There’s only one person in the United States who’s more well-liked than President Obama – his wife, First Lady Michelle Obama. Nothing breaks our hearts more than to see her leave the White House on January 20, 2017, only to be replaced by Melania Trump.
We’re pretty sure that she has really big shoes – or heels – to fill after Michelle leaves the White House, because:
#1 She has killer dance moves.
Michelle is incredibly sporting when it comes to stuff with the media. She appeared on The Ellen Show at least twice, once to dance with Ellen Degeneres, and another time to ‘babysit’ Ellen while she makes her first supermarket trip in a long time.
Watch her do the shimmy:
#2 She gives the most empowering speeches.
So empowering, Melania had to steal from her. C’mon, it was an obvious case of plagiarism.
We’ll never forget that sassy speech she gave to encourage girls to stay in school, to not give up education in pursuit of puppy love:
“If I had worried about who liked me and who thought I was cute when I was your age, I wouldn’t be married to the President of the United States today.”
Ain’t nothin’ sassier than that.
#3 She stands up for women and girls everywhere.
Michelle has always been vocal about gender equality and education for girls. She started Let Girls Learn, a platform that helps young women gain quality education to unlock their full potential.
Michelle also tried her best to help women and girls outside of the United States. She helped get a USD27mil funding for Let Girls Learn in Liberia, where many girls are denied education due to discrimination and civil wars.
There’s even a song that Michelle commissioned to motivate women, sung by big names: Missy Elliot, Lea Michele, Kelly Rowland, Chloe & Halle, Jadagrace, Kelly Clarkson, Janelle Monáe, and Zendaya. To promote it, Michelle did the Carpool Karaoke with James Corden and Missy Elliot!
#4 She makes little dreams come true.
Nothing is too insignificant for Michelle. It doesn’t matter if it’s just an old lady’s dream to meet her in person – Michelle gladly entertains these requests that may seem trivial to others.
She once surprised members of the public who were on the White House Tour. On another occasion, she and the President invited an elderly lady who had always wanted to see the White House to celebrate Black History Month with them.
#5 She cares about the military.
The United States has military personnels stationed in more than 100 countries, some of them are high risk war-torn countries. Those who are lucky return home to their families safe and sound, while others may suffer from permanent physical and mental injuries. Some don’t even come home at all.
As a wife and mother, Michelle understands the pain the families of military personnel go through, which prompted her to launch Joining Forces. Through this initiative, military families receive the needed support, be it financial or emotional.
#6 She dares to speak up.
Most spouses of politicians, who are not in politics themselves, are very guarded about what they say and do. Be it for a good cause or just for something fun, they try to stay out of the limelight so that they don’t stir up unnecessary PR crises.
Yet Michelle doesn’t care. If it’s a good cause and it’s something she’s passionate about, she will do something about it. She joined the hashtag campaign to put pressure on international bodies to help rescue the Nigerian school girls kidnapped by Boko Haram.
— The First Lady (@FLOTUS) May 7, 2014
#7 She’s full of grace.
Her preferred candidate, Hilary Clinton, didn’t win – that’s fine. She’s not going to be bitter about it. She won’t whine or complain. Instead, she gracefully welcomes the President-Elect’s wife, Melania, to have tea with her in the White House.
Image from The White House
Michelle didn’t give Melania the cold shoulder. She spoke warmly to the incoming First Lady about their experience raising children. She even brought her on a personal tour around Melania’s would-be home. Michelle basically gave Melania all the tips she needs to survive the White House.
We’ll miss you, Michelle. We wish you and your family a happy life beyond the White House and outside of politics.
Your move, Melania.
* * *
Words by Esther Chung
Why we will miss the Obamas even more: click here for 5 moments in the Presidential Debate that prove Trump’s sexism.