Thursday, March 06, 2008
Obama's Mrs: Gladiator or Tin Man
[Michelle] Obama works out like “a gladiator,” a friend has said. (Lauren Collins in The New Yorker).
When people — they’re almost always shorter — ask her to pose for pictures, instead of bending her knees she leans at the waist, like the Tin Man.
It assuages fears of difference — “We’re just like you” is the cumulative message of all the back-and-forth about the breath and the bread — and inoculates against jealousy, a smart bit of self-deprecation on the part of a young, gifted, attractive couple whose fortunes have risen quickly, like movie stars insisting that they were unpopular in high school.