Reception with Michelle Obama

20 Apr

HELLO, Friday!  Between overbooking myself for a million events, Mr. Beez being out of town all week, and working from home yesterday because Baby Beez wasn’t feeling well, this has been one BUSY week.  I’m in a great mood this morning. I woke up to an email from a client saying “Nice Job!” on something I wrote, and although my “To Do” list is still long, I managed to cross a good number of things off of it yesterday.  To top it off, Mr. Beez returns from Florida this afternoon, and we’ll spend the evening sampling beers at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Brewer’s Ball.

Now on to the highlight of my week– the reception with Michelle Obama!

Mrs. Obama came into town for a quick fundraiser to raise enthusiasm for Barack Obama’s reelection campaign.  Conveniently for me, the reception was in the same building as my office, so I didn’t have to worry about transportation logistics.  I went with my friend Regina and her mother, and we were all SUPER EXCITED about the event.  Regina is serious business, and as soon as we made our way through security and into the reception, she beelined up to the velvet rope.  We got the absolute best cheap ticket place in the house.  If you paid thousands of dollars, you had a spot right up in front or a seat.  Everyone else was general admission right behind.  Thanks to Regina’s determination, we were at the very front of the cheap ticket section, and directly in front of Mrs. Obama.

The reception was scheduled to start at 2:30, but Mrs. Obama did not arrive until 5.  There was plenty of grumbling about the wait from the crowd.  I have a feeling that she wasn’t running late, it’s just that a long lag was scheduled for purposes of the Secret Service clearing everyone.  It took a while to get through that security, and I would think they’d want to get everyone through and get the room settled down before they shuttled her in. 

Mrs. Obama was articulate and friendly.  She communicated a clear political message, but also shared anecdotes of her childhood.  She seems like the kind of person you could sit down with over a cup of coffee, and discuss foreign relations or the kids’ dance recital with equal ease.  I would be so interested to pick her brain about what her husband’s office has meant to her career.  The role of First Lady is sharply defined with expectations of charity projects and “mothering” type initiatives.  I am sure all her initiatives are genuinely meaningful to her, but there are only so many hours in a day.  How has she felt about being directed into that role, and away from her own interests and accomplishments in law?

I’ve felt beaten down over the last several months coverage of the Republican primaries.  The barrage of attacks on reproductive rights, contraceptive rights, and by extension the integrity and intelligence of women is draining.  Mrs. Obama’s pride over her husband’s accomplishments in his first term, and her enthusiasm for the future were refreshing and much needed.  2008 was exciting, but 2012 is going to be hard won.

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