Embrace Mean Michelle?

As the White House War Room and Michelle O'Bama are on full defense mode because of the new book, The Obamas, showing an angry and draconian First Lady, one liberal magazine urges the couple to embrace the image.

Nation writer Illyse Hogue lauds the book for showing the "tensions of a culture that expects our women to achieve as highly as our men but our first ladies to take a back seat to their presidents."

While the public regards Michelle O'Bama as an autocratic spendthrift, Hogue views her dustups with the president's staff as powered by a determination to hold them to Barack's ideals.