Michelle Obama Takes Back Her Image

'Amazed at how deep the lies can be,' she hits rumors head-on
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 18, 2008 7:07 AM CDT
Barack Obama kisses his wife Michelle after she introduces him at Oakleaf Village retirement community in Columbus, Ohio Friday, June 13, 2008.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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(Newser) – Michelle Obama has been called everything from a black nationalist to a "baby mama" in recent weeks, and sporting a new chief of staff, she's looking to take on the rumors. In a New York Times interview, Obama outlines her journey from Chicago's South Side to the White House doorstep. “I will walk anyone through my life,” says the would-be first lady. “Come on, let’s go.”

From her days at Princeton and Harvard to her work in a Chicago housing project and a university hospital, Obama has addressed racial questions with a frankness that belies the "Mrs. Grievance" title the National Review recently gave her. Obama says she doesn't recognize that persona. "I mean, ‘whitey’? That’s something that George Jefferson would say."