Most of the nation, minus some Donald Trump supporters, are STILL mourning the end of Barack Obama‘s presidency – but he’s not the only Obama the country will sorely miss. Michelle Obama changed the game for First Ladies, Black ladies and women as a whole.
Sure, Jackie Onasis was known as the most fashionable FLOTUS to ever step a stiletto in the White House, but that all changed in 2008 when Mrs. Obama hit the scene. There’s literally nothing that our former First Lady can’t do. She’s in tune with what’s happening in the culture, she inspiring without being preachy, and she’s a Black Woman which means her power expands far beyond just being good wife to the President.
The former first lady’s book, “Becoming” has been no. 1 on Amazon’s best-seller list virtually since its release and has stayed there longer than any other book since 2012’s “Fifty Shades of Grey.” According to Amazon, the book is already among the “hottest titles of the decade and it was only released in November. See, that’s the power of Mrs. O in full effect.
As usual, Michelle dropped hella gems on folks during her book tour. She got candid about super deep topics, like the dangers of being a woman in today’s world.
The world is dangerous, sadly, for women. I want us to just kinda sit with that for a minute, because it’s usually men who make it dangerous for us. And it doesn’t always look like physical abuse. It doesn’t always look the same. It’s those little cuts. Those little negative comments. It’s somebody, when you’re walking down the street and some man looks at you and makes a comment about you, as if you wanted…that’s a cut. That’s a slice into a woman’s self-esteem, when somebody talks down to them.
If you talk down to women at all, and a woman is in earshot of what you’re saying, that’s a cut to her. And then the cuts get deeper, because there’s abuse and there’s rape. There’s sexual assault. There’s all this that we’re hearing. The world is unsafe for women, and I want our men to understand that about what role they’re playing to make us feel safe or unsafe. But I grew up in safety and security. I grew up where I trusted men to take care of me. And I think that that gave me a level of strength that carries me through to this day.”
We love us some Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama. Check out these ten reasons why we’ll always be thankful for the flyest FLOTUS ever, Michelle Obama.
1. Health InitiativesSource:Getty
Instead of focusing her energy on attempting to resolve the same issues that every person in office does, Michelle decided to focus on the health of the country’s youth. Her Let’s Move initiative aimed to reduce childhood obesity and encourage a healthy lifestyle in children. She even teamed up with Beyonce for the dance-worthy campaign!
2. Her Cool FriendsSource:Getty
What other FLOTUS do you know who has friendships with some of the biggest/dopest stars of our time? From Beyonce to Kerry Washington to Missy Elliott, Michelle Obama’s hotline is always blinging with A-list friends.
3. Black Girl MagicSource:Getty
Michelle Obama’s unapologetic Blackness is one of her most memorable and admirable qualities. She’s never been shy about embracing her Black girl magic and letting it shine for the world to see.
4. Supporting BarackSource:Getty
They say behind every great man is a great woman; but for Michelle, she’s always standing right next to husband Barack, supporting him through thick and thin. That’s love.
5. Mom GoalsSource:Getty
Raising two teenage girls in the public eye has to be one of the most challenging things in the world, but Michelle Obama makes it look effortless. Malia will attend Harvard next fall and Sasha is set to finish high school in D.C.
6. Memorable TV AppearancesSource:Getty
From Jimmy Fallon to Sesame Street, FLOTUS’s TV appearances over her two terms in the White House are all iconic, hilarious and unprecedented.
As the first African-American First Lady of the United States, it’s safe to say that Michelle Obama did an impeccable job holding everything down with grace, ease and pure elegance. There will never be another like Mrs. O and for that, she will be missed.