Monday, November 8, 2010

The upside of a First Lady with moves

An Indian public and news media that were lukewarm before the official three-day visit began on Saturday have since become exuberant Michelle Obama fans. ...

While Mrs. Obama’s thoughts on education have been politely received, many foreign politicians’ wives have come bearing the same message. ...

Not all of the politicians’ wives have danced, though. In India, where everyone from teenage boys to septuagenarian aunts dance at weddings, a reticence to join the dance floor is seen as a troubling sign of a possible character flaw — one that Mrs. Obama certainly does not exhibit. ...

One video clip from that event is winging its way around the Internet, inspiring as much commentary on the grace of Mrs. Obama as the seeming left-footedness of her husband.
--Heather Timmons, NYT, on troubling character flaws of past First Ladies

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