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12 02, 2013

You’re More Than a Guest in the First Lady’s Seating Box

By | February 12th, 2013|2012 election, Changing the World, Democrats, Equal Pay, Health, Politics|3 Comments

The White House just released the list of guests who will be joining Michelle Obama in the traditional First Lady's Seating Box for the State of the Union address. There are always some Americans invited whose stories are personally compelling and add something along the lines of what sportscasters call "color commentary" for an event. [...]

13 09, 2012

Is “Mom-in-Chief” a Good Example for Our Daughters?

By | September 13th, 2012|Feminism, Moms & Politics, Mothers of Intention, Women in Politics|5 Comments

When did women get to the point where they have to declare themselves moms above all else in order to be perceived as acceptable to the public? We heard it again and again and again at the presidential nominating conventions. And if not mothers, then caretakers of some sort -- supportive friend, helpful wife. Even [...]

11 09, 2012

“Cult of Mom” Politics

By | September 11th, 2012|2012 election, Democrats, Feminism, Moms & Politics, Politics, Republicans, Women in Politics|5 Comments

  Michelle Obama, Elizabeth Warren, and Debbie Wasserman Schultz each have two things in common. They were featured speakers at the Democratic National Convention and they're moms. I'm not bringing up their motherhood status because I think it's important. They did. I'm the first person to applaud women who are mothers who openly embrace their [...]

11 07, 2012

Michelle Obama’s Miami School Visit Subversive?

By | July 11th, 2012|2012 election, Democrats, Moms & Politics, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans, Women in Politics|1 Comment

  Stay in school! Graduate from high school! Register to vote! These are the subversive messages the Obamas have been trying to get into our children's schools! Remember a couple of years ago when some super conservative Americans decried the fact that President Obama was going to make a "stay in school" speech [...]

30 05, 2012

Michelle Obama Tells Her Girls to “Get Tough.” Should We Tell Our Kids the Same?

By | May 30th, 2012|2012 election, Changing the World, Democrats, Moms & Politics, Women in Politics|9 Comments

Tweens are steeped in the world of slights and hurt feelings. Wear the wrong head band to school, and your day could be ruined by one small comment. Someone says they hate you, but the next day they're all chummy again. And as our kids get older, and more connected online, there's the cyber-bullying to [...]

17 01, 2012

4 Ways Michelle Obama Should Celebrate Her Birthday

By | January 17th, 2012|2012 election, Democrats, Women in Politics|3 Comments

Happy birthday, Michelle Obama! Turning 48?  Hey, you’re still just a youngster! You know what they say -- 48 is the new 28. If you’re even a little bit like me, though, at 48 you see can see that big 5-0 staring you pretty clearly in the face. Don’t think about that right [...]

13 01, 2012

Jodi Kantor Looks at “The Obamas” as Parents

By | January 13th, 2012|2012 election, Democrats, Politics, Presidential Campaigns|1 Comment

The just-released, best-selling book "The Obamas"  written by New York Times correspondent Jodi Kantor is getting a lot of push back from the White House in connection with her reporting of Mrs. Obama's interactions with the President's staff and her portrayal of the ups and downs of the Obama family's adjustments to White [...]

11 01, 2012

Why I Want to Read “The Obamas”

By | January 11th, 2012|2012 election, Democrats, Presidential Campaigns, Women in Politics|0 Comments

I wasn’t lucky enough to get an early peek at “The Obamas,” the just-released book about the First Couple and their family, how they’ve fared living inside the Washington, D.C beltway, and the impact their experiences have had on their personal lives. (I’m still waiting for my copy to arrive via my Amazon [...]

6 10, 2011

Michelle Obama’s Sneaky Target Outing

By | October 6th, 2011|Democrats, Moms & Politics, Women in Politics|1 Comment

So many women, regardless of party affiliation, are fans of Michelle Obama's fashion sense.  Sure there are some haters, but the First Lady gets tons of attention for her shopping savvy, style choices and updated Jackie Kennedy flair. But no one can keep up the fashion 24/7.  All women have their moments when they are, [...]

4 03, 2011

Political Sleight of Hand

By | March 4th, 2011|Republicans|5 Comments

Michelle Obama is fat. Wisconsin protesters are slobs. Natalie Portman's out-of-wedlock pregnancy is "troubling," but Bristol Palin's, not so much? If Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker doesn't get his way, he's going to stomp his feet and start firing people to show the Democrats who oppose him who's the boss.  You know, sort of like in [...]

