The pundits haven’t recognized it yet, but I believe we’re going to see definite results from Barack and Michelle Obama’s concerted efforts to live, work and play in a different world from the normal American culture. They are teaching us that we have choices about how we live. And how we can be gentle and civil with one another.
They absolutely refuse to be rushed – and they proceed at their own pace. Whether it’s that blessed garden (and now there’s a winter garden), or standing in a receiving line greeting guests, or just walking the dog. Their separate and together visits with Oprah during her Christmas White House special were full of great examples of their openness, ease and comfort in their lives.
Pundits write of Michelle as though all First Ladies were gardeners. Some of them walked through the Rose Garden. Michelle is making an effort to change the entire country’s eating habits. A different level altogether. And she isn’t just showing up for photo-ops. She actually got the whole White House staff to contribute toys, and then took them to the Marines herself.
I loved watching her show off Bo’s high five to Oprah. And her pride in the White House decorations and special ornaments. And I loved watching Barack hand her that apple from the bowl in the Oval Office. No bowls of candy hanging around. They are living, in small ways and large, what they believe in. We are learning from them, and will be doing more of that, too. Can’t wait to see how we are in 3 to 5 years. Hurray!