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June 26th, 2009
05:00 PM ET

What's the right role for Michelle Obama?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

First Lady Michelle Obama has said her primary role in the White House will be 'Mom-in-Chief' to her young daughters, Sasha and Malia. But lately Mrs. Obama has been expressing an interest in taking on more.

The Washington Post reports Mrs. Obama has been telling her staff and close friends for weeks that she isn't having the impact she wants. Earlier this month, she hired a new chief of staff and got rid of the old one. She's brought on a full-time speech writer, and told her staff she wants to have a "message" at speaking events. In other words, she doesn't just want to shake hands and kiss babies.

Her new chief of staff told the Washington Post, "It isn't just about hugging. Whatever she talks about will bring press and interest, but it's important that she's not just talking [but] actually moving forward on those issues."

Those issues will likely go beyond aiding military families, a cause she has taken on since the campaign trail. In recent weeks, she's been talking up the president's health plan as well. Michelle Obama has commanded more attention accidentally than previous first ladies did on purpose.

Her ability to communicate seems effortless and she comes across as down to earth and genuine. All qualities in short supply in our nation's capital.

Here’s my question to you: What's the right role for Michelle Obama?

Tune in to the Situation Room at 5pm to see if Jack reads your answer on air.

And, we love to know where you’re writing from, so please include your city and state with your comment.

soundoff (98 Responses)
  1. Trueman, Toronto, Ontario

    Hi Jack,
    EXACTLY what she's been doing all along. Maybe even a little more of it.
    Jackie-O meets Princess Di... with great arms and a law degree, what else do you want?

    June 26, 2009 at 12:04 pm |
  2. AndyZag Lynn, MA

    As I have observed the First Lady's first 100 days I think she has selected her role and performed it in an exemplary manner. I think that the First Family has agreed on the manner in which they will present themselves to the public and that is that they are approachable. No more Darth Cheney in a bunker, unseen for months at a time. No more President Bush who could barely put two sentences together into a coherent thought. My sincerest thanks President Obama and First Lady Obama.

    June 26, 2009 at 12:07 pm |
  3. Peg from NY

    The role she creates everyday. Authentic and genuine. A positive role model on so many levels.

    June 26, 2009 at 12:44 pm |
  4. Kevin in Dallas, TX

    I'd like to see her be the spokesperson for self-improvement.

    June 26, 2009 at 12:49 pm |
  5. B in NC

    Just exactly what she's doing.

    June 26, 2009 at 12:53 pm |
  6. Alex in Seattle

    It looks like she has already found it, Jack. A nice balance between a traditional priority as First Mother and some limited policy activism like organic gardening and supporting military families. I think that is a good start and I'm sure she will carefully expand her role over time.

    June 26, 2009 at 1:10 pm |
  7. Jim

    Jack,
    Hillary Clinton blossomed when she took ownership of her career and distanced herself from President Clinton. Eleanor Roosevelt forged a magnificant career out of the shadow of FDR. Developing her own style and perhaps own agenda will enhance Michelle Obama's life and legacy quite apart from that of her husband.
    Jim
    Los Angeles

    June 26, 2009 at 1:19 pm |
  8. Tony from Torrignton

    Michelle Obama should be powerful and beautiful at the same time. She should quietly assist her husband in becoming the greatest president of all time, making it almost impossible for a conservative to ever get elected again. Her grace and beauty should mesmerize those men in the media the same as her husband has put members of the female and some male members into a trance. After all, they are the FIRST...ONLY.....BEST.....SMARTEST....MOST SOUGHT AFTER...DEITES.....IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD.

    OK Jack?

    June 26, 2009 at 1:23 pm |
  9. john .... marlton, nj

    Be a mother, take care of her kids, be a role model for others and mind her own business . She was never elected to any position.

    June 26, 2009 at 1:27 pm |
  10. Drake in Shongaloo,LA

    Being a successful person in all she does, while standing by her husband during this country's wild ride.

    June 26, 2009 at 1:37 pm |
  11. michael

    Stay out of the press.

