Friday, August 20, 2010

The Beautiful Obama Family

Today, I saw a picture of President Obama leaving an independent bookstore with his two daughters as they are vacationing out in Martha's Vineyard. As a person in a family that has been inter-racial for several generations, I just never get enough of seeing them. It's hard enough finding positive portrayals of black families in the media. Trying to show your child other families like yours when you have an inter-racial/inter-ethnic family is like searching for the dodo bird.

Obama dresses just like my dad, nothing flashy, no labels on his clothes and always carrying or wearing a pair of sunglasses that are just cool enough for me to suspect that someone else picked them out for him. :) Sasha & Malia never have that overly-dressed up look that I hate to see on children. I'm talking about the kind of doll-like clothes that kids are afraid to really get down and play in because their parents might scream about them messing up their pretty outfits. They look as if they are ready to join a picnic or a game of hopscotch or any other activity that a kid should be free to kick back and enjoy while on vacation. They are adorable, well-mannered, well-adjusted, and unpretentious. They're exactly the kind of family that I would have chosen for what the first black/multi-racial family in the White House would be like.

People may certainly find several things to criticize about Obama's presidency, but no one can deny the fact that this family is doing an excellent job at creating a loving and supportive environment for their children. All little kids deserve to be adored by their parents in the same way that Sasha and Malia obviously are.

1 comment:

Eric Stoller said...

Great post. So true. Perfect read before bedtime. :-)