Did you catch "The View" today? Michelle Obama was co-hosting.
Turns out she'd been invited to do so back in December, but it had to be postponed because of the writer's strike. Cindy McCain co-hosted in April.
This was a really big day for the Obama campaign since it is trying to "reposition" Mrs. Obama.
By now, you've probably read all the comments on the blogs. They paint her as an angry black woman, and much worse.
No better place to squash ugly internet rumors than on "The View", chatting it up with the ladies, right?
In case you missed it, Mrs. Obama showed up in a black and white sleeveless dress. Her co-hosts told her she looked "gorgeous."
She shared all kinds of stories about her two girls, informed the audience Barack Obama does NOT take out the garbage, she stopped wearing pantyhose a long time ago, and she likes to make toast and bacon for breakfast. "We're a bacon family," she told the audience.
She also defended herself against critics who call her "unpatriotic," after recent comments she made about this country.
She told Barbara Walters when asked about it, "of course I'm proud of this country. Nowhere but in America could my story be possible."
Mrs. Obama grew up poor on Chicago's south side. Her father had MS but worked for the city for decades until he died. Her mother stayed home to raise her and her brother.
I talked to a bunch of ladies as they filed out of the studio after the show. I was hard pressed to find one who was not totally impressed with Mrs. Obama today.
They told me she was "friendly", "relaxed", and they "felt like they really got to know her." Some said they even posed for pictures with her after the show.
This is exactly what some experts say the campaign needs to do.
Political expert Larry Sabato told me softer settings like "The View" and the "Style Section" are good places to avoid controversy. "
The idea is to let the candidate's wife... get known in a softer forum. Have her personality come out. "The roles as mother and wife, that's going to be attractive to women and men," Sabato says.
It's been suggested, not only by critics but even by some supporters, that Michelle Obama needs to "soften" her image in order to help her husband win votes, especially women.
Do you think she needs softening? Or should she just be herself? Do you think the criticism has been unfair?
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