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After “Selfie” at Mandela Service, More Stereotyping of First Lady

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By Mary C. Curtis
December 19, 2013

Media coverage of the memorial service for Nelson Mandela was inclusive — up to a point. That this one South African had changed minds and changed the world was clear during scenes from the service broadcast around the world.

But when that big story was overwhelmed, then reduced to President Obama’s handshake with Cuban President Raul Castro and first lady Michelle Obama’s reaction to the president’s picture-taking with two other heads of state, it was business as usual.

First Lady Michelle Obama looks out a window at local children during her visit

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