17 02, 2011

"Fat" Michelle Obama: The New Conservative Political Retort

By | February 17th, 2011|Republicans|6 Comments

Two years into their stay at the White House, the Obamas must be resigned to the fact that no matter what they do, they're going to get blasted by the right. But I have to believe that Michelle Obama thought her call for kids to exercise more and eat healthier would be as plain vanilla [...]

15 02, 2011

PunditMom's Reads of the Week

By | February 15th, 2011|Changing the World, Democrats, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Moms & Politics, Women in Politics|1 Comment

While I'm off having slightly less than a "pound of flesh" removed by the dermatologist, here's some thought-provoking reading for you: Don't count out Congresswoman Gabby Giffords. Before she was shot in the head in the Tucson shooting spree at a January constituent meeting, she had her eye on Senator Jon Kyl's seat in the [...]

9 08, 2010

Are Obama Family Vacays Any of Our Business?

By | August 9th, 2010|Democrats, Republicans|19 Comments

Michelle and Sasha Obama are taking a beating for their summer vacation trip to Spain.  The media are salivating, constantly dissecting what some call an inappropriate trip that sends a "let them eat cake" message to the American people. I have two words -- lay off. Can't we just let them enjoy what little "private" [...]

29 12, 2009

Best of PunditMom 2009 — Maybe Republicans Just Don't Like Girls

By | December 29th, 2009|Democrats, Republicans, Women in Politics|2 Comments

My Twitter acquaintance Leslie Sanchez wrote an interesting book this year, You've Come a Long Way, Maybe: Sarah, Michelle, Hillary and the Shaping of the New American Woman.  While I wasn't crazy about the frequent references to the "liberal media," her book told the obvious truth that many of us women get, but a lot [...]

20 11, 2009

Is Sarah Palin Creating Her Own Sexism?

By | November 20th, 2009|Making Our Political Voices Heard|19 Comments

My gut reaction when I saw the cover of Newsweek with Sarah Palin in her tight runner's shorts, coyly posed in that former beauty queen stance, I was ready to throw something heavy at editor-in-chief Jon Meachem. Looking at the impact that the former Alaska Governor is having on the political world now is fair.  [...]

30 10, 2009

Does Michelle Obama as Glamour Cover Girl Say 'Strong Role Model' or 'Shy Schoolgirl?'

By | October 30th, 2009|Democrats, Feminism, Moms & Politics, Women in Politics|9 Comments

I understand why Glamour magazine would want First Lady Michelle Obama on the cover of its upcoming issue.   Anything with Michelle associated with it is bound to increase sales and if the women who buy Glamour magazine can get a small dose of the political world alongside the "39 Cutest Holiday Outfits for your Body [...]

13 10, 2009

Michelle Obama "Action Figure?"

By | October 13th, 2009|Democrats, Moms & Politics, Women in Politics|5 Comments

I might buy the dresses (I actually do own the black and white number!), but I'm not sure what you'd do with a First Lady "action figure." Apparently there's been no comment from the White House.  Guess it's safe to assume that Malia & Sasha won't be getting these in their Christmas stockings? Now, if  [...]

25 09, 2009

Michelle Obama – The New Secret Weapon on Health Care?

By | September 25th, 2009|Changing the World, Democrats, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Moms & Politics, Women in Politics|7 Comments

In the battle for health care reform, the White House has unleashed its new secret weapon -- Michelle Obama!  She gave an amazingly inspired speech to the White House Council on Women and Girls last week.  The First Lady shared the speaking duties with three women from around the country who shared their stories that [...]

15 05, 2009

Are Michelle Obama and Corporations on the Same Page for Working Families?

By | May 15th, 2009|Moms & Politics|8 Comments

We don't need any more studies, discussions or navel-gazing about whether things need to change for working parents, especially working moms, when it comes to sick leave, flex-time or child care. Parents are struggling to manage family obligations and keep their employers happy. But corporate America still seems to think that whether and how to [...]

8 05, 2009

Are You More Interested In Michelle Obama’s Fashion or Her Works?

By | May 8th, 2009|Moms & Politics|6 Comments

What's more important -- whether FLOTUS Michelle Obama spends time with Congressional wives at a food bank to help feed the homeless or that she decided to break out her designer sneaks for the occasion?The media have decided the real story was all about Michelle's pricey shoes, not that she managed to get over 100 [...]

