Michelle Obama pledges to help working families and military families

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Michelle ObamaThis should come as no surprise given that her husband ran on not only the Democratic but also the Working Families ticket, but Michelle Obama wants to help working families and military families. As part of her duties as First Lady, Michelle sees these two things at the top of her very big, very important to-do list. At least that is what she said she'd do in an article penned by the now-First Lady Elect in mid-October, 2008 for the U.S. News and World Report's Opinion section.

Obama also claims that she'd make time for more sleepovers, at the behest of her two daughters Malia and Sasha. Obama goes on to say that no matter what, her first job would always be as a mom. This presidency will be the first time in my experience that there have been children--real children, not ever teens--in the White House. And even though their mother is now the First Lady (Elect, I know, I'm getting ahead of myself), they'll still want to do things like have sleepovers. Perhaps this aspect of First Lady as mom helped sway some votes toward Obama? Maybe.

Getting back to brass tacks, Michelle tackles some very difficult topics in her opinion piece. She discusses the rock and hard place that is trying to work and take care of your children. For many women, working outside the home, which they have to do in order to make ends meet, requires them to get childcare, which is so expensive they might as well not work in the first place. Those families with a parent in the military have it just as bad if not worse--one parent is serving as two. This brings to my mind the needs of all the single-parent families out there. At least someone in the military is hopefully earning some money for all their efforts. Single parents have to be both parents on one income.

Will Michelle hold true to her word--or, at least, her opinion? We have four years to find out. Well, two months and four years. Until then, I'm keeping my fingers crossed that she does help working families and military families...and that she has a few of those well-deserved sleepovers, too.

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