Michelle Obama rocks Ebony cover

The Washington Post Reports:
Michelle Obama Covergirl

Next week's Ebony magazine features an 11-page spread about Mrs. Obama that includes interviews with her mother, brother and several close friends.

"I love to look glamorous when there's a wonderful, purposeful event that is appropriate. But when I'm in Iowa campaigning with the girls, I am in Gap shorts and a T-shirt," Mrs. Obama says of her fashion sense. "My first job in all honesty is going to continue to be mom-in-chief," she later says of her family commitments. "We accessorize each other in many ways," she says of her marriage to the senator.

"She wanted to open the doors and let America see who she is. She invited Ebony into her inner circle," says the magazine's creative director Harriette Cole, who compiled more than 500 pages of notes for her report. The magazine has covered the senator's rise since before he ran for the Illinois state Senate, Cole said.

The Real Michelle Obama - Ebony

Looking fabulous as always,  the cover page is a great photo of Michelle:

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I look forward to reading the interview with her mom. My dad grew up on the Southside of Chicago, in a neighborhood just like the Robinson's.  It amazes me that the TM has attempted to paint the Obama's - Michelle and Barack as "elite" and out of touch with the working class.  Michelle Robinson Obama was no silver spoon heiress like Cindy McCain.

There are also quite a few audio clips with Michelle on the Ebony page online:

Ebony Audio clips from the interview:

2008 Voting Choice
http://www.ebonyjet.com/EBONY/MichelleOb ama/2008votingchoice.html

The White House
http://www.ebonyjet.com/EBONY/MichelleOb ama/TheWhiteHouse.html

Children in the Public Eye
http://ebonyjet.com/ebony/articles/index .aspx?id=8650#

Style
http://www.ebonyjet.com/EBONY/MichelleOb ama/Style.html

First Kid Awareness
http://www.ebonyjet.com/EBONY/MichelleOb ama/Firstkidawareness.html

We Compliment Each Other
http://www.ebonyjet.com/EBONY/MichelleOb ama/accessory_1.html

First Lady Issues
http://www.ebonyjet.com/EBONY/MichelleOb ama/firstladyissues.html

Unifying A Nation
http://www.ebonyjet.com/EBONY/MichelleOb ama/accessory_2.html

Kennedy Comparison
http://www.ebonyjet.com/EBONY/MichelleOb ama/KennedyComparison.html

A Healthy Perspective
http://www.ebonyjet.com/EBONY/MichelleOb ama/fitness_1.html

Negative/Positive Media
http://www.ebonyjet.com/EBONY/MichelleOb ama/negativepositivemedia.html

Time For Self
http://www.ebonyjet.com/EBONY/MichelleOb ama/fitness_2.html

I grew up in a black and white household, but Ebony magazine was always on the coffee table.  Many of you probably don't remember segregated magazines.  We've come a long way since then.  Ebony, and Jet were fixtures in many black American households - since the big glossies like Life and Look rarely covered black America. And forget about the Saturday Evening Post.  We were invisible.  

Though I didn't care for the politics of Ebony much of the time - since they were too conservative for me - it was nice to pick up a magazine with folks that looked like me, and my family and friends.  Where black artists, writers, actors, musicians, politicians had a venue.  But Ebony also covered ordinary families, students and teachers, black achievements and aspirations.  

While Cindy McCain made news this week for her shameful husband's suggestion she compete for Miss Buffalo Chip in Sturgis, Michelle on the other hand continues to present herself as a great role model for working mom's from working class families, American women of all colors - and hopefully our future First Lady.

Tags: 2008 election, cover, Ebony magazine, first lady, Michelle Obama (all tags)

Comments

22 Comments

Mojo for Michelle as our future First Lady

by NeciVelez 2008-08-08 02:28PM | 0 recs
Re: Michelle Obama rocks Ebony cover

Thanks for this diary.

Today, of all days, I need good news.

Michelle DOES rock, what a role model to have in as the First Lady.

Barack chose well, though, I'm thinking, she probably chose him!

by WashStateBlue 2008-08-08 02:37PM | 0 recs
Re: Michelle Obama rocks Ebony cover

Consider this my "antidote" diary, since I have a feeling we are in for at least 50 rehashes - pro and con of another issue.  

I think what I like about them as a couple is their obvious respect for each other, and his respect for her intellect.  I grew up during a time where girls were encouraged to not be "too smart" or you'd never get a boyfriend.  I got taunted as the class "brain", and didn't get asked to the prom.  

I also like that Michelle stands up straight and tall at 5' 11".  I remember two of my girlfriends who were the same height and they  were always hunched over.  

by NeciVelez 2008-08-08 02:45PM | 0 recs
I must not drool

My crush on Michelle is so totally inappropriate.  Face it: Obama Girl has no chance in hell.

by Dracomicron 2008-08-08 02:44PM | 0 recs
Drool on ;) n/t

by NeciVelez 2008-08-08 02:49PM | 0 recs
when possible, always use BIGGG graphics

by Al Rodgers 2008-08-08 02:49PM | 0 recs
Re: when possible, always use BIGGG graphics

Thanks Al.  I didn't know how to make it bigggggg.

