FROM CNNs Jack Cafferty: First Lady Michelle Obama is even more popular than her husband, who has a hefty majority of Americans supporting him. A new Gallup poll shows the first ladys favorable rating at 72 percent compared to 69 percent for the president. Also, Michelle Obamas unfavorable ratings are much lower than the presidents 17 percent for her versus 28 percent for him. What a difference a year makes On the campaign trail last winter and spring, Michelle Obama was at times considered a political liability. Some portrayed her as an angry black woman, while others didnt like the way she talked about things like her husbands dirty socks. And many questioned Michelles patriotism when she said she only recently became proud of her country. But all that has changed Another recent poll shows the first ladys favorability ratings are up 28 percent since the summer. The most striking part of the Michelle surge is that shes made the biggest gains among Republicans who viewed her negatively last year. People are drawn to this woman; she is the real thing, and they get it. They like her focus on children and family, her devotion to her own daughters and husband, her visits to schools, soup kitchens, federal agencies, and her planting of the first White House vegetable garden since Eleanor Roosevelt. Michelle Obama is rapidly moving to displace a couple of the more revered women of our recent past. The British media are positively beside themsevles over Mrs. Obamas visit; and they know something about how to get beside themselves. They are comparing our new first lady to both Princess Diana and Jacqueline Kennedy. Actually, shes cooler than either of them.