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April 2nd, 2009
06:00 PM ET

What's behind Michelle Obama's surge in popularity?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

First Lady Michelle Obama is even more popular than her husband, who has a hefty majority of Americans supporting him. A new Gallup poll show's the first lady's favorable rating at 72 percent compared to 69 percent for the president.

Cafferty: People are drawn to this woman.

Also, Michelle Obama's unfavorable ratings are much lower than the president's - 17 percent for her versus 28 percent for him.

What a difference a year makes... On the campaign trail last winter and spring, Michelle Obama was at times considered a political liability. Some portrayed her as an "angry black woman," while others didn't like the way she talked about things like her husband's dirty socks. And many questioned Michelle's patriotism when she said she only recently became proud of her country.

But all that has changed... Another recent poll shows the first lady's favorability ratings are up 28 percent since the summer. The most striking part of the Michelle "surge" is that she's made the biggest gains among Republicans who viewed her negatively last year.

People are drawn to this woman; she is the real thing, and they get it. They like her focus on children and family, her devotion to her own daughters and husband, her visits to schools, soup kitchens, federal agencies, and her planting of the first White House vegetable garden since Eleanor Roosevelt.

Michelle Obama is rapidly moving to displace a couple of the more revered women of our recent past. The British media are positively beside themsevles over Mrs. Obama's visit; and they know something about how to get beside themselves. They are comparing our new first lady to both Princess Diana and Jacqueline Kennedy. Actually, she's cooler than either of them.

Here's my question to you: What's behind Michelle Obama's remarkable surge in popularity?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Tom from Switzerland writes:
A big open heart, intelligence, sincerity, compassion, knowledge, charm, straight-forwardness, a great sense of humor, a committed mother, natural beauty... Ok, ok, I'll stop.

Richard from McKinney, Texas writes:
Jack, Michelle Obama is popular right now because she is a new and novel thing that has not made major mistakes yet. Give her a little time. This too shall pass.

Kevin from Dallas writes:
I think Mrs. Obama's surge in popularity is that she's not acting like a politician. Her power doesn't come from who her husband is, so she's free to be her own woman. At the same time, she doesn't seem to feel the need to prove herself to everyone. She seems genuine, and is a good role model.

C. writes:
Jack, Michelle Obama looks great! We're all tired of looking at old white guys in D.C.

Mark from Oklahoma City writes:
The hyped-up, ultra-over-the-top, national media slobbering all over her "bare arms" and her over-blown "fashion sense" is the main reason, Jack. Her touching the Queen is something that even an Okie, back-woods hick like me would know better than to do.

Kate from Dallas writes:
People feel like they can relate to her. She could be your next-door neighbor. She is refreshing.

Louise from Alabama writes:
Humans are mostly water. She is pure electricity.

Star from Auburn, Ohio writes:
Jack, It all started when you told the world you had a crush on her. From your lips to the global ears of the many who now appreciate our brightest first lady in over four decades. One person can make a difference.

soundoff (302 Responses)
  1. Sue Austin Texas

    She just has class that hasn't really shown since Jakie. Not to say the other first ladies did not have have class that is not true at all. I believe
    it is just how she carries herself and she does that very well.

    April 2, 2009 at 1:45 pm |
  2. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    I think its because she has the knack for conducting herself in a very dignified manner while giving off a sense of "down to earth" at the same time. And the fact that she is both intelligent and attractive doesn't hurt either. She has a smile that lights up the whole room when she walks in.

    April 2, 2009 at 1:49 pm |
  3. Bjane Chicago

    Michelle is a strong intelligent and outspoken woman. We saw that on the campaign trail. I believe she learned from Hillary's unfortunate mistake to not start trying to "change" things right away or too fast. The male dominated congress doesn't take to uppity women, so she's keeping a politically low profile, playing the first lady game and I hope someday soon we get to see the smart and sassy business woman she really is – the country has problems and we could use a woman's point of view.

    April 2, 2009 at 1:51 pm |
  4. J Georgia

    I think it's primarily because there's been such a vacuum in the area of American sophistication for so long. Charm and a relaxed demeanor goes a long way. Contrived and queenly sayings, nods and rants are annoying and transparent.

    April 2, 2009 at 1:53 pm |
  5. Joe in DE

    She has shown concern for people's problems and reached out to diverse groups. During the campaign she was unknown except for questionable associates like Farakan.

    April 2, 2009 at 1:57 pm |
  6. Kevin in Dallas, TX

    I think Mrs. Obama's surge in popularity is that she's not acting like a politician. Her power doesn't come from who her husband is, so she's free to be her own woman. At the same time, she doesn't seem to feel the need to prove herself to everyone. She seem genuine, and is a good role model.

    April 2, 2009 at 1:58 pm |
  7. Terry from North Carolina

    Jack
    This is woman who can do it all and can talk to world leaders and the people in the street. She is the real deal.

    April 2, 2009 at 1:59 pm |
  8. JIM FALLBROOK CA

    I don't know where those high ratings are coming from I hear his approval ratings have dropped below 50%. I read many polls taken by Lou Dobbs CNN which the has Obama at 39% being able to resolve the financial crisis. Apparently the polls mentioned in this was taken by a liberal source.

    April 2, 2009 at 2:00 pm |
  9. Will from San Jose

    Mrs. Obama seems genuinely happy. That's an infectious quality and people need someone like that around in days where happiness has become far too rare a commodity.

    April 2, 2009 at 2:01 pm |
  10. Tina Tx

    Youth and she is not a stuffed shirt like Mrs Bush.

    April 2, 2009 at 2:03 pm |
  11. Andrea, Maryland

    How about the fact that she's genuine, natural, down to earth, is not afraid to get her hands dirty, is classy, smart, intelligent, educated, beautiful, inside and out. Quite a feat for a First Lady wouldn't you say Jack? Anyone who would plant a garden on the White House grounds is alright with me.

    April 2, 2009 at 2:03 pm |
  12. Ron Kepics

    Hi Jack:

    She is a real pretty woman. And is very nice.

    Ron San Diego

    April 2, 2009 at 2:05 pm |
  13. Laurie in Lawrence, KS

    You're joking, right?! Michelle Obama's popularity has surged because she isn't a phony. She is a positive role model for girls and women. President Obama is one lucky man to have her as his wife.

    April 2, 2009 at 2:05 pm |
  14. Mark in OKC

    The hyped-up, ultra-over-the-top, national media slobbering all over her "bare arms" and her over-blown "fashion sense" is the main reason, Jack. Her touching the Queen is something that even an Okie, back-woods hick like me would know better than to do.

    April 2, 2009 at 2:07 pm |
  15. Sherri (From Mills, Wy.)

    c'mon, Jack-She's the total package! She's smart, pretty, down-to-earth, a wonderful wife and mother. I'm so proud to have her represent American women. She will give us a good name. And I loved her before I loved Barrack. I think she's one of the greatest roll models American women have in a very long time.

    April 2, 2009 at 2:07 pm |
  16. John from Alabama

    Jack: Michelle Obama first priority as First Lady is to her children, and the second priority is to her husband, President Barack Obama. The third priority is to be a cheer leader for those her husband depends on to run the government. Policy maker is not a title she wants or seeks, but if she had influence in decisions it would be education of our youth, and military spouce's who have to wear many hats while their loved one is deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan. Popular you bet she is, and why not.

    April 2, 2009 at 2:07 pm |
  17. Jane M

    Like you said, Michelle Obama just GETS IT! She's as smart as her husband, as caring as her husband and it SHOWS! We finally have a real live couple in the White House! It's just GRAND and I can't wait to see more more of the both of them. Their girls are just adorable as well! It makes me feel more uplifted and that we can get out of this horrible mess we find ourselves in after the last long 8 grueling years! HIP HIP HOORAY!

    April 2, 2009 at 2:09 pm |
  18. Burt in Arizona

    She seems like a real down to earth person that the common people can relate to. There is no phoniness about her. What is important to her are the same things that are important to the majority of the middle class Americans. She is a real classy person.

    April 2, 2009 at 2:09 pm |
  19. Arlene, Illinois

    As a Mother myself, I can see she is the opposite of Cindy McCain,

    warm and likeable.

    April 2, 2009 at 2:10 pm |
  20. Tom in New Hope, MN

    Michelle, just as her husband, is a charismatic person. She is intelligent, sensitive, and an outstanding mother. She is an absolute groundbreaking role model for our country and the world beyond. None of the first ladies in the white house in the past 40 years have come close having the qualities that Michelle has. Look at the changes in the world impression of the United States since January 20th. This is not all President Obama’s doing. Michelle is a valued asset helping to transform the image of the United States.

    April 2, 2009 at 2:10 pm |
  21. Gigi in Alabama

    You said it yourself, Jack. She IS the real thing and people around the world are actually getting it. She is a touchy, feely mother and wife . . . the type of woman that most of us would like to be looked upon as being.
    She loves her children and truly loves and respects her husband.

    April 2, 2009 at 2:11 pm |
  22. David Bebeau,Springfield Missouri

    Jack
    That is such an easy question.And the answer is:
    Because she is 100% natural,human and a sweet person............
    nothing fancy................just all natural.People see that and feel that.
    Gee Whiz...........she's just like us.
    David

    April 2, 2009 at 2:13 pm |
  23. LUCY - ILLINOIS

    She is a down to earth person, not all fake and snob. She seems like an ordinary sweet young lady. I think she is the kind of neighbor that I would like living by me. I love watching Michelle and Barack together, if only young couples would take notice and be like them. They both are so attentive to their children.

    April 2, 2009 at 2:13 pm |
  24. Jill

    I believe people are finally seeing the real Michelle Obama, not the one conservative fear-mongers tried to paint her as. Go Michelle! You Rock!

    April 2, 2009 at 2:14 pm |
  25. Tom, Switzerland

    A big open heart, intelligence, sincerity, compassion, knowledge, charm, straight-forwardness, a great sense of humor, her committed motherhood, natural beauty,......ok, ok I'll stop.

    April 2, 2009 at 2:16 pm |
  26. Star Auburn Ohio

    Jack it all started when you told the world you had a crush on her. from your lips to the global ears of the many who now appreciate our brightest first lady in over 4 decades. one person can make a difference.

    April 2, 2009 at 2:18 pm |
  27. Steve Paul,from Owerri Nigeria

    A good mother,a mother who cares a lot for the family,she good inside and outside,this is what matters,in life once you are humble and respectful,people will respect you back,she has been an insipiration and she is still be and role model in most of the third-world.

    April 2, 2009 at 2:20 pm |
  28. Annie, Atlanta

    As you put it, Jack, she's the real deal, and from all appearances she is. And your admitted "crush" didn't hurt, either.

    April 2, 2009 at 2:25 pm |
  29. Ardis - Oregon

    Unlike most public figures, she seems real and honest. Like someone you could have a cup of coffee with, and enjoy talking too.

    April 2, 2009 at 2:28 pm |
  30. Gina in Racine, Wi

    She has the same thing going for her that her Husband has.....the more you get to know about her....the more you love her.

    This woman is intelligent, a loving mother, great wife, loves her Country and doesn't put on airs.

    She is down to earth, gracious and we can't get enough of her.

    April 2, 2009 at 2:28 pm |
  31. Bob in Baltimore

    Simple, a high class of First Lady not seen since Jackie!

