MEN SHALL take full care of women with the bounties which God has bestowed more abundantly on the former than on the latter, and with what they may spend out of their possessions. And the righteous women are the truly devout ones, who guard the intimacy which God has [ordained to be] guarded…

AN –  NISA (34) 



I’ve just watched the Larry King show on Michelle Obama with guests discussing her personality and fashion sense as well as her role as America’s First Lady with two young daughters.

The picture painted is of a self-assured modern woman at ease with herself and the demands of work and family. She is confident in the clothes she chooses to wear at formal and informal events, and is applauded for redefining the role of the humble cardigan as a smart and versatile item of clothing. 

An outstanding revelation is that she attends only 3 events a week to make sure that she spends as much time with her daughters as possible. She tries to strike a balance between her role as the American President’s wife and the mother of his children. Having been brought up in a secure home by loving parents she will ensure that the family tradition is maintained in the White House where her mother also lives.

An excerpt from the Larry King interview  before she became America’s first black First Lady tells a million times more about Michelle than what people have to say about her, or the numerous pictures of her.

She comes through as an earnest and honest person with very clear  ideas about how she can contribute to the nation  in and from her privileged position. Chief among her concerns is how women can strike a balance between the professional demands of work and the domestic demands of home and family. Military families and the demands made on them are her special concern.

Much as Larry King and his guests try to highlight her ethnicity and colour and the national awe at having its first African American President and First Lady, Michelle Obama appears unbaffled and unmoved by it all. She makes a cursory reference to some outstanding black ladies and their achievements and makes a point to say that she had to work very hard to deserve a scholarship to Princeton.

What the American people are privileged to have is a well educated and articulate First Lady who is more concerned about what she can do for the nation than the attention and respect that the nation owes her.

Her favourite word is “engage” – engage the electorate, engage the young and engage the Washington set in order that they understand and share her husband’s vision and their role in helping to realise it.

A trait which Barrack  and Michelle Obama share is a calmness about them, an almost spiritual elegance that comes no doubt from the pride of knowing their roots and heritage!


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  1. May 7, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    Hello Halimah,
    It was nice to meet u and ur sister at the book launch. I agree with Yati , ur besan, I have a problem with the black and white too…my eyesight! LOL..But I have to say that I find ur writing very “engaging” to quote Michelle!! Love it. I read every one of your posts…almost . And I will put u on my blogroll so u get more traffic. Not that I get all that much traffic myself :). You have interesting opinions n U make very interesting reflections ..I especially liked the one about youth, exuberance n brute strength vs the old n wise elbiet less bite! its ture but what a pity we realise this only in old age n wld never come close to agreeing with in youth.

    I too love reflecting and writing altho mine are silly n humourous in nature but of life nevertheless. I always enjoy a good hearty laugh . I will definitely be back for more of you.

    btw cant believe ur in ur sixties. u look lovely and youthful n fun. im on the wrong side of fifty myself. sometimes I like it sometimes not so much but I like the thoughts n wisdom that we have collected over the years and there is no way to achieve that xcept thru aging so I guess I like it. 🙂

    Come visit me on my blog!

  2. 2 ninitalk
    May 7, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    Hi Zurin! So nice to meet you today at the launch of Kalsom Taib’s book on her Mum. It’s even nicer to discover ur blogging interest which I suspect goes beyond cake making – seeing how well you write!

    Yes – wasn’t it just wonderful to see the older VIP ladies coming in together as family and friends of Puan Sri Zainab Ahmad. Imagine their combined wisdom and experience in nurturing the anak cucu who have now taken over the running of the nation!

    Housewives are truly the unsung heroes and underpaid employees of the nation – who contribute so much but remain very much in the background.
    I suppose it’s our quite (and sometimes not so quiet) presence and experience that must be acknowledged!

    And for Kalsom to pay a tribute to her Mum in the form of a book is indeed astounding!

  3. May 7, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    BTW I like ur new format….easy on the eyes!!

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