Rule Breakers We Love: 5 First Lady Rules Michelle Obama Broke Fabulously

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I think it’s pretty safe to say that Michelle Obama isn’t your typical First Lady of the United States. And for that reason alone she can do no wrong in my book. Beyond using her role as FLOTUS to launch a series of community-based programs such as Let’s Move, Reach Higher and Let Girls Learn, she’s broken the ‘rules’ on what it means to lead with excellence and truth as a First Lady.

First Lady Michelle Obama attends the 2013 Kennedy Center Honors on December 8, 2013 in Washington, DC. The honorees this year include: opera singer Martina Arroyo, jazz musician Herbie Hancock, musician Billy Joel, actress Shirley MacLaine and musician Carlos Santana. Photo Credit: Kristoffer Tripplaar/ Sipa Press
Photo Credit: Kristoffer Tripplaar/ Sipa Press

When I look at Michelle Obama I don’t think that the role of FLOTUS is far-fetched for me or anyone who looks like me. When I hear her speak, I feel inspired to do more. And most importantly, I have personally witnessed  the impact of  her projects in cities across the country.  I mean really, can you recall any other First Lady who has made such an impact around the world? I’ll wait……..

So FLOTUS, as Chief Rulebreaker of the free world, I salute you.

And in honor of Michelle Obama’s 52nd birthday, let’s take a look at 5 times she broke the rules fabulously.

Infraction 1: She made a rap video.

Infraction 2: She’s worn leather skinny jeans, bright colored fitted clothing, and has a thing for off the shoulder dresses. 

 

photo credit: Reuters
photo credit: Reuters
NEWARK, NJ - MARCH 28: US First Lady Michelle Obama speaks onstage during the "Black Girls Rock!" BET Special at NJPAC – Prudential Hall on March 28, 2015 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Brad Barket/BET/Getty Images for BET)
NEWARK, NJ – MARCH 28: US First Lady Michelle Obama speaks onstage during the “Black Girls Rock!” BET Special at NJPAC – Prudential Hall on March 28, 2015 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Brad Barket/BET/Getty Images for BET)

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Infraction 3: She reminds this country that racism still exist

“My husband and I know how frustrating that experience can be. We’ve both felt the sting of those daily slights throughout our entire lives — the folks who crossed the street in fear of their safety; the clerks who kept a close eye on us in all those department stores; the people at formal events who assumed we were the “help”—and those who have questioned our intelligence, our honesty, even our love of this country. (May 9 commencement address at Tuskegee University)”

“I think people forget that we’ve lived in the White House for six years. Before that, Barack Obama was a black man that lived on the South Side of Chicago, who had his share of troubles catching cabs. (People Magazine)”

“The small irritations or indignities that we experience are nothing compared to what a previous generation experienced.  It’s one thing for me to be mistaken for a waiter at a gala.  It’s another thing for my son to be mistaken for a robber and to be handcuffed, or worse, if he happens to be walking down the street and is dressed the way teenagers dress. (People Magazine)”

Infraction 4: She reminds us that she’s a human being first, who just so happens to be the most powerful woman in the country. 

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 25: U.S. President Barack Obama gives the thumbs-up when talking about how U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama looks while waiting on the North Portico for the arrival of Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Madame Peng Liyuan ahead of a state dinner at the White House September 25, 2015 in Washington, DC. Obama and Xi announced an agreement on curbing climate change and an understanding on cyber security. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 25: U.S. President Barack Obama gives the thumbs-up when talking about how U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama looks while waiting on the North Portico for the arrival of Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Madame Peng Liyuan. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

“One of the lessons that I grew up with was to always stay true to yourself and never let what somebody else says distract you from your goals. And so when I hear about negative and false attacks, I really don’t invest any energy in them, because I know who I am.”

“I didn’t start out as the fully formed first lady who stands before you today,” she told  Tuskegee grads. “I had a lot of sleepless nights, worrying about what people thought of me,” she revealed .”I had to ignore all of the noise and be true to myself — and the rest would work itself out.” (Marie Claire)

“Do not bring people in your life who weigh you down. And trust your instincts… Good relationships feel good. They feel right. They don’t hurt. They’re not painful. That’s not just with somebody you want to marry, but it’s with the friends that you choose. It’s with the people you surround yourselves with.”

“I am an example of what is possible when girls from the very beginning of their lives are loved and nurtured by people around them. I was surrounded by extraordinary women in my life who taught me about quiet strength and dignity.”

“We need to do a better job of putting ourselves higher on our own ‘to do’ list.”

“I am an example of what is possible when girls from the very beginning of their lives are loved and nurtured by people around them. I was surrounded by extraordinary women in my life who taught me about quiet strength and dignity.”

“I learned to turn stumbles and missteps into sources of motivation. A week with three tests and two papers wasn’t a reason to stress out, but a reason to plan. A negative comment from a professor in class wasn’t a reason to shut down, but a reason to ask even more questions.” (Eastern Kentucky University Commencement Speech, 2013)

“When we only talk to people who think like we do—we just get more stuck in our ways, more divided, and it gets harder to come together for a common purpose.” (Eastern Kentucky University Commencement Speech, 2013)

Infraction 5:  She attends events for “common” folks 

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First Lady Michelle Obama speaks during a taping of the Black Girls Rock award ceremony at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Saturday, March 28, 2015, in Newark. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

 

Michelle Obama Surprises Beyonce at a concert

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 26: Beyonce and Michelle Obama hug during the 2015 Global Citizen Festival at Central Park on September 26, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 26: Beyonce and Michelle Obama hug during the 2015 Global Citizen Festival at Central Park on September 26, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/WireImage)

FLOTUS shops at Target

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I’m sure I probably missed a few moments of badassery. If so, drop me a line and share your favorite FLOTUS moment.

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