    April 2, 2009 at 2:31 pm |
  32. Paulette,Dallas,PA

    She's classy,bright,effective,empathetic,down to earth,intelligent, and very cool. She knows how to reach out and touch people and win their hearts. She understands the plight of the common man /woman and has never forgot where she came from. Succintly: Grace under Pressure.

    April 2, 2009 at 2:32 pm |
  33. garrick

    hi jack
    you should know,shes fine to look at,man look at what we use to have in the White House.their no comparision,you have a crush on her yourself.and so does the rest of the country.
    clearwater,fl

    April 2, 2009 at 2:33 pm |
  34. Frank Taylor

    All the Conservative talking heads like Limbaugh, Dobbs, O'Rielly, Hannity, Coulter and Kristol have been busy trying to discredit Barak Obama and just haven't had time to get around to Michelle.

    April 2, 2009 at 2:35 pm |
  35. John ,,, Marlton, NJ

    What surge ? She is entitled and receives respect as the first lady, but make no mistake, unless she is two-faced, her attitudes haven't changed and she is a political liability.

    The surge you speak of is nothing more than the media confusing its' responsibility with that of the paparazzi

    April 2, 2009 at 2:37 pm |
  36. Rich Monk

    Hey Jack,
    Mrs. Obama, our First Lady shows remarkable class, love, education, compassion, heart, intellect, and tolerance. She resonnates Human female acheivement at it's best!
    Good for the US of A, and good for the World.
    Rich Monk,
    San Diego, Ca.

    April 2, 2009 at 2:38 pm |
  37. Jeannette, Toronto

    Mrs. Obama is like my neighbor, down to earth!

    April 2, 2009 at 2:39 pm |
  38. Susan From Twin Falls Idaho

    We all need someone besides a politician to believe in. What a woman she is. She's assertive, confidant and a real lady.

    April 2, 2009 at 2:40 pm |
  39. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Hi Jack,

    I think people needed to see a real human being responsible for her own life who has respect for her upbringing, her own current family life, her career and the love and support of and for her husband! Look at that...at last we are simply seeing a complete human being at the WH!

    April 2, 2009 at 2:40 pm |
  40. Tom in Dubuque Iowa

    Likely the most educated and intelligent First Lady in our history, and stays out of the day to day politics; at least as far as we know.

    April 2, 2009 at 2:42 pm |
  41. Dan from Alliance, OH

    Jack, this is simple. She is truely a lady and this comes across when she speaks and in the way she carries herself. A great example to the world for the United States.

    April 2, 2009 at 2:44 pm |
  42. teauna stephney

    she is smart as all heck...and her husband is a good looking too. Yes, I am smitten with the guy...driven, ambitious, intelligent, successful, has a spiritual side and a pretty smile, who would not like her..if only for the pretty man she gets to live with.

    April 2, 2009 at 2:45 pm |
  43. Bill in Michigan

    Michelle's the real deal. She has her focus on her family and demonstrates a clear set of core values while maintaining her own indiviuality. That earns her a lot of respect and makes her an inspiration to a lot of people regardless of their political party.

    April 2, 2009 at 2:46 pm |
  44. Ray in Nashville

    Face it, she's a new look in the White House. Whether old or young, all the other first lady's have been caucasian. She is also intelligent, witty and not at all the radical she was made out to be. She's not a wall flower like Laura Bush, nor threatening like Hillary Clinton and in a world of political and economic failure, she is a breath of fresh air.

    April 2, 2009 at 2:46 pm |
  45. Deb I , Nauvoo, IL

    Jack how can you have to ask: she is incredibly smart, incredibly beautiful, has wonderful kids and an adoring husband, is elegant and stylish and somehow manages to remain a real woman. She is a true American woman and proud of it.

    April 2, 2009 at 2:48 pm |
  46. Joan B

    It's all temporary just as the so called Stimulus Package is "temporary Gov't jobs".....here today and gone tomorrow with far left liberals.
    Joan B
    Minnsota

    April 2, 2009 at 2:49 pm |
  47. SHIRLEY-OHIO

    Authenticity, if you really want to sum it up in one word. She worked her way from the bottom to the top. You know how little boys wanted to be like Mike, now little girls, big girls and women all have someone they want to be like, Michelle.

    April 2, 2009 at 2:53 pm |
  48. Claude J.

    She's just great! Period!!!

    April 2, 2009 at 2:54 pm |
  49. Kathy/ GA

    It's simple. She can identify with anyone from the south side of Chicago to Buckingham Palace. I know her ex-governor thinks he is the embodiment of Ruyard Kipling but Michelle is really one of the people Kipling was thinking about when he wrote "IF."

    April 2, 2009 at 2:54 pm |
  50. Jackie in Dallas

    The fact that she is a modern, confident woman, who has a loving husband, adorable children that are not spoilt, and who is not afraid of being approachable plays a large part in her popularity. Also, she is regarded as a positive role model: she works out, eats healthy food, relishes her family, is confident enought to mix couture clothes and off the rack clothes, and yet is intelligent and knowledgable.

    I remember a lot of First Ladies, from Mamie Eisenhower to Jackie Kennedy (of course, look at MY name!), to Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon, Nancy Reagan, Roslyn Carter, Betty Ford, Barbara Bush, Hillary Clinton, and Laura Bush. Each has brought their own unique stamp to the position of First Lady although some have been more memorable than others. I think that Michelle Obama will also make a unique spot for herself, and be regarded as special.

    April 2, 2009 at 2:56 pm |
  51. LM from Fayetteville, NC

    She is an accomplished savvy person who just happens to be easy to know and talk with and she knows who she is and because she does, she is full of charm. I can't imagine anyone being around her and being uptight. She is calming. She has the talent of making everyone feel warm and comfy. She is not afraid to wear J.Crew and make it a new easy fashion. She is just the best! Such an easy smile.

    April 2, 2009 at 2:58 pm |
  52. Denny from Tacoma, WA

    It is Michelle herself who is behind in her surge in popularity. She is beautiful, intelligent, gracious, charming, real and efficacious. She actually cares about all of the people she represents and meets. I can see why Jack loves her;; so do I.

    April 2, 2009 at 2:58 pm |
  53. Daniel Indiana

    Americans, as well as many other countries in the world, are fascinated with "star power". People have placed the Obamas on the same pedistal as most music and film celebrities. People need an image to view as a God.

    April 2, 2009 at 2:59 pm |
  54. R King

    Michelle Obama is an admirable woman in her personal accomplishments, but at the same time she is a person who shows real caring for others. At the same time she seems not to take herself too seriously. She is easy going and genuine .

    April 2, 2009 at 2:59 pm |
  55. Richard McKinney, Texas

    Jack Michelle Obama is popular right now because she is a new and novel thing that has not made major mistakes yet. Give her a little time. This too shall pass.

    April 2, 2009 at 3:01 pm |
  56. Keith - Twinsburg, OH

    I think her popularity is because she shows that she is willing to reach out and touch people.... After all, she is only one of a few to have touched the Queen. !!!

    April 2, 2009 at 3:03 pm |
  57. Darrel from Denver

    For me, it is simply that she appears comfortable in her own skin, as the saying goes. She seems to be a perfectly normal woman, mother, and wife in an unusually abnormable circumstance.

    The whole brouhaha around her so-called 'unpatriotic' demeanor was simply contrived for news sensationalism and political mischief. Most Americans clearly understood what she said and the context in which she said it. So, 'much ado about nothing', as is generally the case with these types of things during political campaigns.

    She is relatively young, clearly vibrant, engaging, and well-meaning, from all outward appearances.

    No mystery, then, with her popularity, in my opinion.

    April 2, 2009 at 3:04 pm |
  58. Peg

    She appears very real to most everyone. She is a devoted mother and wife. She has a great family dynamic. Educated, savvy, fun demeanor. A breathe of fresh air! Her warmth exudes in photos. It is so refreshing to have a First Lady we all can relate to!

    Peg from NY

    April 2, 2009 at 3:04 pm |
  59. Willow, Iowa

    She is an intelligent, beautiful woman with a great body, dresses well, does a lot of nice things for her family, and the country. Could you see other first ladies serving in a shelter? I don't think so. She is out there in public, she's not hiding behind secret service people.

    I think she's wonderful. But then, I have always thought that way.

    April 2, 2009 at 3:05 pm |
  60. veronica, Atlanta, GA.

    Everyone realizes that SHE IS NOT the angry black woman the GOP wanted iher to be. She is down to earth, very intelligent and genuinely cares about people. What's not to like about her?

    April 2, 2009 at 3:05 pm |
  61. Virginia Nielsen in FLORIDA

    As a woman I'm very proud of her and she is representing our loved country very well abroad. She is a good exemple for all american and world wide women; we can be financially independent but we can also take a good care of our family. Very classy!!! Way to go Michelle !!!

    April 2, 2009 at 3:05 pm |
  62. John A. Maloney Jr.

    She has both feet on the ground.
    John St.Mary's PA.

    April 2, 2009 at 3:08 pm |
  63. Bridget, TX

    I met Michelle Obama while she was on the campaign trail and found her to be as remarkable then as she is as the first lady. I took the negative hoopla as the other side taking small snippets of something she did and said and labeled her accordingly. I was proud of her as the candidates wife, but I have to say even I am totally blown away with First Lady Michelle Obama.

    I can't keep the smile off of my face as I watch our First Couple represent the United States abroad with so much class and intelligence.

    April 2, 2009 at 3:08 pm |
  64. Moe

    Michelle is a super woman, mom and wife. She is what a woman should be. It's not about color. It is about being a real woman and supporting your family and all the women in the world. Michelle Obama is the first lady and will go down in history as the greatest first lady. Michelle is all that! I am proud of her and Prez. They are my heros no matter what.

    April 2, 2009 at 3:09 pm |
  65. Deb in Lancaster, PA

    You already said most of it, Jack. But I'll add a few more: highly intelligent and highly educated, unaffected, down-to-earth, lover of J.Crew, a power mom, and a power wife. She is fiercely protective of her husband and her children. She likes her new job and has embraced it, rather than accept it as a necessary nuisance.
    Those arms! That megawatt smile! Jack, for crying out loud, what's not to like? And anyone who is up to the challenge of hugging the stodgy Queen has my admiration.

    April 2, 2009 at 3:09 pm |
  66. Jason, Koloa, HI

    When you are beautiful, intelligent, just as well spoken as your very articulate husband, dedicate your life to public service while raising two adorable girls, and representing the U.S. as first lady with dignity and grace.....what's not to like? Michelle Obama brings as much to the whitehouse for President Obama as Hillary Did for President Clinton. They come as a team and I think most of the world wants them to succeed.

    April 2, 2009 at 3:10 pm |
  67. Donna

    Racine, Wisconsin

    I think her appeal lies in the fact that she's an individual. She says things that aren't always polished–yet she's capable of being very articulate. She doesn't look or act or dress "safely" which is a departure from (meaning no disrespect) the Laura Bush's or Cindy McCain's of the world. She clearly loves her husband and adores her children. She shows impatience, humor, joy, fun, and fatigue–there isn't a "shell" or an act. She's clearly smart but you get a sense she'd be fun to spend time with. What's not to love?

