One other woman proved she has an alluring je ne sais quoi. First lady of France Carla Bruni-Sarkozy took 20 percent of the votes. She doubles her first-lady duties with a music and (soon!) acting career, while managing to do damage control when nude photos from her past leak.
But multitasking and Frenchness proved to be no match for America's first lady. She openly talks about marriage challenges; isn't afraid to get dirty in the garden; and makes mistakes. We can relate. Plus, she loves dogs!
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