International Women's Day is a Day for Action

President Obama and the First Lady recognized International Women’s Day earlier this week with a moving and sometimes funny ceremony in the East Room. The President said that “the story of America’s women, like the story of America itself, has had its peaks and valleys. But as one of our great American educators once said, if you drew a line through all the valleys and all the peaks, that line would be drawn with an upward curve. That upward curve—what we call progress—didn’t happen by accident.

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Michelle Obama For First Lady 2008!

I'm really looking forward to Michelle Obama's speech tonight.

I'll admit, I was annoyed by Joe Biden's crack about his wife Jill being "drop dead gorgeous" and his stupid frat-boy-humor joke about her PhD intelligence being "a problem". That's the best he can do when introducing (for the first time on the national stage) his highly educated, highly accomplished, life partner and mother/step mother to his children? This Dem ticket and Obama's official VP announcement represents the absolute end of the dream of millions of women that we would finally see the first woman President... and we're talking about how hot Jill Biden is?

Can we please, as Democrats, make a pact to celebrate the fact the this ticket contains 2 highly intelligent, educated and accomplished women instead of reducing them to their physical appearance? Yes, they are both quite beautiful, but there is so much more to these 2 incredible women.

To be honest, I am finding it easier to get myself excited about Michelle Obama right now than Barack Obama, so I am going with that for now. Hey, it all leads to the same place! I'd be thrilled to see her and her daughters (and perhaps her own mother?) take up residence in the White House in 2009.


Here's to supporting a strong, confident woman, lawyer, mother who (like the majority of Democrat women in this country) knows the difficulty of juggling a family and her professional life (as well as her husband's career). Michelle Obama is the intellectual equal of her husband, a woman with her own fulfilling career, her own aspirations. She is putting all of that aside to support Barack Obama's run for President. We should all be grateful and show our respect and support by keeping her resume and accomplishments front and center. She is not merely an attractive accessory to her husband, if we let her be she can be so much more than that.

She's drop dead inspiring. Let your strong voice ring out loud and clear tonight Michelle!


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Michelle Obama rocks Ebony cover

The Washington Post Reports:
Michelle Obama Covergirl

Next week's Ebony magazine features an 11-page spread about Mrs. Obama that includes interviews with her mother, brother and several close friends.

"I love to look glamorous when there's a wonderful, purposeful event that is appropriate. But when I'm in Iowa campaigning with the girls, I am in Gap shorts and a T-shirt," Mrs. Obama says of her fashion sense. "My first job in all honesty is going to continue to be mom-in-chief," she later says of her family commitments. "We accessorize each other in many ways," she says of her marriage to the senator.

"She wanted to open the doors and let America see who she is. She invited Ebony into her inner circle," says the magazine's creative director Harriette Cole, who compiled more than 500 pages of notes for her report. The magazine has covered the senator's rise since before he ran for the Illinois state Senate, Cole said.

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The Proper Role of a First Spouse?

This story here caught my attention today: nNews/idUSN1847324020080618

The particular part that raised my eyebrows was this statement from Michelle Obama:

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I have a crush on Michelle Obama!

Thats right, I admit it.  I have the hots for Sasha Obama's mama!  She's brilliant, accomplished, outspoken, and - lets face it - gorgeous.  Heck, she's a fox!  Much has been said about whether Barack Obama can nail down the female vote now that Hillary has now been eliminated from the contest.  What hasn't been discussed is the huge asset Michelle Obama is to Barack in bringing in the boys.

In the coming months, we can expect the continuation of the experience vs. judgment debate.  Michelle Obama is proof enough for me that Barack's judgment is beyond reproach.

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