Published: Wed, January 18, 2017
USA | By Cassandra Hanson

Obama wishes Michelle a happy birthday

Obama wishes Michelle a happy birthday

You make me proud. She leaves behind a legacy of kindness.

There have been plenty of formidable women who happen to be black. That woman is Michelle. But given Michelle's go-getter attitude, she likely won't be away from the world of public service for long.

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While black Americans collectively saw her and saw our sisters and cousins and aunts and moms, we (black men) saw her and saw our classmates and our neighbors; our coworkers and our colleagues. I will never forget what Mrs. Obama said, 'This is the best piece of art that I've ever seen.' I was floored.

On the topic of race, she was really in many ways a contrast to the sometimes contrived objectivity of her husband. She galvanized people of all races, colors and creeds to be better, to get involved in the struggle and have - dare I say the word - hope that our future can be better if we care enough to shed our political labels, dig in our heels and work together. "Our diversities of faiths and colors and creeds - that is not a threat to who we are", Michelle said during her farewell address on January 6.

It's just another occasion where the president has spoken lovingly about his first lady.

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In the case that she decides to remain out of the spotlight for some time, at least you have this mesmerizing GIF, courtesy of "It's time", she told Vogue writer Jonathan van Meter in the magazine's December 2016 issue. For instance, one could cite that while her husband was the headliner, the rock star, it was Michelle whom America-black America particularly-collectively fell in love with first. The other exception would be the Williams sisters, but then, they are actual blood kin. You have made me proud. [.] But Michelle was the conduit. "We selected artists and designers who would never have appeared in the White House before". Essentially, the anti-coal mine canary. We just weren't paying attention.

Michelle Obama may be leaving the White House, but she's not slowing down. To be paraded and honored around the world.

Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama has exhibited style, grace and compassion in a highly visible, highly scrutinized position that, as President Barack Obama aptly said in his farewell address from Chicago, she didn't ask for. "I think our democracy has it exactly right: two terms, eight years". You can't do the hard work for them. Strong in a brand-new way. I liked being on time. "Only I get to define me'". Michelle doesn't pretend to be the flawless anything.

In the meantime, the president has said his wife is working on her memoir - another typical income-generating project for former first families - which is expected to net a multimillion-dollar advance. [.] Her complexity is her dichotomy. I wrote about the powerful but contentious connection between Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln, and I felt not alone in the chasm I often felt between myself and my white girlfriends. We like them to fit one mold.

So happy birthday, Mrs. Obama - you look great, no matter the year! Many of us saw a woman to be admired.

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