January 20th, 2009
02:16 PM ET

Hints of agenda and tone for new First Lady

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Rachel L. Swarns
The New York Times

She celebrated her 45th birthday in a vintage train car, amid balloons and crepe-paper streamers, and cheering crowds serenaded her by name.

She danced in front of the Lincoln Memorial to Stevie Wonder’s “Higher Ground” with her husband and daughters clapping by her side. She assembled care packages for soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan, and, in this long, whirlwind weekend, marveled that she would soon be the public face of America’s first family.

On Inauguration Day, Michelle Obama will become the first African-American to assume the role of first lady, a woman with the power to influence the nation’s sense of identity, its fashion trends, its charitable causes and its perceptions of black women and their families. Already, the outlines of her style and public agenda have begun to emerge.


Filed under: Inauguration • Michelle Obama
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  1. Martie

    That wonderful lady – I have watched her all day (from Toronto) and am just amazed at how she can look so lovely when she is probably not dressed warm enough – everyone else has coats and scarves??? Also to be in those high heels all day – that long walk down Pennsylvania Ave. and now STANDING in the review stand all this time – why can't they sit??? She never looks uncomfortable – I'm just thinking of how I would feel and it would show in my face, walk, etc. Plus she probably hasn't had much sleep – Oh I could go on – feeling so sorry for her. Se is amazing!

    January 20, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  2. LaTosha Johnson

    She is an amazing person and I am so glad that she will be representing us. As an African American woman, I am extremely happy to have her "representing" us. God bless! 🙂

    January 20, 2009 at 6:07 pm |
  3. Brennis

    She is the epitomy of class and has been a steafast and positive partner in her duties as wife. I applaud this woman for representing women with strength and dignity. I respect her for her honesty and cherish her as the true definition of the new millenium woman: wife, mother, career-driven, and back bone to her family. Congrats to President Obama- he chose the right woman for the job. 🙂

    January 20, 2009 at 5:54 pm |