Today (Sunday January 20, 2013) is the day that Barack Hussein Obama officially begins his second term as the nation’s 44th president. As the president takes the oath of office, which was described as a low-key ceremony at the White House, I can’t help but smile at the thought of Michelle Obama continuing to be the lady of the house at The White House.
While I can certainly understand why Barack Obama’s presidency has increasingly become more and more controversial in the Black community, I still feel a great deal of joy when I think of Michelle Obama and the remarkable grace, dignity and excellence she has carried herself with over the past four years.
While Barack Obama is increasingly becoming less popular among those in the Black community, who question why he seems to be indifferent about the high unemployment rate among Black people and the number of Black youth that die needlessly in many inner cities across the county, to name just a couple of things, Mrs. Obama becomes more and more popular as she continues to show herself as a woman who cares about the youth of the country and the silent epidemic (childhood obesity) that had seemed to be an issue that a lot of people wanted to sweep under the rug.
Today as President Obama gets sworn in to begin his second term as the first Black President (sort of), we can hope that, since he is already in the office and many Black men and women worked hard to put him in that office, he will take the time to address what is now becoming a loud voice-issues specific to Black men and women not being given any attention.
As for Mrs. Obama, because she has already shown herself to be a woman who is in touch with the American people, maybe she will secretly whisper into her husband’s ear that, yes, he is the President of ALL of the country but maybe he should remember that there are many people who have been subjected to an unequal application of the justice system and the general institutional systems and he is in a position to do what he can to make a shift that will positively affect those that were previously negatively affected. The second term begins today and what President Obama will do with it only remains to be seen.
Nomalanga helps Black Women thrive in their lives and careers. She is a Social Commentator, an Editor at Your Black World , Assistant Professor of Professional Studies and the reigning Mrs Botswana. Visit Nomalanga’s blog at successfulblackwoman.com