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Eilis O'Hanlon: Why don't we love Hillary like Michelle?

Everyone loves the US First Lady but she has many of the same qualities we could not stand in Hillary Clinton, writes Eilis O'Hanlon

EILIS O'HANLON

Published 23/06/2013 | 05:00

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Why does everyone love Michelle Obama so much? Wait. That sounds like the wrong question. What's not to love, after all? She's smart, sassy, attractive, ambitious, successful; she has a gorgeous husband; two lovely, apparently well-adjusted kids. In many ways, the US First Lady exemplifies the perfect combination of grace and steel.

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Let's put the question another way then: why did everyone hate Hillary Clinton?

Fair enough, not everyone. That's an exaggeration. But only slightly. It's easy to forget now how much antipathy the former first lady provoked when she first emerged on to the American political scene. Being smart, sassy, attractive, ambitious and successful didn't help her. Everything for which Michelle Obama is envied and adored were set down as black marks against Hillary Clinton's name. She just couldn't win.

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