The Los Angeles Times
December 28, 2009
[efoods]She’s on vacation now in Hawaii, so what does she care?
But as the first calendar year of the new White House regime draws to a close, First Lady Michelle Obama is experiencing the same drop in poll numbers as her husband. She’s not elected, of course, and not charged at least officially with making the tough executive decisions that come out of the Oval Office.
As a result, first ladies have typically fared better in different public opinion polls than their more controversial husbands. And now even as the female Harvard lawyer in the family and the one with the famously buff arms, Mrs. O still remains somewhat more popular than her spouse.
(Sarah Palin’s favorable poll ratings, btw, have risen steadily in recent months to the mid-40s. But although neither woman holds an elected office, that’s something entirely different.)