Wow! Lady M rocked the house last night at the BET Honors where she honored Maya Angelou.
“She lifts us out of our everyday lives, making us feel like we can do anything and go anywhere and be our boldest, realest, most brilliant and fabulous selves.”
Obama stayed for the three-hour taping during which several acts had to be done over.
It’s possible that one of those “acts” that needed a do-over was Lady M’s. Because here’s how the original BET post reports Lady M’s remarks:
“Maya Angelou teaches us that it’s not enough merely to seek greatness for ourselves. We must help others discover the greatness within ourselves,” the first lady added. (BET quote)
Butt here’s how the Chicago Tribune reports the same comment:
“It is not enough merely to seek greatness for ourselves, we must help others discover greatness within themselves.” (Chicago Tribune quote)
Thanks ChicaBO Tribune! Ourselves, themselves. Whatever. It’s really not about US anyway.
Okay, Take 2:
“She lifts us out of our everyday lives, making us feel like we can do anything and go anywhere and be our boldest, realest, most brilliant and fabulous selves.
And at the same time she grounds us, wrapping us in her embrace, reminding us that we belong here, that each of us has a place in this world,” Obama said.
“It is not enough merely to seek greatness for ourselves, we must help others discover greatness within themselves.
“We need to reach down and reach out, and give back and lift others.”
Maybe Lady M can help Mariah get a little lift by telling her about our super-secret NASA designed, industrial schtrength containment/ lifting systems. Of course if we told her, we’d have to shoot her, which might offend her dozens of fans. In an election year! WTF?
Anyway, here’s the takeaway from this, along with an invaluable little tip for public speaking: Always make your toast/remarks before cocktails. Three hours can be a long time, if you’re
hammering back sipping Stoli.
Being the “realest” you is fine if you are trying to speak Ghetto rap. Butt as FLOTUS it’s probably best to settle for just being your boldest, most real, most brilliant and fabulous self.
Whoever that self may be.
And while I’m on the subject: I would also advise everybody to write any important emails before the cocktail hour too. Otherwise you might communicate more than you intend. Take Big Guy’s email about Lady M’s birthday for example:
When you become president, one thing that happens overnight is that you and everyone you love get a bunch of new nicknames. (make that a “whole” bunch)
I was already pretty used to this. But "FLOTUS," short for First Lady of the United States, is really something else. (You’re telling ME?)I'm writing because our FLOTUS, Michelle, turns 48 (you never, ever, ever reveal your wife’s age. I don’t care who you are.) on Tuesday, and I know I'm not her only fan out there. (In fact, in checking my roster, you’re not even an official member of the Lady M Fan Club yet)
…. I know she'd love to hear from you today:
http://my.barackobama.com/For-Michelle (Since this is the same as the link above, I take it Chicago rules apply? Should be use a different name each time we wish Lady M a Happy Birthday?)
Thanks for your support,
(P.S. For her Birthday, I got Lady M her very own Twitter account. I know she’ll be thrilled, butt nowhere near as thrilled as you all: follow @MichelleObama on Twitter.)
Although 'This account will be managed by campaign staff, with any tweets from the First Lady herself signed "-mo."'
So look for those very special tweets from Lady M herself – they’re sure to be collector’s items.
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