Is America ready..

November 4, 2008 at 12:04 pm 8 comments

to call Michelle Obama “First Lady”?!


Enter only if you AREN’T a Registered Voter.

When asked if she had any regrets in her life, Eleanor Roosevelt replied, “Only one…that I wasn’t prettier”.

I am a hypocrite! I have double standards! Lots of them. The double standard that is of interest to this post has to do with, as you can imagine, beauty. You know.. looks, appearances, high cheek-bones and perfectly cemetrical faces. And here it goes: I hate shallow guys but complain when I see a good looking guy with a not-so-good-looking woman. None of my business, true. But i do it anyway.

Before you try to rip me off over opinions I haven’t voiced, lemme make this clear. I do not have anything against women who aren’t beautiful (but i won’t deny I have such a standard, Bite me!). Hating on women who aren’t beautiful would mean hating on my own looks and I really don’t. Atleast I wouldn’t have anything against my look if it weren’t for all the “friendly” comments people give me on how to improve on it (comments i refuse, then get pissed at myself for refusing. Back and forth. Back and forth. Double standards again?!). Infact, there are days in which i look at myself in the mirror and baby-talk her. “Oh you are sho wondeful”, I tell her, “sho beautiful, sho kute, sho..”, etcetra. That doesn’t mean I’m happy with how I look 24/7 or don’t see a margin for improvement. But deep down, I know I don’t look so bad. With the right audience anyway 🙂 .

Still, seeing a pretty girl with an .. *clears throat*.. *cough* .. ugly looking dude and seeing a good looking guy with a homely girl doesn’t affect me the same way. I’m not saying I love seeing pretty girls with ugly looking dudes. But that’s a fact of life! No biggie! What being a woman of the 21st century teaches you! First you chose, then you are chosen, Insh Allah! What you aren’t taught and are in no way prepared for is seeing a good looking man with a woman who ain’t pretty. When that happens, I don’t simply see “two people in love” and pass by. I stop. And I wonder. I ask what he saw in her. Bed skills? Wealth? Reminds him of his mother? The concept of “internal beauty” being a concept only the guys at Radio Ethiopia hold on to (and that’s a Radio station which gives you the six o’clock news at seven a fortnight later), a girl is thrown for a loop when things don’t seem to go the way they are supposed to. (“Good looking guys” being “the thing” referred to in the last statement).

Anywho, that’s what happened the first time I saw Michelle Obama. “Gotta give him credit though”, I remember murmuring, “there isn’t a shallow bone in his body.” Maybe that’s when I started turning towards Obama, as a caterpillar does to whatever caterpillars turn. I laughed hoarsly (bitter like) when I heared my Ethiopian friends talk about how he’d fix this or that as if he was a magician. But I reserved a certain respect for the man! There was more to him than a pretty face or the promise of Change, I knew. There was substance!

Still, the truth (or my truth, my shallow hypocritical truth) remains! Michelle Obama ain’t gonne look like your typical “First Lady”. And not just because she doesn’t look like the rest of them.

So.. I wonder. Would Americans ponder over this question when they flock by millions to the voting polls this morning? Or would they prove they are better people than me and decide to draw Michelle with Obama. After all, “Charm can be deceiving, and beauty fades away..”, aydel?!.

Go Michelle!

P.S. Abesheet wonders where Invisible Cloaks are when you need them.

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8 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Ras X  |  November 4, 2008 at 2:30 pm

    When a girl only goes for a guys’ wallet, looks, sex, or status, what good can come out of it. When a guy only goes for a girl in the same way, same result. Messes up the food chain.

    Really though, besides shock value, what is it worth to adorn someones beauty and place a crown of thorns when one is ugly?

  • 2. Dr. Ethiopia  |  November 4, 2008 at 6:21 pm

    I think America is ready and i say with a belief that comes from months of watching on how Americans think. I believe now more than eevr, that America is a nation where you get a clear shot at life, if you work hard and remain undeterred by the race game. Obama has already beaten Hillary and it is a testimony for white folks, as they are the ones who can put this guy in the office (they outnumber everyone else).

    No matter what happens, i think Obama has become that “big” face of the 21st century. Much like the mandelas and Ghandis of the 20th centurey.

    Abesheet that is what i honestly believe. Family back home are nervous, and were calling to check on how the mood of the white folks here in U.S. is, because they have heard this “Bradley Effect” thing on the news.

  • 3. Mazzi  |  November 5, 2008 at 4:20 am

    “Is America ready.. to call Michelle Obama “First Lady”?!”

    I guess so Abesheet, since they just anounced just a while ago that Obama is the next president.

    So welcome President Barack Obama, and First Lady Michelle Obama. May the future be bright for all of us.

  • 4. Scooby  |  November 5, 2008 at 5:42 am

    Michelle Obama to abesheet:
    Ready or not,
    here I come
    you can hide…

  • 5. abesheet  |  November 5, 2008 at 8:22 am

    *grabbed her guitar and started singing*

    Kenya Tensiee
    Tensiee Zemri…

    (No use denying it! They have scored a big one over us.)


    (Breaking news: Kenya Declares Wednesday A National Holiday After Barack Obama).



    I found this on earlier and thought i might share it with you. Next to the authentication issue, I believe this is Election 08’s greatest achievement: The rest of the world’s reaction to Obama’s victory. I mean, when was the last time anybody, including it’s citizens, cheered to an American flag?! When was it any of us hoped anything worth listening to would come from that end of the globe?! It’s like a world phenomenon. For which the Democrats should be praised. Hopefully, it won’t be too tough a ride on them.

    For individual opinions from around the world, go to Think on These Things. The Poem by the Reverend Kenneth R. Adderley is to die for! Seriously! 🙂

  • 6. eswa  |  November 8, 2008 at 4:10 am

    u r funny! random question…. have u read Meti Birabiro’s book (memoir)?

    you two write brutally honest testimonies of your thoughts, and I am really enjoying it

    thanks for sharing

  • 7. abesheet  |  November 10, 2008 at 5:25 am

    Wow! I actually have a relative named “Meti” (means “GenZebe” in oromigna). Wow! How come i haven’t heard about this woman? The Ethiopian books in English I’ve heard about is the Controversial “Notes From the Hyena’s Belly” by Nega Mezlekia and, ofcourse cute cute cute Dinaw Mengistu’s “The beautiful things heaven bears” which won last year’s Los Angeles Times Book Prize. So.. how is the book? Is Birabiro her last name or a “bett” or “qulmicha” simm?

  • 8. Girum  |  November 10, 2008 at 10:58 am

    Cindy looks great, though not being the 1st lady. She looks more like a first lady than Michell is. When I see Mitchel, I just remember
    ‘ Yitadelutal enji Ayitagelutim’ , She puts too much energy to win that. ….Just this is for me.

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