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First Lady Michelle Obama stuns on the cover of The New York Times Style Magazine – A/K/A “T Magazine” – for its “Greats” issue, in which she also received thank-you notes from some of the country’s most notable men and women who describe how she “quietly and confidently” changed the “course of American history.”

Obama is one of seven figures who grace the special Oct. 23 edition of The New York Times’ style magazine, T. The cover stars also include Lady Gaga, Junya Watanabe, Zadie Smith and William Eggleston, who are touted as “The Greats” who are redefining our culture.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Jon Meacham, Gloria Steinem and Rashida Jones each penned love letters to Mrs. Obama, all of which highlight her historic run as First Lady, notes.

“Because [Obama] said what she thought, and because she smiled only when she felt like smiling, and not constantly and vacuously, America’s cheapest caricature was cast on her: the Angry Black Woman,” wrote Adichie. “Women, in general, are not permitted anger — but from black American women, there is an added expectation of interminable gratitude, the closer to groveling the better, as though their citizenship is a phenomenon that they cannot take for granted.”

Gloria Steinem also offers up ideas about what Mrs. Obama may do after her time in the White House comes to an end.

“She could do anything, from becoming a U.S. senator from Illinois to campaigning for the safety and education of girls globally,” she said. ‘She could also choose to lead a private life. Whatever she decides, I trust her judgment.”

Read all of the love letters here, they’re definitely worth the full read.


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7 thoughts on “Four Thank You Notes To Michelle Obama That Will Have You All In Your Feelings

  1. I swear, reading these comments, I expect to see President Obama and The First Lady sprout wings and halos, surrounded by blue light when they make the final descension down the white house steps. Hilarious.

  2. J Russell on said:

    These last 8 years I have seen GOD’s Blessings on President Obama and First Lady of America Michelle Obama. I have also seen Grace, Honesty, Strength to sum it up Galations 5:22 “The Fruit of The Spirit”. Praying for GODs continual Blessings for them and the United States because we do need it. Thank you GOD for their presence in our lives even though the haters and nay sayers are still ignorant to the fact that they tried

  3. Lydia Salaam on said:

    I’m going to be very sad to see the Obamas leave the WH. They have given me hope and pride at seeing the two of them go beyond greatness. My prayers and love will always go with them and their daughters. What a great image for all black families, all families everywhere. Thanks for the memories!

  4. Yes, it is going to be hard to say goodbye Obama’s. I feel teary eyed just thinking about them not being in the White House.

  5. AWSOME!!!!!

    It is going to be difficult to contain my emotions when her and Barack leave the WH in January.
    The Obama Presidency has been a glorious ride!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    They are a powerful couple with two beautiful daughters!!!!!!!

    No SCANDAL–ONLY A LEGACY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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