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Michelle Obama – A Woman of Character

I am not a fanatic when it comes to matters politics. Political talk does not tickle my fancy. You would never catch me shouting my larynx hoarse at a political rally. As a matter of fact, unless they’re giving out BMWs, I would never show my face at a political rally. Local politics barely appeal to me let alone international affairs. But when Michelle Obama became the talk of town after her DNC speech, I got curious and got the clip. If you’ve watched it, you will agree with me when I say that Michelle’s speech was nothing short of potent.

I have a feeling that the favorite pastime of the Obamas is practicing public speaking in front of mirrors. Heck these two probably do it during foreplay. While we all knew that Barrack is a captivating speaker, few of us knew that Michelle also had it in her. Well that was until she took to the podium sometime last week and delivered a speech that would reverberate around the globe.

We know Michelle as this elegant public figure who prefers taking the back seat when it comes to politics. She has not been as vocal when it comes to such matters. But last week she came out with all guns blazing. And as much as her speech was composed of personal accounts, any dimwit could see the disparaging contrasts she was drawing between her modest husband and his affluent archrival Mitt Romney. You’ve got to admire her tact and wit.

All in all, Michelle’s speech was vast with insight and I will share with you the 10 vital lessons that I took home:

1)      Michelle reveals that in their earlier years, Obama was a common man with a dilapidated car, a coffee table he picked from a dumpster, and that the only pair of decent shoes he owned was half a size too small. She also talks of a time when they were “so in love and so in debt.”

To all the hustlers out there, don’t despair – We have hope! Through this revelation, we see that life is process and patience is a key virtue in success. Things do not work out overnight. So if you own a Probox, be proud of it.

2)      Michelle reveals that her parents were determined to give her and her brother the kind of education they (the parents) could only dream of. She reveals that Barack’s grandmother often told his grandson that as long as that as long as him and his siblings did well, that was all that really mattered.

We should acknowledge and appreciate the sacrifices our parents made during our upbringing. I remember reading a disturbing article in the papers some time back regarding folks that abandon their parents and let languish in poverty back in the villages while they live like kings in the suburbs. Parents that toiled they hands off to give them a decent education. Such a shame!

3)      Michelle talks about the importance of dignity and decency. She says that helping others means more than just getting ahead yourself. That success isn’t about how much money you make; it is about the difference you make in people’s lives.

A hard pill to swallow, but a prudent one all the same. Money should not come before everything/everyone else.

4)      Michelle says that “success doesn’t count unless you earn it fair and square”.

Joey do not get tempted to steal someone else’s Range Rover. Do not start cooking crystal meth no matter how lucrative it seems. Do not look for shortcuts. Earn it.

5)      Michelle says that they learned about gratitude and humility. That so many people had a hand in their success – from the teachers who inspired them to the janitors who kept their school clean.”

It takes a very humble person to acknowledge those people who make even the simplest of differences in his/her life. Gratitude and humility Joey.

6)      Michelle says that when you work hard and do well and you walk through that doorway of opportunity, you do not slam it shut behind you.

Whenever you have a chance to lend someone a hand, do not turn your back towards them. Do not be selfish. Someone gave you an opportunity and the least you can do is to do the same to someone else.

7)      Michelle says that being president does not change who you are, it reveals who you are.

Some of us will never even be presidents and we already have such big heads. Do not let big positions and power erode the goodness inside you.

8)      Michelle reveals that she loves her husband even more than she did four years ago.  Even more than she did 23 years ago when they first met. Reason; “I love that he has never forgotten how he started.”

Another perfect example of humility.

9)      Michelle says that she loves that even in the toughest moments, when they’re all sweatin’ it — when they’re worried that the bill won’t pass, and it seems like all is lost, Barack never lets himself get distracted by the chatter and noise.

I love that last statement. People will never stop running their mouths. Do not lose sight of your goal because of a few disapproving tongues.

10)  As an observation, Michelle is the perfect embodiment of a woman of character. She is definitely not one of those vain, materialistic and short-sighted women. She is a woman that commands respect. Those disillusioned girls behind the group CampusDivasForRichMen ought to borrow a leaf from Michelle.

In the poll, conducted before the Republican convention began, 64 percent of Americans said they had a favorable view of Mrs. Obama. President Obama came in at 53 percent favorable. While pledging his allegiance to President Obama, former President Bill Clinton said that he wants to vote for the man who had the good sense to marry Michelle. If you are female you better take notes from this remarkable lady.

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  1. Libby
    September 10, 2012 at 9:17 am

    Great words of wisdom there Joey……..or rather Michelle Obama’s………Good post as usual:)

  2. Anonymous
    September 10, 2012 at 9:26 am

    The stregth of a woman.well put.infact last week i was disgusted to say the least about ‘that’ campusdivas page.but it also shows how the morals of society have erroded.akina faizah tutawalelea wapi?

  3. Anonymous
    September 10, 2012 at 10:03 am

    totally agree, watched that speech thrice already and i get amazed every time…

  4. September 10, 2012 at 10:31 am

    Yep, it was an inspiring speech. I remember telling a friend, “I’m calling my mum then review my life’s to-do list ASAP.”

    What also stuck in my mind was her closing statement about leaving a better world for our children, grandchildren. About giving them a foundation for their dreams and opportunities worthy of their promise. About giving them a sense of limitless possibilities by believing there’s something better out there if we’re willing to work for it. About coming together, standing together & working together…

    PS (in reference to your meth remark): You’re thinking of breaking bad huh? 🙂

    Have a fab week.

    • September 12, 2012 at 4:47 pm

      About Breaking Bad… totally. I am loving the show!

  5. Mercy
    September 10, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    Did you listen to Ann Romney’s speech and compare….10-nil doesnt even come close…and even more frustrating is the thought of our own here :-(. Kudos!

  6. September 10, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    We love that Michelle Obama, don’t we? She’s indeed a woman of character and the plus – a woman of style! http://mrs-o.com/

  7. Anonymous
    September 10, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    Michele was actually quite involved in endorsing her husband during the last election so I knew she was a good speaker. I am a tiny bit ashamed to admit that I have not watched her entire speech nor Ann Romney’s speech. To me, its all politics. I however, watched my fellow cynics (Jon Stewart & Stephen Colbert) tear both speeches down & mock both conventions.

  8. Anonymous
    September 11, 2012 at 9:00 am

    shes trully a woman of character great post as always joey

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