Michelle Obama just can't seem to "stay in her place".
Apparently the First Lady of the United States feels it’s her right to have an opinion on matters, particularly ones related to her husband, and for some reason, her Country.
According to New York Times reporter Jodi Kantor’s new book “The Obamas,” Michelle-who attended Princeton University and Harvard Law by the way, has spent her time in the White House rejecting the norms and traditions established by her predecessors, most notably, by having an opinion while having black skin.
Kantor makes a number of startling allegations in her book, including that the First Lady--and former vice president for community and external affairs at the University of Chicago Hospitals--had the audacity to be outspoken in her support for Health Care Reform.
And we thought Michelle’s tyrannical campaign to curb childhood obesity and promote healthy eating was bad!
Kantor also claims that during the always amiable Rahm Emmanuel’s time as Chief of Staff, he and Michelle often butted heads, which isn't terribly surprising given that complicated issues lend themselves to dissent amongst strong-minded individuals, but I suppose that logical explanation is neither here nor there.
Now I know what you’re thinking-”We never heard of such grandiose…’uppity’ behavior when Nancy Reagan or Laura Bush was First Lady “
Megyn Kelly from Fox News was thinking the same thing by the way!.
Despite what prominent historians like Rush Limbaugh or Megyn Kelly might tell you, other First Ladies have in fact mustered up the courage to have an opinion, to use the inherent resources of their position to fight for causes they believe in.
Eleanor Roosevelt tirelessly worked on behalf of Civil Rights.
Betty Ford was an outspoken advocate of women’s rights.
Rosalynn Carter not only routinely sat in on cabinet meetings, but regularly represented her husband in meetings with domestic and foreign leaders.
And Nancy Regan successfully advocated for ….the dismissal of her Husband’s second Chief of Staff-Donald Regan. (she also spearheaded the “Just Say No” to drugs campaign, but considering you’ve done drugs at some point since the mid 80‘s-yes you random reader, I consider the campaign a failure).
Here’s the larger point:
Before Michelle Obama, everything every First Lady has ever done, good, bad and in-between, was done with White Skin.
There is of course a gender, and patriarchal component here-this is still a Country and society ruled by men; but make no mistake, if being born a female put Michelle in box, being black should have nailed it shut.
Just watch a few hours of TV, be it the news or sitcoms-Black Women aren’t supposed to be our role models, the teachers, the doctors, the lawyers, they aren’t supposed to be the sources of inspiration , the voices and figures playing prominent roles in addressing the most pressing issues of our day.
They most certainly aren’t supposed to be in the White House.
But Michelle, like her Husband, never accepted what society said she was ‘supposed’ to be, or what society said she couldn’t be, neither succeeded by putting their head down and staying quiet, or by taking the road of conformity; it is that unyielding will and determination, that inspirational and historically unprecedented defiance, which not only led them to each other, but ultimately to a place where many people feel they simply don’t belong:
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
Be Good Friends,