August 16th, 2010
01:36 PM ET
4 years ago

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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January 24th, 2009
12:30 PM ET
8 months ago

Will Obama have to be better because he's black?

President Obama strides into history as the nation's first black president.
President Obama strides into history as the nation's first black president.

(CNN) - Just days before he was sworn in, President Obama was giving his daughters a tour of the Lincoln Memorial when one of them pointed to a copy of Abraham Lincoln's second inaugural address carved into the wall.

Obama's 7-year-old daughter, Sasha, told her father that Lincoln's speech was really long. Would he have to give a speech as long? Obama's answer was completed by his older daughter, 10-year-old Malia.

"I said, 'Actually, that one is pretty short. Mine may even be a little longer,' " Obama told CNN recently. "At which point, Malia turns to me and says, 'First African-American president, better be good.' "

The story is light-hearted, but it touches on a delicate question: Will people hold Obama to a different standard because he is the first African-American president?

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