Wednesday, June 04, 2008

The Dap Heard Around the World--More Reason to Love Michelle Obama

Over in the corner of the blogosphere where I hang out there's a lot of ballyhoo about the Obamas' dap (see the photo below) just before he gave his speech. There's a lot of discussion about whether this gesture is really black (um, yeah) and whether dap is the correct name for that gesture (it is, but for a great list of the various ways the press has tried to describe it, including "‘Hezbollah’ style fist-jabbing," look here).

You know what I loved? That Michelle initiated it. It's a small thing really, but what I saw was a woman who understands herself completely as an equal partner and knows that her husband feels the same way. It was a moment between the two of them, not for all of us. That dap is a gesture of friendship, of comraderie, of recognition. It says so much about that marriage. And what a great thing to be able to turn on the television and see--two real life black people so obviosuly in love with each other.




4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I totally agree. LOVE it.

I have a stupid random question: did the teen super heroes, the Wonder Twins, steal the dap gesture? You know, when they touch fists and say, "Wonder Twins, ACTIVATE! Form of..."

If so, how do we read that?

Just curious.

Cassie

claire said...

and how great is it to see any politicians exhibiting actual love for their spouse in public -- spousal politician relationships always seem so scripted.....

Anonymous said...

Dang. I thought Howie Mandell started it. You black people get all the cool sht.

Carleen Brice said...

Loved it, loved it, loved it! Bring on the terrorist fist jab women cause God knows we need more chicks like Michelle out there!