Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Michelle Obama Is A Vital Asset to America's International Image

Michelle Obama has always had a difficult journey to walk in the White House. From the beginning of her husband's first term as 44th and current President of the United States, her husband's political opponents have taken it on themselves to criticize her at every opportunity, most vocally for her choices of clothes.

And now she's staying in Hawaii for a few weeks as a gift from her husband, staying at Oprah Winfrey's house while the East Coast freezes, and the petty jealousy in the press is everywhere. The neverending cheap and nasty sniping and the publishing of disrespectful and unflattering photos makes me sad. It's extremely obvious that her opponents use the race card at every opportunity, since Michelle Obama is the first African-American First Lady.

Michelle Obama is a beautiful, accomplished, experienced individual whatever her detractors have to say. She was born Michelle LeVaughn Robinson in Chicago, attended Princeton University and Harvard Law School before returning to Chicago to work at the law firm Sidley Austin, on the staff of Chicago mayor Richard Daley, and for the University of Chicago Medical Center.

The First Lady has used her platform in the White House to draw attention to the problems of poor children by starting a Task Force on Childhood Obesity. She grew organic vegetables in the first White House vegetable garden and started bee hives that supplied fresh organic produce and honey at state dinners.

Michelle Obama has been involved in the many aspects of being wife of the President, and she will leave a lasting legacy as an advocate of LGBT rights, and on many issues of concern to military and working families. I wish her opponents could wise up to her assets within the realities of this farflung multinational country.

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