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Michelle Obama is the Most Powerful Woman in the World

That’s what Forbes Magazine thinks, anyway. More powerful than Hillary, more powerful than Oprah, more powerful than Angela Merkel, Arianna Huffington – dahling please! – and more powerful than Nancy Pelosi.

More powerful than Lady Gaga???

This seems pretty contrived. I mean, is pillow talk really so meaningful? I’m sure Obama listens to Michelle, but he seems like the type that comes to his own, cerebral conclusions. I haven’t seen her fingerprints in many places, certainly not with respect to policy or political strategy.

Here’s Forbes’ justification:

She has made the office of First Lady her own. A forceful advocate of school nutrition standards and military families’ affairs, she’s more involved in policy than Laura Bush was. But unlike Hillary Clinton, who championed a secretive (and ultimately unsuccessful) health care reform, Obama has stayed away from hard policy. A fashion icon and an athletic mother of two, she’s Jackie Kennedy with a law degree from Harvard and street sense from Chicago’s South Side. She’s also effective: In response to her Let’s Move! campaign against childhood obesity, companies like Coca-Cola, Kellogg and General Mills have pledged to reduce the calorie content of their foods by 2012. The first lady remains popular: 54% of Americans view her favorably.

Sorry, less calories in Cap’n Crunch don’t make you the most powerful woman in the world. I admire her efforts, but I’m willing to bet there are even more fat kids around in 2012.

Athletic mother of two? What does she do that’s athletic?

Jackie Kennedy with a law degree? Did Mrs. Obama’s communications director write this?

Did Mrs. Obama write this?

Perhaps not. I gather putting Angela Merkel on the cover wouldn’t sell too many magazines this side of the Rhine.

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  2. It wasn’t long ago that she was on the most beautiful list, the sexiest list, and the best-dressed list. Why not the most powerful? I better look at my videos again. Where did I go wrong?

    I suppose if Jackie O had a law degree, a nose job, countless wigs, and a fake smile alternating with a sneer, yeah, I can see the similarity.

  3. Sheesh.

    Her caustic, acidic remarks, countless clothing faux pas (closely related to her inability to dress appropriately on more solemn occassions) has garnered Mrs. Obama the title on WHD as “Low Rent”. So she may be ‘all of that’ in the (obviously one-sided left-wing) article, but she’s just another educated idiot on Capitol Hill who has a gulf between them and the American people.

    LIBERALS: Say what you want about Laura Bush, but she knew how to dress, had a quiet demeanor and was a very, very smart lady. Come to think of it, she should have been 43.

  4. Fashion icon…health…champion…COME ON! I was through with breakfast, luckily. Look at that pix–the left that the start of a “Merman?” We call those flab flaps Mermans after Ethel Merman throwing her arms heavenward and belting out “There’s no business like show business.” Also–her mother does a lot of the child care. Lucky her.

  5. Speaking of mag covers, when one comes in with her on it, I tear it off. It takes me a while to thread thru a mag (bad vision) and she will be staring up at me with her PhotoShopped waist or whatever for days…so she goes immediately.

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