The Last Shall Be First

Everyone’s chattering this morning about how Michelle Obama’s splendid speech of last evening helped tee up her husband. As far as I’m concerned, what she really teed up was her own future political career.

Of course Michelle Obama first came to national prominence as her husband’s helpmate. That was then. Now she is poised to follow in the footsteps of one of her recent predecessors, Hillary Clinton.

Like Clinton, Obama first came to Washington as First Lady, as wife and mother. Like Clinton, Obama is coming to be recognized as a political force to be reckoned with in her own right. Like Clinton, her daughter(s) will be up and out of the house not long after she is out of the White House (whether after one or two terms). And, like Clinton, she is highly unlikely simply to return, at least metaphorically, to whence she came.

Keep your eye on the First Lady! Not far into the future she’s going to aim to claim other firsts as well.

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