As we travel home, hop into our elastic Thanksgiving pants and proceed to inhale turkey over the next week before passing out on the sofa with the football game on, we must take a time to pause and reflect. What are we thankful for? What makes us happy, and how can we improve ourselves for the upcoming year as 2012 comes to a close? Though there are still a couple of days before Thanksgiving, I already began to ponder these thoughts. Yes, I love my family. Yes, I adore my friends. But what am I really thankful for? Four more years of Sasha and Malia Obama in the White House!
Whatever your politics may be, you can’t deny that the 11- and 14-year-old daughters of Barack and Michelle Obama are adorable. From the intellect they’ve inherited from their brilliant parents to their keen fashion senses, the first daughters are role models and destined for greatness themselves. Here are four reasons why I love the Obama girls and why I’m looking forward to spending four more years with them:
1. We’re Watching Them Grow Up – Sasha and Malia were just 7 and 10 when they entered the White House, and four more years of an Obama presidency means Malia will be 18 and Sasha will be 15 by the time Obama’s term is complete. Thus, some of their most formative years and milestones will be spent at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Lucky for us, we’ll hopefully get to share some of these experiences with them. In the next several years, Malia will be taking driving lessons, going on college tours, and dare we say, dating? We can’t wait to see a photo of the Secret Service accompanying Malia and a Sidwell student to dinner and a movie.
Beyonce, Jay-Z and the Obamas are the most powerful set of besties the world has ever seen, and it looks like the only thing stronger than their celeb clout is their affection for each other! The diva has posted a handwritten open letter to the First Lady on her new tumblr, citing her as “the ULTIMATE example of a truly strong African American woman.” Bey then goes on to list all the ways in Michelle is basically the most awesome person ever, and we should all be more like her. The effect is sweet, although a friendship collage might have been more appropriate. “No matter the pressure and stress of being under the microscope – she’s humble, loving and sincere,” she continues. “She builds and nurtures her family, while also looking out for so many millions in so many ways.” But the real kicker comes at the end, so get your hanky ready. “Michelle, thank you so much for every single thing that u do for us – I am proud to have my daughter grow up in a world where she has people like you to look up to.”
The love-fest continues between the First Family of the US and the First Family of Pop, as Barack gave some serious props to Jay-Z. The Prez admitted to the Atlantic Magazine that he prefers Jay-Z’s tracks to Kanye West. OK, Jay had a 50-50 shot. But still, anyone who’s heard My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy knows that’s some high praise! The answer should have been obvious though, considering that Barack famously labeled Yeezy “a jackass” following the whole VMAs debacle in 2009. And now, two and a half years later, his opinion hasn’t changed much. “He is a jackass,” he confirms to Atlantic. “But he’s talented.” Gotta love a leader who doesn’t flip-flop on the issues!
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