Sunday, 8 February 2009

‘Mom in Chief’ Michelle Obama already too smart for the critics

Much as we suspected would happen, Michelle Obama is already raising eyebrows over her attention to policy issues as she tours Washington familiarizing herself with the political landscape. As this NY Times article suggests, it seems that people don't quite know what to make of anything beyond cutesie appearances with her daughters Sasha and Malia. And as the First Lady turns from hosting and smiling to pitching her husband's economic stimulus package and other policies, some are expressing disappointment that she is not sticking to the traditional and predictable 'wives, mothers and families' agenda of previous first ladies.

I echo the sentiments of Marcia D. Greenberger, co-president of the National Women’s Law Center, who countered the naysayers thus:
"It seems like a combination of responsibilities that fit very naturally with who she is," said Ms. Greenberger, who attended the signing of the pay-equity law at the White House. "You don’t have a sense that being a mom and being human and being able to understand everybody’s daily struggles has to come at the expense of her intelligence, her expertise and her understanding of the issues."

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