    June 26, 2009 at 1:42 pm |
  12. John from Alabama

    Jack: Michelle Obama's role is first a mother, wife and lover to the President of the United States, daughter, and then the First Lady. As First Lady she has chosen to be involved with children, military spouces, and a cheerleader for federal employees. I believe this is her chosen role as First Lady, and I believe she doing a great job.

    June 26, 2009 at 1:43 pm |
  13. Jenna

    What’s the right role for Michelle Obama?

    Hasn't that already been defined?

    She is a wife, mother and First Lady (all that encompasses).

    Isn't that enough?

    Jenna
    Roseville CA

    June 26, 2009 at 1:46 pm |
  14. Joe CE

    She has being doing well – just keep doing more of the same.

    June 26, 2009 at 1:50 pm |
  15. Sue

    Try being real. Don't wear $500 tennis shoes and then go digging around in a garden like an ordinary person. This kind of stuff ticks me off about all politicians. I wonder how long she stays out there in the dirt after the cameras are turned off?

    June 26, 2009 at 1:54 pm |
  16. Willow, Iowa

    I believe she's doing a good job now. She is raising her children, everybody watches what clothing she wears, how she walks the dog, she volunteers at food banks and shelters, and put in a vegetable garden at the WH. She's not political, she is being a good First Lady.

    June 26, 2009 at 1:58 pm |
  17. Kathy/Ga

    We know that she is a loving mother, wife and wonderful daughter. We now know that she can juggle many roles and excellent at all of them. I do know one role she has not tried. She could be the host (When Wolff is out) or the co-host of the situation room. How would you like that?

    June 26, 2009 at 2:00 pm |
  18. annie & greg

    whatever she is doing right now , she is comfortable w/herself, she will find other projects & keep growing mentally emotionally spiritually,,she is honest & straightforward, we are proud of the young couple in the white house !!..let's hope for peace & the end of the wars..

    June 26, 2009 at 2:01 pm |
  19. Jim from Chicago

    Jack, Michelle is in the right position right now. She has become a role model for responsible mothers and strong women of all races. Perhaps, if there were anything Michelle might do more, it would be to attack irresponsible teen pregnancy with the same fervor that Nancy Reagan attacked teen drug use.

    June 26, 2009 at 2:03 pm |
  20. tommie & debbie

    she is a sweet heart..whatever she does we have faith in her..."Liking what you do is freedom, Liking what you do is Happiness"...

    June 26, 2009 at 2:05 pm |
  21. Tina Tx

    I think Michelle is doing a great job in what she is doing. It is hard to do too much with young, school age girls. Her garden and volunteer work takes up some of her time.

    June 26, 2009 at 2:07 pm |
  22. Nick Gervay

    I think she could be a bridge to the african-american community. His interaction with the black community is certainly lacking – perhaps to calm people's fears that he is acting like a 'black' president.

    June 26, 2009 at 2:07 pm |
  23. NANCY M.- Colorado

    If we start defining her role, how fair is that? She is extraordinarily able to define her own role.

    June 26, 2009 at 2:09 pm |
  24. Joe in MO

    Wrong question. This is her choice, not ours.

    June 26, 2009 at 2:11 pm |
  25. pat in lexington

    There is no right or wrong role for her. Whatever she does she will do well and she'll not forget her most important role as mother.

    June 26, 2009 at 2:19 pm |
  26. Denny from Tacoma, WA

    The one that she is currently in, First Lady – kind, considerate and compassionate.

    June 26, 2009 at 2:19 pm |
  27. David in San Diego

    She is a mother, wife, professional person, and First Lady. She should act on all four, more or less in that order.

    June 26, 2009 at 2:24 pm |
  28. gerry In Toronto

    The best role for the first lady is the one she defines herself.

    June 26, 2009 at 2:27 pm |
  29. Pablo in Tejas

    Jack
    I would not presume to tell Mrs. Obama her role. The way I reckon it, any woman's place is wherever the hell she wants it to be. And that's all there is to it, Brother.

