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(CNN) -- To some she is a self-made woman and a global superstar.

To critics she's an "angry black woman" ashamed of her country.

Now she's been called a modern-day Marie Antoinette.

What role will history ultimately assign to Michelle Obama? It depends on the choices she makes during the tricky road ahead, some say.

The nation's first lady was recently criticized for being insensitive when she took a luxury trip to Spain with the economy still recovering from a brutal recession. During her husband's campaign, she was depicted as an Afro-sporting terrorist on a magazine cover and called a bitter, unpatriotic woman for saying she was proud of her country for the first time in her adult life.

First ladies have come under fire for everything from their words to their choice of clothes and china. But Obama's role as the nation's first African-American first lady adds a racial layer to the microscopic scrutiny her predecessors endured.

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