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Chile, people love to say that Michelle Obama was down for Barack when he had nothing. They reference the worn soles of his shoes and the hole in the bottom of his car and take that to mean that he came to her as a pauper and she was patient and understanding and waited for him to climb the ranks to President of these United States.
The message is that if it worked for our beloved President and First Lady, then “regular” women should be willing to work with a man with potential because it’ll pay off in the end.
In celebration of the first couple’s wedding anniversary, earlier this week, one man created this meme.
Ladies: He might not have it all right now, but be faithful, stick by his side and one day he'll give you the world pic.twitter.com/tawDJOD7vX
— The Jo Johnson™ (@itsTheJoJohnson) October 3, 2015
And while I’m sure this “betting on potential” has worked for some people, somewhere, somehow, potential doesn’t often amount to a whole lot. We all have potential to be or do something. The difference is, do you have ambition to match? Are you moving, shaking, hustling and grinding to do something with your gifts?
For a lot of people, men and women alike, the answer is, sadly, no.
But that wasn’t the case when our First Lady met President Obama.
When she met him, she had already given herself the world. She worked hard to earn a spot at Princeton and then graduated to work at a law firm, where she was his boss. He was her intern. Perhaps because she was his superior, people seem to think Barack came to her busted and disgusted and she took a gamble on a man who seemed like he “might could” be something one day.
When she met him he’d graduated from Columbia. And was in law school at Harvard. Then, a year later, he served as the President of the Harvard Law Review, the first Black person- male of female- to do so. When you consider this, it’s not that much of a stretch to consider he could duplicate the feat with the Presidency of the United States. But even more importantly, there was the work he was doing for the community. I don’t want to gloss over that. It’s important. This wasn’t a man who was just after titles and prestige, he was willing to give back.
That’s much more than potential baby, that’s a man who’s put in the work.
And thankfully, several people on social media were ready and willing to let this brotha know that it was deeper than standing by your man when he has nothing, hoping that one day he’ll have everything and be gracious enough to share it with you.
— Reagan Gomez (@ReaganGomez) October 6, 2015
@itsTheJoJohnson Your wording took all of her hard work and success on her own away from her, & implied that her husband GAVE her all that.
— That Girl (@Guarded_Dreams) October 6, 2015
Then activist Shaun King took it to Facebook to make it plain.
The creator of the original meme explained that this wasn’t his intention and peace was restored in the kingdom that is Black Twitter.
I don’t know what the original tweeter had in mind. But I do know that there are tons of people in this world, particularly in the Black community, who think that Michelle had to sacrifice, struggle and wait for President Obama to get himself together. Nah. Hopefully now, people will have a better, more realistic understanding of the first couple’s story: they each had plenty to bring to the table. The rest, as they say, is history.
While briefly perusing social media this past weekend, I ran across a meme with a side-by-side image of President Obama and Michelle at the China State Dinner at the White House on Friday. Next to them, there was a picture of Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson and his wife, Candy. The caption for the meme? A parody of the hilarious “Don’t be like ___ me” DirecTV commercials:
“Hi, I’m President Barack Obama, and I have DirecTV.”
And in contrast:
“Hi, I’m presidential candidate Ben Carson, and I have cable.”
To me, I thought the images were put together to show off how awesome (and fly) our president and the First Lady are in comparison to the controversial and swag-deprived Carson and his wife. But as I would find out this morning, the meme was created to poke fun at the looks of Carson’s wife. While Michelle looked radiant in one photo with her sickening side-swept hair and curve-hugging gown, Candy looked very tame, like she on the way to parent-teacher conferences. She waved to supporters in a photo from Ben’s presidential run announcement rally, hair pulled back, rocking a fluted polka-dot skirt with a large red belt, glasses, and a blazer. Despite the latter image being old (it’s from May), people on social media still had a field day over it this past weekend, cracking jokes about Candy’s style and overall appearance. Despite her husband’s decision to be in the spotlight and make controversial comments that have garnered the accomplished doctor many detractors, it was Candy who was receiving all the criticism this time around. Not cool, guys. Not cool.
