As the general election draws near, many pundits debate the legacy of Barack Obama. His landmark achievements include Obamacare, abolishing DOMA, and the obvious – becoming the first black president of the United States. Seldom discussed, however, is the illustrious legacy First Lady Michelle Obama has established.
Michelle Obama is arguably the most accomplished first lady ever. More accomplished than Jackie Kennedy, Nancy Reagan, Barbara Bush, Laura Bush, and yes, Hillary Clinton.
Two Ivy League degrees aside (Princeton & Harvard Law), Mrs. Obama has served as the Associate Dean of Students at the University of Chicago, and Vice President of Community & External Affairs at the University of Chicago Medical Center, before becoming one of the most beloved first ladies in US history.
#FLOTUS implemented the insanely popular Let’s Move! campaign, as well as the Joining Forces military program, Reach Higher educational co-op, and the Let Girls Learn global initiative – all while making #FLOTUS, a household hashtag.
Mrs. Obama has touched millions of lives in ways many elected officials only dream, while simultaneously shattering antiquated notions of the typical housewife. She remains present and engaged as a mother, and continues to be an inspiration to parents worldwide. She is an equal-partner in every sense, who enthusiastically supports her spouse’s goals as her own; and she does so without diminishing her greatness or compromising her ambition.
To understand the magnitude of the first lady’s influence, one simply needs to recall the timely, heartfelt, emphatic speech delivered during the 2016 Democratic National Convention. As the convention hall watched in awe, Mrs. Obama gave an address that has been considered, “one of the three greatest convention speeches” in political history.
Mrs. Obama spoke candidly about the issues troubling America today, touching on gun violence, equal rights, and race relations. At one point, she reflected on the sensitive subject of slavery, stating:
“That is the story of this country…the story of generations of people who felt the lash of bondage, the shame of servitude, the sting of segregation, but who kept on striving and hoping and doing what needed to be done so that today, I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves, and I watch my daughters – two beautiful, intelligent, black young women – playing with their dogs on the White House lawn.”
She spoke with conviction and authority, in a tone that quelled, calmed, and ultimately healed the tumultuous convention hall. More than 26 million viewers tuned in nationally, and according to several reports, those who watched were noticeably moved.
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SOURCE: The Huffington Post, Daryel R. Dunston