In a campaign video released Thursday, First Lady Michelle Obama sparked excitement in many supporters by stating that it was inevitable that a woman would soon be President of the United States.

Though she didn’t say it would be her, and she has emphatically denied any interest in politics outside of her husband’s aspirations, the opinion by many is that she would be a better POTUS than Barack Obama. It’s not that she’s shown any of the sly diplomacy and political machinations of  the president when dealing with his adoring public, bitter rivals or foreign counter-parts. Nor is it that she necessarily has the skill set to be president — though many would argue, including me, that her business, education and legal, “experience,” the buzz-word from the 2008 campaign, is more than a match for her husband’s own short stint in the senate.

Many people prefer the Mrs. because she has guts. As a mother, activist and wife, our dynamic first lady has proven that she’s not afraid to speak her mind and be damned who doesn’t like it.

While Barack, as he likes to be called, was busy smiling and bridging the “racial gap” even as Hillary Clinton was destroying him in the polls, Michelle was keeping it 100% on Morning Joe, saying that would all change because “Black people will wake up.” She wasn’t pandering to white fear of a black take over. She confidently talked about ‘the fear of possibility” and the legacy of racism, discrimination and oppression that led some black Americans do believe that ” someone else is always better.”

When her husband was still holding on to the philosophy that “there aren’t red states and blue states, it’s the United States,” Michelle was standing tall and saying that “this is the first time in my adult life that I’m proud of my country.”

Most importantly for some, she’s a powerhouse who wears her Blackness like a badge of honor, while her husband at times seems to mistake colorblindness for diversity. Michelle Obama has become Black America’s first Black president by proxy because she allows us to identify with her in a way that President Obama does not.

Does that mean that she would remain as accessible as the HNIC of Pennsylvania Avenue? Or would we see the same shift towards conformity that we saw in President Obama when he realized that a smile and a catchphrase only gets you so far? This is not to say that he has done anything out of the scope of other politicians before him; it simply means that with Obama, we got red, white and blue — while many were expecting black.

That same change would have to occur in Michelle Obama in order for her to even come close to winning a presidential election in this country…but for many, there’s always “hope.”

 

Weigh in, Clutchettes: Do you believe that the first lady would be just as good or a better president than her husband?

  • http://afrikanmami.blogspot.com African Mami

    Kirsten, you are doing the most by dreaming about a first black woman president!!!

    *helllllllo*

    great read!

  • Jess

    I’ve always been more fond of Michelle than I am of her husband. I adore her.

  • Kate

    That would be great! But it’s easy for her to speak her mind because she’s not the president. I’m pretty sure that President Obama would like to do so much more but he has his hands tied. Walk a mile in his shoes before judging him.

  • http://commentarybyvalentina.wordpress.com Val

    America hates Black women. It will be a very long time before we see a Black woman as POTUS. We’ll have a Muslim President before a Black woman.

  • Dalili

    I deeply admire Mrs. Obama; she is a phenomenal woman! I believe she’d lead this country to great heights if given a fair chance. Politics is so finicky, loyalty tends to shift rather quickly if people’s demands and expectations are not met within their time frame. She’d do well but I wouldn’t be surprised if polls show fluctuating support as they have for her husband……you can’t please all of the people all of the time. I’d vote for her, in my opinion she and Hilary Clinton stand apart from all the other first ladies.

  • Nikki

    I adore FLOTUS Obama as much as the next young woman, for a platter of reasons, but I would rather see a Black woman who has invested interest in politics become the President. Women like Eleanor Holmes-Norton, Donna Edwards…actually those are the only two Black women who I could think of whom I would actually vote for. If Mrs. Obama were to run, and win, I think that it would only be a matter of personality.

    Love her for who she is and what she isthough.

  • Rachel

    Our FLOTUS represents so many areas with great inclination. She is simply exquisite! I have much admiration for Mrs. Obama. If desired, iDo believe she could become President. However, I think that she is content with her role as the partner and supporter to her husband. Not only as the First Lady; but as any position that is support to her husband, she will perform well. She enjoys the role of mother to her beautiful daughters and serving her community. Pretty much she does believe a woman could become the POTUS, but not necessarily referring to herself.

  • http://changecomesslow.com/ Nikesha

    i agree America doesn’t hold Black women in the highest of esteem… but we will not have a true muslim president before a black woman. this whole war on terror is just a rehash of the crusades from the Byzantine period and the target and goal is the same. spread christianity (and democracy) crush the other.

    all the uproar over the similarities between Barack Obama and Osama bin Laden (the right wing slogan B.O. is a little more than B.S.) shows how not likely we won’t have a muslim president.

    the mormon Romney will win first.

  • http://changecomesslow.com/ Nikesha

    the first lady is free to do as she pleases because she is the first lady.

    however, as has been documented by this site and major outlets for Black Americans is the fact the first lady has undergone a major transformation.

    when she first set foot on the campaign trail and spoke about the first time she was proud of her country she was crucified by the right wing media who said she like her husband did not believe in American exceptionalism.

    she was depicted in a cartoon with an afro and an AK next to her husband in hahj white and a turban.

    from that initial depiction she has been made over into a soft frilly Black woman devoid of the anger that people tried to label her with and now full of smiles about her garden, healthy living, and initiatives geared toward the nation’s children and military famiies.

    for her to run as President she’d have to return to more of her old self while still being soft and feminine than the self she is now.

    remember hillary clinton’s new hampshire win, it was only after she cried. but when she got to Pennsylvania and was talking about shooting shotguns, hunting, and taking shots she didn’t make a dent in that primary.

    Michelle Obama will have to balance both of herselves and show America black women can be more than the ratchet gold diggers you see on tv, the big booty models you see on the cover of magazines, and more than just a first lady.

  • http://changecomesslow.com/ Nikesha

    the first lady will have to combine the self described early in the 2008 presidential campaign as an angry black woman with the self we see now as an advocate for military families and children before she can become president.

    as it is now she’s the epitome of the first lady being soft and feminine and accessible.

    but to be president she will have to combine that image with one seen as presidential ( a woman not ruled by emotions ) and overcome the common image of black women being ratchet on tv or just showing T & A on magazine covers.

    she will have to convince America she can do the job better than a man while still being a woman.

  • http://mynameismisswhite.blogspot.com Miss White

    Love this article! She’s so…BLACK!

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