Why Michelle Obama “Impresses German Women”

More Michelle Obama’s First 100 Days Coverage!

CNN International has, in cnnpolitics.com’s “The 44th President First 100 Days” section, a piece looking at why this First Lady “impresses” women around the world. In, for example, India, a program officer for an HIV-prevention program tells CNN that Mrs. Obama “shows [Indian] women that it’s OK to have dark skin and to not have a son.”

Meanwhile, in Germany:

Christine Louise Hohlbaum, who lives near Munich, Germany, says the first lady impresses German women because she is a powerful public figure who doesn’t seem threatening. German history is marked by charismatic leaders who wielded personal power for malevolent ends, she says.

And, on the heels of its piece yesterday about how the “three f’s: food, family, and fashion” have “transformed” Mrs. Obama in these First 100 Days, from “an angry woman” into “a happy, doting mother,” AP Interactive presents: “100 Days. Highlights From the First Lady’s Fashion,” featuring photos of Mrs. Obama’s outfits in Barbie-like categories such as “travel,” “formal,” “at home,” and “in the community.” There’s also a category called “the girls,” featuring photos of Malia and Sasha and the newsworthy observation that they have an “affinity for knit dresses, leggings, sneakers, graphic t-shirts and backpacks”… the last of which might be inspired by their teachers’ affinity for assigning homework.

There will, no doubt, be more to come…

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Liz Cox Barrett is a writer at CJR.