    April 2, 2009 at 3:11 pm |
  68. Phil in Kansas

    Michelle is just now being seen for the woman I saw she was during the campaign. She is smart, considerate, and family oriented. It was an ugly campaign tactic to paint her as an "angry black woman" and only those blinded by fear and envy remain incapable of basking in the refreshing light that is our new first lady.

    April 2, 2009 at 3:11 pm |
  69. margaret a. daniely

    Jack – I think Mrs. Obama is an example of what all women should want to be. She's smart, graceful, trhoughful, attractive, sincere, loving, a great wife, mom and most of all she is her own person.

    I'm loving the different things she is bringing to the White House, how she's daring to be different in a good way even down to her clothes. By the way who says one has to wear a little suit all the time.

    To Mrs. Obama I say "you go girl.

    Atlanta, GA

    April 2, 2009 at 3:11 pm |
  70. Marie Ontario

    For starters she doesn't look like she'll break if you touch her and appears like a normal human being who isn't pretending they are God's gift to the world.

    April 2, 2009 at 3:12 pm |
  71. Kelby, In Houston Texas

    I would like to attribute her surge in popularity to her stunning good looks. She is such a beautiful woman and when you add intelegence and witt you get an unstoppable force. It would only be a matter of time before the population would succumb to it. I have such a crush on her and if you don't...keep paying attention to her and you will

    April 2, 2009 at 3:13 pm |
  72. thushari

    Its her genuine, down to earth qualities...she is a lady who understand that being a first lady is not just a accessory or a title but rather an great opportunity to serve people...she is not just a fashion icon like jackie O ..

    thushari
    Sri Lanka

    April 2, 2009 at 3:14 pm |
  73. Craig in Palm Springs

    What's behind it? The fact that we have a new and refreshing administration for starters, also Mrs. obama is a striking, intelligent and attractive woman. The whole world has been ready for a change for a long time and the Obama change stands in total contrast to the Bush years and everyone is very excited.

    April 2, 2009 at 3:14 pm |
  74. David,San Bernardino,CA.

    Michele seems like like just a very nice and personable lady. She is a role model for everyone.

    April 2, 2009 at 3:14 pm |
  75. MARK WI.

    She's the real" McCoy" Jack.

    April 2, 2009 at 3:15 pm |
  76. prince noel in houston texas

    Americans have come to see a real career woman. independent but humble and suportive of her husband .She is just a model to alot of women who tend to be arrogant once they get a little power

    April 2, 2009 at 3:17 pm |
  77. Letitia in St Louis

    I think that Mrs. Obama is the epitome of grace and womanhood. She embraces motherhood. In addition, she is just as knowledgeable, smart and educated as Barak Obama. She gives ladies, both Republican and Democrat, something to pattern themselves after. I have pictures of her posted at work because she inspires me to greatness.

    April 2, 2009 at 3:23 pm |
  78. Grace - Anchorage, AK

    Her own style, her sincerity , caring attitude and devotion to family.

    April 2, 2009 at 3:23 pm |
  79. Diane/Allentown PA

    She's a refreshing change from the "plastic" first wives we've had in the White House. Not that I think the previous first wives behavior was any fault of their own, it was what was expected of them and they filled the role

    Mrs. Obama is the unexpected. I don't think we've seen anything yet.
    She's not playing a role, we're getting the real thing here, and people are excited about that.

    April 2, 2009 at 3:23 pm |
  80. Mike Syracuse, NY

    It's people like you and your buddies in the MSM Jack. Michelle Obama isn't doing anything that hasn't been done by many First Ladies before her. However, thanks to your 24/7 coverage, people just see more of it. How many times did you show Laura Bush visiting a school as the lead on prime time news? As a former teacher I'm sure she visited hundreds of schools. She doesn't need a press secretary; she has thousands of them in the MSM. As one of the 17% who aren't impressed I wish you'd tone it down.

    April 2, 2009 at 3:23 pm |
  81. Rebecca

    The more I've seen of Barack Obama, the more I've come to respect and admire him. The same is true of Michelle. They are in the news constantly now, but a year ago, that wasn't the case and too many people jumped to the wrong conclusion about these two for awhile.

    But seeing the two of them together ... hubba hubba! What a turn-on! People finally get to see a great example of two people being sexually attracted to each other as a part of their mutual respect and admiration for each other – great example to set for humanity. I dig it!

    April 2, 2009 at 3:24 pm |
  82. ted

    Simple Jack,

    The hate is starting to wear off! and Yes she is the REAL thing.

    April 2, 2009 at 3:24 pm |
  83. Karen - Nashville TN

    She's charismatic, honest, very smart, has both feet firmly on the ground, and is a loving and supportive wife and mother who hasn't buried her own personality in the role. We've gotten to know her. What's not to like?

    April 2, 2009 at 3:25 pm |
  84. Phil, georgia

    She has always been great. Hillary just tried to take a page from Republicans by painting her as scary–the "angry black woman". America is getting to know her for who she is and not the filter of Republicans who murky the media.

    April 2, 2009 at 3:27 pm |
  85. tigerakabj

    B/c, like her husband, they are honest, humble, down-to-earth, smart, funny, and compassionate. They don't talk a good (and hypocritical) game about family values, they actually live it (unlike a certain doomed party I know). Everybody can see all of these characteristics in Michelle. That is why her poll numbers are so high.

    Even though the media as usual, is trying to create a gaffe b/c reporting on postitive stuff doesn't fit their bring-down-the-Obamas game plan, it is clear that the world so far adors her and her husband. Her husband settle a dispute btwn the Chinese and French head. That is the Obama family, with the rock Michelle.

    April 2, 2009 at 3:29 pm |
  86. mitchell, arkansas

    she's awesome! what else can be said? even a redneck from arkeysaw, like me, can appreciate that. especially with the lack of grace and intelligence, that runs rampant, amongst the women in my trailer park.

    April 2, 2009 at 3:30 pm |
  87. Amber, Los Angeles CA

    It's the first time in a generation where we have a First Lady acting like.... a First Lady. Hillary turned some people off because she was over involved in government, and Laura turned some people off because she came off like a wax sculpture. Michelle is neither of these and I think that is very comforting to most Americans.

    April 2, 2009 at 3:31 pm |
  88. Scott, Wichita

    Don't know Jack. What has she done besides not show proper protocol to foreign rulers?

    April 2, 2009 at 3:32 pm |
  89. Maria McKamey

    Fascinated by her intelligence, grace, sophistication and elegance...then being herself comfortable as a woman enjoying life with a smile that comes from the heart.

    April 2, 2009 at 3:32 pm |
  90. Mark

    Thats right, jump on the bandwagon. Two months and she is already "cooler than both of them". Pleaaase! I am sure she is a nice lady, but she hasn't had time to become a national treasure just yet. But you can bet the media won't give up trying to make her the second coming of Mother Theresa.

    April 2, 2009 at 3:33 pm |
  91. Tim in Texas

    What's not to like? She's somebody you would want as a mom, a daughter, a granddaughter, a daughter-in-law, a wife or a friend. She'd be a good boss or a good employee. What I'd really like to know is, who are those 17% of the people who don't like her, and why in the world don't they? What possible thing has she done or said that they don't like? The answer, I think, would say a great deal more about them than about her.

    April 2, 2009 at 3:35 pm |
  92. Linda in Charleston, SC

    She is a..... w o m a n, Jack, and keeping her nose out of politics probably helps, as do all the other things you have mentioned. Of course we all know how you feel Jack, you smittened devil you.

    April 2, 2009 at 3:35 pm |
  93. John Louis

    Michelle Obama is authentic and real. Her motherly sprit draws people closer. Her sincerity makes you love her more and more–

    April 2, 2009 at 3:36 pm |
  94. Terry

    I think that Michelle Obama (and the President) are some of the most genuine down to earth individuals to have ever served as President and First Lady in my life time. People are attracted to people who are real, who are really the cliche, "what you see is what you get." I believe Americans are not used to seeing that quality (realness) in their leaders. Mrs. Obama's humble, middle-class up bringing has prepared her for this role and her background and warm personality serves to remind us all of the values that has always personified the greatness of our people and our country.

    April 2, 2009 at 3:36 pm |
  95. Cindy, Valparaiso, Indiana

    The simple reason her popularity has increased so much: the public has gotten to see the real woman. As the country has gotten to know her, some stereotypes just didn't hold true. Michelle is very authentic, honest, and confident–and she does a great job of keeping things real. Her husband has flaws too! Her kids have to make their beds too! She is in touch with us normal folks...she knows what it means to struggle, to work, and how hard it can be. I am proud of how Michelle is representing our country.

    April 2, 2009 at 3:36 pm |
  96. Arshad, New York

    Mrs. Obama is a smart, intelligent, highly educated yet a caring, empathetic and down to earth professional woman who did not forget her origin and struggles. She is like just like a regular woman from next door. People from all walks of life find something common with her and can see themselves in her. The shift in public opinion just make the point that people can't see the real person through the media. They see what media wants them to see. Now that people are observing her without the smoke of a nasty presidential political campaign and observing her deeds, they are seeing the real Mrs. Obama and liking what they are seeing.

    Jack, the lady who is liked by even a tough guy like you, should not have any problem in being liked by ordinary people.

    April 2, 2009 at 3:37 pm |
  97. Elenadia from NY

    Michelle Obama is what every woman would like to be, intelligent, great sense of humor, in an obviously loving relationship, a devoted mother. She seems able to handle it all without obsessing over her role in life. She is secure in her own identity.

    She is the most natural and relaxed first lady since, well, I'm not old enough to remember. She's the best. Every mother would want a daughter like her, and every daughter would want a mother like her.

    April 2, 2009 at 3:37 pm |
  98. Gerry In Toronto

    Well,other than the fact she's beautiful, intelligent, honest, loving, cool, calm, reasonable and reaches out and cares about others, not a single thing Jack.

    April 2, 2009 at 3:38 pm |
  99. Dan

    All this popularity inspite of the Fox News crowd's attempts to paint her as un-American... :-)

    Dan
    Monterey, CA

    April 2, 2009 at 3:38 pm |
  100. Frank, Connellsville, PA

    You mean besides the personality, humor, intelligence, and the ability to related to regular people?

    The fact we have to go back to Mrs. Kennedy shows the lack of a leading First Lady in some time. Both Mrs. Bushes nice but always safe; Mrs. Clinton perhaps a little polarizing; Mrs. Regan if astrology is your thing; Mrs. Carter plain cloth coat.

    Let's celebrate a First Lady with some polish.

    April 2, 2009 at 3:39 pm |
  101. Elizabeth, NY

    She's the quintessential example of what a modern educated, empowered women is. She's the complete opposite of our current culture of vacuous talentless female celebs, famous for no apparent reason.

    I respect and admire her, for achieving success on her own terms, while managing her role as a mother and wife with grace and love. She's strong without giving up on her own feminine power.

    Michelle Obama's surge in popularity is based on her substance, despite the cheap attack political hacks tried to inflict on her.

    April 2, 2009 at 3:39 pm |
  102. Karen in CA

    First of all, her favorables are higher than Barack's because she's not doing politically controversial things. She's also beautiful most all the time since she was cautioned to never think hard or frown on camera, and because she has good taste. Finally, both she and Barack represent the demise of phony, 'proper' facades. We're hungry for authenticity, and she's got it.

