"t was a game effort by the first lady to get Americans to eat healthier. She founded the âLetâs Move!â campaign to get our children to contemplate forward locomotion. She even wrote a book about growing her own vegetables, which many people bought as a passive-aggressive way of telling someone theyâre fat ... You tried, Mrs. Obama. You really did. Sorry we're such poor listeners."
Her description isnât as pointed and harsh as others (
Amanda Bynesâ entry was pretty curt), but it brings up an interesting talking point: Just how much does the first lady have to do to be considered influential?
Rosalynn Carter brought national awareness to the performing arts and took strong interest in mental health.
Nancy Reagan launched the âJust Say Noâ campaign. This became her primary initiative as first lady and worked hand-in-hand with her husbandâs declaration of the War on Drugs.
Barbara Bush founded the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, encouraging reading at a young age to build stronger, more responsible adults for Americaâs future.
Hillary Clinton, now Secretary of State Clinton, spent her time reaching out to the foster care community, leading the effort on the Foster Care Independence Act to help older unadopted children transition to adulthood.
Laura Bush was a strong supporter of President George W. Bushâs No Child Left Behind Act. Through that program, she was an advocate for Reading First, the countryâs largest early-reading initiative.
No matter how far back you go, women of the White House do quite a bit of influential work to not only support their husbandâs agenda, but to further their own projects for the good of American people.
Michelle Obama has no reason to feel ineffectual and unimportant, or even close to the same level of insignificance as Hulk Hogan. To bring about positive change, no matter how great or small, is something to be noted and appreciated.
Maybe itâs too soon to tell if childhood obesity rates are dropping, or if her initiatives have had an effect on the overall health Americans, but she has brought great awareness to health concerns and promoting healthy eating choices over all â a feat that is influential in and of itself.
Should she find herself still feeling low about making the list, she should be happy she at least didnât appear first on the list where ranking doesnât matter.
That spot is reserved for her husbandâs 2012 campaign rival,
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