Mrs America

At the beginning of last year, the destiny of the woman Barack Obama has described as ‘my rock’ was uncertain. Would she become an icon of American womanhood, or slip back into the relative obscurity in which she had previously lived? But with Michel

18th July, 2009

The first time I saw Michelle Obama in person and not at one of her husband’s campaign rallies, she was speaking in a venue not much bigger than a classroom. I had gone to hear her speak in Plymouth, New Hampshire, a small town of just 6,000 inhabitants.

Ice and tightly-packed snow covered the streets, and anyone wanting to see the woman who is now First Lady had to negotiate a treacherous descent down...

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