07/20/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Robin Givhan: Michelle Obama Is The New Clair Huxtable

Time and again, observers grasp for adjectives to describe Obama's combination of professional accomplishment and soccer-mom maternalism. It's no wonder so many eye her with awe and disbelief. Or why a minority still view her with suspicion. There have been few broad cultural precedents for what she represents.

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