In a piece for The Root, Demetria Lucas D’Oyley defended Candy from her critics, stating that Ben chose to be in the spotlight, not her. Therefore, the attacks on her appearance are uncalled for. However, Lucas D’Oyley also criticized Candy’s fashion sense in the same breath. She even stated that Candy’s Seventh-Day Adventist faith isn’t a good excuse for her style missteps. According to the author, “religion and modesty are not synonymous with ill-fitting and unflattering and out-of-date” clothing.
Are there sexist and, in this case, racist underpinnings that make appearance matter more in certain circumstances? Absolutely. But until those “isms” are dismantled, women absolutely need to look as if they at least tried, especially when they’re up for a role they really want.
I won’t drag Candy Carson. I’m sure she is a lovely woman, and she has endured her husband’s politics for 40-plus years. But I will say that I can’t help noticing that as a presidential candidate, Ben Carson always shows up looking like the position he wants to have. I want the Mrs. to look the same.
And I can somewhat get where Lucas D’Oyley is coming from. Appearance matters in most realms of life. When you interview for a job, you can’t walk into an office looking like a Love and Hip Hop hopeful. And when you’re going to be in front of the camera every day, you don’t want to have a look that distracts people. But when these type of issues arise in the news (or via social media), I’m often left thinking to myself, My goodness…we focus on the wrong things.
We’re focused more on Candy’s looks than we are her husband’s politics. Just like we were way too focused on Gabby Douglas’s hair when she was flipping for gold at the 2012 Olympics in London. Just like people continue to focus too much on Serena Williams’s muscles, and when they’re not, they’re wondering when she’s going to move on to another hairstyle. And just like the time social media put Pam Oliver’s looks on front street. Leaving some to wonder if the controversy over her wigs was one of the reasons she was demoted from her position at Fox Sports and replaced with Erin Andrews. Despite the more important reasons why we were seeing these women on our TV screens, and their great accomplishments that we could have been celebrating, we were talking about surface beauty standards and what we “want,” as Lucas D’Oyley said, these ladies to look like.
I get it. We’ve all looked at someone’s ensemble or hair choice when they’re on the main stage and thought, yikes! But there’s a difference between thinking something and deciding to make a mockery of someone on social media. This is especially troubling considering that the same criticisms are never lobbed at the husbands of famous women. They’re not expected to look like more than any other guy in a simple suit. And yet, Candy, who is well into her 60s and hasn’t been in the spotlight very often, is expected to step out looking like a million bucks. What exactly was she supposed to put on in this stage of her life that would have pleased folks? Was it the ponytail that turned you off? The skirt? The glasses? Does her ensemble make you trust Ben any less?
Yeah. Get over yourself.
And, honestly, as amazing as Michelle Obama looks in this meme, that’s not how she appeared when President Obama announced his initial run for president. I’m from Chicago’s Southland, and I remember old-school Michelle. The days when President Obama was just running for Senate, and Michelle didn’t look nearly as polished as she does now. But with time, the right stylists, and some fabulous hair and makeup artists at her beck and call in the White House, Michelle has become a fashion icon. But like Candy, she didn’t start that way. It took a while for her to ditch the flip curl, sharp eyebrows, and bell-sleeve ensembles. But once she did, va-va voom!
Look, I’m not trying to say that people don’t need to look like they love themselves when they step out of the house, but I think we’re way too hard on way too many women, Black women especially, when it comes to how they choose to present themselves to the world, as the women they really are (not as if they’re stepping out on the red carpet). And considering that in the meme, Ben is holding Candy’s hand, looking happier than a kid in a candy store next to his wife of 40 years, does anything else really matter?
Fresh from his announcement of nominating the first openly gay US Army secretary, President Obama presented a speech fully dedicated to Black women at the Congressional Black Caucus dinner on Saturday night (Sept. 19).
“I’m focusing on women tonight, because I want them to know how much we appreciate them, how much we admire them, how much we love them,” he said.
During his speech, Obama touched shined a light on the adversities of Black women and just how much of a role they played a major role in shaping American democracy.
Characterizing the women of the civil rights movement as “thinkers and the doers,” he explained:
“Women were the foot soldiers. Women strategized boycotts. Women organized marches,” Obama said in a keynote address to the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s annual awards dinner. “Even if they weren’t allowed to run the civil rights organizations on paper, behind the scenes they were the thinkers and the doers making things happen each and every day, doing the work that no one else wanted to do.”
