There is no confusing Michelle Obama for her husband on the campaign trail. Asked at the Democratic debate in Los Angeles whether he would pick Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton as a vice-presidential running mate, Senator Barack Obama said she “would be on anybody’s short list.”

But when a television interviewer asked Mrs. Obama last week whether she would support Mrs. Clinton, if she won the nomination, Mrs. Obama was less generous.

“I’d have to think about that,” Mrs. Obama said on “Good Morning America” on ABC. “I’d have to think about — policies, her approach, her tone.”

Outspoken, strong-willed, funny, gutsy and sometimes sarcastic, Michelle Obama is playing a pivotal role in her husband’s campaign as it builds on a series of successes, including a sweep on Tuesday of contests in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia.

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  • As important as it will be to have the first black president, it will be just important to have a positive view of a black family for the world to see. Similar to what the Cosby show did, only this time in a real life platform even bigger and better.

  • I agree with you ‘Black and Married With Kids’ (that sounds like it would be a great new sitcom, hahaha).

    After the Cosby Kids reunited on Oprah earlier this week, Oprah’s message boards were instructive. Viewer after viewer commented how the Cosbys were their first image of a black family and sometimes black people.

    Maybe this accounts for some of Obama’s victories in places like Idaho, Colorado, Nebraska and North Dakota!