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Parker: Michelle Obamas evolution
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WASHINGTON -- First-term first ladies are often shadows to their more-important husbands, dabbling in lite fare to avoid criticism and picking safe projects to shield them and their families from the inevitable slings and arrows. The safest bet has been to keep interests close to hearth and home -- the universally approved place and role of women. Thus, First Lady Laura Bush, who had been a librarian, focused on reading programs and, with the Library of Congress, created the first National Book Festival.