Very non-techie here:)

She is even more gorgeous larger.

by NeciVelez 2008-08-08 02:50PM | 0 recs
Re: when possible, always use BIGGG graphics

Al - how can we turn mydd back into a nice site?  (I usually read your stuff on dailykos, not here, if I'm sounding like I know you and I don't.  Which I don't.)

Your fun and positive stuff helps - a little less skin, maybe - but there's still all this nit-picking left over from the primary on this site. In this thread, for example, there is vitriole against Michelle Obama!

How can we get past the primary and put this site back on the right track?

by tibbs 2008-08-08 08:30PM | 0 recs
Re: Michelle Obama rocks Ebony cover
What a great picture.
I think Obama and Michelle could possibly be our most photogenic President and First Lady!
by skohayes 2008-08-08 03:01PM | 0 recs
Photogenic 1st couples

I went back to take a look at Presidential and first lady portraits at the library of congress - and you may just be right.

http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/odmdhtml/ppt ime.html

It was a surprise to look at some of the unfamiliar faces of historical First ladies.  

The loveliest of the earlier ones, to my eyes,  was Ellen Lewis Herndon Arthur.

My favorite First Lady may not have been photogenic but the beauty of her deeds shone through - Eleanor Roosevelt.

JFK and Jackie O were a pretty good looking couple  too.  

That would make an interesting poll :)

by NeciVelez 2008-08-08 03:36PM | 0 recs
Re: Photogenic 1st couples

Thanks!

That was fun.

Hillary is gorgeous and amazing.  And I think Laura Bush is beautiful, and a beautiful person, too.  (Hate what her husband has done with the place, though.)  Michelle will fit right in with the last two!

by tibbs 2008-08-08 08:31PM | 0 recs
Over/Under on how long it takes...

for this to be used in a McCain ad?

by Pragmatic Left 2008-08-08 05:29PM | 0 recs
Re: Over/Under on how long it takes...

McCain ad:

Opening voiceover:

Did you know.....
Michelle Obama is BLACK. She wears BLACK dresses.

She poses on the cover of BLACK militant terrorist publications...like EBONY which means BLACK in Swahili (a Muslim terrorist language)

Is this the kind of woman you want in the WHITE House?

cut to clip of Cindy doing a strip tease at Sturgis in a red white and blue wet tee-shirt

Our Cindy is a patriot!
Fade out to sound of bikes revving engines

by NeciVelez 2008-08-08 06:22PM | 0 recs
she still is angry sounding,

and somewhat elitist. I will never forgive her for spinning the "fairy tale" remark, EVER.

by Lakrosse 2008-08-08 05:55PM | 0 recs
Re: she still is angry sounding,
I'm sure she won't mind and she'll forgive you.
But maybe I won't.
by NeciVelez 2008-08-08 06:25PM | 0 recs
Re: she still is angry sounding,

I think you're confusing us with someone who might care what you think.

by jsfox 2008-08-08 07:52PM | 0 recs
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Gap shorts and a T-shirt ... I am all a twitters.  I long for the days when first ladies were seen not heard.   I mean, I don't care what she wears or how good a mom she says she is as she campaigns earlyanfd often.   It reminds me of Laura milking her 2 weeks of working at the library and pretending it equaled a career in teaching.

by RichardFlatts 2008-08-08 08:18PM | 0 recs
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First Ladies should be seen not heard?

This country would have been at a sad loss if Eleanor Roosevelt and Hillary Clinton listened to that advice.

by pomology 2008-08-08 09:35PM | 0 recs
Maybe I stated that wrong

You are certainly right.  If they have something real to offer then certainly speak loudly.  But I don't give two cents about what they where or how they spend their time with their daughters, etc.

by RichardFlatts 2008-08-11 05:56AM | 0 recs
Re: Michelle Obama rocks Ebony cover

Thanks!  I'll pick one up.

I raised my daughter on my own, in project housing appartments (in Canada.)  It was a really nice place, actually, and we were surrounded by refugees from Africa - Somalia, Rwanda....  They were the most wonderful people, struggling to learn English (most knew French already) and we were always impressed by their work ethic.  Many of them read Ebony as part of their self-learning of English (they also had all day English immersion classes  paid for by us - the Canadian people.  I was always very proud of that.)  Often I would come home from work and find one of them sitting with my daughter (age 10) in front of the apt building, going through the magazine.  She would help them with the words.

So my blond haired and blue eyed daughter loves Ebony to this day.

by tibbs 2008-08-08 08:23PM | 0 recs
Re: Michelle Obama rocks Ebony cover

I still like this:

by Jess81 2008-08-08 09:24PM | 0 recs
Re: Michelle Obama rocks Ebony cover

AWESOME!

The man is his own Secret Service agent!

Our Prez rocks!

by January 20 2008-08-09 12:21AM | 0 recs

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