Bidding Farewell To A First-Class First Lady

OPINION
By Celia Rivenbark
Tribune News Service

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Great piece by Celia Rivenbark on why Michelle Obama is such a great woman, and why she made many of us want to be better women too.

Tribune News Service

Even the loudest Obama haters I encountered by email and in person over the past eight years would often add a soft little P.S. to their rants: “I like Michelle, though…”

I get that. Michelle Obama and I have a lot in common except for chiseled arms, a commitment to eating healthy foods, unflappable demeanor, giant intellect and emotional maturity.

Yep. Other than that Mick and I are practically twins.

My point is she is probably the woman I admire most, ever. I marveled at the grace and restraint she demonstrated time and again with her vilest detractors. When Michelle got mad, she just planted more broccoli rabe in the White House garden. Taking out your troubles on freshly tilled and fertilized soil is a Southern trait, so I could easily relate.

That said, part of me yearns for Michelle Obama to visit the low road just every now and then once she leaves the White House.

Not a full-on reversal, just a short trip down that frontage road that hugs the interstate and leads to an abandoned Howard Johnson’s.

There is a small part of me (OK, there are no small parts of me; that was a “post-truth”) that yearns for post-White House Michelle to sit around in sweats eating potato chips and Lipton onion soup dip and say what she really thinks about the West Virginia bigot who posted a racist comment about her on Facebook. Alas, she is better than that on both counts.

I tried to emulate Michelle Obama’s attitude after the late unpleasantness but found it impossible. I tried to quote her now-famous “When they go low, we go high” but it came out: “When they go low, we gleefully exploit it.” Every. Single. Time.

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