levels.

      • Lue Blacknell

        If she was fat & out of shape like barbara bush-I guess you would not have any problem w/that? Get over it-she will be in the WH for another 4yrs.-leave the country if you do not like it! I will help you pack too!

    • Lue Blacknell

      Whatever she is -she is in the WH-where is your trolling butt? I guess hillary/laura/”quaker oats lady (barbara bush)/& eleanor roosevelt-were pretty-huh? Just say she is Black-& you have a problem w/that….

    • thats right!

      I agree! skank ho

  • Lovely

    Strong women, 1st women of color with style and grace in the WHITE house. A ph u c k en unicorn. Stand up smart Women……

    • Chester43

      i see you baby mama. n*gga hoes stand up!

  • Yava Tay

    Well done Mrs. President. You make me proud not only to be a woman but to be a woman of color.

  • Yava Tay

    Hmmm, not one comment about this. I guess if Beyonce’ isn’t the topic, there’s nothing to comment on.

    • Guest

      …yet you’re the ONLY one who mentioned it. You couldn’t just say something positive? You ain’t no better than the ones you talkin’ about. Slick a55 attempt to throw some negativity into the game. Keep it positive or move on. Please and thank you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cindy-Mullenax/100003197254723 Cindy Mullenax

    I WOULD NEVER SALUTE SOMEONE WHO HAS CAME OUT AND SAID SHE DOESN’T LIKE AMERICA OR AFTER OUR NATIONS SONG, SHE MOUTHED THE WORDS, “ALL OF THIS FOR A FLAG?” IT IS SOOOO TYPICAL FOR THE MEDIA TO ADORE AND SALUTE A PERSON WHO IS DISRESPECTFUL AND WRONG. BUT WANT TO DESTROY AND HUMILIATE A GOOD PERSON WHO LOVES THIS COUNTRY!!! THE OBAMA AGENDA IS AN OBAMINATION, CORRUPT AND WITH NO MERIT…LET’S TALK ABOUT BENGHAZI AND THE FAST AND FURIOUS MR. AND MRS. OBAMA…

    • hassla wa mtaa

      well go kill ur self we don’t care

      • Chester43

        ok kunta kente calm down. no need to get ghetto.

    • Lue Blacknell

      cindy m-why don’t you take some ambien or lunesta?-& go jump in a lake? Who is good that she wish to destroy? If you are speaking of the taliban/congress & all the rest of your Amerikkkan patriots-YOU ALL are destroying yourselves. Let’s talk about trolls & racists like you- that cannot accept a Black family in the WH.

    • Shellshock

      4 MORE YEARS ;) bitter a$$

    • CB4BBS

      Miss Cindy M; no one wants to talk about the bad stuff that this regime represents. All anyone wants to talk about is the First Black President and first Black First Lady. No one ever mentions American President and American First Lady; they have to put the ‘Black’ modifier in there! They divide all of us Americans into black vs white, rich vs poor, have vs have not, public vs private, etc, etc, etc…all divisive. What a crying shame that the First Black President is a liar (by omission and by design), a racist (it’s really unfortunate and shameful that daggone Glen Beck was correct) and a spokesman only for minorities in his coalition government. He and his racist campaign openly came out against white men, unless those white men happened to be in college or high school where they could be indoctrinated. Did you watch them put their left hands on their left breast instead of the correct way? It’s shameful that America has become so divided; and look who did it! The first BPOTUS! What a great country to pit one against another. Shame on you BPOTUS and BFLOTUS. All hail Emperor Barack Hussein Obama and First Empress Michelle Obama. Here’s praying you don’t lead us to civil unrest, like the Occupy Wall Street.