“With a lot of hard work and a good education, anything is possible, even becoming president. That’s what the American dream is all about.” Former First Lady Michelle Obama’s Leadership Rules
The life path of the first lady of America, the wife of the first African-American president of the United States and the favorite of millions of women Michelle Obama is a path of overcoming and making a statement about yourself. And her achievements are the concentration of efforts of all her ancestors, who, due to racial discrimination, had no opportunity to even come close to success.
A powerful motivator for Michelle Obama was the habit of achieving everything from childhood, and where others make an effort, she applies super efforts. It was her way of expressing herself in a world that was unfair to her. And it was the only right one.
“AFRICAN-AMERICAN AND GENIUS”
Former First Lady of America Michelle Obama – nee Michelle LaVaughn Robinson – has known American history of her kind since 1850. A document was found that indicated that her great-great-great-great-grandmother was written in the will of an American slave owner as property. “Negro Girl Melvinia” was valued in papers at $475.
Michelle is a descendant of those same American Americans slaves. In her autobiography Becoming she devoted many pages to issues of racism, xenophobia and stereotypes, vividly illustrating them with sketches from her childhood and youth. The memoirs were published with a circulation of more than 3 million copies.
The book also contains childhood memories of the former first lady of the United States, family facts and stories. For example, Michelle claims that her grandfather was a very smart guy and, if he had been born “white”, he would have found a good job and went to college as soon as he arrived in Chicago in the early 1930s. But this is not a story about the American dream. In fact, African Americans weren’t even registered by the union.
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She studied better than anyone, read a lot, tried to be perfect in everything and watched her speech. “Why are you talking like you’re white?” the blue-eyed cousin once asked her a sincere childish question.
“It was not the first time my personality was challenged,” the first lady later explained in an interview with one publication. “People couldn’t understand who I was and how I spoke. It didn’t fit well with their idea of who I should be.”
Thanks to her perseverance, curiosity and good studies, she became a student at Princeton in the 80s, graduated from Harvard School. When one of the professors asked Michelle whom she wanted to become in the future – the daughter of her parents or a graduate of Princeton, the girl self-confidently replied, “I will be both brilliant and black.”
She pumped her confidence, professionalism and ability to carry on any intellectual conversation. It is claimed that these important skills were given to her by her favorite universities. But, even as the first lady, she still faced racial hatred and stereotypes.
“Since reluctantly becoming a public figure, I have been hailed time after time as the most powerful woman in the world and taken down as an “angry black woman”. I would like to ask ill-wishers which part of this phrase should be more offensive to me: “angry”, “black” or “woman”?” asks Michelle in her book Becoming. She is the author and so far the only African American First Lady in history.
“Happy birthday, Michelle! My love, my partner, my best friend…,” the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama, recently wrote on Instagram and posted a romantic photo of them. In the second half of January, Michelle celebrated her 58th birthday.
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They met at the law firm Sidley Austin in her native Chicago. Michelle LaVaughn Robinson has just been entrusted with supervising one of the promising interns in the law. That was Barack Obama.
That day was the beginning of change in the life of a self-confident careerist. In a very short time, they would get married, have daughters and change the angle of view on Barak’s political career. Michelle just believed in him as in herself. By the way, the story of their meeting and relationship is shown in the film Southside With You, which was released in 2016.
“He has been a huge hit with African Americans, whites and Hispanics, men and women, rich and poor, urban and rural. At some point we went to Arizona for a short break, and even there he was immediately surrounded by well-wishers. For me, it was the main Rubicon of his fame: now even white people recognized Barack,” writes Michelle Obama in her memoirs. Then her husband was just elected to the US Senate, he won a record 70% of the vote.
“Over the years, I watched him soak up books, news, and ideas, coming to life every time he spoke to someone who offered a nugget of new experience or knowledge. Barack kept it all. As I now understand, he clearly imagined what he was building,” Michel wouldl say, commenting on the first 17-minute address of her husband – a step away from being as a president – in front of a million people. Until that day and after, she was insanely proud of him.
The one way to get me to work my hardest was to doubt me
Michelle Obama has never been a refined and protocol first lady, and soon the spiteful critics teased her because of her figure, origin, or too frivolous behavior came to naught.
She planted a vegetable garden near the White House, which she herself planted, boasted about the harvest of cucumbers and the size of tomatoes. She could hug the British Queen Elizabeth II, breaking all protocols, but not breaking good human relations. She was always sincere, and this is the most important thing.
Michelle Obama has found the strength to inspire millions of women around the world. And with her motivational speeches, she gathers entire halls.
“If your family doesn’t have much money, I want you to remember that in this country, plenty of folks, including me and my husband — we started out with very little. But with a lot of hard work and a good education, anything is possible — even becoming President. That’s what the American Dream is all about,” she says.
Michelle Obama still occupies places in various ratings of women leaders, starred in episodes of films and for the covers of women’s gloss. Only one position is missing from her track record: being the silent shadow of her husband, the 44th President of the United States. Because it’s definitely not in her nature.