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No debt-ceiling talk here: Michelle Obama on Better Homes and Gardens cover

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Michelle Obama is a cover girl this week – see the new issue of Better Homes and Gardens – and it’s just what her husband needs.

In fact, here’s a pretty good rule of thumb for any president: When the going gets tough, put the inevitably more-popular first lady out front – preferably doing something fun and breezy. Give the public a break from all that stressful talk of debt ceilings and economic calamity and scorching heat.

Of course, Mrs. Obama’s star turn in the August issue of Better Homes and Gardens was months in the making, and who could have known that when it came out, President Obama would be perched perilously on a high wire?

The focus of the magazine story – called “Fresh and healthy” – is Mrs. Obama’s “Let’s Move!” initiative and the White House’s “kitchen garden,” where local schoolchildren have helped the first lady plant, weed, and harvest a cornucopia of vegetables.

There’s a lengthy interview with Mrs. Obama as well as a photo spread, but really, all we need is the cover shot: A smiling Mrs. Obama is sitting at a picnic table on the White House lawn, an array of veggies at her side. She’s wearing a blue-print summer dress and yellow sweater. Pure eye candy.

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