Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Sasha is a Trailblazer, Too!

PhotobucketNot only does Michelle Obama set trends, it looks like her youngest baby girl is a trend-setter in her own right. Apparently, Sasha has started a fad in Washington DC of the lovely,plush-toy key chain, called Uglydoll, created by Pretty Ugly, LLC. Her little fella is called Babo's Bird. Please don't ask me what a Babo's Bird is, but this little fella and plenty of cousins are leaping off the shelves. It's just apart of the "Obama-Effect." I kinda think of it as the midas touch. Read all about it @ The Daily Beast in an article by Kathleen Parker, called, "How Sasha Obama Triggered a Hot Washington Fad."

*Photosource: L to R, Pretty Ugly, LLC ; Reuters

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Michelle on March Issue of Vogue

The internet world is abuzz with the news that Michelle Obama will grace the cover of Vogue's March issue. She is going to be wearing a simple magenta dress designed by Jason Wu. He also designed her inaugural gown. I never pay much attention to Vogue, but this might be the first Vogue issue that I buy. According to reports, she outfitted herself. That goes to show you that Mrs. Obama walks like the boss, talks like the boss! (Thanks to NeYo for those lyrics) Now, she has been on many magazine covers, including Essence and Ebony. So, it will be interesting to see how she will look on the cover of Vogue. I am actually anticipating a feature in O, The Oprah Magazine.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

What Can Michelle Do for Public Schools?

Michelle Obama was out on Monday visiting the Department of Education. She gave the employees a hearty Thank You! for all of their hardwork. She says there is much to be done. That couldn't have been further from the truth. I have three boys in the public school system and I see first hand the struggles of our hard working teachers. I am convinced that Michelle will remain committed to working families and the public schools system. Those two institutions are the bedrock of our country.

If I had an opportunity to submit a laundry list of requests to Michelle regarding public schools, I would ask for:

1. Higher pay for Teachers and school staff ( I would propose six-figure salaries)
2. Build new schools and completely overhaul others that are run-down and are not technically advanced
3. Provide any and all necessary education programs for children with special needs
4. Provide after-school enrichment for disadvantaged children
5. Decrease classroom sizes
6. Keep lunches healthy
7. Provide teachers with ALL supplies - no more paying out of pocket
8. Provide pre-K for all students
9. Hire teacher assistants for all classrooms, especially elementary classrooms
10. Ensure that all schools are equal in quality of staff, building and educational programs

What issues would you request our First Lady to explore in regards to our Public School System?

*Photo source ed.gov