First Lady Michelle Obama, once considered quite an asset to her husband both on the campaign trail and in the White House, has taken some heat of late. And no, it’s not for allegedly hen-pecking her husband this time.
What is happening, however, is that her approval ratings are falling. Plummeting, in fact. Now, you might be wondering why anyone should give a rat’s ass about the approval ratings of a First Lady.
Historically, in fact, a First Lady’s primary job was eye candy. Now, though, a woman married to the president is held up to a whole new level of scrutiny that is monitored relentlessly through polls. Sometimes I wonder if Michelle Obama has any regrets …
Anyway, Mrs. Obama’s approval ratings have taken a serious hit in the last few months (according to the most recent Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, only half of those surveyed have a favorable outlook on Michelle O.), and the apparent reason is kind of unfair.
The survey was taken from Aug. 5 to Aug. 9, which happened to coincide with Mrs. Obama’s vacation in Spain, where she, along with daughter Sasha and several friends, stayed in a posh five-star resort. It was a luxurious getaway for the first lady of a nation with nearly 10 percent unemployment and widespread economic anxiety, and it fed an image of extravagance that Mrs. Obama has created by, among other things, patronizing chichi restaurants and wearing $775 boots to break ground at her White House garden. A new name — “Michelle Antoinette” — was born.
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