Alphanista Hall of Fame: Michelle Obama
By Guest Blogger Mila
Michelle Robinson Obama is worthy of induction into the Alphanista Hall of Fame. Born January 17, 1964, she is the wife of our forty-fourth President, mother of two daughters, and First Lady of our nation. A graduate from Princeton undergrad and Harvard Law, she is a champion of non-profit and social work. On top of it all, she has fabulous fashion sense and can pull off a killer shade of purple at the President’s State of the Union address.
Balancing work and life is not easy. Michelle is a strong mother, raising her two daughters to be disciplined young women. She is a faithful wife, standing by her husband who is quite possibly in the toughest job out there. Their relationship is sweet, and they adore each other. After being elected, President Obama delivered a speech in Chicago and said, “I would not be standing here tonight without the unyielding support of my best friend for the last 16 years … the rock of our family, the love of my life, the nation’s next first lady … Michelle Obama.”
Michelle is a supporter of many social causes. Her latest campaign is to fight childhood obesity. One in three children in the U.S. are overweight. She is pushing for a national effort to improve health and fitness. From smaller food portions to fitness programs, there are many aspects to Michelle’s national plan.
Nobody is perfect. Even Michelle has some flaws. First of all, Michelle has been talking about childhood obesity for a while, but we have yet to see any results. Of course, she’s trying to tackle a national epidemic, but we still have to wait and see what her actions will be. Also, apparently some people have criticized her choice of fashion. She bared her arms in chic sleeveless dresses a few times, and people started calling it unprofessional and disrespectful. Despite these things, Michelle is still a remarkable woman. By the way, Jackie Kennedy wore a sleeveless dress at her husband’s State of the Union. Personally, I don’t think those who are fashion forward (and have nice arms) should be hated on.
In an interview, Michelle advised, “One of the lessons that I grew up with was to always stay true to yourself and never let what somebody else says distract you from your goals. And so when I hear about negative and false attacks, I really don’t invest any energy in them, because I know who I am.” This is advice that all of us can certainly follow. She knows what she’s talking about.
So, yay or nay to her nomination?
Mila is in her twenties and lives and works in New York City. She loves writing, running, and good music. If there’s a dance party, she’s there.