If you accept the premise of presidents, first ladies and first families, which I do not, but if you accept that premise, then Michelle Obama and the Obama daughters have done it well.
Their lack of drama and the fact that their occasional human derp fests never made much of a splash has been soothing and relaxing.
Women used to say: “You have to do twice as much to be considered half as good.” I suspect a similar sentiment has been expressed among Black Americans.
Michelle Obama, as first lady did that. And it’s a mark of how well she carried off being first lady that optimists and lunatics, about noon on nov 9th 2016, floated her name as a possible presidential pick in 2020.
Laura Bush was perfectly acceptable, but always seemed a little overwhelmed. Barbara and Jenna Bush always seemed to struggle with celebrity, a bit.
Hillary was, well Hillary. Chelsea was at an awkward time in her life and believe me, Assholes fed that back to her in box car lots.
The Elder Barbara Bush’s memory has always been tarnished for me by her idiotically foolish utterances during Hurricane Katrina. Back in those days (1989 to 1993) There was no internet, so word of GHWB’s sons being all over and tied up somewhere in business and politics all over the the GOPs range never really got out. In this day and age, I think GHWB would be seen as a nepotism festival, a sort of nepotism-palooza, or nepotism-themed Woodstock.
The elder Barbara Bush always seemed very hoity toity to me. Like no one talked about America’s class system, but she knew it and knew she was above YOU on it.
So the point of this rant, the stream of first lady consciousness is – Fuck the people who compared Michelle Obama to a gorilla. Fuck the people who claim she’s a transgender.
If they have the energy to open their mouths and let shit like that out, they had the energy to try to make the world a better place, and elected not to.
There’s a hidden undertone, too, of shaming trans-people. like photoshopping a bulge on Michelle Obama’s dress is not only meant to shame her, but all Trans people.
Again, energy wasted being mean and vile and not making anything any better for anyone.