Michelle Obama: American—Whether You Like It or Not

  • Michelle Duster


In the presidential campaign of 2008, Michelle Obama emerged as the only potential First Lady who had a background or experiences that were so similar to the writer. Duster could relate to Michelle Obama as she could no other woman who had ever been in her position. During the course of the campaign, Michelle Obama endured numerous attacks, insults, scrutiny and criticism which captured Duster’s attention and wreaked havoc on her emotions. In this essay, Duster examines a few of the numerous messages that were used to imply that Michelle Obama was not a patriot or “true American” and why she found those messages hit home. The wide variety of emotions that she experienced during the campaign included trepidation, caution, hope, disappointment and ultimately pride.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michelle Duster
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  1. 1.Columbia College ChicagoChicagoUSA

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