Is Michelle Obama right to give up her career and become ‘mom-in-chief’?

Michelle Obama faced the decision every new mother has to face: does she continue her career or stay at home with her children? Now that Barack Obama is the 44th President of the United States, did Michelle make the right decision?

Is Michelle Obama right to give up her career and become ‘mom-in-chief’?

Yes because... No because...

It is Michelle’s decision

It is the dilemma faced by every new mother. No matter once you have summed up the cons and pros of giving up your career to stay at home with your children, it is still the most difficult decision a woman has to make. However, surely it is down to the individual and what she feels is best for her and her family. In this instance, Michelle knows that she could afford the best care for her daughters but it is the right choice for her to become ‘mom-in-chief’.

Is Michelle Obama right to give up her career and become ‘mom-in-chief’?

Yes because... No because...

Role model

During the presidential campaign, the whole world was bombarded with images of the ‘perfect family’. Barack Obama, well on his way to becoming the first black president, Michelle Obama, his loving and supportive wife and their two children, Malia and Sasha, behaving impeccably. Surely, this is the family we should all be aspiring too? No matter what anyone’s opinion is, children benefit more from having their parents at home and Michelle is a symbol for strong, stay-at-home mothers everywhere. In a world where family values are perhaps forgotten, marriages breaking down and children getting fatter, she represents the perfect role model for women everywhere.

When Sarah Palin was running in the Vice-Presidential slot in the republican party, many groups were angry at her for having a young child and running for office. While many people viewed her as an inspiration, the majority seemed to believe she wasn't making the right choices for her children.

But is Michelle assuming the role of the correct role model? Surely, she would be more inspirational for being a working mother, representing the women whose lives aren’t halted by the arrival of children? Obviously, she would have a lot of help and would not be ever suffer financial difficulties like other working mothers, but keeping her successful career would be an inspiration – more so than if she stayed at home and baked cookies.

Is Michelle Obama right to give up her career and become ‘mom-in-chief’?

Yes because... No because...

Her daughter’s will need her at this time

Malia and Sasha Obama have the busiest dad in the world: they will need their mother at this time. Not to mention the imminent assassination threat all presidents face. If she did keep her job, Michelle would have to travel back and forth to Chicago and surely this would not be practical. When we decide to bring children into this world, it is our responsibility to ensure their happiness and safety.

Michelle Obama would not be short of the best childcare in the country. Though she might feel guilty leaving her children to go to work, it is a shared responsibility and Barack will be far too busy to take care of Malia and Sasha. Surely, her daughters would understand if she explained why she really did not want to give up the job she had worked so hard for.

Is Michelle Obama right to give up her career and become ‘mom-in-chief’?

Yes because... No because...

Michelle will be busy enough – isn’t being a First Lady a full-time job?

Michelle hasn’t really given up her job – she’s just traded it in for a new one! Perhaps it is a relief to leave her job. Something tells me that she might be just a tad busy to hold down two positions of this magnitude. The news reports imply that Michelle had been forced out of her successful career and begrudgingly became our First Lady; but it might just be possible that she is happy in this position and the proudest wife there can be.
http://michelleobamawatch.com/shhh-dont-tell-anybody-but-michelle-quit-her-job

Is Michelle Obama right to give up her career and become ‘mom-in-chief’?

Yes because... No because...

The couple represent an inspirational, balanced partnership

The historic day when Barack Obama became President inspired thousands of people across the world. He has campaigned tirelessly with the support of his wife and children. Together, they represent an inspirational, balanced partnership. He works hard attempting to correct the economy and all the other things wrong with the world, whilst she completes an equally difficult job, raising their children.

What makes one working parent and the other ‘stay-at-home’ balanced? Surely she would have been more inspirational holding down a job and successfully bringing up her children? Other couples manage to do it: it does not make them ‘unbalanced’.

Is Michelle Obama right to give up her career and become ‘mom-in-chief’?

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Her education would have been wasted

The purpose of an education is not just to lead to a career. If you genuinely learn from your degree, and enjoy learning for the sake of learning, that is just as good a reason to do a degree. You don't have to give up being intelligent and remembering what you've learned when you become a mother.

The First Lady may seem like a figurehead position, but they have a remarkable influence on the United States. First Ladies are often diplomats and play an important role in foreign issues.

Michelle Obama was always a gifted student – skipping grades to keep up with her growing intelligence and eventually attending Princeton University and Harvard Law School. Perhaps it is just me being cynical, but what a waste! What was it all for? To stand behind your husband, waving? Surely the whole point of studying so hard for years was to secure a successful career and make use of such knowledge.

Is Michelle Obama right to give up her career and become ‘mom-in-chief’?

Yes because... No because...

Michelle Obama admitted to being ‘conflicted’

Aren’t all working mothers conflicted? Every morning the working mother leaves her children at home to make a living, she will feel conflicted. It is a natural feeling and does not mean that a mistake is being made.

During one of her first one-on-one interviews since her husband announced he was running for President, Michelle admitted that it would be ‘very odd’ not having a job to get up to in the morning and commented it was a bit ‘disconcerting’(1). She has wrestled with the decision of whether she should have quit her job and stayed at home with her children. Just because there are doubts in her mind shows that perhaps she has made the wrong decision.
(1) http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/05/10/AR2007051002573.html

Is Michelle Obama right to give up her career and become ‘mom-in-chief’?

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Barack’s election finally made her quit

If Michelle wanted to leave her job, she would have done it before Barack started campaigning. If she felt that she needed to stay at home she would have done it well before this time. He was busy enough working whilst she held down a job. It was the campaigning and ultimate election that finally made her abandon her job.

Is Michelle Obama right to give up her career and become ‘mom-in-chief’?

Yes because... No because...

What a waste!

I have little sympathy for a woman who hides behind her husband's identity - her surname is Robinson, for heaven's sake! Her career, indeed her life as a whole, is wasted if she doesn't make use of it. Her husband's job is not relevant and she sends the wrong message to women worldwide. If she were the President, I doubt whether he would have given up work to become a "full-time Dad". People would think he was stupid.

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