Here it is everyone, because you haven't had enough idolatrous press coverage of the Obamas...a new portrait of our steely, strategic, business-like First Lady.
I'm sorry I read this, because I knew it would make my eyes bleed. I've always considered the whole "role" of First Lady thing to be much ado about nothing, and the kerfuffles that ensue as the "staff" of the First Lady (you know, we PAY for this...) battles with the staff of the President for their due.
But a couple of things strike me from this puff piece....
The first is that it sounds like there's a lot of...well...cat-i-ness going on in the East Wing.
Secondly....does it strike anyone else as ironic that we're all supposed to take this First Lady thing seriously, we're all supposed to nod our heads that she actually has a job and that she is making a contribution....we're all supposed to believe that she is a serious political figure....but then NO ONE asks (at least not at the WaPost) "where are the men on your staff?" As a matter of fact, the article lets us know that:
"Up and down the hall are professional women with whom she has a longtime connection and whom she trusts to execute her vision"
Where's the diversity? If a white, male President had nothing but white males advising him in this day and age, wouldn't we look at that askew? But we're supposed to just "get" this. You know. That the First Lady is "different" and that she should have the option of just packing her staff with "the girls" from Chicago.
How is this any different from the Old Boy network?