I can see how leaving her job and declaring she will be a mom first rubs working mothers the wrong way--we all put the job of mom first.
But what I think matters most is that Michelle Obama will use her First Lady role to champion work/family policies that 26 million working mothers need to be effective moms-in-chief. She's lived this juggling act. By celebrating her mom-in-chief role instead of apologizing for it, she conveys that it is possible to be ambitious and a devoted mother--that these two roles are not mutually exclusive but mutually enriching. She sends a powerful message that being a mom inherently means being a leader. Her words not only help give the job of mom status, but conveys an attitude that will help our country recognize the support we all need to be moms first. Personally, I'm ecstatic that we will have a Mom-in-chief in the White House. I trust this is good news for all moms. See related NPR story... http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=97128098