Last week, we featured an early Mother’s Day interview and cover story with Michelle Obama. This weekend, it’s Sarah Palin. A lot of readers feel very strongly about both issues — they object to the order, and they disapprove of featuring one or the other, among other things. The reaction is so strong, in fact, we are going to publish a sampling in the magazine of the many letters we’re receiving in an upcoming issue. Senior Editor Carol Clurman considers herself fortunate enough to do both interviews. “It may be apples and oranges — one’s the first lady, the other isn’t — but since I met them within weeks of each other and discussed the same topics, it’s impossible not to compare the two moms,” Carol says. In addition to the obvious circumstantial differences — one lives in the White House, the other in a simple house her husband built in remote Wasilla, Alaska — Carol found that the two mothers have very different parenting styles. Obama’s very traditional: family dinners every night, piano and ballet lessons, and no TV during the week. (By the way, many readers were upset about us calling the first lady by her last name — it’s not disrespectful, it’s just standard style for media outlets on second reference.) In the Palin household, however, there is no dinner table, for starters — just an eating counter in the kitchen. Hunting and snowmobiling are favorite family activities. As for rules, Palin says she and her husband, Todd, tell the kids not to read the blogs, but that’s almost impossible to enforce. Oh, and one more thing: When Carol interviewed the first lady, she was told her daughters, Malia, 11, and Sasha, 8, were strictly off-limits. At the Palins, no restrictions at all. All five children were there, along with her grandson, not to mention the man behind the woman, Todd. Read both stories and make your own conclusions, but we’d like to hear from you. To chime in on whom you’d most want as your mom, Obama or Palin, vote at our poll here.