None of this is meant to be critical of Obama, for what it's worth. She and her husband found themselves in a position that lots of other less famous and less powerful people know well, the " two body " problem, in which both spouses have prestigious professional careers, but your job opportunities are in different places. For most of their marriage, the Obamas dealt with this problem by living separately much of the time, which is reason enough to trust that Obama is willing to make relationship compromises to further her ambitions (not that she has to prove that to me or any other feminist). But her husband became president. That's the sort of thing that will overwhelm even the most stalwart of career-minded feminists, and I think it's more than understandable, under the circumstances, that she is taking a break from her professional life.
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As the electorate has turned its back on him, he has responded in kind. Why is the economy cratering like an asteroid barreling into a vat of pudding? According to Obama, it’s all your fault . In September, he told an Orlando TV station, “This a great, great country that had gotten a little soft, and we didn’t have that same competitive edge that we needed over the last couple of decades…We need to get back on track.” The next month he a gathering of CEOs assembled at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting, “We’ve been a little bit lazy over the last couple of decades.”