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What Do We Know About Michelle Obama

What Do We Know About Michelle Obama

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"A young woman asked Mrs. Obama what her “First Lady platform” would be. “To make sure my kids have their heads on straight,” Mrs. Obama said. “We can talk about the high-falutin’ notion of a First Spouse platform, but here I am, a woman professional who has to work on top of my first job as a mother.”
"A young woman asked Mrs. Obama what her “First Lady platform” would be. “To make sure my kids have their heads on straight,” Mrs. Obama said. “We can talk about the high-falutin’ notion of a First Spouse platform, but here I am, a woman professional who has to work on top of my first job as a mother.”

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Michelle By Liza Mundy (Simon & Schuster, $25)
 It's unfortunate that
 Michelle
is such a dull book. The story of a working-class black girl from the south side of Chicago,now on the cusp of becoming America's First Lady, mustsurely hold nuggets of dramatic tension, but you won't findthem here.Reading this book made me long for a writer like CurtisSittenfeld, the novelist who imagined
Laura Bush
to life in
 American Wife
, or an observer with the intimate access of Yasmina Reza, the French playwright who spent a year withFrance's now-president,
Nicolas Sarkozy
, before penning herbook about him.It's not that author Liza Mundy hasn't labored responsibly.Denied access to the Obamas for the purposes of this book (she had interviewed them in2007 as a reporter for the
Washington Post 
), she pounded the pavement, often literally,and turned up friends, family, teachers and colleagues willing to go on the record.But the lack of up-close access, combined with a ploddingly chronological structure andbouts of repetition, has resulted in a book that commits the cardinal journalistic sin of telling rather than showing. Not until page 172 did I get a sense of the warm, funnyMichelle I kept reading about, and that came from an interview Michelle did with
60 Minutes
just after her husband announced his run. Michelle said Barack had promised toquit smoking, and the interviewer noted that lots of Americans would now be watchinghim. She replied, "Absolutely, please, America, watch ... keep an eye on him, and call meif you see him smoking."But much of the book is filled with banal observations and shallow quotes. We are toldthat young Michelle was "pretty down-to-earth," "smart" and "extremely nice," and thather mother is "salt of the earth." Michelle was very upset by her father's death, andBarack was very excited when his first child was born, the reader is told.Narrative shortcomings notwithstanding,
 Michelle
deserves to be considered on morethan its literary merits. Michelle Obama has been thrust, after all, into a history-makingrole, and
 Michelle
is our first book-length compendium of facts about her. (AnotherMichelle Obama biography is due to be released in November.)
 Michelle
That is a snooze is probably a good thing for the Obama campaign. After all,one doesn't want too interesting a first lady. Dogged attempts to find controversy in Mrs.Obama have been a little strained all along, and this book makes them look more so.After 200 pages of mundane detail about college, law school, Chicago philanthropies and

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