Michelle Obama: a first lady of firsts

Whether you were an Obama person or not, read this. Michelle isn’t defined by her husband’s actions, she’s defined by her own. I think anyone could appreciate something about Michelle Obama. She has built up her legacy of American “firsts” around herself. She is a pretty impressive person from all angles. From optimism to dance moves we narrowed it down to ten reasons why Michelle Obama stands out from other first ladies.

Recently, I had to write an informational essay on a current person or event for language arts. I chose Michelle Obama since everyone is always saying she’s amazing and inspiring and all. But I realized before I started researching that I didn’t really know her, or that much about her, I’d just heard good things about her. I didn’t know what she had accomplished, didn’t know her words of wisdom. I guess I just liked the idea of her.

Researching really opened my eyes to just how much of a queen she really is-

Why?

1. this quote

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2. her optimism.

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Does she ever have a bad day????

3.  her feminism.

Michelle Obama has used her position to make real changes for women, too. She has worked nonstop for the interests of not only women in the United States, but also girls around the world with initiatives like the Let Girls Learn initiative and hosting the United State of Women summit.

4. she doesn’t take herself too seriously.

Michelle Obama is always graceful and elegant, as FLOTUS and first lady. But she has never been afraid to have fun. ^^Showing off her mom dance moves on “the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” in case you were wondering.

5. she can ACTUALLY dance too.

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We won’t be seeing moves like these from a first lady for awhile 😂

6. she’s all for racial equality

(duh first African-American first lady!! I just felt like I should put that on here as well)

Although we have made such huge progress on racial equality, culture takes longer to change than law. And culture is taking it’s sweet time (HUNDREDS OF YEARS. *hurry up culture what’s taking you so long?? 😉 *). Michelle is making her stand in combating racism, and doing it with truth.

7. she’s dedicated to the people.

What we’ve got going on right NOW? Not so much.

8. she knows her stuff

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Michelle Obama was the FIRST and ONLY First Lady in American history to hold two Ivy League degrees.

9. she says it like it is.

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Her nuggets of wisdom? Priceless.

10. her persistence.

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It can’t be easy to be the first black first lady ever. She’s had to beat down a lot of stereotypes and assumptions and hate and she faces it all with grace and dignity that we ALL wish we could have. It’s impressive.

There are still many causes worth sacrificing for, so much history yet to be made. You may not always have a comfortable life and you will not always be able to solve all of the world’s problems at once but don’t ever underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own.”

~Michelle Obama, 44th First Lady of the United States of America

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Michelle Obama has truly accomplished a string of first times for America as a nation. Think about it.

Much love,

Ivy ♥

 

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