    Pablo
    Arlington Texas

    June 26, 2009 at 2:27 pm |
  30. Anne

    The time when the First Lady was nothing more than an official hostess for the White House are over. Mrs. Obama seems to be taking on the mantle of other great First Ladies such as Mrs. Roosevelt and our current Secretary of State. Why should we limit the current one?

    June 26, 2009 at 2:31 pm |
  31. Frank from Peterborough

    The first lady should be out in public every day and getting all kinds of media coverage. This will drive the Republicans crazier than they currently are and the talking heads like Rush, Sean and Bill "O" will explode in front of their listeners.

    June 26, 2009 at 2:35 pm |
  32. Paul Austin, Texas

    I think she is in just the right role in all she has been doing. Keep it up Michelle.

    June 26, 2009 at 2:43 pm |
  33. Bonnie in Texas

    It isn't up to you, Jack, or your viewers to make this determination. It is up to Mrs. Obama. I kind of hope she chooses to just stay at home.

    June 26, 2009 at 2:45 pm |
  34. Geri - Mead, Ok

    I think Michelle's first concern will always be her two daughters particularly as they grow older in the glare of the spotlight. Our First Lady is a very intelligent and talented lady, and I'm sure that whatever role she chooses she will bring her intelligence, class, and style to bear in that role.

    She would particularly be good at promoting good parenting in our nation which is something that has been sorely lacking for a very long time. Good parenting would go far to eliminate the problem you mentioned yesterday regarding young girls getting pregnant, it would also help to raise the educational statistics in this country so there would be fewer dropouts and fewer dumb people doing dumb things. Good parenting, rather than parents always being emotionally and physically absent from their children's lives even as they stand in front of them, would also go a very long way to reducing the drug consumption and crime rate in this country.

    Michelle Obama is an emotionally present type of woman, which will make her successful as a mother and successful at anything she does.

    June 26, 2009 at 2:48 pm |
  35. Dave, Brooklyn, NY

    First Lady – emphasis on lady.

    June 26, 2009 at 2:49 pm |
  36. Mike - Boca Raton

    Anything she wants it to be. She has demonstrated a poise, caring and the ability for be a teriffic role model that is unequaled by any previous First Lady. I must calrify that I did not vote for President Obama and had doubts about how his family would function in the fishbowl of the White House but have been most impressed by his wife and his children's apparent ability to lead a nearly normal life. I also support his "Date Nights" with Michelle. Of course that puts us NORMAL husbands in a real bind.

    June 26, 2009 at 3:01 pm |
  37. FRED HUGHES

    The right role for Michelle Obama is the role that she is most satisfied in doing. Anything else might suffer for commitment. Fred Livingston. Al

    June 26, 2009 at 3:05 pm |
  38. ERIC BROWNLEE

    Hey Jack!

    Her role?...Lets see, Pick out puppies, help kids learn to read, throw the switch on the x-mas tree....Everything else is just priceless!..

    Thanks ERIC IN MORRO BAY

    June 26, 2009 at 3:06 pm |
  39. MONTY

    That's up to her and Barack Obama. I enjoy seeing her wherever and whatever she is doing, and I believe that she is not doing things only for political reasons. There is an honest sincerity whether it's visiting a school or planting an organic garden. I like her clothes, too!

    mad plato in El Paso

    June 26, 2009 at 3:08 pm |
  40. Marie Ontario

    She is doing just fine and driving the GOP and their supporters around the bend trying to figure out some way to discredit her.

    From what I can tell she appears to be the only real person around the political chambers in Washington and will do what she feels is right without needing corporate dollars to guide her decisions.

    June 26, 2009 at 3:17 pm |
  41. Larry from Georgetown, Texas

    To be President Obama's wife, friend and to do exactly what she's been doing for the past 5 months, taking an active role of being an example to young people.

    June 26, 2009 at 3:17 pm |
  42. Tom from Philly

    I thought she was already doing the right thing by capturing the attention of american families... was there something else?

