Michelle ObamaMichelle Obama is Let's Move-ing on to a new focus (sorry), as the First Lady will be embarking on a new initiative today centered on driving the number of low-income students enrolling in college. After some five years primarily spent "evangelizing exercise," as the Times puts it, this represents new territory for Michelle.
While there are some who have been impatiently waiting for Michelle to use her "historic position to move more deeply into policy," a University of California, Riverside history professor and first lady expert quoted in the Times said she believes the wait was necessary, assessing, "She just could not have done this four years ago . . . If she came out of the gate with something much more tied to policy, she would have been shot down. Just look at the reaction to her suggestions that people eat salad."
No doubt this "salad" shout out is a harbinger of the slew of health-referencing headlines to come the next few weeks in coverage of Michelle's new focus. ("Eat All The Cake You Want! Michelle Isn't Paying Attention Anymore!" or "You Can Stop Doing Group Dances Now, Seriously.").
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