Wednesday, February 4, 2009
If Michelle Were President...
... would the average black woman support her long-term? Or would we get jealous and hater-fied and resent her for being so together? (Beyonce anybody? YES, I just compared Michelle Obama to Beyonce Knowles Carter.)
On the flip side, President Obama is in a safe cocoon of black love. It takes a lot for a black woman to turn against a public black male figure - no matter how stereotypically bitter the black woman is rumored to be. Really, about the only thing a public black male figure of celebrity status can do to lose the black woman's love is to screw around with a white woman...or with a bad ass black woman. If Obama can resist the Monica Lewinsky's and random groupies of the world, he's set with us.
And, interestingly enough, he's set with the brothas, too. Their "code" doesn't really allow too much room for hate. Other than the classic hood dudes who didn't vote for him anyway (or anyone), most black men won't cut and run from any team they support. The brothas are supporting Team Obama.
I sure hope that we'll keep supporting our First Lady, too. I hope we don't start comparing her life with ours and get pissed when we come up short because ladies we WILL come up short—on the strength of her husband being the first Black President of the United States, alone! Then when you top that with her workout regimen, rearing of her daughters, career achievements, and unwavering on point attitude...whew! Let's keep sending her the love. This is surely not an easy job even for a woman as astute as our First Lady Obama.