6 04, 2009

G-20 — The More Things Change, ….

By | April 6th, 2009|Moms & Politics|8 Comments

Here are the spouses of the G20 leaders. Well, the wives of the male leaders, that is. There are actually two women leaders in the G20 -- Angela Merkel of Germany and Cristina Kirchner of Argentina.So, why aren't the husbands in this photo? I'm guessing because it wouldn't make for a pretty photo op -- [...]

6 04, 2009

Michelle Obama’s Story is Mine. And Yours.

By | April 6th, 2009|Moms & Politics|4 Comments

As many news reports have pointed out, the world is going gaga for Michelle Obama and this time it's about more than her J. Crew cardigans. Girls are listening with rapt attention to her working-class story that reporters are calling "extraordinary."While it's great that people are paying attention to her tale, there's just one thing [...]

28 02, 2009

Every Mom Can be a Mom-in-Chief

By | February 28th, 2009|Moms & Politics|6 Comments

Michelle Obama has proudly proclaimed that during her husband's tenure as President, she is going to be "Mom-in-Chief." Now, with a little help from author Jamie Woolf, we can all figure out how to be the Mom-in-Chief of our own family units!Woolf was my guest on the most recent PunditMom Radio show at BlogTalk Radio [...]

5 01, 2009

First Day of School Neighborhood Tips for the Obamas

By | January 5th, 2009|Moms & Politics|2 Comments

Dear Michelle & Barack,You must be so excited about Malia and Sasha having their first day of school at Sidwell Friends. Aside from it being a prestigious school, the lower and upper school campuses are really lovely. No, PunditGirl isn't a Sidwell student, but she's attended summer camp there, so I know the lay of [...]

24 11, 2008

PunditMom’s Monday Morning Quick Hits — Economy & More

By | November 24th, 2008|Moms & Politics|1 Comment

Another weekend, another bailout. Did you see this one coming with Citigroup?Barack Obama's economic team gets announced today at noon.Howard Kurtz apparently has a thing for Michelle Obama's arms.You thought I was crazy raising the specter of the Michelle Obama and Mommy Wars? Looks like it's just getting started.Michael Milken wants a presidential pardon. Remember [...]

20 11, 2008

PunditMom’s Thursday Quick Hits

By | November 20th, 2008|Moms & Politics|2 Comments

Happy Thursday, all! I had a great conversation this morning at PunditMom Radio with Jaelithe from The State of Discontent & MOMocrats, as well as Liz Mair from the RNC.You may have heard that the State of Missouri was finally called for John McCain. Jaelithe, who was a grassroots activist in Missouri for the Barack [...]

18 11, 2008

PunditMom’s Tuesday Quick Hits!

By | November 18th, 2008|Moms & Politics|1 Comment

Motrin and Johnson & Johnson have learned the power of women and social media the hard way.The Democrats wimped out and let Joe Lieberman keep his Senate committee chairmanship and caucus rights.Michelle Obama is taking a second look at Sidwell Friends school for the girls.Hillary Clinton a step closer to Secretary of State?George Bush isn't [...]

14 11, 2008

Will Michelle Obama Spark the Next ‘Mommy Wars’ Skirmish?

By | November 14th, 2008|Moms & Politics|16 Comments

Loads of media types are already wondering aloud, what kind of parents the Obamas will be. For me, that question is sort of silly -- won't they continue to be the same kind of parents they've always been?My question, hopefully not as silly, is whether Michelle Obama's presence in the White House as a highly-educated, [...]

11 11, 2008

Is Michelle Obama Ready for All the Parenting Advice?

By | November 11th, 2008|Uncategorized|2 Comments

The Obamas were pretty successful through the presidential campaign keeping one kind of criticism at bay-- whether Michelle was home enough as a mom and who was caring for the kids. The few times that Sasha and Malia Obama were permitted to be on the public stage, they presented like lovely, well-adjusted little girls.But criticizing [...]

30 09, 2008

PunditMom Says Go Read It: Michelle Obama at MOMocrats!!

By | September 30th, 2008|Uncategorized|2 Comments

It's only about a month until the Presidential election, so you know things are hoppin' busy on the campaign trail.But Michelle Obama still took the time out to write a special guest post for MOMocrats on Making Our Voices Heard.It's as simple as registering to vote, but it's so much more than that. Michelle writes: [...]