There are moments in time when a leap forward is made. The candidacy of Barack Obama is one of those moments. Years and the efforts of millions of people have led to this special moment but his candidacy is a leap.
One of the most important characteristics of Obama’s candidacy is his loving relationship with his wife and family. He and Michelle are a team and they are clearly made for each other. They give credence to the saying from the Bible about the importance of being “equally yoked.” Look at them! They match in physicality, intellect, values, and love. What a beautiful couple they are. Their relationship is an important image for the world to see – that of a Black man and woman love each other and are working together.
The support they get from their extended family network and friends is notable.
Michelle Obama’s speech: It brought tears to my eyes to hear Marian Robinson, Michelle’s mother, narrate the film that preceded the speech about Michelle’s life and to hear her brother, Chris Robinson, introduce her. The lyrics, “It’s a Family Af-fair-air” from the Sly Stone song came immediately to mind. My heart and spirit were lifted listening to Michelle Obama’s words and delivery as well as to see her beauty, confidence and poise.
I called my mother, sister, daughter, son, brother and a few friends to make sure they were planning to watch the speech. My husband and I watched it together. We noticed the Stevie Wonder songs being played in the background at the convention – this was theme music for a new day. We thrilled to the profusion of faces of Americans of all hues in the convention center. They reflected the promise of America, the dream that many of us strive for.
We applauded Senator Ted Kennedy for his fortitude in addressing the convention, his determination to be there, and his pride at the continuation of his brother, John’s legacy (and indeed the Kennedy family legacy).
I asked my mother if she believed she would ever have seen a serious black candidate, this candidate, this candidate’s wife in her life time. She said, “No, never.” We both lamented the fact that my grandmother, Mother, didn’t didn’t live to see this day. Mother would have been so pleased, so proud, and would have sent the campaign the $10 or $20 she would give to anyone in need. She also would have led the chorus of “Lord, have mercies” for the Obama family, as in keep them safe, Lord, and allow them to lead.
Michelle Obama is a class act, a beautiful woman, a loving and conscientious mother, a moving speaker, and an intellectual force within her own right . Her husband is profoundly blessed to have her by his side and when elected, I feel that her intellect, vision and values will be a beacon for the country.