    April 2, 2009 at 3:41 pm |
  103. Jim/NC

    She appears to be a nice lady that happens to be the wife of our president. Nothing more or nothing less. Most first ladies do the very things that she is doing. Where do you get the statistics that indicate that Michelle Obama has made the greatest gains in favorability with republicans? How do you know that the British are beside themselves? Jack, you can say anything you want to on your blog, without having to prove it. Do you still have that crush on Michelle? If so, it shows with this biased reporting. I know, this will be moderated and deleted.

    April 2, 2009 at 3:43 pm |
  104. Jeff

    Why Jack, you are of course.

    April 2, 2009 at 3:43 pm |
  105. Jeff in E. Lyme, CT

    Isn't intelligence, honesty and the fact that she hasn't sold out her Nation for personal gain (unlike recent inhabitants of the Whitehouse) enough?

    April 2, 2009 at 3:45 pm |
  106. Ralph Nelson

    She's just a nice person and a good mom. I wish I had had the opportunities she has had but you need good health. I like her a lot. Ralph, Yakima, Wa.

    April 2, 2009 at 3:45 pm |
  107. Venia PA

    Once the right wing got off their 'she hates America' kick and saw her for the beautiful, talented, intelligent woman that she is (that the rest of us saw all along) it became okay to embrace her. She is a real woman who relates to women on all levels. She is not a barbie or a stepford wife.

    April 2, 2009 at 3:46 pm |
  108. Dan, Guam

    Cindy McCain would have made a better first lady.

    April 2, 2009 at 3:46 pm |
  109. Debbie

    Michelle Obama exudes grace and warmth. She is definitely the genuine article. When you look at her ,you just get the feeling that in all she does, she is just being herself. We should all be proud to call her our first lady.

    April 2, 2009 at 3:47 pm |
  110. jennifer

    do not mistake popularity for media coverage. paris hilton has a lot of media coverage – she is not popular.

    April 2, 2009 at 3:47 pm |
  111. Jim from Chicago

    Michelle was smeared with insults and innuendo during the entire presidential campaign as being some kind of "angry black woman" reactionary. Now, as people get to know her, they see her and have grown to like and admire Michelle for what she really is - a concerned mom and citizen, a caring person and a model of grace for today's woman. What's not to like?

    April 2, 2009 at 3:48 pm |
  112. Greg Pottstown Pa

    The media is behind her surge in popularity. If the media portrays a person as a good person for a good bit of time that person will become popular. I don't remember either first lady from the bush family getting as much news time. This is the same way Barack became so popular so quickly.

    April 2, 2009 at 3:50 pm |
  113. Vincent Petrosino

    You are right on the money, Jack. Michelle Obama is the very real thing. She has a strong sense of who she is and likes herself, loves her children and loves her husband. She has staying power as well and will be as popular when her husband has finished his work for us. The Queen of England's spontaneous show of affection for her was just another prime example of her charisma! What a woman! And she is ours!

    April 2, 2009 at 3:51 pm |
  114. Fran, Brimley, MI

    Being brought up by parents who worked hard at their jobs and raised their children with family values, was deeply instilled in Michelle Obama. She brings that family first attitude with her wherever she goes and her special attention to children shows the real person she is.

    April 2, 2009 at 3:52 pm |
  115. Omar, Fl

    Michelle is certainly not in the hot seat like her husband and since the Obamas are great people on a whole, it's not hard to imagine her striking popularity. After all she is not a First Lady that just sits in the White House and drinks tea. She is willing to get her hands dirty.

    April 2, 2009 at 3:52 pm |
  116. Janet

    Last year I was not a big supporter of First Lady Michelle Obama, but that has changed. I'm a Proud military wife, my husband has been in the Navy for 23 years and I love her support of military families, it really means a lot to us. I also love how she will not let the White House staff do everything for her daughter, how they have to do chores and accept responsibility.

    Janet, Kingsland, GA

    April 2, 2009 at 3:54 pm |
  117. Camilla

    Well, you said it "she is real." To me the First Lady is doing what I would hope the spouse of our President would do. FYI I was (am) starkly opposed to the policies of and the man President Bush, I did not agree with the former First Lady on some of her ideology, but I did appreciate her and found her to very level and good. I happen to be entirely in sync with the current First Lady's outlook – so obviously, it is thrilling.

    April 2, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  118. Maya

    I think people are giving her a second look. And got being so quick in negative judgment of her now days. People love Michelle Obama because she seems like a down to earth good person.

    April 2, 2009 at 5:28 pm |
  119. Larry -- Belton TX

    We common folk see a common woman who has persevered and made it to the top. She is beautiful in body, mind and spirit. And Michelle Obama hasn't sold her soul.

    April 2, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  120. Carole

    She's AUTHENTIC Jack, that is what people are starting to realize. She tells the truth, doesn't gloss coat things and you are right, she is far cooler (nicer) in my opinion than either Mrs Kennedy or Princess Diana. She doesn't court the media with phony ploys however, when the media surrounds her, she is cordial, honest and giving of her time. She protects her children because she is a good mother, they are not paraded out for all to ooh and aah over, and she is in love with her husband, and he with her and it shows. I always believe that Laura Bush would of liked to give 'ol George, a good boot up the bum sometimes, there were times when I think she found life very difficult. I hope Michelle Obama doesn't lose her honesty while spending time in Washington.

    April 2, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  121. AJ from Houston, TX

    Jack, that's because the GOP created an illusion to get people to hate her. She's always been this kind, intelligent woman...but now more people get to see it because we aren't in the midst of the election. What bad can they say about her now??? She shows her arms too much??? Get over it!

    April 2, 2009 at 5:31 pm |
  122. Anthony Wilson

    Michelle and the President have done the U.S. proud on this trip. Such great examples of smart, thoughtful and genuine people. These two individuals embody the greatness of this country. So impressive and refreshing to see intelligence and class replace the arrogance and "cowboy" mentality of his predecessor.

    Anthony in Gold Canyon, AZ

    April 2, 2009 at 5:31 pm |
  123. NANCY M.- Colorado

    Jack, it tickles me the way you put things!! She is popular because she is the real thing, she gets it, and she is awesome! That about says it.

    April 2, 2009 at 5:35 pm |
  124. What a Lady!

    Michelle Obama is like “Coca Cola” . . . the real thing.
    Oh what a precious jewel she is.

    The public is comparing her to Jackie O. However, I believe before she leaves the White House, her legacy will outshine Jackie’s. Jackie O is a class act in her own right, but she was born into high society and culture. Michelle’s spirit comes directly from the goodness of her heart, not because of being a product of South side Chicago, but in spite of.

    Michelle, you are going to be a tough act for any woman to follow!

    April 2, 2009 at 5:38 pm |
  125. Cheryl from Powder Springs, Ga

    Jack,
    I think that Mrs. Obama's true since of empathy for others is highlighted with every move that she makes, during the primaries the right had so many ugly things to say about her and not once did she retaliate, what a classy woman.

    April 2, 2009 at 5:39 pm |
  126. Julie-Washington State

    Jack,
    Michelle Obama seems like a lovely, down to earth person who obviously loves her husband and children, something most people can relate to.
    She is smart and yes, a snappy dresser. who does not spend thousands of dollars on her outfits.
    I like her.

    April 2, 2009 at 5:40 pm |
  127. Michael H., Albuquerque, NM

    Between Michelle and Barack, Michelle is the smart one...and more charming too.
    We elected the wrong Obama.

    April 2, 2009 at 5:40 pm |
  128. Emmababse(oklahoma)

    Jack,
    This woman is real and does things from her heart. She truely understands the difficulties faced by mainstream Americans.

    April 2, 2009 at 5:43 pm |
  129. lived9lives Southern Oregon

    What's behind her remarkable surge? Gee, could it simply be that she is a remarkable person? She uses 3+syllable words. She dresses reasonably; she's a lawyer (extremely successful-respected); she's a devoted mother; wife: she's physically fit; she walks the walk on being "green" – what else do you need? Other than that it might just be that the media/entertainment business would rather put a giant spotlight on what she's wearing rather than doing in-depth investigative reporting. I wonder...

    April 2, 2009 at 5:44 pm |
  130. Rose in Az

    What is behind her surge in popularity? It is the media of course, she is plastered all over every web site and magazines. I have not seen her do anything yet that is significant other than plant a garden and visit schools. Of course there is the Oprah factor also.

    April 2, 2009 at 5:48 pm |
  131. L.M.,Arizona

    Simple she is a lady.

    L.M.,Arizona

    April 2, 2009 at 5:48 pm |
  132. Craig

    Her elegance, grace, intelligence, and her unique story definitely helped her popularity. Republicans tried to destroy her image, but it backfired...she is simply amazing, and I am glad that the world is recognizing it.

    April 2, 2009 at 5:52 pm |
  133. Christine, Edmeston NY

    In this era of "reality television" it is all too easy to become anesthetized by the faux reality upon which all that TV garbage is based. It's positively stifling. And then, as if someone suddenly opened a window on a spring day, in floats the freshest air we've been given to breathe in a very long time. Michelle. When real IS real, it's glorious.

    April 2, 2009 at 5:52 pm |
  134. Garrick, Atlanta, GA

    The fact that President Obama is not in a campaign against two of the most unscruptulous campaign groups in the United States, the Clintons and the GOP. It also has a little to do with the media who was so happy at the so many people followed the campaign, which helped ratings. Michelle Obama was unfairly demonized and she was not even running for office. Now, people are taking a an unbiased look at First Lady Obama and see her for exactly what she is. She is a supportive wife, active & involved parent, and very intelligent woman.

    April 2, 2009 at 5:55 pm |
  135. Niky

    She is the most awesome woman I have ever heard/read about. She seems to be the perfect blend of a great wife and mother. She seems to be a great role model as if there are no flaws (though I am sure she must have some – she is sooooooooooo human). The only thing I wish she would change is her hair... She doesnt need to puff them up like this. But she is still gorgeous.

    April 2, 2009 at 5:56 pm |
  136. Lisa from Chicago, IL

    Hate to say it, Jack, but it may be relief. Many - not me - may have feared that, because Mrs. Obama is a well-educated, professional woman, she would be a Hillary-like First Lady injecting herself into policy. Instead, though, she is taking a more traditional path, caring for her girls first and foremost and adopting causes, like veterans' families and healthy eating family-style, that are more traditional for a First Lady. Makes no difference to me . . . she rocks whatever path she takes in my book!!!

    April 2, 2009 at 5:56 pm |
  137. Dominic C. Gardunio

    Jack, here is how loving she is in Europe. 1) She is a normal woman who takes care of her family. 2) She is a lawyer and it showed to the other wives she met business. 3) She dresses respectful and loyal to her nation. The last one is 4) She cares for the future of the children and cares for the people of this nation during this diffcult time.

    April 2, 2009 at 5:57 pm |
  138. Robin

    We like Michelle Obama because she's the real deal and a perfect role model for all women. She focuses on the right things in the right manner and really cares about others. In other words, she has substance.

    April 2, 2009 at 5:57 pm |
  139. Donald in CA

    Smart, classy and a real person. Even during the
    campaign she never had nothing negative to say
    about any one. She was on Larry King after Cindy
    McCain said some ugly things about her and she
    wouldnt respond. In fairness, Laura Bush came to her
    defense. To her credit, Laura recognized a winner.

