Why the Hell Are We Still Holding First Lady Bake-Offs? Stop It. Stop…

Yesterday, Family Circle announced that First Lady and Princeton-educated attorney Michelle Obama's white and dark chip cookie recipe roundly defeated challenger and stay-at-home mom Ann Romney's M&M's cookie recipe. And while it's tempting to joke about the metrics of stay-at-home mom success versus lawyer success,… » 10/03/12 11:30am 10/03/12 11:30am

Ann Romney Wants to Be America’s First Professional Mother First Lady…

After Hilary Rosen called Ann Romney — and I'm paraphrasing here — a shiftless layabout who luxuriates on a pallet of silk pillows and divides her days between torpid contemplation of her life of leisure and QVC, people got upset. Some people (stay-at-home moms) were legitimately annoyed that Rosen seemed so… » 4/15/12 12:30pm 4/15/12 12:30pm

A Handy Guide to Gossiping About First Ladies

Amid the paroxysm of gasping that gripped the nation this week when Michelle Obama told "CBS This Morning" co-host Gayle King that she's not "some angry black woman," political pundits may have lost some historical perspective. Exhibit A: their breathless discussion of the ‘salacious' details in Jodi Kantor's recently… » 1/15/12 1:30pm 1/15/12 1:30pm

The "Reluctant First Lady" Is Now A Thing

Few in their right minds truly want to be first lady, or go through the increasingly circus-like process of trying to become one. Politico, and the breed of horse-race, minutiae-driven reporting it represents, hasn't make this any easier, and now here it is recognizing the newly frank reluctance of some prospective… » 4/25/11 10:40am 4/25/11 10:40am