Tho i agree with rondo, the obsession is sick.
Diana was indeed a good role model. She was more than just a pretty face: she did a lot to raise AIDS awareness (at a time when people were either denying AIDS existed or terrified you could get it by touching infected people) and she pioneered land mine removal efforts. She was a damn sight more impressive than Charles, who has latched himself to climate change while tooling around in a fleet of gas-guzzling limos and helicopters. (Don't tell me it's a crisis until you start acting like it's one, Chuck.)
I have an enormous amount of respect for William and Harry. No one would've minded if they sat back and lived a life of fun and extravagance; hell, they're royals. But they both volunteered for and went to Afghanistan, and Harry at least got shot at. Neither had to go, but they went. That's a calling to high office that their grandmother and especially great-grandfather always espoused--one of my favorite parts of the movie The Queen was Tony Blair pointing out that the stresses of WWII shortened George VIII's life. That's what a royal person should be. Heck, I wish some of our politicians acted like that.
I have nothing personal against Michelle Obama; even if I don't agree with some of her initiatives regarding childhood obesity, I respect her efforts. This country's been lucky that most of our First Ladies have been decent and good people. Eleanor Roosevelt championed civil rights long before it became fashionable, Betty Ford took on alcoholism (she herself was a recovering alcoholic), and Laura Bush did a lot for libraries and reading programs. Heck, even Dolley Madison was the last person to leave the White House when the British attacked in 1814. Jackie Kennedy and Barbara Bush just were classy ladies.
Ben Da Mad Irishman
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