Yay: Michelle Obama

The president made a great speech and Beyoncé gave a soaring performance (even if she lip-synched), but for many Americans, it was Michelle Obama who stole the show at last Monday’s inauguration.

The classy First Lady’s approval rating has broken through the 70 percent barrier, making her the most popular figure in the nation. Her style and grace – not to mention her mission to end childhood obesity and her commitments to military families and community colleges – continue to impress.

It’s no wonder many believe it was the First Lady who tipped the scales with voters, electing her husband to a second term.