The New York Times presents the new Michelle Obama. Barack's campaign people obviously wants to stay as far away as possible from the "angry, black woman" image, yunno, that probably wouldn't go over too well with middle America:
As much as liberals have jumped all over conservative criticism of Michelle Obama's supposed lack of patriotism, they fail to note that the First Lady herself, Laura Bush, came to her defense earlier this month. Of course, don't expect any members of the loony wing to ever give a Bush any credit for doing something good.
Now her husband’s presidential campaign is giving her image a subtle makeover, with a new speech in the works to emphasize her humble roots and a tough new chief of staff. On Wednesday, Mrs. Obama will do a guest turn on “The View,” the daytime talk show on ABC, with an eye toward softening her reputation.
Her problems seemed hard to imagine last fall and winter. Mrs. Obama, a Harvard-trained lawyer, appeared so at ease with the tactile business of campaigning and drew praise for humanizing, often with humor, a husband who could seem elusive.
Then came some rhetorical stumbles. In Madison, Wis., in February, she told voters that hope was sweeping America, adding, “For the first time in my adult lifetime, I am really proud of my country.” Cable news programs replayed those 15 words in an endless loop of outrage.