Michelle Obama Campaigns as ‘Mom-in-Chief.’

Saying that Michelle Obama will never be a Hillary Clinton kind of first lady, the Washington Post reported that Obama is a “happy warrior” who touts herself as the “mom-in-chief” when she’s out campaigning and appearing on behalf of the White House. “In openly embracing this role, Obama manages to stake out some middle ground between retro and post-feminist,” wrote Nia-Malika Henderson. “She harkens back to the original idea of first lady as ‘mother of our nation’ but also upends the idea of what it means to be a successful, modern woman.” (October 2010)