Obama also spoke out on his focus for “full opportunity and equality” for girls and women of color in America. He specifically made note of the disparities in regards to equal pay for Black women in particular.
“It is an affront to the very idea of America when certain segments of our population don’t have access to the same opportunities as everybody else,” he said. “It makes a mockery of our economy when black women make thirty fewer cents for every dollar a white man earns.”
Click play and watch President Obama’s full speech above.
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I love my POTUS! He’s just absolutely handsome. We have had the privilege of watching him age throughout his tenure as commander in chief and he keeps getting more and more refined.
President Obama has traveled to his late father’s birth place of Kenya for a two-day visit, where he will hold lectures with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and other top officials over the weekend.
Today (July 25), Obama discussed a number of topics, but most importantly gay rights, after he was encouraged to not do so. However, Obama didn’t take the objections to heart and spoke freely.
“When you start treating people differently not because of any harm they are doing to anybody, but because they are different, that’s the path whereby freedoms begin to erode,” Obama said at press conference held with the Kenyan leader in Nairobi. “And bad things happen.”
Obama furthered explained the discrimination against gay rights by comparing it to his experience as a black man. “And when a government gets in a habit of people treating people differently, those habits can spread,” he said. ” As an African-American, I am painfully aware of what happens when people are treated differently under the law.”
Kenya’s track record with LGBT rights is fairly poor, as the country does not embrace equal civil and social rights for homosexuals compared with heterosexuals. Under Kenyan law, men engaging in sexual acts with other men is actually illegal, and can lead to a punishment of maximum imprisonment for 14 years.
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta gave his stance on gay rights saying, “The fact of the matter is Kenya and the U.S. share so many values: common love for democracy, entrepreneurship, value for families — these are some things that we share. But there are some things that we must admit we don’t share. Our culture, our societies don’t accept.”
“It is very difficult for us to be able to impose on people that which they themselves do not accept,” he continued. “This is why I repeatedly say for Kenyans today the (gay rights issue) is generally a non-issue. We want to focus on other areas,” which proved that Obama and Kenyatta’s views on gay right are like night and day. It was also reported by CNN that, “After that comment, a small amount of applause was heard, presumably from some of the audience attending.”
The lecture lead into discussions about other issues that actually concerned the country, like the economy, the fight against terror that plagues the region and trade. “Maybe once we overcome some of these challenges, we can begin to look at new ones,” Kenyatta offered.
Watch footage of the press conference here.
For the past six years, President Barack Obama has been busy running a nation and managing a family. Meanwhile, I’ve been struggling to juggle work, have a social life and not miss any holidays or events significant enough to place me in the doghouse with my relatives.
One would assume that having the weight of the White House on his shoulders would impose on the time and energy that Obama has to devote family, but according to the commander-in-chief, the presidency has helped him to improve in the fatherhood department.
In an essay published in the July/August MORE magazine titled “How The Presidency Made Me A Better Father,” Obama explains the transformation. An excerpt from his essay reads:
When you’re the President of the United States, you’re surrounded at all times—by aides, by press, by Secret Service, by crowds. It’s a bubble that’s hard to escape.
That’s what makes the people with whom you surround yourself in those rare private moments all the more important.
It just so happens that I’m fortunate enough to be surrounded by women. They’re the most important people in my life. They’re the people who’ve shaped me the most. And in this job, they are my sanctuary.
People often ask me whether being President has made it more difficult to spend time with Michelle and our girls. But the surprising truth is that being in the White House has made our family life more “normal” than it’s ever been.
The July/August issue of MORE magazine hits stands on June 23. First Lady Michelle Obama stepped in as a guest editor for the issue.
To commemorate this year’s Father’s Day, our FLOTUS, Michelle Obama, posted a throwback picture of her husband and President of the United States, Barack Obama, with his two then toddler daughters on her Instagram.
“Thinking today and every day about the father of these two. Happy Father’s Day! – MO,” she captioned. The two didn’t get to spend the special day together, as Mr. President was in Southern California and Michelle was traveling back from Italy with her girls and mother.
