Lois, while I agree with most of what you said, I have to disagree with you that Michelle Obama is not as equal as the Queen of England. I, too, find the Obamas hugging the Queen of England reprehensible, but not because of inequality, but because she invaded the space of someone and insulted the culture of another person. Not everyone (including me) want to be hugged by anyone except very close family, much less by a complete stranger. It's just not everyone's tradition. That said, our country was founded on the equality of man (and women), which is why there is no royalty in this country.