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April 6th, 2009
11:57 AM ET

First lady’s triumph is a win for us all

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Cynthia Tucker
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

First lady Michelle Obama’s easy charm is so infectious that she melted the famously stiff and formal Queen of England. During a G-20 reception last week, Elizabeth even embraced Mrs. Obama with a demure, hand-on-the-back gesture.

“It was a mutual and spontaneous display of affection,” a Buckingham Palace spokesman said, adding that he couldn’t remember the last time the queen had so publicly departed from the royals’ no-touching protocol.

Back on this side of the Atlantic, Michelle Obama has also won rave reviews from a once-skeptical public, with a recent Gallup poll giving her a 72 percent favorability rating, slightly higher than the president’s. Though detractors still occasionally pan her fashion choices or cluck prudishly over her athletic bare arms, Americans clearly have taken to their new first lady.

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soundoff (2 Responses)
  1. Lilibeth

    She's a role model for us all. I'm so proud of our First Lady.

    April 6, 2009 at 1:04 pm |
  2. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    When a person is "geniune"--protocols need not apply--maybe the world would be a better place if we were all as affectionate and touched like Michelle--Michelle--you have broken the "global ice of protocol,"--continue being "Michelle."

    April 6, 2009 at 12:51 pm |