A Truly Great First Lady
President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and their daughters, Sasha and Malia, sit for a family portrait in the Oval Office, Dec. 11, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.Ê
President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and their daughters, Sasha and Malia

As  the first black First Lady, Michelle Obama held the aspirations of a nation in her hands.

Her challenge: Be a lady yet be a force for dramatic and benevolent change.

And raise two young daughters under relentless scrutiny while doing that.

One misstep could have caused irreparable damage to the entire African American community. and dashed the dreams of millions around the globe.

She has met the challenge with flying colors.

This amazing woman is an exemplary role model not only for African American women and girls but also for all women and girls everywhere. An inspiration to boys and men, too.

No breath of scandal has tainted her years in the White House. No assault on her dignity has evoked an unladylike response. She has been the target of the basest kind of racism and vulgarity, yet she has held her head high.

Here’s how that achievement is described in an article by Matthew Dallek, associate professor at George Washington’s Graduate School of Political Management, which I read in Yahoo News this morning: