First lady starts taking risks, pushing boundaries

She is far and away the most popular figure in the Obama administration, but several recent moves by Michelle Obama could put some tarnish on her sterling public image.

“She is taking some risks,” said Cindy Rugeley, a political scientist at Texas Tech University.

As new figures released Friday showed the nation’s unemployment rate the highest in 26 years, the first lady jetted to Paris with daughters Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7, to meet up with the traveling president and stay a few extra days to celebrate Sasha’s eighth birthday.

“Where the risk comes in is Paris family vacations or international jet-setting,” Rugeley said. “Over time, it will start to raise the question of whether she is really like the rest of us, and is she sensitive to the suffering of many people in the country.”

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