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Dear Michelle Obama, We Will Miss You.

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Like most folks that I know who took the time to actually watch the Republican National Convention in Cleveland (I was one of them), I similarly decided to watch this week’s Democratic National Convention taking place in Philadelphia. Full disclosure, I’m not a fan of Hillary Clinton and pretty much hate Donald Trump, but I’m not one of those people who is threatening to sit this election out. There are some greater goods to protect here and since I’m not from Bompton, I pretty much have a blue flag hanging from my backside, only on the left side, yeah that’s the…well, you know how that goes. Unlike rapper, The Game, who is from Bompton, who didn’t really like blue that much growing up. But I’d put my money on the fact that when he does vote, he’s voting blue, too.

Well, last night’s convention opened up with some heavy hitters. Cory Booker, the Senator from New Jersey, got up there and got really presidential with his speech. While he went on a bit too long for my tastes, it was a very good speech. Bernie Sanders got up there and told his supporters to vote for Hillary after what seemed like he was really considering saying, “fuck this, I want the job, I’m not quitting.” While we all know he wasn’t going to do that, it really seemed like he might since it took him a solid ten minutes to get to the point where he actively endorsed Hillary. But once he started down that road, he stayed true and doubled, and tripled down on his pledge to support her and charged his supporters to do so as well. But if you know like I know (and you don’t want to step to this), I’ll bet that very long ovation he got before opening up made him think that, maybe just for a split second, “this should be my convention.”

Sarah Silverman and Al Franken and Elizabeth Warren (I somehow missed 99 percent of her speech and I’m not sure how), etc.

But then there was the highlight and show-stealer in your first lady and my first lady, Michelle Obama.

I’ll be the first to admit that I was never as high on the Obamas as everybody else. I liked them, but I felt like everybody else liked them way more than I did and I didn’t quite understand why. I got a bit annoyed by all of the fawning over them as a couple and turning them into, what felt like, our only role models, professionally and romantically. But it was probably just having every woman I know tell me they want that Obama kind of love when none of us really knew them that bothered me. It was artificial hating on my part because the truth is, I really liked the way he looks at her and was happy to see these two folks who seemed to complement one another perfectly in the White House.

I’m a fan of the Obamas. I have a picture of Obama up in my house and I have Barack and Michelle bobbleheads that stand next to each other on my bookshelf. Truth is, they do matter, and seeing them as a unit does matter to me personally, and for our community. I’m going to miss the hell out of Obama in the White House. I wrote about that before because I live in DC, a city that seems to have been effected positively by having a Black man in the white house, and specifically one like Obama.

But Michelle.

I’m really going to miss Michelle. I’m sure she’s going to still be available and accessible and we’ll be able to keep up through social medias and the Twitters and the Snappychats. But that woman is something special. Watching her give that speech last night nearly brought a tear to my eye because I realize that in a few short months, she and her energy and her realness and epic side-eyes will be leaving. Something about her is so regal. She’s like Cristal, and not that White Star! She not only looks the part but is the part and that’s difficult. One thing that is clear during these conventions is that some people are probably great politicians, but a significant many of them SUUUUUUUUUUUCK at giving speeches. Even Cory Booker, as good as his speech was, I felt like he just didn’t have the charm to truly deliver a speech that galvanizes everybody. Luckily the speech was good enough by itself.

Michelle on the other hand, she got up there looking great, sounding great, and making every body in the room connect with her words. Maybe that’s come with practice as being the wife of a President and being as active as she’s been, her speech game has to be on a hundred, thousand, trillion, at this point. But the ability to connect with people and make them believe in what you’re saying is a mark of greatness. And she does it with class and flair.

I won’t get into specifics about what she said – I think most of these folks mustering up their belief in Hillary is an act of true resilience – because how I felt watching one of these significant last moments on the farewell tour for Barack and Michelle was what affected me most.

I’m really going to miss them like they’re family. Maybe they are my family. Politics and policy aside, she feels like a family member who made it that you actually like and WANTED to make it. She took that role and made it hers. She never let it change her into a person she isn’t. She’s Michelle, a Black woman from Chicago all day long. She’s just managed to make those folks who don’t know better think that she left that behind. But we know. We look at her and see her and see how great she is and how great she’s been and realize that, likely, we’ll never see this ever again in our lifetimes. Maybe our kid’s kids will, but it won’t be the same.

Despite my early and misguided protestations, Michelle is exactly the role model she should be and I’m going to miss seeing her make Barack look good, and seeing her speak to kids and connect with people in a way that only she can. And I’m mostly going to miss knowing she’s in there at 1600 Pennyslvania Avenue, NW, being her best, most awesome self, flawlessly. Her presence is a gift.

