This week, sadly, marks the end of President Obama’s time in office and I know that I won’t be alone in feeling immense sadness at his departure. Much like his campaign back in 2008 suggested he would, he brought great hope to America and has, to my mind, been a pretty fabulous President. The other person that I’m going to struggle saying goodbye to though, is his wife, First Lady Michelle Obama. Over nearly a decade she has not only stood by her husband and raised her children on the most public stage in the world, but she has done so with so much courage and amazingness and has just been the most incredible role model. There has never been a First Lady like her before and if recent events show anything, I think it would be fair to say that there won’t be another for a while.
So I just thought that I would take this opportunity to share some of my favourite Michelle Obama moments (of which their were THOUSANDS) so that we can have a quick minute to reflect on the legend that she is and all of the times that she has been the best role model America could have asked for. I haven’t been able to include EVERYTHING but here’s some great stuff:
Her backing of the #BringBackOurGirlsCampaign.
Michele backed a campaign to free 300 school girls kidnapped in Nigeria in 2014. She, in an unusual move, took the step of delivering the pPresidential address to express hers, and he husband’s outrage about the incident: “What happened in Nigeria was not an isolated incident It’s a story we see every day as girls around the world risk their lives to pursue their ambitions.”
Her Let Girls Learn Campaign.
In 2015 she was part of a discussion hosted by Glamour Magazine to launch the #62million girls initiative as part of the campaign to ensure all girls have access to an education. She said at the time: “There is no boy at this age that is cute enough or interesting enough to stop you from getting your education. If I had worried about who liked me and who I thought was cute when I was your age, I wouldn’t be married to the President of the United States.”
Calling out Donald Trump’s sexism.
While campaigning for Hillary Clinton in October 2016, she said that this comments about women were “intolerable.” (PREACH). She said in New Hampshire on the campaign trial “I can’t believe that I’m saying that a candidate for President of the United States has bragged about sexually assaulting women. I can’t stop thinking about this, it has shaken me to the core.”
Inviting Big Bird into her kitchen to promote healthy eating.
The advert that she did shows the Sesame Street character and the First Lady in the kitchen of the White House encouraging children to think about healthy snacks as “easy, fun and delicious.”
Her speech at Tuskegee University
Michelle spoke at the historically black college in 2015 about not just the power of education but the challenges and discrimination that the black community had faced and overcome, her and her husband included.
When she destroyed Donald Trump with a single mic tap.
Campaigning on behalf of Hillary Clinton she said “When she gets knocked down, she doesn’t complain, she doesn’t cry foul.” She then tapped the mic in reference to Tump. When his debate complaints came she blamed it on a ‘faulty microphone.’
And then all the times that she was downright brilliant and funny and normal…
When she did Carpool Karaoke with James Cordon
When she went shopping at CVS with Ellen
All the times she did epic ‘Mom Dancing’…
God we will miss you Michelle, we really will.
So let me leave you with two things, first of all, her sit down farewell with Oprah in 2016. You might not have time to watch it all now, but I suggest you find the time to watch the whole 40 minutes because it is amazing.
And finally, fittingly, her final address as FLOTUS which WILL make you cry.
Thanks for everything Michelle, you’ll be a VERY tough act to follow.