Robin Givhan: Michelle Obama Broadens Definition Of 'Mom In Chief'

03/21/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

It turns out that Obama's definition of mom in chief was broader, more complicated and more nuanced than most had assumed. In her first year, she sketched out a job description that had nurturing at its core. She would turn parental mantras such as eat-your-vegetables and go-out-and-play into policy initiatives on healthy eating and exercise. At her behest, mentoring young Washington area students became part of the daily responsibilities of senior White House staff. Obama would offer tough love to students in some of the capital's most underserved neighborhoods, empathizing with their modest circumstances but still putting the responsibility for success in their hands.

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