So we at Mommynoire decided to piggyback off of Mo’s beautiful and thoughtful gesture and, a day after Father’s Day, celebrate our President by making him our Man Crush Monday pick of the week.
In case you don’t already know enough about our POTUS’ background, here’s a briefer. Barack Hussein Obama II was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, on August 4th, 1961. He is the first African American to hold the office, as well as the 44th and current President of the United States. Despite some criticism from naysayers, Obama was reelected for a second term in office on November 2012, defeating Republican nominee Mitt Romney, and was sworn in on January 20, 2013.
Most recently in the headlines, Obama is being criticized for using the N-word to decry racism in this country, following the fatal shooting of nine churchgoers at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, at the hands of 21-year-old Dylann Roof, a white man. During an interview for the podcast “WTF with Marc Maron,” O bluntly stated:
“Racism, we are not cured of it. And it’s not just a matter of it not being polite to say n****r in public,” Obama said. “That’s not the measure of whether racism still exists or not. It’s not just a matter of overt discrimination. Societies don’t, overnight, completely erase everything that happened 200 to 300 years prior.”
For the record, we at Mommynoire don’t see anything wrong with our African American President using this word to make a smart and eloquent point about race relations in this country. Just sayin’.
With that said, check out these 15 flicks of our leader and leave your comments below. Happy belated Father’s Day, Mr. President!
President Obama joined Twitter yesterday and quickly amassed 1.83 million followers. Here are his first three tweets.
— President Obama (@POTUS) May 18, 2015
In Camden today, seeing first-hand how smart policing is making the community safer while building trust. pic.twitter.com/3MiWk43c8g
— President Obama (@POTUS) May 18, 2015
Hello, Twitter! It's Barack. Really! Six years in, they're finally giving me my own account.
— President Obama (@POTUS) May 18, 2015
Obama’s presidency (and both of his presidential campaigns) were tech savvy ones. @BarackObama, run by Organizing for Action, a group stemming from his campaigns, has been tweeting for years. And @WhiteHouse has been tweeting news from his administration.
While he’s got a ton of followers, the President is only following 65 accounts, among them his alma maters Occidental, Columbia and Harvard, as well as some Chicago sports teams and members of his Cabinet.
Lots of users were quick to welcome the President to Twitter, including his VP, with this pic that we love.
— Vice President Biden (@VP) May 18, 2015
Update: President Obama has broken a record for the speed at which he reached one million followers. Obama reached that benchmark in less than five hours. The actor Robert Downey Jr. previously held that record, according to Guinness and Business Insider, with 23 hours and 22 minutes, set back in April 2014.
South Side Chicago, where President Barack Obama lived for most of his adult life, will carry on POTUS’ legacy in the form of a $600 million library, the Barack Obama Foundation announced on Tuesday.
Sorry Hawaii. Although the volcanic island is Obama’s birthplace, POTUS has a fondness for the Windy City. “All the strands of my life came together and I really became a man when I moved to Chicago,” Obama said in a video posted on CNN.
New York City was also a candidate to host the presidential library, but in the end, the University of Chicago won Obama’s heart.
It was Chicago that jump started Obama’s career. He worked there as a community organizer in Chicago’s South Side. Soon after, he took on politics and represented the South Side in the Illinois State Senate. He would later become a U.S. Senator after winning a statewide election in Illinois.
The POTUS, in 2008, also claimed his presidential victory against John McCain in Chicago.
“The people there, the community, the lessons that I learned — they’re all based right in this few square miles where we’ll now be able to give something back and bring the world back home after this incredible journey,” Obama said.
Obama also met his wife in Chicago. She grew up in the Windy City and she’s “thrilled” with Obama’s selection. “Every value, every memory, every important relationship to me exists in Chicago. I consider myself a South Sider,” she said.
The presidential library, according to the New York Post, will be located in one of two public parks near the University of Chicago campus. The university said that the center is expected to attract 800,000 visitors a year. This library will be an “economic boon” that will create 3,300 construction jobs, 1,900 permanent new jobs, and $220 million in revenue for Chicago, UChicago wrote.
“With a library and a foundation on the South Side of Chicago, not only will we be able to encourage and effect change locally but what we can also do is attract the world to Chicago,” Obama said.
More info is also available on the Obama Foundation website.