Michelle Barack Obama

Michelle Barack Obama: More vital to the long-term interests of the nation than the clothes she wore one particular day this past December is the historic milestone Michelle Obama reached. That day, she joined President Barack Obama at a Washington school as he signed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, a component of her "Let's Move!" campaign to stem the dangerously alarming obesity and malnutrition rates among American children. Her role in the act's passage was suggested by her words that day and her deeds leading up to it, including her announcing last year a presidential commission's findings on the depth, causation and consequences of the problem.

Although Michelle Obama is usually compared to Jackie Kennedy and others of her predecessors in the context of their fashions, the media fixation on the style of a First Lady tends to eclipse the substance of their policy advocacy, and ultimately distort their historical perception. With passage of the act, however, she joins the ranks of only a few First Ladies whose focus on a public issue led to some form of official, federal action.
Today, in fact, marks the 99th Anniversary of the first public disclosure of a First Lady having successfully influenced official federal action.
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