Politico's "Leaning Out: How Michelle Obama Became a Feminist Nightmare" is exactly the kind of piece a media organization puts out to get people angry. The title manages to squeeze in not one but two hot internet hype phrases: a reference to Sheryl Sandberg and "feminist nightmare." Too bad the substance doesn't live up to the hype.
Michelle Cottle's actual article on Michelle Obama has no new information. She's used the peg of the First Lady's new education initiative (a development that's not so much of a surprise as some would like to paint it as) to breakdown the discussion that's centered around Michelle's style of being the First Lady since Obama started campaigning for the 2008 election. Nothing Cottle presents is something we haven't heard before: We know that being a First Lady is always a strange position to be in. We know that Michelle definitely didn't even want to be First Lady in the first place. And we know that as a black woman, Michelle has had a hard time convincing white America to like her.