In my lifetime, there have been a few first ladies. None have truly inspired me. I’ve never felt like they’re in touch with my life. Maybe I was too young to feel directly impacted by the first lady.
There was Nancy Regan, and her “Just Say No to Drugs” campaign. No matter how I felt about drugs, this campaign never spoke to me and always just seemed to be a waste of time. There was Barbara Bush; she just seemed old and out of touch. The Younger first-lady Bush never seemed to do much but spend money. And, there was Mrs. Clinton, who has many controversies attached to her, and I won’t even go there.
But, Michelle Obama, she seems different. She has the same concerns, the same ideals, the same convictions. She is concerned. Sure, it could all be marketing. But, I prefer to think that she has substance. She speaks out for women’s rights, working moms, military families.
One of my favorite things that she’s done was to plant an organic garden on the South Lawn at the White House. She is trying to eliminate processed foods and sugary drinks from her family’s diet; And growing their own food was one step in eating cleanly.
She was encouraged to eliminate processed foods by her daughters’ pediatrician.And, Mrs. Obama feels this change in diet improved her energy. “It showed me that eating healthy can start with something as simple as adding new food to your diet- and I wanted to share that knowledge with as many people as possible.”
There are so many eating related problems on the rise in our society right now- obesity, diabetes, coronary heart disease, cancer. just to name a few. This change to eat fewer processed foods, and more whole clean foods will help fight these diseases.
So, thanks, Michelle, so speaking to me, and for speaking about the things that I hold dear.