10 things everyone should learn from Michelle Obama and Take Your Kids to Work Day 10 things everyone should learn from Michelle Obama and Take Your Kids to Work Day
The nation’s corridors of power and industry were filled April 28 with the patter of tiny feet, growing feet and dragging feet. Yup, it... 10 things everyone should learn from Michelle Obama and Take Your Kids to Work Day

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The nation’s corridors of power and industry were filled April 28 with the patter of tiny feet, growing feet and dragging feet. Yup, it was ‘Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day’.

This tradition is observed even in the White House no less, although it does have to happen first in the First House so it took place Wednesday, April 20. Michelle Obama, brave woman that she is, fielded questions from the scariest of interrogators – all of whom were under 15. Try that one Mr Trump. Here’s what we learned.

1. Everyone gets excited about meeting the Queen of England – the White House ent took place right before Mrs and Mrs Obama popped over (as you do) to London where ‘we’re going to go to Windsor Castle and we’re going to have lunch with the Queen. Pretty cool’.

They might also have been excited about meeting a few other people over there. This is what I call the ultimate ‘Take your kids to work’ photo.

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2. The First Lady could always consider a new career as a dog massager – Mrs Obama gives Bo and Sunny massages. ‘I just love to just cuddle them and massage them. I give them massages, I do. That’s why they love me, because they know I’ll give them a massage’.

I’m right with the First Lady. So is my crazy Irish Wheaten Terrier. Plus you can charge between $50 and $120 an hour, according to the Northwest School of Animal Massage.


3. The First Lady wants to be 90-year-old lady that’s really fly. She’s also expecting grandkids – Mrs Obama’s commitment to exercise and a healthy lifestyle is all so she can be one of those grandparents, who, in her own words ‘still dress — you’re like, no’.

I have to say here I’ve a 85 year-old mother who hasn’t exercised her entire life, no longer has a gall bladder, but whose favourite foods are still butter, bacon and cream, and whom I had to stop buying these exercise pants yesterday. I was like, no. Actually it was more, NO!

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4. Dessert pizza could be the next big thing – forget cupcakes, donuts, cronuts, whoopie pies and French macarons. My take-out take-away from the Q&A is that you can have dessert pizza. Mrs Obama says so. Which in my mother’s case would be the perfect combination of bacon and cream.

5. The next inhabitants of the White House better have green fingers – the First Lady hopes the White House Kitchen Garden will continue to be a fixture of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue so that ‘other Presidents and First Spouses and families continue to enjoy and continue to share with the rest of the community’. Political green field there for the next guys. Imagine the fall-out of a photo of listless, unloved lettuces and peaky-looking pea plants. Plus imagine how much the future First Family would then have to spend buying arugula from Whole Foods?

6. Wait a minute – ‘First Spouses?‘ – I missed that one on the first reading. When the First Lady also used the term in February this year, she maintained she was just being gender neutral, and in no way expressing her support for Hillary Clinton (and potential First Spouse Bill). But she just happened to be talking to a media conference in New York at the time. So yeah, right.

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I have my own suggestion, should the Clinton Clan claim the crown. Given the cultural popularity of Thing One and Thing Two, and given you would in theory have President Clinton and President Clinton….

7. Sorry Chicago – the Obamas are house-hunting – I love how kids tell it as it is. Or ask it. So when grilled by an 11 year old as to what the family was going to do when they move out, Mrs Obama replied ‘We’ve got to find a place to live because we can’t live here. They’re kicking us out! I’ve got to find a house to live’.

To be fair, when asked earlier about where she grew up, the First Lady described her childhood in Chicago, ending ‘So Chicago is my home’. Note present tense Chicagoans. She still loves you.

8. I imagine President Obama falling asleep in front of the TV exactly 10 minutes after sitting down on the sofa – apparently ‘nothing too exciting goes on upstairs’ in the White House private quarters. A lot of talking, family dinners, watching movies. ‘We’re a pretty regular family’. I so want to go ‘yeah, right’ again, but I can almost believe it.

9. Mrs Obama nailed the best reasons to choose someone as your spouse – no beating about the bush with this group. Well done, 8-year old Cameron for asking. President Obama apparently won his future wife’s heart because he was smart, cared about other people, didn’t have to make a lot of money to feel important (but I’m assuming he might feel fulfilled in that department currently), was kind, loved children and loved his family. And finally because he’s cute. Again, note present tense. Ah, l’amour.

A Presidential hug, captured in a wall mosaic in Chicago

A Presidential hug, captured in a wall mosaic in Chicago

10. There will be no President Obama 2. At least for the time being – ‘And would you like to run for President yourself?’ asks 14-year old Jonathan, while also asking Mrs Obama if she thinks Hillary Clinton has made major accomplishments as a female candidate. Wow. What a great question. As you can imagine, the First Lady was the epitome of diplobamacy, praising her predecessor’s predecessor. But she emphatically ruled out following in Mrs Clinton’s current footsteps. Perhaps she’ll leave that to Malia or Sasha

Henry Okafor

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