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First lady Michelle Obama deserves our praise

admin | 11/30/2011, 11:40 a.m.

At a time when there is so much doubt about the future and apprehension about the global economy, it is refreshing and reassuring to millions of people across the U.S. and the world to witness the steadfastness of leadership that daily exudes from our countrys first lady. Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama has evolved into one of the most admired first ladies in U.S. history. It is said that what the economy needs more than anything else today is to regain a sense of economic confidence by both producers and consumers. But when it comes to how the majority of people feel about Michelle Obama, there is no lack of confidence and there is no hesitation to salute her dedication to family, nation and to the uplift of humanity. As we are about to enter into the heated national political debates and campaigns of the 2012 national election year, the president and his wife will be under intense pressures to maneuver through what may be one of the most difficult periods of time to maintain resilience and hope. The pivotal role of women who will vote and the critical role of the youth vote will help to determine the outcome of 2012 elections. Herein is where Mrs. Obama can and will be an invaluable asset to the presidents re-election campaign. According to U.S. News & World Report, the First Lady has attended dozens of events with and for veterans and earlier this month announced a program at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce headquarters in D.C. to get 100,000 vets hired by American firms. Michelle Obama continues to be a strong advocate for the support of veterans and their families across the nation. She also is helping to champion passage of the Presidents American Jobs Act to put millions of Americans back to work. Her clear articulation of support for the Jobs Act has been viewed as crucial to arousing a groundswell of national support for Congress to act on this important pending legislation. First lady Michelle Obama is brilliant, determined, caring, effective and very resourceful. All of us should be responding by lending a helping hand, giving of our time, energy and money and to make our own contributions to push forward for more progress to ensure the re-election of President Barack Obama. Lets determine the future by how we act today. By Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. NNPA Columnist