7 Things We'd Love to See Mrs. Obama Do Now
Beyond "Let's Move": What if the first lady took on these issues during her husband's second term?
4. Become a STEM Cheerleader
Science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, fields are widely considered the keys to America's economic future, yet girls remain widely underrepresented in these fields, as do racial minorities. The first lady could do with STEM what she did with exercise through "Let's Move": make math and science seem fun and cool because she says so.
5. Tackle Race and the Dropout Rate
In some areas, barely half of African-American males graduate from high school. This issue likely falls under the same umbrella as unemployment -- a reality that disproportionately affects black Americans -- but the White House had to kind of act as if these matters didn't hit blacks harder in order to avoid being seen as "pro-black" or "anti-white" during the president's first term.
Now that the Obamas no longer have to worry about such concerns affecting the president's re-election, it would be great to see America's "mom in chief" tackle this issue with the same aplomb with which she tackled America's health and fitness issues.
6. Hold Hollywood Accountable
Tipper Gore, wife of almost-President Al, was the last high-profile political wife to challenge Hollywood to set better standards for the sex and violence in the entertainment we consume, but she shouldn't be the last. When it was pointed out that many of the celebrities touting gun control after the Newtown massacre brandished weapons in violent films, the hypocrisy of some liberals in the gun control debate was laid bare.
That doesn't mean Hollywood is responsible for mass shootings, but it also doesn't mean that Hollywood deserves zero accountability. If the White House wants to be taken seriously on the gun control debate, it would help to have at least one bad cop who is willing to gently nudge Tinseltown on where it could use some cleaning up on-screen. If the president doesn't want to play that role (or is too afraid of his Hollywood friends to do so), then I'm sure his Mrs. could handle the heat.
7. Make Manners Matter
Compared with the other topics, this may not seem particularly important. Yet recent polls show that Americans believe manners are much worse today than they were 20 to 30 years ago. (Quick test: When was the last time you received a thank-you note? When was the last time you received one from someone younger than you?)
Not to let boys off the hook, but from excessive swearing to the basics of "please" and "thank you," think about how much better off America's schools would be if our first lady spent time reminding girls who haven't been shown by their parents how a real lady behaves.