Every time the United States elects a new President, they also elect a First Lady. Well, she is not officially elected, but she is part of the package deal. In my own personal opinion, I don't understand all the media fuss over Michelle Obama. They seem to be making her over into some sort of fashion icon, à la Jacqueline Kennedy. Just as with the Obamas, the whole country -- and indeed the world -- wanted to fall in love with the Kennedys, and so they did. But, really, apart from their service to their country they're all just ordinary people, and I don't think they -- or anyone else -- should be bestowed with qualities they don't possess.
My favorite, and in my opinion the most attractive of the First Ladies, was Rosalynn Carter. She was exquisitely pretty, and had a sweet, southern belle persona. She was quiet and unassuming, but her nickname was the "Steel Magnolia". Rosalynn Carter was one of the most hardworking of the First Ladies. She attended Cabinet meetings and major briefings, frequently represented the Chief Executive at ceremonial occasions, and served as the President's personal emissary to Latin American countries. She was indeed a steel magnolia, but she didn't crave the spotlight.
Svetlana Medvedev, the wife of the President of Russia, has a worldly, European charm. European women have a certain je ne sais quoi that is not often seen on this side of the Atlantic. Svetlana Medvedev has a degree in finance and economics, and she is often credited with forging the contacts that enabled her husband to break out of his life of academia and into the world of commerce and politics. Svetlana has chosen to immerse herself in social work, for which she has won awards. She heads the board of a church-backed educational program that brings more spiritual and moral discipline to Russia's youth.
Canada's own Laureen Harper is no shrinking violet, either. After Laureen graduated from university, earning a degree in journalism and photography, she spent six months travelling in Africa where she visited 13 different countries, and she has been interested in African topics since that time. She also rides a motorcycle and drinks beer from the bottle, but she's very smart and in her husband's inner political circle she is known as the "Secret Weapon". She's charming and extroverted.
Michelle Obama, through a stroke of good fortune, is married to the man who is President of the United States. But apart from that, I don't get what the is the big deal. Whatever else she may be, she is not a fashion icon.
I will now put on my flak jacket and head for cover... *heh*