Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama: 17 January 1964 – Present
Yesterday, 17 January, was the birthdate of current but outgoing First Lady of the United States: Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama. She was born on this day in 1964 in Chicago, Illinois, which makes her a steadfast Earth sign – the “Water-Goat,” Capricorn.
I will miss her when she and her family officially leave the White House. It was refreshing to see, in my lifetime, a first lady that I could look at and draw inspiration from – because she resembles me. She knows the struggles of, and the roadblocks faced by, women of colour. These issues are generally minimized and dismissed by most, even by other ‘marginalized’ groups.
She is educated. Intelligent. Elegant. Classy. Caring. Statuesque. Beautiful. The love she has for her husband and her daughters is apparent and genuine. She is committed to good health in a way that isn’t preachy, arrogant or self-centered. She stands up for what she believes in, and speaks out openly and honestly about things that matter. I look at her and see myself – and see a woman that I can look up to. She represents myself, my sisters, my niece, my aunts, and my mother. She represents the dreams of my grandmothers and great-grandmothers. I sure wish that they’d lived to see President Obama’s election – they certainly would have felt as proud as I did when I watched his inauguration.
I can’t help but note that she is the same height as I am. The comparisons don’t end there; I was pleased when a former co-worker of mine came up to me at a company picnic one year. I was wearing a sleeveless leather vest with jeans and chaps, as I was on my motorcycle. He looked at me and blurted out: “You have Michelle Obama arms!” A clumsy compliment, to be sure – but a compliment nonetheless, so I accepted it and went on my merry way.
She is a lawyer, educated at Princeton and Harvard. She isn’t a model, but very easily could be – her sense of style and fashion is enviable, and some of the outfits she has worn are phenomenal.
Happy belated birthday, Mrs. Obama. I hope that you and your family have a nice, long, quiet, relaxing, well-earned and well-deserved vacation! Your presence in the White House meant quite a bit to myself and many others. The historic significance of your tenancy cannot be denied – the magnitude is immense.