2016 has been a pretty bad year, so it’s unsurprising that so many people are looking forward to 2017. There is one thing about this year that we’ll miss, though: the Obamas in the White House.
Over the course of the past eight years, President Obama has conducted himself with dignity and grace despite the Republican obstructionism, unwarranted hate, and racist conspiracy theories thrown his way. Unfortunately, 2017 will mark the beginning of Donald Trump’s administration so that dignity and grace go out the window.
That being said, we might actually miss Michelle Obama a bit more than her husband. Even fans of the President will likely have several policy areas where they disagree with him, but Michelle Obama has been one of best first ladies of recent decades.
Regardless of your stance on her husband’s politics, there can be no denying that Obama has had a wonderful run as first lady. Her “Let’s Move” initiative, designed to counter childhood obesity, is only five-years-old, so there haven’t been any major studies on its effectiveness. Many experts do believe, however, that it is helping children learn healthy habits that will stay with them throughout their lives.
Beyond those initiatives, the first lady proved herself every bit her husband’s equal in the realm of politics. Her speeches were one of the highlights of the 2016 presidential election as she emerged as one of Hillary Clinton’s strongest surrogates.
One of the best political speeches of this year was one Obama gave in October of this year shortly after the International Day of the Girl and the release of Trump’s infamous “pussy grabbing” tapes. The contrast was not lost on the first lady who expressed a mix of shock and disgust that the nominee for a major party could engage in such sickening behavior.
‘And last week we saw this candidate actually bragging about sexually assaulting women. And I can’t believe that I’m saying that a candidate for president of the United States has bragged about sexually assaulting women. And I have to tell you that I can’t stop thinking about this. It has shaken me to my core in a way that I couldn’t have predicted.’
Unlike Clinton, Obama has expressed no interest in going into politics once her husband leaves the White House, but she remains an inspiration for people the world over.
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) December 31, 2016
Despite our distaste for her husband, we truly wish Melania Trump the best. She has a lot to live up to.
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