    June 26, 2009 at 3:26 pm |
  43. Judy, Exeter, Calif,

    Michelle Obama's correct role is the one she is playing right now. She is a shining example of excellence for everyone in this country and the world to look up to. She is not shy about telling us that education is the key. Who knows who she has already inspired to be the best they can, and how that will change history.

    June 26, 2009 at 3:27 pm |
  44. Mari, Salt Lake City, Utah

    Wife, Mother, #1 supporter of her husband, and First Lady. Mrs. Obama is FREE to choose how she will best support her husband and serve the American people.

    God bless you, Mrs. Obama!

    June 26, 2009 at 3:28 pm |
  45. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: The right role for Michelle is to be a mother to her children and a wife to the President-–

    June 26, 2009 at 3:33 pm |
  46. Lou from Fayetteville, NC

    I like her the way she is: Mom, Wife, Saleslady, Diplomat and Friend to everyone. Easy, cool, smart, and wears the right clothes.

    June 26, 2009 at 3:35 pm |
  47. Lisa in Shelton CT

    To be a good wife to her husband, a good mother to her kids, a good daughter, friend, etc -to her significant others, and then, to be a good First Lady to our country. She seems to have her own plans to accomplish these goals and more already.

    June 26, 2009 at 3:35 pm |
  48. Gigi

    A first Lady who is a wife and mother first, second and last. America has forgotten the meaning of family. Who better to bring back that image.

    Oregon

    June 26, 2009 at 3:35 pm |
  49. Bit in Alabama

    The roles she's been playing for years; wife and mother.

    June 26, 2009 at 3:37 pm |
  50. LUCI - ILLINOIS

    Whatever she wants to do. Michelle is so intelligent and a good person. I'm very proud to call her our First Lady. Her daughters and Barack comes first in her life, then will come the role she wants to take on.

    June 26, 2009 at 3:37 pm |
  51. Sarah

    Whatever role she chooses.

    June 26, 2009 at 3:41 pm |
  52. Alan - Buxton, Maine

    Her role is to support her husband and promote the causes she values. Exactly what she is doing.

    June 26, 2009 at 3:43 pm |
  53. Eleanora Feucht, Mt. Laurel, N.J.

    Stay home and tend to her vegetable garden

    June 26, 2009 at 3:50 pm |
  54. Pugas-AZ

    Steady as she goes. She apparently is doing a good job as first lady. Staying out of the nasty political limelight will serve her and her family, as well as the country, well.

    June 26, 2009 at 3:50 pm |
  55. Michael, Alexandria, VA

    The one she is filling seems to be working nicely. She is doing the public face role exactly right. The fact that we are left guessing about any impact she has on politics shows she is doing that one right too.

    June 26, 2009 at 3:51 pm |
  56. Bill in PA

    Jack,
    Michelle Obama: graduate of Princeton University and the Harvard University Law School, mother of two young children, wife of the President of the United States can be what she chooses.
    She will have suggestions, modest and good hearted and those that wish her harm and failure. Either way it is none of our business.
    Eleanor Roosevelt would be a great role model but Michelle will decide.

    June 26, 2009 at 3:52 pm |
  57. CJ in Atlanta

    Michelle has an opportunity to encourage both young ladies and young men to succeed and contribute to society. She has proven to be a shining example of an engaged and hard-working mother to her two girls. She has also demonstrated the positive aspects of maintaining a healthy and faithful relationship with her husband. This is the kind of lifestyle that young people need to see, need to want, and need to know is attainable.

    June 26, 2009 at 3:52 pm |
  58. Dawson, Minneapolis, MN

    I think she should do whatever she wants. There is a catch though. It shouldn't cost me any money. She is still a highly educated and successful business woman. There is no excuse for her using taxpayer dollars for anything silly. It must be nice to host gatherings at the White House, but how much is that costing us? You wanna throw a party Michelle Obama? Use your own money.

