The First Lady continues to keep it very, very real in the White House. Seeing Michelle Obama get down on the double-dutch at the White House Healthy Kids Fair makes me wonder if Paul Mooney’s prediction that we will never have another White man for President is actually true.
People seem to be responding with impassioned interest in the fact that our First Lady proudly participates in her cultural heritage, showcasing her unpretentious nature. Almost every Black girl in America can remember the back and forth jutting of your arms and neck before breathlessly jumping in-between the dual ropes, navigating them to the rhythm of your childhood (or at least trying to-I never got that down).
As my grandmother never thought she’d see a Black man be elected President I never thought I’d see the First Family engage in this level of fun and freedom with an activity that harks back to the days of the sweetness of Stevie Wonder’s voice floating through the radio, landing on your ears like the taste of black licorice on your tongue, or like the unmistakable scent of Royal Crown grease lingering on your scalp right after getting your hair braided before you go outside into the summer sun. It’s a good thing.
Michelle Obama’s willingness to display her double-dutch skills reminds us that we need fun, we need lightness, and we need to preserve the child inside. When’s the last time ANY political figure reminded us of that?
The positive response to the images of Michelle Obama’s unhampered joy only further affirms that this country has been in desperate need of something new; new leadership, with a new face and a new spirit. Michelle Obama demonstrated that we also need to have the courage to be authentic; un-bothered and un-worried about what others may have to say. So be free, be fun, be yourself and get your jump on!
How did you feel seeing Michelle Obama get her double-dutch on at the White House?