I'm feeling sad and a little nostalgic this week thinking about the Obamas leaving the White House. Hard to believe this family will no longer be ours. I just adore this family. They really did everything right by humbly working at making our nation better and it's First Family sympathetic and lovable.
Eight years went by in a heartbeat and those little girls turned into young ladies before our eyes. Watching them grow up held particular fascination for me as they are the same ages as my boys. I loved how the Obamas raised them with their grandma as live-in nanny. The closeness of this family was always in evidence. I feel like they tried their best to give these girls a normal upbringing. That can't have been easy as the girls spent half their childhoods in The White House, yet their public appearances were minimal.
Barack Obama has been one of the most lovable presidents ever. He truly wore his heart on his sleeve. He was a modern man in every sense of the word, able to shed tears as well as crack jokes, and related to the man on the street and the Queen with ease. That he cared greatly for our country and all of us, was never in doubt and the frustration he often felt was clearly visible though he never gave up his optimism and the things he believed in.
Michelle Obama, for her part, has been the most relatable and genuine First Ladies. Being a mom first and foremost was her priority and her pet projects naturally lead from that. The first White House vegetable garden ever was just one of her initiatives to get kids and families to eat healthier.
I loved the book and her idea this as it's something everyone can do to be healthier.
Changing the school lunches was another of her projects that was also sorely needed. I think she will be remembered as one of the most outspoken First Ladies we have ever had. She was a powerful public speaker and her speeches have been widely loved. She honestly seems like a lot of fun as well. In fact, both Michelle and Barack appear to have a great balance of light-heartedness which has made them immensely likable.
Mrs O has also been one of the most stylish First Ladies. She began with her own unique spin on clothes, mixing J Crew with designers and pairing disparate colors in a fresh way. She's a fearless wearer of prints as well as pretty solids.
She looks wonderful in both, but the look she wore best were figure hugging shift dresses that harked back to Jackie Kennedy's signature. Their figures were actually similar and Mrs O has the 21st century toned arms to make hers look fresh.
In fact Michelle Obama was a such a fan of the dress, it was a struggle to find a photo of her in a pair of pants in the past eight years.
Her love of fashion was passed on to daughters Malia and Sasha who have looked appropriate, but with their own teenage flair. It will be fun to watch what happens to these girls as they grow into adulthood. I see nothing, but good things in their futures with the parents they have!
I thank the Obamas for bringing class, kindness, intelligence and compassion to the White House. They've made us all proud and we were lucky to have them for eight years. I look forward to what they will do in the future.
Here's some of the best of Obama style...
On the way to meet the Queen.
Love that the girls got to attend their first state dinner last year. They looked like little princesses.
Obamas you will be missed!