Like an overwhelming majority of Americans I am a Michelle Obama fan.
For anyone reading this who just said to himself, well â€œIâ€™m not one so how dare you say an â€˜overwhelming majorityâ€™ of us are,â€ I have a newsflash for you: youâ€™re very much in the minority. According to a recent poll the First Lady is the most popular political figure of any party and any gender in the country right now. Sheâ€™s so popular in fact, that if things are looking really tight in the fall the president may want to consider asking the Vice-president to step aside in order to make room on the ticket for his Mrs.
As I have made clear before, I donâ€™t consider a presidential ticket featuring the First Lady that far fetched, a sentiment that has previously gotten me into a bit of hot water. When I wrote a column titled â€œ8 Reasons Michelle Obama would make a Better Presidential Candidate than her Husband,â€Â I found out the hard way that President Obamaâ€™s most diehard fans can be a rather touchy bunch, particularly when it comes to outlining potential Democratic competition for himâ€”even when itâ€™s his own wife. (For the record, I did say â€œpresidential candidateâ€ not â€œpresident,â€ something the most outraged critics of the column seemed to miss, even though it was expressed clearly in the title of the piece, but I digress.)
Perhaps it will come as a relief then to some of those diehard fans of the president who felt so threatened by the inference that his wife might be less of a liability on the campaign trail than he is, that she, not he, just made one of the 2012 campaignâ€™s more noteworthy blunders.
In an interview with People MagazineÂ promote her new gardening book, when asked if she could be anyone in the world the First Lady replied â€œBeyonce.â€
While I thought it was a slightly odd response (after all, I couldnâ€™t picture Hillary Clinton saying, â€œLady Gagaâ€ or â€œMadonnaâ€) I assumed that maybe I was simply being too square. I then shared the article featuring her response with a family member and African-American friend, both of who are fans of the First Lady, and another friend who is not African-American but is a die-hard Beyonce fan. Without sharing my own thoughts first, I asked for theirs. They all reacted with varying degrees of horror.