Friday, January 29, 2010

Michelle Obama

I used to love politics. In fact, there was a time in my life when I was so enamored with our government and its seemingly infallible processes that I longed to be a politician myself. Yup, I was an idealist. A little naive. These days, I hardly dare to breathe the name of our president or engage in a conversation about any of the hot-button issues that seem to plague our country. It's just too bi-partisan. Too black or white, left or right. I worry that if a friend (or fellow blogger or complete stranger) hears my political leanings and disagrees with me, we'll no longer be friends. Sad, isn't it?

So, before you delete me from your blogroll or run screaming from my site, let me assure you that this is not a political post! My reactions to Wednesday night's State of the Union address are for me to discuss with my husband. My reactions to Michelle Obama are what I'd like to discuss with you.

I love her. I really do. Not necessarily her politics or her past choices or her stance on controversial issues. I just think she's an amazing lady, whether or not I agree with her 100%. Not only is she beautiful, classy, and articulate, I think she's authentic. I love watching her with her girls, and I chuckle every time I see her admonish the president of the United States with a wink and a smile. Isn't that exactly what marriage is like? I think she has a great sense of humor, and I appreciate that she's quick to laugh at herself and her husband. She doesn't try to act superior or holier-than-thou because she's the most watched and influential woman in the most powerful country in the world. Instead, she's down-to-earth, real, and approachable. During her husband's political campaign, many tried to label her an "angry, black woman." To me, she's just well-spoken, intelligent, and passionate. She's exactly the sort of woman I would like to be: an appealing mix of gentle mother, supportive wife, and strong, successful woman in her own right. Did I mention I think she's the best-dressed first lady since Jacqueline Kennedy?

Anyway, as I watched Michelle Obama during the State of the Union address, it struck me that we collect people as if they are tokens and try to take little pieces of them that we wear like accessories. I try to wrap my grandmother's kindness around me. I wear my mother's compassion like a ring--a constant reminder whenever I reach out a hand to help (or hurt). My dad's resolve is a warm coat. And the sphere of influence widens... All the way to the president's wife who makes me stand a little straighter every time I see her.

In many ways, I am who I am because of the people that I admire. I want to look like them, and I take the things about them that I love and make them my own. So, what about you? Who do you admire? Who makes you smile wider, stand taller, or reach for impossible dreams? I'd love to hear from you...


  1. Amen, she is an amazing woman. And oh, she knows how to dress herself, and the kids.

    Hope you have a wonderful weekend, Nicole!

  2. I agree with you about Michelle. I think she is so classy, even if we wouldn't agree on some things.

    Hmm... so many people I look up to. They really do have an influence on me.

  3. As cheesey as this sounds, the person I look up to the most is my husband. He is truly a dreamer, as well as an academic and goal acheiver. He values the spirit of exploration and wonder. When he was just a small boy, he decided he wanted to become an astronaut. That dream soon developed into the desire to become an aeorspace engineer to support manned space flight endeavors. He worked tremendously hard to make that dream a reality. I still see the stars in his eyes when he talks about space flight and discovery.

    This week, however, our hearts are broken. Now that manned space flight is no longer in the cards for the U.S., we might be without a job soon, and my husband without his dream. Please pray for us. Politics seem like just that -- politics -- until they hurt the lives of unsuspecting individuals.

  4. She's classy, isn't she? ;)

    Sherry, your deep love and admiration for your husband brings tears to my eyes! What a gift you have in each other. As for your sad news this week, I'm so sorry! You are in our prayers. This is totally cheesy, but do you know that saying, "When God closes a door, he opens a window?" I received a card once that said, "Close your eyes and feel the breeze..." I don't know why, but that was one of the most beautiful comforting things I ever heard. I'm hoping you can feel the breeze. Maybe not today or tomorrow, but sometime soon. Blessings.

  5. I, too find Michelle Obama very classy and very intimidating. There are not many I could say that I admire...Mother Theresa. She's a for sure.

  6. Corny answer...but for me, it is my kids. It is knowing that they want to be around me...that they want to share their hearts with me...that they want to like me for more than the fact that they have to.

    Don't get me wrong...I am their mother before I am their friend, BUT...they are my spiritual weather vane in that their faces and reactions to me show me if I am truly being the mom that I was made to be...the mom that I most want to be.

    They make me want to be a better strive to be a better woman, wife and Christian...and they do this simply by living and breathing and by being mine, even if only for a little while.

    Great post...she is almost regal in her posture, dress and attitude...or at least she is to me :)