Thursday, March 31, 2011

Women’s History: “I Have a Plan”

Good news on the Lady M front: she has completely recovered from that “South of the border” feeling and was able to get out and about again yesterday. First, we participated in Women’s History Month at  Ballou High School where we mentored women of color on the importance of goals.

Lady M met with a group of young girls to "share her experiences…and encourage them to strive for excellence while pursuing their career goals."

Since it’s spring in D.C. we wore one of our our recycled, special springy frocks:

mentoring at Ballou hs

This ensemble was last seen in 2009, (for good reasons)

 First Lady Michelle Obama and Queen Silvia of Sweden meet in the Yellow Oval Room of the White House, Oct. 23, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Samantha Appleton)

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Our skirt lining back then was giving us a bit of trouble when we sat down. But we loved it anyway and wore it again later that day for an event to celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness, with one of our all time favorite boob belts:


And a new wonder bra that we’ve subsequently retired.

As for the mentoring and motivating part, Lady M brought along some great role models – actresses!  Butt she did, personally, tell the girls to get their act together. She told them that before they borrowed a ton of money to go to an Ivy League college (like she did) they “needed to have a plan and think about what kind of job training they need for the career they want.” And she added that it’s important to have goals: something that many of  the Wons’ friends learned in rehab.

Take Lady M for example. If your goal is to be the FLOTUS who ends childhood obesity in one generation, you need to plan well ahead:

First, get a law degree from an Ivy League college, which you’ll use for a few years at a big law firm, where you’ll meet and marry a charismatic community organizer. Later, you’ll give up your law license for unspecified reasons, butt most likely because you just don’t need it any more. Then you’ll go to work in the Mayor’s office where you’ll  make “friends” with a lot of important movers and shakers. They will be able to arrange for your husband to get elected to State office and latter the U.S. Senate! 

By that time you’ll be asked to accept the awesome responsibilities (and equally awesome salary) of “Vice President for Community and External Affairs” at the University of Chicago Medical Center, where lawyers without licenses to practice are always in high demand. Here your job will primarily entail selling the community on the wisdom and economic benefits of the hospital’s implementation of an illegal patient dumping program. Meanwhile, your charismatic, messianic husband will be busy convincing the country that what they really need is a charismatic, messianic president to transform America.

So you see: goals are important.

Butt enough of our personal woman’s history. On to the special dinner and entertainment in the East Room last night in honor of Women’s History Month. It’s “the best night at the White House” as Lady M told our 160 female guests gathered for the “Remarkable Women in DC” Dinner. "We do a lot of stuff at the White House, so that's pretty big,"


saddle bags…but not quite big enough

Among the remarkable women invited to dinner to inspire and motivate ordinary girls was Vanessa Minnello:

actress  Vanessa Minnillo

actress  Vanessa MinnilloWow! Look at the size of those stilettos: that is remarkable!

Here are some of our other remarkable celebrity guests:

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actress Alfre Woodward









remarkable mentoring

Actress Hillary Swank,

actress traciactress  Traci Ellis Ross

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actress Ali Wentworth

recording artist LedisiLedisi 


definately remarkable

And the totally  re-groomed actress Geena Davis; remarkable! Did you know she used to be POTUS? Just for one season, though.

I wonder where all the entertainers learned about the importance of goals?

Still, not a single one of them could hold a candle to our very own FLOTUS.


Who is most definitely remarkable. Because she has goals. And a plan.