Beyoncé Pens Open Letter Praising Michelle Obama

PHOTO: L-R) Sasha Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and Malia Obama at Nickelodeons 25th Annual Kids Choice Awards held at Galen Center on March 31, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.

Amid the political controversy over Hilary Rosen's comments on Ann Romney's status as a stay-at-home mom, Michelle Obama thanked Beyoncé on Friday for an open letter in which the music superstar praised the first lady's mothering skills and declared her "the ULTIMATE example of  a truly strong African American woman."

"@Beyonce Thank you for the beautiful letter and for being a role model who kids everywhere can look up to. —mo," Michelle Obama said on @MichelleObama, a Twitter feed run by her husband's re-election campaign. (The "mo" indicates the tweet did not come from an aide but from the first lady herself.)

Beyoncé, in a handwritten note dated Wednesday on her official website, said of Mrs. Obama, "She is a caring mother, she's a loving wife, while at the same time, she is the FIRST LADY!!!!"

She added, "I am proud to have my daughter grow up in a world where she has people like you, to look up to!"

Michelle Obama's Twitter comments came after Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen's contention that Ann Romney "never worked a day in her life." Mitt Romney's presidential campaign used Rosen's remarks to accuse Democrats of insulting stay-at-home mothers. She later apologized.

Beyoncé's website includes a photograph of Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama walking together and the message "Bey Inspired." Other "Bey Inspired" figures include the musician Sade and the painter Jean-Michel Basquiat.

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