Mommy Bloggers on Michelle Obama
Cheers for the Mom-in-Chief
From the onset, Michelle Obama made it clear – her priority as first lady: Mom-in-Chief. And just a little over a month into the job, she’s not only talking the talk, she’s walking the walk … and in duds much more fashionable than “mom jeans”.
Not only does she appear to be doing a great job helping her daughters adjust to life at the land’s most famous address, she’s also embracing and educating children across the country.
She set a great example last week by hosting an event at the White House in celebration of African American History Month. Both Mrs. and President Obama have expressed their interest in making the White House more accessible to the public, and opening their new digs to 200 middle school students put their plan into action.
The group of sixth and seventh-graders pleasantly surprised Mrs. Obama when they knew the answers to some of the questions she asked about slavery and the Emancipation Proclamation. Grammy award- winning a cappella ensemble, Sweet Honey in the Rock, performed to the delight of the crowd. It was a “foot-stomping” educational success all around.
When it comes to her own girls, Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7, Mrs. Obama appears intent to keep them grounded. In a recent Betty article , we reported that the girls are made to keep their 8 p.m. bedtimes and do household chores, including making their beds every morning. What a good example/ammunition for parents across the country: “if Sasha and Malia can make their beds …” In his address last night President Obama said fixing our country starts at home, and he and the First Lady seem to be doing just that.
We’ve yet to see if Mrs. Obama is going to find a “cause” and run with it like past first ladies have done. If she does, I’m confident she’ll do a good job at whatever she chooses to focus her energy on. But if she doesn’t start a book festival like Laura Bush or become a health care advocate like Hilary Clinton, that’s OK too, because really it’s nice to see someone saying they think being a mother is THE most important job, and then backing it up with actions. She doesn’t NEED to do anything else to be a great first lady.
In fact, a New York Times/CBS News poll found that Americans rate the job Michelle Obama is doing as better than any first lady in the past 28 years at a similar point in their husbands’ presidency. According to the poll : “49 percent of Americans have a favorable opinion of Mrs. Obama, 5 percent view her unfavorably and 44 percent do not yet have an opinion.”
Curious as to what other mothers think of the job Mrs. Obama is doing to date, I took to the cyber streets and asked some of my favorite mommy bloggers: How do you think Michelle Obama is doing as Mom-in-Chief?
Here’s what they had to say:
“I think Michelle Obama is doing a great job so far as Mom-in-Chief. I’m not hearing too much or too little about her – it seems just right. She is focusing on taking care of her daughters during a huge transition in their lives. I respect how classy she is, and her style reminds me of Jackie O! I have a feeling she will be a First Lady that will be a stand out in every good way.”
-Stephanie Precourt, www.AdventuresInBabywearing.com
“Awareness of history, respect for the sacrifices of their own families and a little Sweet Honey in the Rock, to me the First Lady hit a trifecta of perfect parenting at this event. I’ll try not to get too jealous that she can belt a shirt and sweater and still look thin. Oh, and hubby and I saw Sweet Honey in the Rock when he went to Hope College in Holland, Michigan. They appeared at a church and were fabulous!”
-Rebecca Regnier, reporter, humor columnist and diet blogger, www.doesthisblogmakeuslookfat.com
“I agree with the first lady that our children should be encouraged to learn from great people in history and strive to emulate them. Our ancestors accomplished incredible things in the past, and this generation has the potential to do the same in our future.”
-Susan M. Heim, award-winning author, Boosting Your Baby’s Brain Power and Chicken Soup for the Soul: Twins and More, www.susanheim.blogspot.com
“I think Michelle is a terrific Mom-in-Chief. It’s not a role she grew into overnight, but something she has worked toward being for 10 years. She’s simply applying what she’s learned as a mom for a decade to a grander scale. Hats off (and I mean all the ones a mom wears) to Michelle!”
-Christine Louise Hohlbaum, author, Diary of a Mother: Parenting Stories and Other Stuff; The Power of Slow: 101 Ways to Save Time in Our 24/7 World (St. Martin’s Press, Fall 2009)
“Michelle Obama could talk all she wanted about Black History Month, slavery and segregation, but no words could better illustrate to today’s schoolchildren how far this country has come than her presence as First Lady.”
-Jen Singer, Creator, MommaSaid.net, author, You’re a Good Mom (and Your Kids Aren’t So Bad Either)
Regardless of where we stand politically, as mothers it seems we can both identify with and admire the parenting choices Mrs. Obama has made to date. Granted she’s just getting started, so there’s plenty of time for tripping up, but we’re pretty confident that with time she’ll just continue to grow as a role model and serve up inspiration for mothers everywhere.