    April 2, 2009 at 5:59 pm |
  140. Betty SMith

    She's real...she's smart....she's accomplished....she's stylish...she's a good mother...she's a great First Lady.....and most importantly I thnk she comes across as one of us.

    April 2, 2009 at 6:00 pm |
  141. Norm Wright

    Finally, the U.S. has something to show the world and be proud of - Michelle Obama, an intelligent, good-looking, strong at heart and mind, successful, dedicated, loyal, etc.... No, America is not dead yet, not while we still have women like her "in the house." Eat your heart out, world!

    April 2, 2009 at 6:03 pm |
  142. Frank L. in San Jose, CA

    She's well put together and classy. What's not to like?

    April 2, 2009 at 6:04 pm |
  143. Nick Smith

    Jack, the reason why she is beloved is because, like her husband, people see themselves in her: she's raising young kids, while maintaing a fashion sense, grounded personality and unmatched beauty. She's one of the best Ambassadors we've got.

    April 2, 2009 at 6:04 pm |
  144. Susan - Plano, TX

    Michelle Obama's success comes from her authenticity, passion, warmth and most of all intelligence. She constantly reminds herself where she comes from, what she stands for, and what makes her to be where she is today.

    As her style and taste of fashion – I give her 100, A+. She makes her cloth looks good (the intelligent way to dress) while Sarah Palin and Cindy McMain use high price designer clothing to make them look good (the desperated insecure personality)

    Michelle is such a great role model for women in the world.

    Susan
    Plano, TX

    April 2, 2009 at 6:05 pm |
  145. Lee in Minnesota

    She is ambitious,smart, and pro-active to get things done for the good of all America. What a change....need I say more?

    April 2, 2009 at 6:06 pm |
  146. Carolyn in Houston

    Hi Jack,

    Michelle Obama comes across as an everyday, practical and down to earth woman who obviously loves her husband and adores her children. A lot of women can relate to her. We know how hard it can be to wear all of the hats a woman must wear at the same time whether as a parent, spouse, a working professional, a volunteer and daughter to aging parents.

    She and her husband seem to thoroughly enjoy their new role and when deplaning in Europe it seemed that they were so happy that they wanted to pinch themselves.

    Michelle is gracious, kind and yet she is also a no nonsense woman. When she says her family will pull weeds in their vegetable garden you can betcha that everyone, including her husband, will be doing just that.

    Michelle is an inspiration to all women. She and President Obama are exactly what our nation needs right now.

    April 2, 2009 at 6:09 pm |
  147. mark........in houston

    She reflects optimism, energy, CLASS, and she has a
    brain that she uses. Wouldn't suprise me a bit to see her get "right in the face" of some headline seeking media type some day.

    Not being married to a Bush mind set. might also have much to do with it.

    April 2, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  148. Jeannette, Toronto

    The Human Factor is a very strong asset!

    April 2, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  149. Jasmine in Germany

    She sets a good example, Jack. She's admirable. Also, her sense of style has been favorable. This First Lady is independent and self-reliant.

    April 2, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  150. Ken in NC

    What's behind her surge in popularity is the fact that people have come to realize she is her own woman. She has a brain, speaks her mind and above all, she's a mother and as we all know, real mothers and good mothers take no crap. Not even from the President.

    April 2, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  151. Tom, St Paul, MN

    People who make harsh judgements of others often do so because they are reacting to pre-conceptions and stereotypes, in this case fueled by conservative talk radio and bloggers. But these same people often change their tune when they better get to know the person they are judging and pre-conception is replaced by reality. It's Ms. Obama's just reward that just by being herself, she is belying those conservative bloggers and radio people who had made the ugly comments in the first place.

    April 2, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  152. Joan, Colorado

    Michelle Obama has already set a new standard for first ladies in the areas of style, charisma, humility, and humanity. Now even Oprah, a de facto leader of American women, is sporting a Michelle Obama hairdo. And Oprah ain't bad herself!

    April 2, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  153. Ugonna Wosu

    Michelle was always a wonderful woman. All those Repubs last year didn't want to give her a chance, but it was obvious how, like her husband, extraordinarily incredible she is. She also has the easier job compared to Barack, who as President has already had to make tough decisions that have ticked many off. Michelle gets to play itself and stay likeable. God bless them both.

    April 2, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  154. chickadee

    Jack, Michelle Obama looks great ! We're all tired of looking at old white guys in D.C.

    April 2, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  155. Kate - Dallas, TX

    People feel like they can relate to her. She could be your next door neighbor. She if refreshing.

    April 2, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  156. Ondrya in the San Fernando Valley, CA

    Very simple Super Old Dude. She has become the First Lady of the people, not to mention that she’s a stone-cold fox. She’s proud, yet humble, educated, but not out of touch, and she’s a dedicated mom and wife. It’s difficult to believe that she grew up in the roughest part of Chicago. Mrs. Obama is a strong woman, a perfect role model with a lot to offer, especially to those who have historically been disenfrachised. It’s not hard to imagine when you examine the First Lady’s prowess that God is a black woman.

    April 2, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  157. Debbie Rupnick

    That's simple, Jack. It's her husband!

    April 2, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  158. george

    intelegent...........,pretty.......... oh and she's for real
    george
    chester,ct.

    April 2, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  159. Louise in Alabama

    Humans are mostly water. She is pure electricity.

    April 2, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  160. Michael Dominesey

    Where do I start? She is gorgeous. The real deal. The ideal american women/wife, and guess what? she and her family happen to be african-american. This white, male american is so proud of them and our country at this juncture in my 36 years. Keep up the good work!

    April 2, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  161. kathy meunier

    About Michelle's popularity.....I think it's simple. She's authentically who she is. She doesn't adapt to criticism or to the myriad of expectations others have of her. She's the real deal and I think people always respond positively to that characteristic...rare as it is!

    April 2, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  162. Gary

    It's simple, Jack, she's GENUINE, something the Republicans just don't seem to understand.

    Gary
    Youngstown, OH

    April 2, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  163. Amarissa

    Money, advertising and people like you and the rest of the media who create these phony idols! Enough with this nonsense! talk about what we really care about: the state of our economy, the wars, the big debts we are in. If you want to talk about fashion and popularity, change the name of the program to E Entertainment or similar.
    Amarissa, Florida

    April 2, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  164. Ed from Montana

    She has real class, despite being in Washington DC.

    April 2, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  165. Darren

    The fact that she exhibits so much class and represents everything that a woman should be demands the type of popularity that she has. She is amazing and not to mention gorgeous.

    April 2, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  166. Sheri

    Jack,

    The answer is simple...she's REAL and she's COOL!

    April 2, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  167. christine

    From a woman's perspective, I find her position as the president's partner, not simply a helpmate, admirable. It's clear that she is a strong, smart woman who holds her own and who is committed to, and capable of ,making a significant personal contribution to the future of our country.

    Christine
    NYC

    April 2, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  168. Almarina

    She is smart, secure of herseld and earn her respect.
    Michelle has a great ability to convey positive energy and when she is with Pres. Obama, she appears to be his best friend besides his wife and the mother of two beautiful daughters.
    ~Almarina

    April 2, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  169. mary from Ithaca

    Jack, it is a no brainer. She is the real thing – honest, refreshing and she know how to leave her ego at the door.

    I am so proud to call her the first lady. She represents us Americans with so much class and graciousness.

    What's not to like?

    April 2, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  170. Maria Correoso

    Mrs. Obama represents everything that is great about America. Dedication, hard work and family. This supersedes color or race.

    April 2, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  171. Ben Gessel

    Simply put, Michelle Obama is REAL... She seems like someone who lives next door, teaches your children or works in the office next door. People, I think, feel like they know her already.

    Ben
    Knoxville, TN

    April 2, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  172. Evan Lambert

    It doesn't matter. It's Michelle Obama. Need I say more?

    Evan

    Westville, IN

    April 2, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  173. Bonnie Richard

    She's popular because she's real, not stiff. She's loving and she cares, just like her husband President Obama.

    April 2, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  174. marie hensley

    Jack, you never even mentioned how intelligent she is--all in all, a Renaissance woman!

    April 2, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  175. Evan

    I am so tierd of hearing about her. Barack is President. Why is his wife newsworthy? What makes this female newsworthy? I am tierd of hearing about her. Whoi cares about the First Lady, she's just the spouce of the President nothing more. It's always a trivial fashion story anyway.

    April 2, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  176. hojo

    Mrs. Obama is a down to earth warm person. She comes across as honest and caring. You can tell she's not an act nor did she have to be schooled on what to say. She speaks from her heart, just like a mother does and it shows.

    April 2, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  177. Amalie

    She's a classy, educated, hard working woman and mother with a sense of style, and humanitarian spirit. Oh yeah! and she is President Barack Obama's wife.

    April 2, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  178. Ishaka - Atlanta, GA

    Substance, substance substance that is what makes her so popular.

    Ishaka
    Atlanta GA

    April 2, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  179. Morris

    America and the world are getting to see Michelle Obama for who she is and not what the republicans were portraying her to be...An angry black woman.

    Morris

    April 2, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  180. Joe

    She is the real deal. She's not pretentious. She doesn't play to the rich and famous nor play in the political circles outside her realm of First Lady. A person that other people can rally around for any particular cause and that's powerful. Jack, you'll just have to get in line with the rest of us. You aren't the only one with a crush.

    April 2, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  181. Elizabeth Osburn

    It's because she is real. How refreshing.
    Libby Osburn

    April 2, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  182. Mike Shiley

    Jack, both Barack and Michelle Obama are getting high approval ratings because they are the real deal. Unlike most politicians, they connect to the average person in a genuine and intelligent way. They do what they say they're going to do. It's refreshing. They earned their ratings!

    April 2, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  183. Judi in Illinois

    I never quite understood the original negative response that some people had to Michelle Obama...I pretty much attributed it to "knee jerk" response based on media sound bites tring to characterize her as something she wasn't in the first place.

    Now, over time, people have had the opportunity to see her, to listen to what she has to say. Not only is she smart and lovely, she KNOWS who she is, makes her own decisions (rather than "decide by poll"), she's compassionate, articulate, witty, and down to earth. Frankly, what's not to like!!!

    April 2, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  184. Kevin

    Let's see if the world is still head over heels for The Obama's this time next year. Everyone is simply star gazing!

    April 2, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  185. B. Barnes

    The 1st. Lady is real and smart !!

    BBsr.

    April 2, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  186. Phyllis

    Michelle has the popularity because she is not a stepford wife but a vibrant individual.

    April 2, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  187. Charles

    Jack,
    When you have a beautiful spirit it precedes you
    and affects all around you. Michelle is the Belle of
    the Ball!
    Charles,
    Helsinki.

    April 2, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  188. Dan Sheridan

    Simple – It's her like-ability.

    April 2, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  189. Hal Paul

    Michelle Obama has broken the recent trend in politicians of appearing priviledged or better then other americans. When you experience Michell she leaves you feeling mor like her then different from. She is a breath of fresh air..

    April 2, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  190. TJ

    What's behind Michelle Obama's popularity is exposure. She is what we call in the black community: A Strong Black Woman. And the exposure is allowing the world to see exactly what that is. Some of our women fall short of what a strong black woman is, but Michelle is the stereotype prototype.

    April 2, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  191. Steven in Texas

    She's fashionable, a mother, smart, young, pretty, and our nation's first black first lady. Surely that's more than enough to justify such interest. Not to mention she's married to one of the most popular world leader's in office today.

    April 2, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  192. Frances Jacksonville, FL

    She is not responsible for policy and she doesn't try to intervene in that arena. However, she is not "passive", understands where she can make an impact.... the vegetable garden was brilliant; her natural effusiveness, generosity, focus on her family and the families of us all, have given average Americans a role model; one who loves and is not ever afraid to show her love. Hey, she's terrific!

    April 2, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  193. Karen Blunier

    I would like to see Mrs. Obama run for president after President Obama's term , which will hopefully be a two-term presidency.

    April 2, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  194. Chad from Los Angeles, CA

    She is halfway attractive, nothing else to it..

    April 2, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  195. Candice

    The Obama's make you feel like what you see is what you get! Michelle is beautiful and seems very genuine. America wants someone real in these times and the Obama's are it!

    April 2, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  196. Justin

    "If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
    Or walk with kings–nor lose the common touch. . ."

    I think these two lines from Kipling's poem just about sum up why she is so popular.

    Justin
    Alberta Canada

    April 2, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  197. B. Barnes

    The 1st. Lady is touchable!!

    BBsr.

    April 2, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  198. Rodney Morris

    She's intelligent, articulate and comes across as being genuine. Funny, that's what most people are drawn to. Imagine that.

    April 2, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  199. Wanda Anglin

    You said it Jack – she's hot AND smart AND a good mom AND has natural, spontaneous charm – the men want to date her and the women want to be her – I know I do – she has inspired me to pick up the weights again and work on my arms – I also just purchased the plants for my victory garden :)

    By the way, Jack, there are lots of ladies out here that think YOU'RE hot. We have a crush on YOU :)

    April 2, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  200. Michelle from Aurora, CO

    She is all of the things that Sarah Palin billed herself as – everyday American, working class, one of us – except she has intelligence, grace, style and doesn't embarass us!

    April 2, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  201. Canadian Mom

    It doesn't hurt that Obama said she is "smarter, stronger and gives better speeches". There's that and being the first person to be on the front of O Magazine with Oprah.

    I think there is a chance she could be President one of these days.
    Last i heard Obama still had an approval rating in the eighties in Canada. I don't know if there was a poll on the first lady, but I imagine it would be the same or even higher.

    April 2, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  202. Sonia T

    She is authentic, down to earth and very smart! What more could we want from a First Lady.
    PS
    She has some nice arms and could easily do a J Crew ad.

    April 2, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  203. james

    Are you kidding me. How soon we forget the angry black woman,etc. Oh that's right the papers over here did not report on that , sorry Jack they are all in the tank for these 2 frauds, her and her husband. Jack I read the Brit papers every day, being a Brit in AZ. The Brit press are not beside themselves with Mrs O, we are obviously not reading the same papers, Daily Mail, Daily Mirror, Telegraph etc. She is just another politicians wife on a jolly across the pond at our expense. Get over yourself with your dumb schoolboy crush, yuk.

    April 2, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  204. Jim

    Nothing, Shes real and its about time.

    April 2, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  205. john christopher

    Hmmmm. Nothing really, if you don't count: lovely, intelligent, generous, educated, classy, understanding, maternal, sincere, sense of humor, articulate, compelling, statuesque, passionate, patient, beautiful, and utterly magnificent.

    April 2, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  206. Dan Sheridan

    Simple – It's her like-ability.

    Dan Sheridan

    San Jose, CA

    April 2, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  207. Mimi Severe

    simple Jack : she's real. The world is thirsty for real human beings. she is not a managed barbie but a real down to earth intelligent woman, raised from ordinary to extraordinary. To me she is colorless, she's is pure inspiration.
    Mimi from Atlanta

    April 2, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  208. Antony Lobban

    Hey Jack:
    Sorry to say this one's too easy. Michelle's secret? She's cool. What does that mean? Smart without the arrogance. Caring without the smothering. Helpful rather than judgmental. She's your girlfriend and your best friend. Like I said, COOL!

    Anthony in Atlanta

    April 2, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  209. Dianna, NJ

    I like her coz SHE gets it! She is smart, educated beautiful and still down to earth! She knows how to nurture this country by giving the most important things attention (like education, children, women, leadership by example, respect for animals, respect for our war veterans etc.) She knows how to do the 'tough love' bit!
    She is more popular than the other coz she is genuine... I can trust her and I know she is not only doing what is expected to do, but that all of this just comes naturally to her.

    April 2, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  210. Landy S.

    Isn't it obvious, she simple. No need for glamour or spotlight. The sweater she's wearing is probably $29.99, but who cares, it's cheap, cute and it could even be in a fashion line. Plus her smile fills everyones hearts, even Bill's! Now tell me what's not to like?

    April 2, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  211. George N

    Jack, it's not that hard to figure out. People who didn't know Michelle before are finding out that she's an intelligent, classy woman who, along with her classy intelligent husband, are serving as the first couple in the White House in a long time that people can actually look up to as yes, even adult role models. Oh, and she's got great biceps too.

    April 2, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  212. Liisa, an American living in the UK

    We love Michelle because she is a genuine woman, who loves her husband and can be proud of him. She is like me, my female friends and family members and many American women. She is real, not polically contrived. Her husband doesn't embarrass her with his behavior or personality. Her sincerity, honesty, and definite love for her husband and her daughters is most refreshing and lovely to witness.

    April 2, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  213. David Monroe

    Jack, in your profile of Madam Obhama you did not mention her law degree or public commitment. You pandered to her appearance-are you really such a shallow man that you can't see her value as a woman except in you're narrow view of the 1950's?

    April 2, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  214. Cindy Johnson Lancaster, SC

    It's simple Jack, the Lady defines CLASS.

    April 2, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  215. Andy Tiel

    I'm writing from BC, Canada. I think Michelle O is such an incredible person – she's a mom, she's a cause carrier and she has a smile that makes EVERYONE within 500 yards smile. She is real, she's smart and she is so fast on her feet – I can't wait to hear her speak everytime she gets to. I'm 6'3" – and I bet she's close – so she still has a commanding presence. Her and the Pres are just such a breath of fresh air. America has had this real "red neck" not real smart image growing for the past while – good to see that turning around!

    April 2, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  216. john nolan, ma

    Thats easy, blatant media bias !!!

    April 2, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  217. Jack Adkins

    Jack
    I know you know, Jack...She really doesn't have much going for her. She's just attractive, intelligent, a super mom, a great sidekick wife, she's happily married to the President of the United States AND she's sexy as all getout.

    Jack
    San Francisco

    April 2, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  218. rose

    She is a very genuine person and people are beginning to see that. I believe the republicans tried to undermine her integrity during the campaign so it caught on before the country got to meet it. I love that she is smart and brilliant and of course dresses very well. To be precise, she is making women proud!!

    April 2, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  219. Susana

    Michelle Obama's surge in popularity is not at all surprising. She has been our First Lady less than three months and she has just knocked the socks off everybody with her warmth, intelligence, humor, common sense and fierce devotion to her family. And need I mention that she's also drop dead gorgeous? I mean, what's NOT to love about this truly remarkable lady?

    April 2, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  220. Jeff

    She's saying all the right things. It's about time that someone is saying that is ok to go to school, not cut class and work hard. "It's cool to be smart" Hopefully this message reaches both parents and children regardless of demographic. Based on the poll I'd say it has.

    April 2, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  221. Wyatt Bryson

    I've know Michelle was amazing for a very long time. The rest of the country is just a little slow catching up. I'm not sure if it's logistically possible, but I can see her as the first female president. She is my role model, and posses the qualities I hope to find in a future wife. I'm glad everyone else finally figured it out.

    April 2, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  222. Yetty

    She's a loving and authentic woman who genuinly cares about children and ypoung women. She is unpretentious and you can see goodness when you see. I actually think the best decesion President Obama made is marrying her, because she is definetly his rock!

    April 2, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  223. Corina NY

    Our First Lady is the genuine article. She is a breath of fresh air in these polluted financial and political times. She is honest, sincere and many parents can relate to her principles with regard to raising
    her children. What you see is what you get.

    April 2, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  224. Sarwat Asif

    It is obvious to me what is behind her surge. Barack Obama. Otherwise, she is just about as accomplished (in terms of mothering and career) as are millions of other women in the US and around the world. In fact, the one woman who deserves to get the surge is Marion Robinson, Michelle's mother. It is the now first granny who has given her daughter so much committment and left her daughter Michelle free to pursue her career, and now her "first ladyship." A lot of mothers, given that luxury could achieve a lot, and they often do. But everyone doesn't get that attention because they are not married to such a high profile man who is adored the world over.

    April 2, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  225. Kelly

    It is new to the American public to see a woman, black or white, speak out strongly, firmly, and truthfully on what she believes – not necessarily what her husband nor her party believes – nor always exactly what the public wants to hear- but what she honestly feels and thinks about the question being asked of her. She is the model, the mentor and the woman that all women aspire to be, both professionally and personally, as well as humbly.

    April 2, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  226. Karen - Nashville TN

    She’s charismatic, honest, very smart, has both feet firmly on the ground, and is a loving and supportive wife and mother who hasn’t buried her own personality in the role. We’ve gotten to know her. What’s not to like?

    April 2, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  227. Vladi, California

    What’s behind Michelle Obama’s remarkable surge in popularity?

    You the media and your inappropriate, fixation/glorification of her. I personally don't care for her and I'm OK with that because I don't have to. I didn't vote for her...I voted for her husband.

    April 2, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  228. Elizabeth

    As a black female ."Brit" with who grew up in America, I can tell you why the British are smitten with Michelle. She is a breath of fresh air! She is cool. Brits are longing to "break out" from that stiff upper lip image. She is a door through which they can easily fly! We are looking forward to sitting back, relaxing and enjoying the flight!

    April 2, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  229. Betty, San Diego, Ca.

    After being stereotyped and trivialized, we have Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States of America with brains, beauty and some serious guns.

    April 2, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  230. Sharon

    What's with Michelle Obama?–we're so amazed because she's not the typical celebrity we know all too well– a distorted ego with a phony image. Michelle is authentic, kind, intelligent and basically, an evolved human being (as is her husband). This is not the first time I've been proud of my country. I've been proud at times and disappointed at times over my 64 years as an American. But this is the first time in my adult life I've been THIS proud. It's been a long time and it feels good!!! Bless you, Michelle!

    April 2, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  231. Tom F

    Wow how fast liberals abandon feminism! Michelle Obama is a Princeton educated lawyer, but she is being lauded for... her outfits. And the left is revelling in this demeaning nonsense.

    April 2, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  232. marilyn

    Are you Kidding? Michelle Obama is the ultimate role model for all modern woman everywhere. She's smart, sexy, classy, gracious, she cares and she's just got that it factor about her.

    She's a princeton and harvard grad and it shows,she's got the brains. She's totally awesome.

    What's really great about her is she always looks perfect and sounds perfect too alot like her husband.

    There's something really refreshing and fun about her she's fun to watch and be around.
    .....And I love her outfits....Yes, she's hot

    April 2, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  233. Kendall Hewitt

    She is the real deal!!!!!!!! Nothing phoney like so many others in high places.

    Kendall Hewitt

    April 2, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  234. Carole from California

    Jack, she's the "real deal." She's smart, down-to-earth, witty, and her family is the most important thing in her life above all else. These are values that have been sorely lacking in our society for at least the last generation. Our dirty little secret has been that while we have inwardly craved these values, it's been more cool to outwardly disdain them. Hopefully having the Obamas as role models we can get back to being a more compassionate society.

    April 2, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  235. Amelia, Columbus, OH

    Jack,
    Thank you for your support of our First Lady. Yes, she is the greatest and it's great to see her ratings go higher and higher. We are proud of her as well as our President as we watch them fight the entire rest of the world to improve our position that has been so tainted. God Bless them both as they represent us. They WILL BE SUCCESFUL in their efforts to make things right.

    April 2, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  236. alima

    Simple-SHE IS VERY GRACEFUL!!!
    Alima-Atlanta

    April 2, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  237. Joe R

    I'm like most americans I Love her! There is alot of great things to Love about her, But I really love that she is NOT some old stuffy Republicans wife.

    April 2, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  238. B, Ont Canada

    Jack, anyone who can wow the Queen, and get a hug for it, is ok in my books. Quite the 1st Lady you guys got there.

    April 2, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  239. Lenn

    Hi Jack,

    Her awesome arms and gorgeous look.

    Lenny

    April 2, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  240. h.c. ecco

    She was a victim of the bumpersticker mentality of the campaign, the mindless, unreflective venting of ignorance. The change is due, as it so often is, to the erosion of opinionism by actual fact or data – in this case michelle obama's good nature, good works, and demonstrated dignity – she's embarrrassed the cranks. The same, in the other direction is true of sarah palin whose character, demonstrated in her day-to-day conduct has become less and less appealing. Moral: take a deep breath America and pay and pay attention.

    April 2, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  241. Kristen Ingram

    Michelle is about six feet tall, planted a "victory" garden (even wielding a shovel herself), has an elegant manner, is a brilliant lawyer. And, oh yeah–she loves the President of the United States and her kids. She is the first "normal" first lady aince Eleanor Roosevelt, and her presence is an immense contributor to her husnband's savvy manner/ As the Bible says. love covers a multitude of sins. So if Barack makes a false move, her love will cover it.

    Kris Ingram, Springfield OR 97478

    April 2, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  242. Lee in Seattle

    Michelle Obama, represents a lot of mothers who have a successful careers, raising a family and supporting there husband, reminds many of us all what America is all about.

    The popularity of President Obama, clearly shines on her as well she shines on him.

    April 2, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  243. jackie hoffman

    She's the real deal – nothing phoney – no airs of grandeur. She's an inspiration to all common folks that everything is possible. Great for her – Jack you have great taste in women – Michelle and your wife who made you what you are today.

    April 2, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  244. Tom F

    Perhaps Mrs. Obama is popular among Britons because they have never heard her speak, or read her university thesis. She is a bitter, hate-filled woman, and I base this on her own writings, not anything else.

    April 2, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  245. Yolanda

    She is a very strong woman!!! I can see myself through her. She makes me want to be a better mother and do more for others. She is a role model to all woman and if we could do half of what she does, oh what a better world. Keep you r head up Michelle don't let anyone stand in your way of becoming the best first lady ever.

    April 2, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  246. Ivan Goldberg, NJ

    It's called "Class" Jack you remember that don't you? Right along with Glenn Miller and "A String Of Pearls"

    April 2, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  247. Jerry Wyatt

    Jack,
    My wife tells me Barack is her boyfriend and i have the photo with my wife's boyfriend's wife. All jokes aside the LADY is real. I admire the way the President and his wife show LOVE toward each other.

    Not very many men can say they have a photo of the FIRST BLACK LADY of the United States in their arms.

    It may never happen again but I got the photo.

    Jerry Wyatt
    Lithonia, GA

    April 2, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  248. Karl from SF, CA

    She communicates with everyone regardless of age, religion, race or even politics in a realistic, one-on-one manner. She’s classy, very intelligent and can relate to about any situation. Even if you don’t always agree with her, you love her anyway. She’s the girl-next-door that made good and didn’t let it affect her.

    April 2, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  249. Liz in Los Angeles, CA

    Michelle Obama is behind Michelle Obama's popularity. She's articulate, educated, funny, humble, candid, loyal, and lovely. Most importantly, however, is that she openly devotes herself to what she wants for everyone - a solid, loving family.

    April 2, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  250. Merry

    Michelle Obama is a beautiful, intelligent, down-to-earth woman whose simple style lets her elegance of character shine through. How could the world not fall in love with her?

    I couldn't be prouder to have our President and First Lady represent us to the world.

    April 2, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  251. Michael Roepke - Dallas

    We are still in a partisan world and while almost every died in the wool republican is required to say that they disapprove of our Democratic President, 69%, or most democrats and independants approve. Michelle Obama’s popularity just goes to show that even those republicans who disapprove of the President, can’t keep the party face when asked about Michelle.

    Besides Jack, what’s not to like.

    April 2, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  252. Jennifer

    It's simple. We got to know her. The first time I saw her on Oprah a year before he declared, I didn't have a good impression, she seemed aloof and a bit cold. Then I saw her at the convention & she blew me away. A genuine & sincere soul will shine through. I'm very proud that she's our First Lady. President Obama's success is directly proportionate to her strengh of character.

    Jennifer
    Weatherford, TX

    April 2, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  253. Diane Zimberoff

    Well just compare her to some of the others! Barbara Bush seemed very distant and more like a grandmother, than a lst lady. Laura Bush had that phoney smile plastered on her face and she definitly looked frigid certainly not appealing at all. Hillary was the first that let us know she really had brains, more like Eleanor Roosevelt. Michelle tops them all because she is smart like Hillary, down to earth and very approachable. She is someone we can all identify with and yet still look up to her for her for her smarts, her breathtaking charm and how up to date and truely modern she is. After two years of Barack, lets nominate her as the first Black Woman President!

    Diane Zimberoff,
    Issaquah, Washington

    April 2, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  254. Ken

    The whole economy is in the toilet waiting for China to supply the paper and you are worried about the first lady's popularity? Who Cares!!!

    April 2, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  255. Nancy from Ontario Canada

    MIchelle Obama is a breath of fresh air on the world stage. Her poise and ability never to set a foot wrong is inspiring to all. Like Queen Elizabeth – Long may she reign!

    April 2, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  256. Reggie from NJ

    Jack, This is a common phenomenon. Our society has a fear of brown skinned people, until you get to know them. Brown skinned people have to pierce through prejudice much more than lighter brown skinned people to be accepted. The color brown has a whole psychological thing going so think of Michelle has raising our mental perceptions and attitudes towards brown skin. If she looked like Vanessa Williams, who I love, you may not have posed this question.
    A Michelle Lover!

    April 2, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  257. Frank Morgan

    Give it a rest. Michelle Obama is all media driven. The media can make a star out of a flea on a dog's back.
    Neither Obama has been in the limelight or been doing the job long enough to make a comparison to anyone in their position previously. How shallow have we become that it only takes so little time to make a reasoned judgement.
    Frank Morgan
    Vicvtoria, B.C. Canada

    April 2, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  258. Cindy

    What a joke! Michelle is popular now because she is cute and trying to do the right thing! If she was older no one would say wow, look what she is doing.
    Grow up America and Michelle is a samrt savvy lady who is using the press and getting away with it.
    Many ladies are good Mom's, it is expected of them So why is Michelle being aplauded for just doing what normal Mom's do, care for their children!!!

    April 2, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  259. Bonnie in Canada

    Michelle is smart, genuine and connects with people and especially children on a level that is very authentic and real.

    She shines and so does your country with such a great ambassador for the United States.

    April 2, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  260. Jill Sanders

    Republican woman here.

    I think she's doing a fine job playing the role of First Lady. Much better than her husband is doing as President.

    However, Cafferty,.... you are showing yourself to be a little too familiar when you call her "Hot"on tv moments ago.

    She is the "First Lady". Suggest showing a little more respect.

    Ha...Maybe I help explain the poll results you refer to.

    April 2, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  261. james

    Oh God, you all drank the koolaide, we are doomed. She is going to food kitchens, schools etc cause it is good press, she could give a rats pitooti about any of those people. She is a double wide load who goes out digging in the garden wearing Jimmy Choos (that is what was reported in the press), yeah we all do that, I do that regularly, slip on my Jimmys and go dig the garden, give me a break. She needs to donate what she spends on shoes in a year to the soup kitchens in DC, they would be overflowing with food.

    April 2, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  262. Stephanie from Charlottesville VA

    This is a person who is comfortable in her own skin. She has paid her dues and now is reaping the respect and admiration which follows.

    This couple will change, forever, our expectations of first couples.

    April 2, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  263. Joanne Johansen Clarkston, WA

    What makes Michelle O so appealing? She is real, not phony. Her ego doesn't get between her and her message. Refreshing after so many red carpet bubbleheads . . .

    April 2, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  264. Jack Woodfork

    She's not only beautiful but intelligent. Americans aren't afraid of "smart" women. That's why Mrs. Clinton, Rice, and Albright have held high posts in our governmen. Beware! We'll have a woman president, hopefully Mrs. Obama someday, as president. Now that will be something for my eyes to behold. Oh, my wife and I both have a crush on Obama...that's Mrs. Obama, too, by the way.

    April 2, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  265. Tessie

    That's easy, Jack !! she is the real deal. A person we would want for a friend, someone we might like to be like. She is grounded and can do it all,mom, wife and Frist Lady. Take care

    April 2, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  266. Zamara

    Although Michelle may have said some contraversial comments during the campaign she has let her actions speak since becoming first lady. Its refreshing to finally have a woman in the White House who is using her position in a way no other Caucasian First Lady has in decades. She sure has done more than Laura Bush! Its amazing to see an African American woman prove all the stereotypes wrong! She gives hope to minorities, women, and the country alike.

    April 2, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  267. Andy Tiel

    I already left a comment – but I thot of something else that means a lot to me – She is a mom & all that – but she is also the President's partner & best friend – you can just tell. That is where she will come way ahead of Jackie O'. Isn't is awesome as a country US to have a Presidential Couple to be SOO proud of!

    April 2, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  268. Julie

    I like Michelle Obama but I believe the reason she is so popular is simply because "so-called" journalists would rather talk about how pretty her arms are than focus on anything of any substance. There is so much going on in the world that people should know about and those who should be reporting it are too busy gushing over how Michelle Obama touched the Queen.

    Julie
    Austin, TX

    April 2, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  269. nancy, manteo, nc

    pure class, modest, self -assured, refreshing, smart, a dedicated wife, mother and daughter.
    she makes others feel good about themselves by respecting their opinions and being. it is a rare person who can do that.
    an excellent example for all young women, especially young black women who haven't had someone of her stature to look up to.
    we are lucky – as is her husband – to have her in the white house. i shudder to think of the other choice.
    the obama's relationship is one to be admired and envied.

    April 2, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  270. Tricia, Florida

    Simply put, Michelle Obama is a class act. She has managed to make the impossible look possible and easy...........being a wife, and a mother with a full time job. She did and continues to do what so many women are currently doing or aspire to do. Manage the chaos of a family with work, and what is even more amazing is she does it with style and grace. Is it any wonder why we are amazed? Mrs. Obama is my idol.
    Love the President, but as a single woman I see Mrs. Obama and think hmmmmmm......maybe it's possible to have it all.

    Go ahead Mrs. Obama, ..............anyone who can get Jack Cafferty to say that he has a crush is amazing indeed.

    May God continue to bless you and your family

    April 2, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  271. Richard from Toronto

    Michelle Obama is the real deal,
    unlike the last 8 since Jackie O.
    Why ? .....Happily Married .
    Jcrew ,a veg garden ,local designers for the inaugural gown, Ipod for the queen (probably her idea)!
    Mom with 2 great kids.
    Her 71 yr. old mother in the White house to help with the girls.
    She is honest and sincere.
    And I cant wait to see what happens at the egg hunt.
    Also i cant wait for Halloween and Christmas.
    But wheres the dog? Maybe the QUEEN has given her a Yorkie

    April 2, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  272. Linda B., Ga.

    Michelle is "just" Michelle, she doesn't put on any airs, she's extremely bright and well educated, but, doesn't stick it in your face. She's a lovely lady and a wonderful wife and mother....

    April 2, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  273. Jacqueline Mongeot

    Tall and simple Michelle, She is a classy real woman, independent, straight forward, strong,, kind, intelligent, educated , compassionate,and totally natural; the real stuff of seduction.. She finds her place and knows what to say in all situations and in any environment, she is comfortable with who she is without affectation. She inspired trust, confidence. I feel I could confide in her knowing she would LISTEN and I know she would find the words to comfort him. Did I say enough?
    Jacqueline San Diego

    April 2, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  274. Vinod Gupta

    Lack of presumed arrogance.

    April 2, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  275. Tursas

    She runs the show!

    Did you notice how Prince Phillip jumped from joy when Michelle interrupted her man talking with the Queen. Finally there was a real brother in arms who had to shut the mouth when her lady started speaking!

    MK, ATlanta

    April 2, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  276. Patch

    What a farce news has become. It's like a medium for appeasing the public, giving us the illusion of action, selling us on ideals that the politicians feign to support. Then, big surprise when the people get outraged at the daily contradictions, the rift between speeches and reality. Who cares who the politicians want to blame for AIG, who the ceo of GM is, or how much the Queen of England is taken with Michelle Obama.? Let me know when something is being resolved; I am not interested in excuses, this little dance of unanimous outrage and futility. How has it gotten this way? That our land of the free has become so tangled up in its own red tape it is tripping itself?

    April 2, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  277. Seble

    She gives me HOPE. I love her !

    April 2, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  278. mary

    Michelle is such an American woman, she doesn't act, or do what is expected she just is who she is and who wouldn't love that. I am so happy to see a woman in the white house who really represents all American women. The world can see what American women are really all about just by looking at her. she's great. refreshing.

    April 2, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  279. Shawna Willaims

    Mrs. Michelle Obama epitomizes the "I'm every woman" refrain of the popular song by the same title. You look at her, you hear her speak and you instantly feel her warmth and generosity of spirit. I am enthrallled by both she and her husband. I am a 59 year old woman and I couldn't be more proud of them if I had given birth to them myself. Of course I am too young to have been their parents.

    Shawna
    New Jersey

    April 2, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  280. CP, Atlanta

    Jack, Michelle Obama is awesome!

    April 2, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  281. Lynn, Columbia, Mo..

    She's earthy and involved. She reminds me of Eleanor Roosevelt. We need that now.

    April 2, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  282. connie

    Probably because people are just finally getting to know her.
    Michelle Obama is a self made woman. She's worked hard all her life and deserves the respect she's finally getting.
    During the campaign, I really thought Cindy McCain would be a better First Lady...but Mrs. Obama has shown herself brightly and I'm very happy for it. God bless her!

    April 2, 2009 at 6:28 pm |
  283. Endy

    Michelle Obama's surge is very easy to explain.
    When you are a good person, you don't have to work very hard to make it show. She is a real person with life experiences and she knows what life is like on the other side of the fence.
    We LOVE her.

    April 2, 2009 at 6:28 pm |
  284. Nathan

    Everything that Michelle Obama is, started with her upbringing. Being down to earth is one her greatest qualities, she probably would not even know how to be a snob, she's from the real world.

    April 2, 2009 at 6:28 pm |
  285. Doug from Bloomington IN

    She's hot, Jack. Like you have to ask.

    April 2, 2009 at 6:28 pm |
  286. paul bott

    jack,
    i share your view of the beautiful michelle obama. wonderful mother, gracious wife, and a real advocate for so much good in a world that is waking up a little and saying, oh yea, that's good stuff...........so much positive attention to children, education, woman, and girls, and oh yea that garden........and maybe, just maybe that little war on poverty that LBJ started before she was born will begin a new with a fresh face, a fresh message and no tolorance for anything but a victory. she makes me want to skip, and i am not skipper by nature.

    April 2, 2009 at 6:28 pm |
  287. Renee in Arlington, VA

    Michelle Obama embodies our American values – love of family, patriotism, deeply-rooted spiritual beliefs, service to others, especially those less fortunate. Now, as the First Lady, she has been given an opportunity to bring to fruition through her actions many of the tenets of President Obama's campaign platform. She has done well and I am proud of her.

    Does it not feel wonderful to have the world embrace this beautiful, stylish, intelligent, witty, warm woman that represents our nation on the world stage so well? You bet it does!

    Having lived abroad, I know firsthand what it's like to be considered, an "ugly American." With the Obamas leading the helm, I think we are "ugly" no more. Thank you Mrs. Obama and thank you, Mr. President for your representation.

    April 2, 2009 at 6:29 pm |
  288. David

    Well jack,
    Michelle Obama has something I think I haven't seen since Nancy Reagan when I was a kid. She can connect or attempt to connect with people of all levels and of every age group. I think she carry's a sense of elegance about her and she's definately a ladies man. first ladies between 88 and 2008 were either too old (Barabara), to rigid/masculine (Hilary) or had a strange fake smile that you can almost see the Joker from batman in their face (Laura).

    April 2, 2009 at 6:29 pm |
  289. michael LV,NV

    The Liberal Media is behind it Jack ( including you ). I don't know any Republicans that care for her. As a Independent I don't know any Independents that care for her either.

    I know a lot of Democrats that love her. Which goes to show your polls
    are flawed & are not accurate because you are only asking Liberals
    there opinion on the Obama's.

    To compare Michelle Obama to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis is a total joke. An just by reading the replies in this very blog most that are blogging to you are Liberals.

    Oh , I'm sure you'll have my message deleted because you are so closed minded & biased ( which only proves my point even further that CNN is totally biased). However , I like to make people think.

    April 2, 2009 at 6:29 pm |
  290. Jon Hunter

    You are Jack! The folks at CNN lobby so hard for this family I'm surprised you guys weren't there personally to break ground on the new vegetable garden. It's time news went back to 3X's a day. At least then, you'd have less difficulty trying to figure-out how to fill a 30 minute slot. Afghanistan's leaders endorse rape, North Korea is readying a ballistic missile, another Obama appointee is fending off the IRS, and you guys want to talk about how sweet the first lady is. OK. She's sweet. Now, can we get back to what really counts?

    April 2, 2009 at 6:29 pm |
  291. Fozoh in Michigan

    Jack,

    Everyone knows Michelle Obama's popularity surge is a result of her well-toned arms! The media has made this very clear.

    But in all seriousness, her popularity surge is a result of the positive image she continues to portray while among the American people. The reason she is also gaining approval among Republicans is because the strong American values she is known for (i.e. devotion to family, children, etc) are non-partisan.

    April 2, 2009 at 6:29 pm |
  292. Billie Jelks-Hood

    what,s ,behind Michell Obama, popularity is that she is the real deal.
    She has the best thing in the world going for her. She had lots of love ,growing up and she knows that she is truly loved by her husband, and she has nothing to gain, or prove by being phoney .

    She spends her own money for her own clothing and OH !! does she wear them so well. The Republican Party in itself is totally phoney and so use to Nancy Regans, even Marie Shiver , who I think is very real even though she grew up with money all of her life . Michell, is so wonderful compared to watching all the old prunes before her.

    April 2, 2009 at 6:29 pm |
  293. Rick Hendersonville,N.C.

    Plan And Simple; She is a Strong Black Woman. It's about time the world knew we have them all alone... Many Before ,Many after her... Reminds me of my grandmother From her strong mind to her strong toned arms..She is a mans Key to success!!! Barack Knew that!!!

    April 2, 2009 at 6:29 pm |
  294. Chris

    I don't know how popular she is or not, but slobbering questions like this from our hyper-partisan media don't hurt.

    Give me a break.

    April 2, 2009 at 6:30 pm |
  295. Tom F

    Strangely, people who receive nought but praise from the mainstream media become popular.

    April 2, 2009 at 6:30 pm |
  296. Noah

    Other countries especially Britain are thrilled with Michelle Obama because she portrays a strong woman who is a minority. Many countries around the world had a past view of the United States as having only a white government. People are also enthralled with her vibrancy and the almost "youthful vibe" shown which wasn't as present with ol' Laura.

    April 2, 2009 at 6:31 pm |
  297. Jason Palm Desert, CA

    The reality is this: She's new.

    While she does remind one of fabled pasts with Jackie Kennedy and Nancy Reagan, playing the bright socialite hostess, it's really because she's a new face that we've all been longing for. Laura Bush was a great First Lady, but she had one thing that stands in her way when it comes to the "WOW" factor; God help her, she's married to George Bush! After 8 years of that nut, we all just want to forget every bit of his Presidency.

    April 2, 2009 at 6:31 pm |
  298. Deb

    She is in a position now so that all of her attributes can show. They were always there, intelligence, kindness, sincere,etc., but during the election she was picked apart and twisted by the republicans and other candidates for their own advantage but truth prevailed and her honest sincere intelligence won. She is the best women for the job!!! Her classy style comes fom her heart, her intelligence is assisted by her remakable instict. She is the real deal.

    April 2, 2009 at 6:31 pm |
  299. K, Kalamazoo, MI

    I think the appeal of Michelle Obama is that she seems real and the majority of people can relate to her. Most of the people in the world don't live privileged lives, and she is so warm and open towards all people, regardless of their social or political status, that it's refreshing to see a woman in such a powerful position that can remain so down to earth.

    April 2, 2009 at 6:32 pm |
  300. Nancy S.

    The explanation for Michelle Obama's popularity is very simple....
    She is real, and she is genuine. President Obama should be
    appreciated for these same shared traits – honesty, sincerity, and
    caring.

    April 2, 2009 at 6:32 pm |
  301. Mitch-Hawaii

    Michelle Obama is a mother first, a dedicated wife second, and ultimately a compassionate steward of social conscience. This trinity of character is rare and attracts us all to her gentile enthusiasm.

    April 2, 2009 at 6:33 pm |
  302. Tom F

    Some people become popular for no other reason than that we are told repeatedly that they are popular. It doesn't last long though.

    April 2, 2009 at 6:33 pm |