Thanks, Michelle. I will miss you. And we will miss you.

Panama Jackson

Panama Jackson is pretty fly (and gorgeous) for a light guy. He used to ship his frito to Tito in the District, but shipping prices increased so he moved there to save money. He refuses to eat cocaine chicken. When he's not saving humanity with his words or making music with his mouth, you can find him at your mama's mama's house drinking her fine liquors. Most importantly, he believes the children are our future. You can hit him on his hitter at panamadjackson@gmail.com.

  • TD

    I’ll say the same thing I said on my Facebook post last night…

    *Holds up a radio outside the FLOTUS’ hotel room window in Philly* Don’t goooo… ???

  • Epsilonicus

    I flat out love love love love love that woman. Can’t she stay in the White House forever.

  • elle

    This makes me sad. I don’t want them to go!

    Don’t leave! Don’t leave me, gurl…

    • TD

      Please stay with us four more yearssss. If you take your-self a-way from us will go crazy. (I’m sorry I had to join in).

    • Ill go crazy, craazzzzaaayyy, insaneeeeee

    • charisma_supreme

      Now, see i took it to “Please Dont Go Girl “….
      Dating myself…

      https://youtu.be/2txArOEsLPc

      • Jo ‘Mama’ Besser

        I WAS ABOUT TO POST THE SAME THING!

      • miss t-lee

        Yo. I haven’t heard this in ages.

      • brothaskeeper

        That useta be my JAM in the 9th grade! Got many slow grinds off this one….good times.

        • Cleojonz

          I saw them sing this at the Appollo. That’s how big they were, even all black audiences dug them. Grown a*s women were losing their minds that night.

  • Cj

    She is the picture of elegance and class with a Southside Chicago snark, and a side eye that cuts sharper than a Hattori Hanzo sword. Yes, she will be missed.

    • #KillBillReference for the win!

      • Ari

        Also note the accuracy in spelling of the sword’s name.

    • charisma_supreme

      Her side eye is my life’s aspiration

      • Cj

        I live in Dallas and they played the police memorial over and over again and what I remember most is the way she looked at Bush like if you don’t sitcho azz down somewhere. Her side eye is my death and resurrection.

        • Mary Burrell

          Me too I peeped that. Bush was acting so inappropriate.

        • truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

          Exactly.

  • PriceIsRightHorns

    Charisma, grace, elegance, beauty, class.

    A shout out to the ancestors and weeping willow shade to The Donald.

    She was flawless.

  • Digital_Underground

    We’ll miss her indeed. I’m also certain the a year into the next presidential term a lot of Americans will miss President Obama’s pragmatic approach. The Obamas are so much better than the two alternatives sitting in front of us now.

  • Medium Meech

    I can’t wait ’till she stops messing with that skinny, soon to be unemployed dude so I can shoot my shot.

    • I screamed at my desk!

    • Kas

      With his past history of drug use, not like he is going to be able to get a job. She gonna dump him, and you will be free to shoot your shot.

      • NonyaB

        Sir, just how many of your friends have you egged on to quixotic pursuits in this manner?

        • Kas

          I plead the FIF

    • Get. In. LINE.

    • PhlyyPhree

      He skinny and he lightskint. You ain’t got a chance bruh

      • Brandon Allen

        He ain’t lightskint

        • PhlyyPhree

          Lol. You judging by smoochr standards? He’s close enough and that’s allll that matters to her.

          • Giiiiiiirl. I HOLLERED.

          • Gibbous

            Dyin’!

          • Jennifer

            Pantone 67-5 C is my guess.

          • Lisa Necole

            I am dying over here – LAWD don’t brown paper bag the president.

        • Junegirl627

          semi light skintted

          • Ha

          • Brandon Allen

            He’s light brown. I feel like the straight-ish hair is causing confusion.

            • Junegirl627

              as long as he don’t have lightskinted tendencies idc

    • Other_guy13

      Take a number brother

    • Other_guy13

      You do know he gone write books and ish…money will still flow in…good try though

      • Junegirl627

        you do know his 6 figure pension and benefits packages kicks in on inauguration day right?

    • NonyaB

      Play around around if you want to but with all that extra vacay time on his hands, Honolulu Slim finna show you his “you ain’t ’bout dis life side”. Y’know, what really keeps Michelle Southside-Chitown-don’tPlay appreciative. ?

      • Junegirl627

        lol

      • These kneegrows are trying catch those paws.. they better act right. Lmao

      • Peaches

        The fact that our pres can be referred to as “Honolulu Slim” tickles me to no end! ???

