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Come and Get Yer Fix, Obama Family Fans!

I finally got around to scanning in the pictures from People Magazine’s Obama Family spread. I realize that some of you may have searched the Web elsewhere for them, but for those who were too lazy to do that, here they are … in all their “OMG! They are so cute! I want my own gorgeous black family unit!” glory.

Goodness. They are so amazingly gorgeous I want to die. Look at Malia. That girl is going to be a stunner when she hits 15 or 16. Barack will have to sit on the porch of the White House with a shotgun (as people used to joke about my dad having three daughters.)

But seriously. Second term, he’s having the Secret Service sit on the front porch of the White House with a shot gun.

Do you think if we show enough pictures of the Obama’s a “marriage fad” will hit black America and suddenly folks will hold true to the meaning of the 1990s “Million Man March” where black men were called home to fix their communities? Will women take more pride in themselves and find more love to give in making better choices for themselves and their families? What if we just showed these pictures 24/7 at junior highs across America? Would it work? Would the teen pregnancy rate drop as girls felt enough esteem to wait for the right guy? Could it happen? Could it?

I’m just a dreamer. But I really, really, really think black folks need to get married. Seriously. Get married. It won’t solve everything, but it will solve about half of our problems. Men who get married stay out of trouble. Women who get married have the help they need to raise better children. Better children do better in school and life. Filled with self-esteem and intellect those children will go on to make better decisions than their parents did and the cycle will continue until we’ve literally “married” the ignorance right out of us.

C’mon, black marriage fad! Sweep the nation! Trick all the hard heads into living a better life!

I’m drowning in the adorableness and I don’t want to be revived. Just let me go under!

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16 thoughts on “Come and Get Yer Fix, Obama Family Fans!

  1. Hi Snob,I love the pics! I just wish there was a venue to see intact (non-celeb) Black families on a regular basis. And I wish that whenever a Black family was shown in the media it wouldn’t be shown as sort of juxtaposition with single mothers, etc.

  2. “Do you think if we show enough pictures of the Obama’s a “marriage fad” will hit black America and suddenly folks will hold true to the meaning of the 1990s “Million Man March” where black men were called home to fix their communities? Will women take more pride in themselves and find more love to give in making better choices for themselves and their families? What if we just showed these pictures 24/7 at junior highs across America? Would it work? Would the teen pregnancy rate drop as girls felt enough esteem to wait for the right guy? Could it happen? Could it?”Yes, Snob it freaking could. Black people are so busy ogling images of big boody hoes, wack music video imagery and straightening hair care products that they have forgotten about the beauty that is the black family.I saw a post on VSB about dating and it was so simple it made me want to damn near cry. This guy wrote his perspective on how to date as follows:1. find a black woman2. befriend her3. love her4. marry her5. make your children love her.Shivers. We make it so complicated. If we perpetuate images of the black family like this, everyone might just want one. Anywho… I LOVE THIS POST and and I saw you got picked up on Racialicious on the Soledad piece. Big up.Keep spitting that sh*t.

  3. Oh Snob! I just sighed w/a dreamy smile when I read this paragraph from you. It is my dearest wish.”Do you think if we show enough pictures of the Obama’s a “marriage fad” will hit black America and suddenly folks will hold true to the meaning of the 1990s “Million Man March” where black men were called home to fix their communities? Will women take more pride in themselves and find more love to give in making better choices for themselves and their families? What if we just showed these pictures 24/7 at junior highs across America? Would it work? Would the teen pregnancy rate drop as girls felt enough esteem to wait for the right guy? Could it happen? Could it?”

  4. all: I seriously think we could deprogram some of the negative garbage in black childrens’ heads with pictures like this. To show them these pictures versus the negative images and ask them which image is better. Loving family or “thug life?” To make them rethink all the crap the world has taught them to make them hate themselves. My parents worked hard to keep me on the right path of “there’s nothing wrong with being black. Black is beautiful. You are beautiful. You deserve love.” Blah, blah, blah. But there NEEDS to be some counter-programming/reprogramming. Too many black kids are growing up thinking this foolishness is the norm, when in the 1960s the black rate of marriage was equal to the white rate of marriage. Now it’s all helter skelter within the span of one generation. This shit is FAR from normal. This is highly ABNORMAL. And it’s destroying us. Like I said. Marriage won’t solve everything, but about half our problems stem from families being broken and destroyed. Rebuild the family and I guarantee, some issues like crime and hopelessness will alleviate some. There’s always going to be racism to deal with in this country but that’s no excuse to not deal with huge issues like the low marriage rate and HIV which plague our communities.

