Our infatuation with Michelle Obama's arms and spiffy outfits is becoming dangerously dumb, the Economist writes. And no, it's not all the fault of New Yorker covers or Oprah-style adulation. The buck stops on Pennsylvania Avenue, where political groomers fear a backlash if they unveil the real Michelle—the Harvard/Princeton grad who delivered powerful, cerebral speeches on the campaign trail.
Handlers no doubt worry about another Hillary Clintonesque co-presidency, especially from Michelle: "An outspoken black first lady might prove to be even more divisive than an outspoken white one." But consider what America is missing—the mind of a working-class girl who succeeded in top law firms—and you'll want to "hear a bit more about what Mrs Obama thinks and a lot less about what she wears."