“A man can’t make it without a woman beside him, no matter how smart he is,” Russell said. “All the things that the president goes through, she’s there for him. Not only that, she’s there for the children – and everybody else’s children, trying to make sure the schools feed nutritious meals to the children.
“That’s a virtuous woman,” Russell said.
The wooden figure of Michelle stands 6 feet tall. Russell, who runs Christian Outreach Nondenominational Ministries out of an old fire station on West 15th Street, calls her a “Proverbs 31 woman,” after the description of the virtuous wife found in the biblical book of Proverbs, chapter 31, verses 10-31.
“She is energetic and strong. … She extends a helping hand to the poor and opens her arms to the needy. … She has no fear of winter for her household because all of them have warm clothes. … When she speaks, her words are wise, and kindness is the rule when she gives instructions. She carefully watches all that goes on in her household, and does not have to bear the consequences of laziness. … Let her deeds publicly declare her praise.”