    June 26, 2009 at 3:54 pm |
  59. Independent for Obama

    I really love that she talks about community service and that she acts like a "community organizer" in her role as first lady. I think she could make signifigant social changes by constanly taking to adults and kids about helping one another.
    Janie Springfield MA

    June 26, 2009 at 3:55 pm |
  60. odessa

    michelle obama can do anything that she wants to do.it wouldn't matter what role that you will give her because she's smart,funny,warm and generous person.michelle is very comfortable doing anything as giving back to the communities,schools,being involved in youth programs etc.what ever she does, i will be happy for her because it shows her character much stronger than before for being in the spotlight.

    June 26, 2009 at 4:04 pm |
  61. sue

    Just be herself. She is the First Lady to the average American. I love watching her hug people. She comes across as a down to earth person. This is what this country needs. She is a great mother and when she goes abroad we can hold our heads up high. She brings a much need respect to this country.

    June 26, 2009 at 4:08 pm |
  62. Alice NEWYORK

    Think she is awsome! In the position she is in, she is showing her great personna of what it means to be a First Lady of the nation of the USA! Just as she is, she is a shinning example to people, especially to women.

    June 26, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  63. Joan Gilbert-Croteau

    I believe Michelle Obama has taken on a role that has opened up the White House more then any other first lady to date.

    Her outstanding motivation of reaching out to all Americans, including children, and promoting volunteerism by offering her valuable time. She is a wonderful communicator who is truly the peoples first lady.

    Joann fon Skowhegan, Maine

    June 26, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  64. abbagaladima

    A hardworking, caring, loving mother and a first lady.

    June 26, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  65. Linda, vancouver, bc

    Exactly the one she is taking!!!

    June 26, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  66. Chris D., NYC

    She's a great example for hard working, self made successful women, and should represent that to the fullest........I think she should endorse education, and physical fitness, to the youth, and teenagers, and adults.......Visit poor rural, and urban centers around the country. People of all backgrounds and ethnicities need to be encouraged in this time...... We all need the whoa is me pity party for the economy and America, to be over and done with, and dig deep down for the resilience, and dedication that will pull us out of this mess.
    Mrs. Obama can speak to that need, and spark that desire.

    June 26, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  67. Junior Doh

    They is no right role for Michelle obama, she can do it all. We can call her superwomen, i hope whatever she does, it help the nation and her family. best of luck and tell Barack my cousin is in love with him

    June 26, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  68. Mike of Hot Springs.

    She should do just what she is doing. She can be and is a great model for the girls of the U.S. and the rest of the world.

    June 26, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  69. Kate Casey

    Hi Jack,

    Michelle Obama is doing just what she needs to be doing. Showing us how to love a man, be a good mother, and she shows the most kindness, strength, class, smarts and more of any first lady we have had. She doesn't just talk the talk she walks the walk as they say. She and the President make me so proud. By the way I am from the Repulican state of Idaho and believe me I live around the nuts that keep this state down. Any one that looks at Idaho's representation would surely know that this state tries to stay last on education, health care , especially for children. I married a farmer and that is why I am hear but when I moved from Washington I was and am so discouraged by what I see. Thank you

    June 26, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  70. Stephen R. Collier

    I trust her to make the right decisions for her role in the same way I tend to trust her husband in his role. Except that she has the plus that she won't make the budget deficit more bloated.

    Stephen
    Virginia Beach

    June 26, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  71. Elizabeth, Los Angeles

    Michelle needs to concentrate on being "First Mom". It's the most important job she could possibly take on and the most important message she could possibly send - not only to Americans, but to the world.

    June 26, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  72. Donna Colorado Springs,Co

    I don't see anything wrong with the role she's playing right now........First Lady, wife and mother. She is totally involved in just about every worthwhile project around, but I guess she, like the president, feels the need to be doing something 24/7

    June 26, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  73. James

    I think got it right, "Mom In Chief". She could inspire millions on what parenting is suppose to be. She goes to all parent/teacher conferences, any school event (time permitting), and I think she is determined to not let her children fall victim to the scrutnie of what some children of famous people have falling to.

