Following Criticism, "Mom In Chief" Michelle Obama Charms AmericansAn article in today's New York Times describes how Michelle Obama has come into her own after facing criticism earlier in the campaign, and her ability to market herself to the American public without sacrificing her personality. Where she first presented herself as a smart, tough lawyer, these days, she sticks to telling anecdotes about Barack and her daughters. At a recent rally she said: "I also come here as a mother; that is my primary title, mom in chief. My girls are the first thing I think about when I wake up in the morning and the last thing I think about when I go to bed. When people ask me how I'm doing, I say, 'I'm only as good as my most sad child.'" She also told humorous story about her oldest daughter, Malia, last night on The Tonight Show (clip after the jump).Even though it may feel like we've seen a lot of Michelle Obama, she hasn't done any hard-hitting interviews, with say, Wolf Blitzer. And spouses of past Democratic nominees — Teresa Heinz Kerry, Tipper Gore, Hillary Rodham Clinton — all spent more time campaigning in the fall than Michelle Obama has, according to the Times. But one has to wonder: Was Michelle Obama's strong black working woman image softened into a "just a mommy" role, in order for the American public to find her more likeable, and her husband more electable? And did it work? New To Campaigning, But No Longer A Novice [NY Times]