        • Kas

          As a sign of love and not disrespect is what makes it so cool to me

          • NonyaB

            I wonder if he and Michelle read VSB, picturing them curled up in sofa at end of the day, talmbout, “Now let’s see what the streets thought of my speech, honey”.

        • NonyaB

          He was made for that name.

      • Mary Burrell

        Honolulu Slim cracks me up ??

    • Courtney Wheeler

      I believe Michelle is a serious case study of a “Ride or Die” ya know?

      • Medium Meech

        I know, but it’s hard being with a temp on a fixed contract. She better come get these benefits and good dental.

        • Bah Debo

          bruh…..Slim has lifelong benefits….
          fuhevaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

          • Medium Meech

            Yeah, but mine you don’t need a referral to see a specialist and you can go out of network. Let Michelle Meech be great.

        • Glo

          “A temp on a fixed contract.” Crying.

      • Lisa Necole

        He had to be president to be worth it – I don’t think that was what purveyors of the term had in mind. LOL

  • Junegirl627

    I was so proud I cried during her speech. I cried when I rewatched her speech. Then I said out loud to no one why am I crying? Then it hit me her speech reminded me that this is my country and I’m this my home. I love her and everything she represents. She is the definition of a strong black woman.

    • NonyaB

      Listen. When I tell you I just watched those last few mins again for the goosebumps? She been had my vote and I’m not even American!

  • Buster Cannon

    I’d really like to see her continue the fight against childhood obesity/diabetes. She was really forced to tone it down due to the food lobbys influence in the White House, so I wonder if she could get more accomplished once she’s out.

    • She had a good idea, but the execution sucked big time. What good is fixing school lunches when they’re barely edible? And not getting chefs from institutional kitchens meant that the ideas she had didn’t work. But it did help kids made some cash smuggling burgers. I like that part.

      Besides the food industry is only a supplier. No one makes people put junk in their mouths.

      • Buster Cannon

        Besides the food industry is only a supplier. No one makes people put junk in their mouths.

        Agreed. That said, there needs to be better education what ‘healthy’ food actually is. While I wholeheartedly support people making better decisions, I can’t help but feel sympathy for the people trying to make better decisions, but still shoving garbage down their throats that’s marked as “organic/healthy” by the food industry and [misinformed] conventional wisdom. Just look at the previous food pyramids, those guidelines are great way for a fat person to stay fat. MyPlate is flawed too, but at least it’s a small step forward.

        Obesity isn’t hard to cure, but the sheer amount of conflicting information coming from ‘reputable’ sources…ugh.

        • Kas

          The problem with the foods we are supposed to eat is they have been bred for durability and appearance, not taste. Healthy food that tastes like water is never going to be a crowd favorite.

        • LMNOP

          I literally saw on the back of a bag of sugar (when they had the old pyramid) sugar is 100% carbohydrates, and carbohydrates are the foundation of a healthy diet. Food marketing can be evil.

          • Buster Cannon

            Yeah, the standard American diet consists of far too many carbohydrates. It also doesn’t help that people still believe the lie that saturated fat (at least the kind that comes naturally in food such as meat and coconuts) is bad for you. Unless you’re engaging in regular intense exercise, you can severely tone down the carbs, and your body will thank you for it.

      • Junegirl627

        This is where Michelle got a bad rap. Michelle pushed forward requirements and mandates for food to keep it healthy. But local school boards and politicians cut food budgets for growing student populations. Fresh ingredients fruits and vegetables are really expensive so. What happened was you had stricter food guidelines but less money to implement them. Which gave the students crappy meals. This is totally the smaller governments fault but everybody blames Michelle for this.

        • That’s fair to say. Also, another issue I saw with the actual meals is that the ideas they put out there didn’t scale well at all. Nutrition wise there isn’t that much difference between whole wheat pasta and pesto sauce and, say, a big pot of collard greens and grilled zucchini. However, one scales up to feed hundreds of kids much easier than the other. I wish she would have had more institutional chefs on her team, because some of the issues could have been addressed with better execution.

          • Junegirl627

            That’s true too but implementations. institutional chefs etc. doesn’t really mean much if you don’t have money. You can be a 5 star chef but there is only so much you can do if you have to feel 300 kids lunch with a budget of $.97 a day. per child.

            • Kas

              Even Jesus is like I can not work with this

            • LMNOP

              Doesn’t the usda reimburse at a much higher rate than $.97 per meal? Higher income kids usually pay over $2 and I think the govt kicks some in too, and I know they compensate for free and reduced lunch.

