Jansing and Co | February 05, 2013
>>> a high school football coach has now been suspended for unkind remarks he made to a student about the first lady's efforts to promote low-calorie lunches.
>> like those lunches, you get 600 calorie lunches, you know who's behind that?
>> michelle obama .
>> fat butt michelle obama . and look at her. she looks like she weighs 185 or 190. she's overweight.
>> well, the school board will meet later this month to decide the fate of bob grisham, but in the meantime, pretty much no first lady has escaped criticism. hillary clinton took ridiculous shots over her ankles and her hair. but michelle obama is having the last laugh. her approval rating now at 73%, higher than her husband and all other members of his cabinet. so as she begins another four years in the white house , how will she use that goodwill in a second term? i'm joined now by ivillage correspondent kelly wallace and marie goldman. so she's done the let's move campaign, which is what that idiot was referring to. and also, she's really embraced organizations like walmart, that agreed to hire veterans. but those are considered safe. does she have an opportunity here, do you think?
>> well, you know, she knows she has an opportunity. she knows it's a very big platform. she has another four years, but you talk to aides. they say she is definitely going to continue on, let's move, kind of deepen and expand her involvement on that issue. also joining forces, where she talks about helping and supporting military families. but they say that she is considering picking up another issue. and they also say she is so disciplined and strategic, chris, they're not just looking at the next six months or year, they're planning for the next four years. they're doing a whole strategic planning process for the next four years. they're definitely considering picking up something else.
>> there are people who will criticize her and have criticized her, and a lot are self-described feminist, because they don't like the way she's described herself, which is mom in chief. that i can a listen to this.
>> you see, at the end of the day , my most important title is still mom in chief.
>> they find that retro, they think that she should be bolder. what about that?
>> you know, what's lost often in the story of michelle obama is that this was a former career woman . she had a very high-profile career as a hospital administrator. she's a trained lawyer. we don't often hear about that when we talk about michelle obama . there is a contingent of women who say that she should be more active. but at the same time, she has built up an enormous of goodwill capital that she could use for another platform. so it's a wait and see kind of thing. this is a low-risk kind of personality. i think she's a first lady on bar with a jackie-o./ laura bush type, when they call a velvet glove ambassador to issues. she's not a hillary clinton .
>> i think she would take some issue, too, with some of the criticism. something she's said in some interviews we've done along the way is women fought for choices, right? we fought for the choices to do what we want to do when we want to do them. when she came to the white house , number one priority was making sure that malia and sasha were going to transition and be okay. and i think as women, we want to applaud other women for making the decisions that they make. if they think right now that family at the start of the administration was paramount, that's what she's doing.
>> and i'm sure you've found, as i have, every first lady that i've ever interviewed, who has a child that they're bringing into the white house , i remember having conversations with laura bush about this, how can you criticize them for understanding that they are in a situation that is so unique, that is so in the spotlight, that presents so much opportunity, but also so much potential downfall. i remember when there were some reports about the bush girls and some things that they did, and you know, laura bush really pushed back against that. you know, what mom -- wouldn't you irresponsible not to make that a top priority ?
>> well, of course. yet, this is a woman with enormous resources at her disposal. wom a woman who is an intellectual. she's brought performers and thinkers and historians into the white house . she, not her house. so thshe is a deep person with an agenda of her own. i think there's a hunger to see a little bit more of it.
>> i wonder if one of the things -- and i read a lot about this and her critics and the people who wished she would get involved, and i'm sure she has a million requests that come into her office every day. but one of the more interesting things was gun control because of the issue in newtown and because of the children. but, boy, what a politically charged area that would be.
>> it is. and you know, you do think she's probably seen and taken a page from previous first ladies, in particular, hillary clinton . the public, you know, we like the public, i would think, all three of us at this table would be more supportive of people out there on the policy level, as well as doing some of the other issues that first ladies often do. but the public is not that accepting of that. she obviously came out with a letter to the families of the newtown victims. she's going to support her husband, in terms of the organizing for america initiative, to try to get communities to rally around the president's initiatives. she's going to be supporting that agenda, but i think she's going to be using her personal and political capital a little bit more on some of these other issues that may sometimes seem apolitical.
>> real quickly, yes or no, do you ever see her running for office?
>> you know, she says, no, no, no, no, but she is so amazing out on that campaign trail, you have to wonder if she's going to say, five years from now, i'm pretty good, why don't i give it a shot? i was in the ambulance and i was told