August 16th, 2010
01:36 PM ET
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The tricky path forward for Michelle Obama

First lady Michelle Obama spoke at the 2010 George Washington University commencement ceremony.
First lady Michelle Obama spoke at the 2010 George Washington University commencement ceremony.

(CNN) - To some she is a self-made woman and a global superstar.

To critics she's an "angry black woman" ashamed of her country.

Now she's been called a modern-day Marie Antoinette.

What role will history ultimately assign to Michelle Obama? It depends on the choices she makes during the tricky road ahead, some say.

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  1. Naqib

    "LET THEM EAT CAKE"

    We starve... she travels... on our dime... Nice

    August 16, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  2. Tony in Maine

    There will always be two histories of our country – the one written by the power hungry dogs of the rabid right and the other written by saner, more thoughtful people. It is the former that calls Michelle Obama an angry black woman or an uppity .

    More objective historians will draw an accurate picture of an intelligent American lawyer and mother married to te first bi-racial President of te United States.

    August 16, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  3. Whatever

    Not too many blacks are happy with the treatement received in America. So to all the white crictics... be black for a year and a day and see how it feels to be treated so vastly different in life.

    August 16, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  4. Robert

    Michelle is great, and her critics need to grow up and get lives. Why are so many Americans so childish and immature, getting all worked up over minor stuff like this? If she wants to take her daughter to Spain for a few days, who cares? She spreads goodwill for US wherever she goes.

    August 16, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  5. Don Wuerl

    I think she is a wonderfull woman! She has been doing her damndest to get our youth active and away from junk food. She maybe the First Lady; but remember, she is a private citizen-like her Husband President Obama.

    August 16, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  6. GOP = Scorched-Earth Politics

    Time-out...these so called "critics" and cowards that call her Marie Antoinette on their keyboards are nothing more than GOP bloggers looking for ways to practice their scorched-earth politics.

    August 16, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  7. Buster

    How about, she is an angry black woman ashamed of her country who likes to spend the tax payers money traveling around the globe.

    August 16, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  8. U.S. Common Sense

    Really? Seriously?

    Come on folks. She's the first lady. Give her a bunch of books and tell her to go to local schools and read to the kids. She's only the wife of the President.

    August 16, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  9. Independent in NC

    Sorry you haters but there are a lot of black educated women in this country just like our First Lady.

    August 16, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  10. Shiranee Dassanayake

    Marie Antoinette was born into the aristocracy, a rich, spoiled woman. Michelle Obama's birth and antecedents are a far cry from that. Do the people who make the comparison know this? They named her an angry black woman based on one comment she made , that for once she was proud of her country-people make this kind of comment off handedly without thinking that it would parsed and analysed to death. The Marie Antoinette comment is because she took a holiday in Spain without information as to who paid for it. If it was her money, why not?As usual, CNN's comments are stupid and ill advised. and made without forethought

    August 16, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  11. Karl in Charleston,SC

    "Angry black woman" ashamed of her country. Definately.

    August 16, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  12. carlos

    Mrs. Obama is the nation s FIRST LADY......cnn, do not go any further than that, you are pathetic.......hope you do not give the DC salahis the same coverage you give to the alaska hag.....ENOUGH

    August 16, 2010 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  13. Ron in california

    Hmmmm. don't want to be disrespectful but get real. Previous First Ladies seem to be more of the people than of themselves.

    August 16, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  14. Ben

    The Queen Bee needs to keep her sorry butt at home and stop spending the taxpayer's money.

    August 16, 2010 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
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