Obama’s Answer to First Lady’s Critics

He praises her beauty constantly. Could it be a subtle message to the haters obsessed with her looks?

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Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

“I don’t think there’s too much you could say that,” Mrs. Obama explained in an interview last August about telling young girls that they are beautiful. “They just need to hear that,” she continued. “And I think they need to hear it from the men in their lives, too.”

This is something the president has known for a while. 

Helena Andrews is a contributing editor at The Root and author of Bitch Is the New Black, a memoir in essays. Follow her on Twitter. 

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