              • Junegirl627
                • LMNOP

                  This is a quote directly from that link:
                  “The majority of students in this school are eligible for free lunch—a benefit available to all children living at or below 130% of the federal poverty level. Most of this cost,
                  $2.68 in 2009-10, is covered by cash reimbursement from the USDA. For reduced-price lunches, available to
                  students living between 130% and 185% of the federal poverty level, reimbursement is $2.28; for full-price
                  lunch it is $0.25. ”

                  So they provided an example, in large font, of one particular meal that costs 97 cents per lunch, but also the breakdown of how schools are reimbursed for varying lunches, which spells out that they receive a total of $2.68 per meal from a combination of parents and the USDA.

      • cyanic

        Food plentiful to the masses whether shelved in the middle of the grocery store or lining the sides of it is altered by chemicals. People cannot avoid this unless they grow their own fruits and vegetables. Or shop for really expensive organic produce.

        • Kas

          Even organic doesn’t mean no chemicals.

          • rlgreen91

            True. While the government is fairly strict about labeling of products, that whole “organic/natural” area is full of pitfalls.

    • Val

      I was disappointed she never got into the GMO debate.

      • Kas

        I’m assuming you are against?

        • Val

          Definitely against.

          • Kas

            Blanket or with limits?

            • Val

              I’m good with labelling.

              • Kas

                Gotcha. I have no fight with you ma’am.

      • Buster Cannon

        Yeah, I wasn’t sure how much she had to hide her power level as FLOTUS; a lot of that can be messy to handle in that position. Assuming that she’s against it, I’d like to see her discuss it.

  • Brandon Allen

    I really wonder what the next 20 years holds for the Obama’s? I’m worried they’re over it and we’ll never really see them again.

    • panamajackson

      I’m just waiting for the day I see him rolling down Georgia Avenue in an Audi with Dro in the background.

      • I could see Honolulu Slim just making a run to Five Guys while Michelle isn’t home.

        • miss t-lee

          Indeed.

        • charisma_supreme

          Hon. A. Loo. Loo….. Slim.

          You know what……

          • brothaskeeper

            That’s a Wu Young original. You late. LoL

            • charisma_supreme

              I just started talkin on here. Lol

              • Kas

                Don’t let the upper classmen push you around.

        • miss t-lee

          Gotta get that remix.

        • Other_guy13

          Ayeeeeee

      • Brandon Allen

        I hope they’ll be almost mystically present.

        There’s a long winded dude in front you at the seafood counter buying 10 pounds of crab legs? Oh snap, it’s Barack.

        That nice lady who waved you in during bumper to bumper traffic?
        Was that Michelle?

        • PhlyyPhree

          I’m here for this.
          That couple holding up the LAST table before brunch ends at Front Page? Chelly and BO.

          The couple canoodling to the left instead of the right on the metro escalator during rush hour? You guessed it.

          • brothaskeeper

            The couple who came up behind you in line at The Breakfast Klub after church. “Hey, have y’all tried the Kat fish and grits here. BARRY says it’s too salty” (as he rolls his eyes with a frustrating yet playful love).

            • One time for The Breakfast Club… Michele chimes in and says:”I think the Wings & Waffles are the best”

    • Seminars? Teaching?

    • bballmom44

      With a Hillary win, I think we see Mr Obama as a supreme court justice. How awesome would that be?? happens…

      • Brandon Allen

        A lifetime of more B S? Idk if barack would be down. I’d love it though.

      • MALynn

        Yes! I want this to happen so badly!

    • miss t-lee

      Academia, public service, speaking engagements?

      • Brandon Allen

        When was the last president to have a real job afterword? They’re so young. I’d love to see them teach. I guess having a foundation is the easiest thing to do.

        • miss t-lee

          Didn’t Bill have a job afterward? Or maybe I imagined that?

          • Brandon Allen

            Sorta, he had the Clinton foundation.

            • miss t-lee

              Yeah..that was it!

        • Most of them have left the office in their sixties so that day to day job move was out. Clinton did the speaking engagement thing for a good while.

        • Junegirl627

          Jimmy Carter cured Gilly Worm in africa. Raises money for malaria vacines, habitat for humanity, and travels the world people up for the worlds poor.

          • Kas

            And spontaneously heals from cancer.

        • Jennifer

          Bush 2 is painting self-portraits in his bathtub. That’s something..

          • Detroit Skater

            chokes on apple….tell my mama I love her… LOL

        • Epsilonicus

          After 8 years in the WH, I would not want a real job either lol

    • Obama seems completely comfortable with fading to Black. I can’t imagine Michelle not staying in the public eye though.

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