Another first for first lady: She's got back :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: Other Views Free at last. I never thought that I -- a black girl who came of age in the utterly anti-climactic aftermath of the civil rights movement -- would say the phrase with any real sincerity in my lifetime. But ever since Nov. 4, I've been shouting it from every rooftop.... What really thrills me, what really feels liberating in a very personal way, is the official new prominence of Michelle Obama. The president-elect's better half not only has stature but is statuesque. She has coruscating intelligence, beauty, style and -- drumroll, please -- a butt.