03/06/2009 05:12 am ET Updated Nov 17, 2011

Have The Obamas Made Parenting Cool Again?

Forget about what role Barack and Michelle Obama are playing in reshaping the political and cultural landscape. Yes, he's renewed our country's optimism and she's helped reinvigorate the moribund fashion industry with her penchant for wearing an eclectic mix of little-known American designers. (Although I have to admit I thought her inauguration outfit would have been better suited on the inhabitant of Buckingham Palace.)

I salute the new president and first lady for what I see as perhaps their most stunning contribution to shifting the zeitgeist.

They've made hands-on parenting cool again.

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