Posted by: joha5 | January 11, 2011

Presidential Pandemonium: When Michelle and Malia Obama Stopped by my Job

As we speak, Michelle Obama is down the hall from me watching her daughter, Malia, play in a basketball game.  This in and of itself is actually pretty damn exciting.  It isn’t everyday the First Lady of the United States of America and her daughter visit your place of work.  But then again, it isn’t that exciting.  There really isn’t anything to see other than a mother watching her child play in a basketball game…

…but judging by the reactions of the kids around here you would think that Justin Bieber had stripped himself naked and was doing laps around the gym.  In other words, it is complete and utter pandemonium around here.

I would love to be able to sit here and tell you that I’m ‘way too mature’ and that all of this excitement is ‘superficial, trite, and rather banal’.   But I cannot.  The excitement here is palpable and I have been swept up in it about as quickly as a tsunami would have swept me out to sea.

I tried not to listen to the kids and I tried not to look out the window at the dozen or so secret service vehicles.  I tried not to overhear the stories that the kids are telling each other about how they got kicked out of the gym from trying to watch the game.  But I have been unsuccessful in each of these endeavors.  There is nothing left for me to do now but to admit one thing: I am completely and utterly starstruck. 

It isn't everyday half of the First Family stops by your job.

I’m not ashamed to admit it either.  I am beside myself with excitement.  The only difference between me and the kids right now is that, as an adult, I have to control myself and be ‘mature’ while the kids can go mental and actually act on their excitement.  Don’t worry.  I have more than enough self-control to keep my emotions in check but it’s funny to see some of my other colleagues with the exact same ideas as I have been having. 

Let’s do a little math problem.  How many adults do you think go to watch an 8th grade basketball game after they finish a long day of work on a weekday?  As you might expect, there are some but not very many.  How many adults do you think go to watch an 8th grade basketball game after they finish a long day of work on a weekday when Michelle and Malia Obama are there?  As you might expect, more than show up at the first basketball game. 

This, I suspect, is the adult form of demonstrating excitement.  I just wonder how many adults would openly and readily admit that they only went to the basketball game to sneak a glimpse or two of the First Lady and her oldest child.  Personally, I don’t find anything wrong with this.  If you had the chance to do the same thing, wouldn’t you do it?  Exactly.  Of course you would.  And why not, right?!  It’s just funny that as adults we feel the need to control our emotional exhibition’s and measure our responses in public.  But I guess that is just part of being an adult and I’m okay with that as well.  It would certainly be very weird if there were a bunch of 30 to 60-somethings running around outside the gym trying to watch an 8th grade basketball game because the First Lady is in there.  If nothing else, the Secret Service would certainly be very weirded out. 

See?! I told you this was weird!

So instead of doing something absurd and irrational like that, we just tone it done a lot and act like we are just going about our daily business even though we are absolutely bursting at the seams inside.  But nobody is fooling me…and they probably aren’t fooling each other either.  I guess it just goes to show that everyone, no matter how old they are, still has an inner kid inside of them no matter how much they try to contain it.  And in a very strange way, that is the most reassuring conclusion that I have come to in quite a while.



  1. Thanks for reading my blog. I must say I am as green as a bean sprout at it. Thanks as well for the inspiration for tomorrows post. That is of course you don’t me using your works as inspiration. I will title it “For Goodness Sakes Get Excited” what do you think?

    • Haha! Randy, I think you have some really good stuff on your blog and am certainly impressed with how much you have already posted on it considering how new it is! I would be more than honored if you used one of my blog posts as inspiration for your next writing! I actually think ‘For Goodness Sake, Get Excited’ sounds absolutely PERFECT. I wish more people would show their emotions and just be honest with themselves rather than always leading a muted existence. I cannot WAIT to read it as soon as you put it out!

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