12/30/2009 11:35 AM ET
2009 began as a year of smiles at the Times, with rapture over the historic Obama administration. But the smile curdled into a defensive snarl during the long hot summer of angry, white, and ...
12/17/2009 4:05 PM ET
Rachel Swarns continues to adore the first lady and her pet causes, filing two celebratory nytimes.com pieces, one calling Michelle Obama Santa Claus, the other celebrating the White House's ...
12/11/2009 9:38 AM ET
A week after downplaying "non-religious Christmas" plans at the White House, the Times suggests complaints about the White House's downsized Hanukkah celebration are overdone.
11/30/2009 4:02 PM ET
The Times celebrates Obama's first state dinner as if there's never been one before (certainly not one under boring Bush): "President Obama and his wife, Michelle, made sure to infuse the ...
8/4/2009 2:06 PM ET
Hold the front page? Another non-news tribute to Michelle Obama from reporter Rachel Swarns, who reports that along with all the other fabulous things she does, the first lady is a great mother: ...
7/21/2009 11:27 AM ET
Hallelujah! Reporter and reliable first lady hagiographer Rachel Swarns writes: "After several months of focusing on her family, her garden and inspiring young people, Mrs. Obama is stepping into ...
5/28/2009 1:02 PM ET
Bleech: "Mrs. Obama has long been known as frank and down to earth."
3/12/2009 12:41 PM ET
Reporter Rachel Swarns has pumped out four flattering pieces on the first lady in a month: "Michelle Obama, who has juggled news conferences and parent-teacher conferences..."
1/20/2009 2:23 PM ET
Just a "rhetorical stumble" used by "conservative" bloggers and columnists to attack her as "unpatriotic."
11/5/2008 2:36 PM ET
It's gonna be a long four years: "In a country long divided, Mr. Obama had a singular appeal: he is biracial and Ivy League educated; a stirring speaker who shoots hoops and quotes the theologian ...