Michelle Obama, who will meet the Queen of England tomorrow on her husband's first overseas swing, is the most media savvy and, ipso facto, phoniest first lady we've had since...actually, possibly ever.
The goal of the modern first lady has traditionally been to be a stoic trooper, or, Hillary like, to find her own thing, or, in the manner of Pat Nixon, to hide in plain sight. Or to be the backbone of the family: In the case of Barbara Bush, to keep her boozy family in line; in the case of Nancy Reagan, to protect her not-entirely-with-it husband.
Never before has there been someone so obviously enthusiastic about and dedicated to public image making, to selling her husband. Nobody in the history of this quasi-office has been so aggressive in a PR way.
There's no awkwardness to this lady--in one of the more awkward jobs this side of vice president. No reticence. No sense of being caught up in something far from her own making.
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