By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers
Michelle Obama has become one of the most popular first ladies in recent years, but Vice President Joe Biden's numbers continue to plummet, according to the new Pew Research Center for the People and the Press poll. Michelle Obama's favorability stands at an amazing 76 percent, well higher than that of Laura Bush or Hillary Clinton at the three-month mark of their administrations. What's more, 60 percent of Republicans view her favorably. "She's sort of taken the country by storm," says pollster Andrew Kohut. "She's very impressive. She's charming." As for Biden, one reason for his drop to 51 percent positive: Maybe Americans are obsessed with President Obama, whose popularity is at 73 percent. Also, people might not be as impressed with the vice president as they were when he was added to the Democratic presidential ticket. "The bloom is off the rose," says Kohut. For comparison, former Vice President Cheney's favorability percentage at this point in 2001 was 58 percent, and Al Gore's was 55 percent in April 1993.