Friday, December 5, 2008

Can Michelle Obama be a Transformational Washingtonian?

Michelle Obama is obviously highly intelligent, diligent, poised, and down-to-earth. With the exception of Oprah Winfrey, it's hard to think of another African American woman who will have the level of influence Mrs. Obama will have once she becomes First Lady. Therefore, the stakes are high.

Believe it or not, she has big shoes to fill. While I'm not the biggest fan of the Bush Administration, I give credit where credit is due, and First Lady Laura Bush has done an exemplary job as First Lady. One initiative that the Bush Administration deserves praise for is its policy on sub-Saharan Africa - especially as it pertains to HIV/AIDS, Malaria, and literacy for girls. Much of the credit can be attributed to Laura Bush's constant campaign for these noteworthy causes.

What will be Mrs. Obama's initiatives? Well, so far she says her job is to be "Mommy in Chief." Can't argue with that. Then, once the girls are settled in, she'll consider tackeling Domestic Violence or Assistance to Military Families. Yes, these are worthy causes, but it's hard to resist raising the bar just a little higher for Michelle.

In 4 years time, First Lady Michelle Obama can be a transformational figure in DC governance. She can be the one to inspire young girls to build confidence, strive for higher education, and make wise choices in their teenage years. Oh, and there must be a reason why she didn't want her daughters to attend DCPS. As a Princeton and Harvard-educated girl from the South Side of Chicago, she can easily be a spokesperson for inner-city education. And why not start right here, in her new home of DC? Sounds like a plan to me!

The Obama team hasn't let us down yet, so let's stay tuned for Mrs. Obama's debut!

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