    June 26, 2009 at 4:35 pm |
  74. Jay in Texas

    The right role of Michelle Obama is whatever role she feels comfortable playing. I think she is doing a magnificent job as First Lady already. I didn't vote for her husband for president but Michelle continuously renews my hopes for his presidency. She is an excellent communicator and provides, along with her daughters, an excellent role model for our country's children. She has shown she can be tough when she needs to be. I really admire her work with the White House Garden project where she is teaching America's youth about the importance of nature and a healthy diet.
    Brownwood, Texas

    June 26, 2009 at 4:37 pm |
  75. Darren

    Not to out shine her highly intelligent, articulate, husband.

    June 26, 2009 at 4:40 pm |
  76. Mary Bren

    First Lady Michelle Obama will take on whatever roles her super intelligence and people savvy take her!!! I have complete faith in her abilities.

    Mary, Widow in GA

    June 26, 2009 at 4:43 pm |
  77. Dennis North Carolina

    Her role as first lady is to set a example for the women and mothers then help her husband in any fashion that he wants.

    June 26, 2009 at 4:45 pm |
  78. Jim, from Las Vegas

    Wife and mother, period. Her husband and children need her far more than anyone else does. It was her husband who was elected POTUS, not her. Any other ambition on her part at this point in time is sadly mistaken and extremely selfish.

    June 26, 2009 at 4:47 pm |
  79. Deborah from Michigan

    I believe Michelle has struck the perfect balance between being Mom-in-Chief and a kind of USA cheerleader. Her positive outlook and encouragement to think about others rather than ourselves is refreshing and quite different than the "angry black woman" portrayed during the campaign. It's also nice to see a woman in her position that still is a real mom. It bothers me to see women in politics that have small children and seem to never, ever be at home.

    June 26, 2009 at 4:48 pm |
  80. Dee in sunny Florida

    I think First Lady Michelle Obama does need to carve out a rol for herself that is more than just mom-in-chief. She is an intelligent, articulate woman and it's so refreshing to have TWO smart folks in the White House, that I think she should speak out about issues.

    I'm not sure she should just select some 'project' and become known for that (in the manner of Lady Bird Johnson and her beautification, or Jackie Kennedy and her decorating and Laura Bush and education). I think Mrs. Obama has perhaps the best shot at making a real difference since Hilary Clinton was First Lady.

    I think Mrs,. Obama needs to select gritty issues to speak about. One thing she could espouse would be presenting facts about our health care system and why reform is needed. Another aould be the horrible state of our public school systems.But in the future I see her as a possible political figure, also in the style of Mrs. Clinton. Mrs Obama certainly has the intelligence and the capability to serve in some capacity, such as Senator or a Cabinet position! I think right now she should be preparing for such possibilities.

    June 26, 2009 at 4:48 pm |
  81. Ann from Hampton, New Jersey

    She seems to have a way with young people. Maybe her role would be to speak to them on the importance of staying in school and getting a higher education. Our school system is in disarray and she may be the right one to get it back on track. I believe she could do whatever she wanted successfully.

    June 26, 2009 at 4:50 pm |
  82. Lourene, Darby Hill, Texas

    Michelle Obama is in the perfect postiion to do anything she wants to do and do it well. Another positive voice on health care reform is surely needed. I think she has the kudos in which people will really listen to.

    June 26, 2009 at 4:53 pm |
  83. Pat in Greensboro, GA

    Michelle has so much to offer, that any role she choses will be the right role for her. She is smart, successful, articulate, informed, compassionate and a loving wife and mother. Young women of all races need to see her often in the media, she is a terrific role model in an environment where we don't have many.

    June 26, 2009 at 4:56 pm |
  84. Anita from Tennessee

    I am very impressed with Michele Obama, and I feel that whatever she decides to do is fine as well as the fact that she makes a positive impact on the various roles, projects, or whatever she participates in. She is a wonderful first lady and it is so wonderful the positive impact that she is making, especially with school-age children. Our country needs her positive influence, especially now.

    June 26, 2009 at 4:56 pm |
  85. Dorothy from Illinois

    Doing exactly what she has been doing!

    June 26, 2009 at 4:59 pm |
  86. Khalil

    Mrs. Michelle Obama will, undoubtedly, discover what her role will be, apart from her family, and the role she has already stated she desires to play. She certainly doesn't need us to tell her what the extent of her role will be.

    Khalil, Flint Michigan.

    June 26, 2009 at 5:02 pm |
  87. William Courtland

    A Hospital legal Administrator: just take your pick of any hospital now...

    Just because her husband is the President: doesn't mean she can not be allowed her own private career.

    How about then the mayor of Washington: no conflict exist::? when municipal to federal?

    Maybe get a job from her husband: and work in the patent office: or for public government marketing methods...

    Working to upgrade the method in which law is handled: redefine the paperwork which was involved in intellectual property rights...

    Look good... I do not know: she obviously does that alrea...

    Protect her daughters from the paparazzi...

    Charities... socials: it is too eighteenth century heiress: just go back to work... and find some type of supreme respect on what-ever work place she finds: Dean of a College or University: with a medical or legal campus... I am sure that if she choices to start some foundation: it will be well intended: and if she does support charities: she understands that she is not obligated to run them all...

    June 26, 2009 at 5:04 pm |
  88. Cheryl Gainesville, GA

    I am glad to hear she realizes how important her role is. I think that it is very important that the First Lady is taking her role seriously. Look how far Hillary has come. I personally think she should focus on Healthcare. I think whatever she choses she will be a force that will be heard.

    June 26, 2009 at 5:44 pm |
  89. E.J. in Tacoma

    I've watched her blossom into a wonderful role model for all the young girls especially African American young ladies. What a beautiful example of grace and elegance and motherhood. She's great!
    E.J. in Tacoma

    June 26, 2009 at 5:58 pm |
  90. Bruce

    Something that takes major guts; like disclose Area 51 and Lockeed Martin's flying saucer technology!

    June 26, 2009 at 6:00 pm |
  91. Denise

    It all depends on what Michelle wants to do, Jack. She is a bright, intelligent woman. Whatever she is comfortable with. Peraps working with children, or, heaven forbid, the DOJ? She is an attorney after all.

    June 26, 2009 at 6:00 pm |
  92. Darr/ Cleveland

    Is there really a 'right role' for her? I doubt it. Why can't she just do what she is doing, dabbling in a variety of venues without interference, speculation and media introspection. One day she represents children, another day she represents volunteering; let her be herself. She has four years to find her niche, so why all the attention on her?

    June 26, 2009 at 6:03 pm |
  93. Joseph Leff

    She's an inspiration to women all around the world. What's the point of changing that? Oh, yeah - I almost forgot. She doesn't inspire the Taliban. Too bad.

    Joe in Delray Beach, FL

    June 26, 2009 at 6:05 pm |
  94. Susan from Twin Falls Idaho

    Who are we to say what the right role is No one makes the rules for me and other women why should we feel we can do the same for our first lady. As far as I'm concerned it's no holds barred she is a woman that can multi task and should not be boxed in by what others think she should do.

    June 26, 2009 at 6:06 pm |
  95. DAwn

    She is doing and will always will do whatever she wants to do. She has her priorities right it seems. She supports her husband and is raising her children. That can be a full-time job. It seems to be for her right now. I thank her for that. It's what I have done and people still ask me what I'm going to do. This is it,"chief mom"! : )

    June 26, 2009 at 6:09 pm |
  96. Toni from OK

    Just doing just fine being herself. She is a great mother, wife and daughter and a wonderful example of a first lady – you can tell she enjoys life.

    June 26, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  97. Jack

    Michelle Obama lends a, long lost, "Jackie" touch of class to the White House. She could not be doing a better job, if she wanted to.

    June 26, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  98. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Michelle Obama is a woman of many attributes and certainly doesn't need to just "stand by her man", she can step out on her own politically.

    June 26, 2009 at 6:41 pm |