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Happy Mothers Day to moms in high places

Just in time for Mother’s Day, a survey arrived last week from Adecco Group — described in the press release as the world’s largest staffing agency — on the most admired “celebrity”mothers.


To determine this, the agency paid to survey working moms, working dads and working non-parents. Envelope please…and the most admired celebrity mom for all three was:


Michelle Obama.


It seems her public image has recovered nicely from a year ago, when she could be caricatured on the New Yorker cover as a fist-bumping radical Angela Davis wannabe.


Number two for working men and working non-parents was …

 


… Sarah Palin (who also finished sixth among working moms). So she, too, has recovered from last fall’s characterization as a moose-shooting shopaholic Tina Fey clone.

Number three for men and non-parents, and seven for moms, was Hillary Clinton. She’s apparently recovered from the crocodile-tear shedding teller of tall tales about her time on the tarmac in Tuzla. (Sorry, that was too much alliteration, wasn’t it?)

But times change, and so do perceptions.


There were some interesting choices rounding out the remaining 10, including Jenny McCarthy, who finished fourth for working  moms and working dads. It might be fair to ask if both groups rated her highly for the same thing. Moms might admire the work she’s done for children like hers with autism; dads might be thinking of her days as something other than a mom.


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Jim Camden is a veteran political reporter for The Spokesman-Review.


Jonathan Brunt is an enterprise reporter for The Spokesman-Review.


Kip Hill is a general assignments reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

Nick Deshais covers Spokane City Hall for The Spokesman-Review.

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