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Forbes: The Most Powerful Women in Politics 2012

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5. Michelle Obama

More popular than her husband in this oh-so-important election year, Michelle Obama's positive approval ratings register at 66% while POTUS's term average has hovered just below 50%. The first lady keeps a high profile with her mission to end childhood obesity, her commitment to military families and her stylish fashion picks. This year the Harvard Law School grad led the U.S. Olympic delegation in July's opening ceremony in London, penned a coffee table book, 'American Grown,' about growing veggies and tomatoes on the South Lawn of the White House and waged a war on sugary fruit juices as a part of her Let's Move! initiative. She's made more public appearances this year than usual--not surprisingly the campaign is using the Mrs. as a tool to widen the gender gap over Romney--appearing as a judge on an episode of Bravo's "Top Chef," chatting with the ladies of "The View" and joking with funny guys Jimmy Fallon and Jon Stewart.
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