Gabby and the First Lady: From One Important Role Model to Another!

Gabby and the First Lady

Okay, so my favorite part of  appearance of Gabby Douglas’ appearance with First Lady Michelle Obama on The Tonight Show  is when Leno shows an awkward picture of The First Lady doing a handstand as a child, and Gabby gives her a ten.

The First Lady gives Gabby a high five and says casually, “I wish you were around when I was that age.” And all of us who are the First Lady’s age know that her statement is not casual at all. It is a little coded message to Gabby saying, “thank you, Gabby, for representing for all of the girls that look like you. We wish we had role models like you when we were young!”

And so to Mrs. Obama’s statement, ” I wish you were around when I was that age,” I would respond– aren’t we so glad that the President and First Lady are around for Gabby at this age?!?

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