There’s something inherently not cynical here, though. Perhaps that’s the reason so many people applauded Michelle Obama’s speech with tears in their eyes, or the reason so many women (and men) posted or tweeted “I love Michelle Obama!” after she spoke last night. We can all relate to the power of mom, but we are primed and eager for this burgeoning concept of motherhood. She’s not “just a mom.” She’s a mom-in-chief. Maybe later, she will be something else, go back to her career, surpass Barack in a powerful position. But for now, she’s where she is and owning it.
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U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama is hooded for her Doctorate in Humanities by Chancellor Harold Martin at the North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (NCA&T) Commencement May 12, 2012, in Greensboro, NC. Michelle Obama gave the commencement address. (via Photo from Getty Images)
President Barack Obama receives the Barnard Medal of Distinction, the college’s highest honor at all-female Barnard College commencement, on the campus of Columbia University, in New York, Monday, May 14, 2012. Barnard was the first college in New York City where women could receive the same liberal arts education available to men. (via Photo from AP Photo)
US President Barack Obama looks on before making the commencement address at Barnard College on May 14, 2012 in New York. Obama headed to New York to speak at the Barnard College commencement, for an interview on The View and to attend a campaign fundraiser.
U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama cheers for the graduates at the North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (NCA&T) Commencement May 12, 2012, in Greensboro, NC. Michelle Obama was honored with a Doctorate in Humanities after speaking to the graduates.