By her own admission, Michelle Obama is first and foremost a mother. However, as the first African-American First Lady of the United States, history is sure to see her as more, advocate and champion included.
Today Washington journalist Carl Cannon joins Steve Kraske for an examination of our current First Lady. They’ll discuss how Michelle Obama continues the legacy of previous women in the position… and why she has confirmed Cannon's belief that none of our First Ladies should be labeled as traditional.
Hear in KC: As part of the series "Beyond the Gowns: First Ladies in American History", Carl M. Cannon provides a personal portrait of Michelle Obama. The event takes place this evening at the Kansas City Public Library - Plaza Branch beginning at 6:30. More information is available here. The series "Beyond the Gowns: First Ladies in American History" is made possible by Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Legacy Fund grants to the Truman Library Institute and the Kansas City Public Library. The series is co-sponsored by KCUR's Up to Date.
Carl M. Cannon is the Washington Editor of RealClearPolitics. A past recipient of the Gerald R. Ford Journalism Prize for Distinguished Reporting and the Aldo Beckman Award, Cannon has served as Executive Editor of PoliticsDaily.com, DC Bureau Chief for Reader's Digest and White House correspondent for both the Baltimore Sun and National Journal. Before coming to Washington during the Reagan presidency, he worked for six newspapers over a 20-year span, covering police, courts, politics, education, and race relations at newspapers in Virginia, Georgia, and his home state of California.
He is a co-author of "Boy Genius", "Reagan's Disciple: George W. Bush's Troubled Quest for a Presidential Legacy", and "Circle of Greed: The Spectacular Rise and Fall of the Lawyer Who Brought Corporate America to Its Knees". Carl is also the author of "The Pursuit of Happiness in Times of War".
Carl’s first job in the news business was as a paperboy delivering the San Francisco Chronicle. He and his wife Sharon live in Arlington, Va., and have three children. His other passions include thoroughbred racing, fly-fishing in Montana, and playing baseball in an adult hardball league.