- There is the obvious point of Obama being the first black president (and for that matter, the first non-white-male president) in US History.
- A passion for politics has been re-ignited for the younger voters, and renewed hope has been offered to a lot of people who have been (up to this point) disenfranchised and disillusioned with American politics
- Obama has proven that campaigning as it was previously done is no longer fully effective. He ran the first positive ad campaign in recent history and made proper use of the internet as a grass-roots campaigning tool
- Perhaps our status as a country will now switch to one that works WITH the world in which we live instead of AGAINST it. I think we're looking at a new era in politics.
Throughout the election process, as a woman, I would get frequently frustrated by the reporters (mostly male, I might add) talking about Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton being role models for women everywhere. No thank you. If I'm ever like either of them, just shoot me, please. Talk about two opposite extremes that I'm not interested in being.
Michelle Obama is an amazing woman. Regardless of how you feel about her husband and his politics, you have to admit, she's the ultimate MOM. Michelle is a strong woman. She is an intelligent woman. She is a mom and a wife and an advisor in her own right to the future president of our country.
She's talked openly about her struggles with balancing her home life and her work life. She knows that her first responsibility, even as first lady in this country, is to her children, and she's working hard to make sure that her girls are "settled and that they know they will continue to be the center of our universe." She's worked, she's stayed home with her kids, she's campaigned and still been home for her kids at bedtime.
This woman is the kind of mom I'd love to be... And maybe someday I will. In the meantime, I'll get back to being a stay-at-home mom to my kids and let Michelle show me what it means to balance the weight of the world (literally in her husband's hands) and the needs of her two young daughters on the brink of adolescence.
Behind every strong man, there is a stronger woman. Welcome to the White House, Michelle.