  5. This was a beautiful photo spread and a great article (for People, which I LOVE). They are stunning, and I love that wedding photo.You are so right re: Malia – that child is gorgeous.

  6. heartsandflowers says:

    I agree. It won’t solve everything or keep people from having problems but it would certainly be better than the way things are right now. There’s only so much we can do when decrying racism when we’ve weakened our position to fight against it in the first place. But also Black women have to get real. There’s about a 2% rate of Black men who are adequate marriage material. I have no intention of being single to fit a narrow definition of who is available. We need to be open to looking at people outside our norm.

  7. It will work as long as black people don’t think the Obamas are aberrational, in the “Huxtable” category.Remember the Cosby show and the Huxtables? Wasn’t it supposed to do the same thing and uplift? Wasn’t it supposed to offer an alternative?Many thought it was too corny and wholesome for words. It was just a fantasy, there can’t be black families like that to aspire to. And even if they wanted to aspire to the Obamas, for too many, they might seem too “white” in that regard–wholesome, as in out of touch, especially considering their upper-middle class background (which is a whole other story).

  8. I am with you on the “Black marriage revival!” Its been shown that folks who are married have,-More money-More sex-Live longer-More active in their childrens’ livesok Im not completely sure about the last one, but if the first are true, why aren’t folks running to the altar?? I subscribe to the Muslim view of marriage: its one half of ones faith, and if you haven’t been married, than you aren’t fulfilling all of the tenets of your deen (faith).Even though my former marriage was crappy, I know that good marriages exist…I wish that other Black people knew that as well.L

  9. Anonymous says:

    OMG,they look so nice. About time they show a black family with 2 parents and not a single mom on the cover with her hair all over her damn head with the headline saying "Where have all the black men gone?".Their oldest daughter reminds me of how I use to look in all my pictures when I was her age…LONG & LANKY. With Mrs.Obama being 5'11" and Mr.Obama being 6'2", she will be one tall sister. I should know I finally stopped @6'2".Great pics, good job on this issue.

  10. SF says:

    Love it, love it, love it!! I, too, pray for the Obama’s example to rub off on our people!70% of our kids being born out of wedlock is tragic. I totally agree that black folks giving in marriage again won’t solve all of our problems as a community, but it will be a step in the right direction.So glad I found your blog. I will visit daily.Oh, yeah. I’m gonna have to cut ya over my man TJ. My mom has already chosen him as her son-in-law! Step off!! (but keep providing the good info) 😉

  11. Anonymous says:

    I’m tired of Sasha getting short shrift in the gushing over looks department. So Sasha, I think you’re one beautiful little girl with a lot of energy and spirit. When Sasha grows into womenhood and looks as fierce as I think she will look, a lot of you ladies will be holding onto your spouses just a little tighter than usual.

  12. anonymous: Are you my little sister Baby Snob commenting? Because she complained about me and Big Sis sucking up all the air in the Snob household.Although Baby Snob grew up to be the most fierce Snob of them all. I imagine Malia gets so much attention because she’s so much older and closer to be being an adolescent. Sasha just sort of does her own thing, being a cute little kid …Like Baby Snob was, until she hit, like 13, and became the most gorgeous Snob in the house. I’m positive Sasha will make a successful transition from adorable, snaggle tooth baby snob, to glamazon in no time.

  13. I love looking at pictures of the Obamas. I feel voyeuristic, but they’re all so good-looking! I swear, they just LOOK like good people.There are so many beautiful, black families out there, but they’re never in the spotlight. Never on television. That’s just to perpetuate the lies that the media likes to hand out. I’m not fooled–I know there are families just like the Obamas out there!I like to think my family and I are like that–minus the cash. LOL!I love the pictures!

  14. I'm floored by those two (Barack and Michelle) I mean black love hasn't looked this beautiful or pure or made such a monumental impact with the help of both parties respectively since Ruby Dee & Ossie Davis!!! They Inspire me to continue believing in the power of OUR LOVE!!! As an educator I'm not as confident that their images alone will profoundly make an impact but I without a doubt take advantage of their exposure and use it to show an accurate portrayal of what the Black Family Can & Should BE!!!!Madame Snob in your black love series you think you'd be able to give us a little awards piece kinda like with the pundits?First Nomination!!!Whitney and Bobby for Black Love: Through The Fire Award

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