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SAN FRANCISCO – MARCH 02: An image of U.S. President Barack Obama depicted as a saint is seen on ten inch tall votive candles displayed at ‘Just For Fun’ March 2, 2009 in San Francisco, California. Votive candles with a saintly image of Barack Obama that were created by Johnny Oliver have angered members of the St. Philip the Apostle Church who see the candle as mocking Jesus. The store ‘Just For Fun’ has sold over 1,000 of the 10 inch votives which sell for $12.95 each but have yet to sell one of the two foot tall candles which go for $395. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
* Â Perhaps we should tell them to keep the wax and pluck some floss…
Wrapped or trapped? Totally befuddled with Obamba & Co
Editor’s note: Jack Cafferty is the author of a newÂ book, “Now or Never: Getting Down to the Business of Saving Our American Dream,” to be published in March. He provides commentary on CNN’s “The Situation Room” daily from 4 to 7 p.m. ET. You can also visit Jack’sÂ Cafferty FileÂ blog.
Jack Cafferty says Michelle Obama understands that the White House is the “people’s house.”
NEW YORK (CNN)Â — I think I am developing a crush on America’s first lady. Michelle Obama is more compelling than her husband. He’s good, but she’s utterly fascinating.
Mrs. Obama has blown away the stale air in a White House musty from eight years of the Bushes. It’s like the sun came out and a fresh spring breeze began wafting through the open windows.
It’s the people’s house, and Michelle Obama totally gets it. So much so that she has taken to inviting people in from the streets to see her home. Nice touch — one completely lacking in her recent predecessors.
Watch her when she visits a local school and you see the warmth and affection she instantly triggers in people. Kids are pretty much totally honest with very good BS-detectors. If they sense you’re a phony, forget it. But around the first lady, they want to hug her and laugh with her and tell her stories.
You can see the same qualities these kids recognize in her daughters. She is the consummate mother as evidenced by the poised, polite smiling children she and her husband are raising. I have four daughters, and trust me — they don’t turn out like the Obama children without devoted parents.
New to the Washington neighborhood,Â Michelle ObamaÂ has taken it upon herself to go around and introduce herself to the people in the various agencies of government. When’s the last time a first lady did that? I don’t ever remember it before. And during her visits she listens rather than lectures. And people respond to her.
She was raised on the south side of Chicago by blue-collar parents. She went to Princeton University, and Harvard Law School. But in many ways she’s still a kid from the south side ofÂ Chicago, and that’s what makes her special. She knows exactly who she is.
The Obamas bring a humanity and humility to their tasks which sets them far apart from the run-of-the mill phonies who populateÂ Washington.Â It’s exactly what the doctor ordered for this wounded nation.
Michelle Obama’s unassuming, but dead-on, sense of style has the fashion press gushing all over itself.
Her arms are becoming the stuff of legend. Who appears sleeveless on the cover of Vogue, let alone in front of a joint session of Congress while her husband delivers one of the most important speeches of his life? And the reviews were rave.
Cindi Leive, the editor of Glamour magazine gushed, “Oh my god! The first lady has bare arms in Congress in February at night!” If she keeps it up, Seventh Avenue will soon stop making women’s clothes with sleeves.
Ok, I admit it. When it comes to the first lady, I’m smitten.
The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Jack Cafferty.Â