Today’s Inspiration Found: Michelle Obama

Oh God, I hope this story is true!   A kind friend shared it with me, having found it on Facebook:

One night President Obama and his wife Michelle decided to do something out of routine and go for a casual dinner at a restaurant that wasn’t too luxurious. When they were seated, the owner of the restaurant asked the President’s secret service if he could please speak to the First Lady in private. They obliged and Michelle had a conversation with the owner.

Following this conversation President Obama asked Michelle “Why was he so interested in talking to you?” She mentioned that in her teenage years, he had been madly in love with her.  President Obama then said “So if you had married him, you would now be the owner of this lovely restaurant.”

To which Michelle responded “No, if I had married him, he would now be the President.”

That’s my kind of inspirational woman.   ‘Nuff said.

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4 Responses to “Today’s Inspiration Found: Michelle Obama”

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  1. Sadly, you are right Marion and I should have investigated further before I perpetrated this on the web. As I said to Anne, it was said of Hillary Clinton previously and Mrs Bush also. But it spoke to me, for sure. Perhaps the swiftness of her reply? Might have taken me much longer to come up with that witty riposte, much though I would have wanted to. I think the juxtaposition of it next to that photo drew me into the story I so wanted to believe.

    J

  2. Hi Anne

    I would be the first to call myself a feminist* and I didn’t feel either of these thoughts but hey, that’s what makes the world go round isn’t it?
    I just though she came across as feisty and her own person.
    But I have since discovered that this isn’t true, and it’s also been said of Hillary Clinton and Mrs Bush before that and presumably all the way back to Eve.
    So it’s about women and men, just not those women and men. And just one of those silly messages which go round and round the internet but I enjoyed it.
    I hear what you say though, very much.

    Thanks for commenting, as always. You are appreciated over here in beautiful downtown Streatham Hill (rainy today).

    * Re the feminist angle, I once said to a friend of mine who is a writer “Speaking as a feminist…” and she said “Feminist? FEMINIST? You are a jelly of romance and pink frills!” Not for the first time today, I am reminded that how we see ourselves is not always how others see us! Fortunately, we are still friends. Lucky that, I could have excommunicated her for less.

    J

  3. Marion Ryan says:

    I can’t believe the story is true but I don’t care cos I love it anyway.

    I note Anne points here but I’m going for the light approach. I have my personal bug bears about stereotyping women and men, I don’t like the way both sexes are portrayed as idiots in certain roles in eg advertising but it can be done in a way that is funny and not offensive. Think that car ad where the two little kids talk patronisingly about their parents, pure role reversal which is well observed and cleverly done.

    In fact, the more I look at the Obama story the better it gets. True or not, it might simply demonstrate some truths ie that Michelle is brighter than him and less ambitious. That they are a strong team with different strengths. She’s not saying you’re nothing without me, nor is she saying I can only be powerful through you, in fact surely these statements are contradictions of each other anyway.

  4. Anne says:

    hm, have to say my response to this was ambivalent. If it’s true, why isn’t Michelle Obama President? And for me it feeds the stereotype that really a woman can only be powerful through a man…which feels a bit – I don’t know – retrograde to me. I also think that it is not a happy marriage where basically the woman says “you are nothing without me”…will be interested to see what other responses you get.

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