Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama

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Michelle Obama in June in St. Paul.

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By now you've probably heard our segments on the presumptive democratic and republican nominees for president — "Who is Barack Obama?" and "Who is John McCain?" — so now it's time for a look at the women behind the men. Michelle Obama's up today. She's gotten a lot of press for her fashion, but who's the woman behind the chic sheath? So far, we know she's a mother, a lawyer, and a wife, but it's time to learn more, and this week at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, she's going to try to fill in the blanks. Dahleen Glanton's been covering her for the Chicago Tribune, so if you've got questions on Mrs. Obama, tune in.

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ARE YOU KIDDING ME? ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! WHY WOULD MICHELLE OBAMA NOT BE PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN?! SHE'S BLACK FOR GOD'S SAKE!!!!! Her people were slaves for almost 400 years!!! Then they were 2nd class citizens for another 100 years!!! Why would ANY African-American be proud of this country!

Sent by James Ku | 3:51 PM | 8-25-2008

Who are you kidding? Working class is someone who got a government loan to go to Norfolk State or Austin Peay goes to a 9-5 job if they are lucky after college and is paying off that debt.. Just because I see myself as working class does not apply if no one else sees me that way. This seems to back up the opinion that Michelle Obama, whether she likes it or not, IS an elitist.

Sent by Greg Patterson | 3:57 PM | 8-25-2008

"By now you've probably heard our segments on the presumptive democratic and republican nominees for president -- 'Who is Barack Obama?' and 'Who is John McCain?' -- so now it's time for a look at the women behind the men."

Oh, really? Since when is it "time?" Did I miss the day in Civics class where they talked about the constitutional duties of the First Lady? No? I didn't think so.

As much as I can't stand how politicians parade their famimlies around like Stepford wives, I can't stand even more how journalists (and my fellow citizens, for that matter) question the candidates' family members.

Michelle Obama and Cindy McCain's names did not appear on any primary ballot. As far as I'm concerned, what they have to say about any issue does not matter any more than what I have to say.

Full disclosure: I happen to be the third cousin by marriage of the former president of Ireland, Rosemary Scallon. So, as a member of "presidential family," I can honestly say that no one, include my third cousin by marriage, should spend anymore time on what my views are on issues than on what the views are of any of my fellow citizens.

Sent by Matthew C. Scallon | 4:29 PM | 8-25-2008

Impressive woman She will be a great asset if we can elect her husband.

Sent by Ted Michael Morgan | 4:11 PM | 8-26-2008