Is FLOTUS a Superhero?
Michelle Obama may be the superhero of the Presidential campaign. This Superwoman may not “leap tall buildings in a single bound,” but we know FLOTUS’ battle cry is “when they go low, we go high,” so while she may not be a “Guardian of the Galaxy,” during her democratic convention speech she staked her claim as our nation’s most earnest “guardian of our values.”
Last time I checked we are still the “United” States of America. So regardless of your choice for Presidential candidate or party affiliation, at our simplest categorization, we are a nation of men and women, and as such we must not disregard half of our nation’s citizens (women). If you missed Michelle’s (I feel like it is ok to call her by her first name as I would a friend) emotional, voice trembling, 25 minute speech last Thursday referring to Donald Trump’s most recent horrifying news “bites” about his treatment of women, here are some choice quotes and commentary excerpted by the NY Times* from & about her speech:
“I can’t stop thinking about this — it has shaken me to my core. This is not normal. This is not politics as usual. This is disgraceful, it is intolerable, and it doesn’t matter what party you belong to,” she added. “No woman deserves to be treated this way — none of us deserves this kind of abuse.”
“We simply cannot endure this, or expose our children to this any longer — not for another minute, and let alone for four years,” Mrs. Obama said. “This has got to stop right now.”
“In our hearts, we all know that if we let Hillary’s opponent win this election, then we are sending a clear message to our kids that everything they’re seeing and hearing is perfectly O.K. We are validating it. We are endorsing it,” Mrs. Obama said. “We’re telling our sons that it’s O.K. to humiliate women. We’re telling our daughters that this is how they deserve to be treated. We’re telling all our kids that bigotry and bullying are perfectly acceptable in the leader of their country.”
“We need to recover from our shock and depression and do what women have always done in this country,” Mrs. Obama said. “We need you to roll up your sleeves. We need to get to work.”
Why is Michelle Obama in a position to be a “superhero”? Largely it is because she has the luxury of not being a politician. She isn’t and won’t be running for anything (yet). She hasn’t been forced to weigh in on a bevy of issues that may alienate voters who don’t agree. And most importantly two of her best qualities are she isn’t petty and CAN be honest. Those two traits alone make her a tremendous role model for her daughters, women and our “United” States of America.
BUT Michelle, as one of your vocal fans and followers, please consider trading in your superhero “cape” for politics and a White House run in 2024.
Peace and Love,
* http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/14/us/politics/michelle-obama-donald-trump-women.html and http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/16/opinion/sunday/the-authentic-power-of-michelle-obama.html?smid=fb-share&_r=1
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