Michelle Obama: Is the World ready? (OPINION)
The presence of an intelligent and opinionated woman alongside her husband, especially when the husband holds high position, is too much for some. The public however, despite attacks from the media of the kind that Cherie Blaire has had to endure, often find affection for the at once insightful and sometimes deflating comments on everyday home life of the powerful politician husband that they come out with. Did Michelle's comments on Obama's 'smelly feet' really do him damage - no I think not - in fact they made him and her more like us - who hasn't had the smelly feet conversation with a partner?
A bigger social issue is the whole treatment of male leaders' wives and the difference between the way that a female leaders' partner - unless they too were a woman - now that would be interesting to see how the press would deal with - are covered if at all. This article in the Telegraph - a conservative newspaper in the UK - is an interesting read and raises the question of what kind of coverage Michelle can expect if she does indeed become First Lady.
Rarely, remarkably rarely, do the world's First Ladies appear on stage together. But this week, in the annual beauty pageant that accompanies the serious business of the G8 conference, there they were.
Those who made it to Japan had a lesson in kimono-folding, attended a tea ceremony and then posed for a picture.
The results were predictable: a group of women, standing stiffly beside one another, looking for all the world like stage props. Even though these women aren't all alike, even though they have separate accomplishments, the job occasionally demands that they turn themselves into identical porcelain dolls.