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First Lady Michelle Obama picks and chooses where she travels, so the political implications of her two-stop official government trip to Nevada on Tuesday -- where she will appear with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), who is in a difficult re-election battle -- are noteworthy.

On Monday, Mrs. Obama flew from Chicago to Washington, arriving in the evening after a Memorial Day weekend in her hometown that started last Thursday.

On Tuesday morning, Mrs. Obama headed to Reno and Las Vegas. In Reno, she headlines the 2010 Women's Summit, hosted, according to the White House, by Reid. The summit will focus on "healthy women, healthy communities and a healthy planet."

From there the first lady will go to Las Vegas, where she launches "Let's Move Outside!," a new component of her "Let's Move" campaign to combat childhood obesity. Mrs. Obama is been promoting exercise for ages by now, with a gathering of kids last week on the South Lawn of the White House the latest example. Both the first lady and Reid will speak at this event.

Reid's re-election prospects have brightened lately, according to a new poll. With Nevada's primary coming up on June 8, a Mason-Dixon Polling & Research survey released last week shows, for the first time, that Reid can be re-elected, no matter who the GOP nominee is. A month ago, Reid trailed the three main Republican contenders.

Mrs. Obama has officially done just one political event for the 2010 cycle: Last month at the Democratic National Committee's Women's Leadership Forum, she spoke to a mostly female audience of about 500, who donated from $250 to $5,000 to the DNC to attend the event.

No matter who is in the Oval Office, local officials are often asked to attend events when a president or first lady comes to town. But a week before the Nevada primary, Reid is clearly being highlighted by the White House. He benefits from Mrs. Obama's official visit by being featured with her; it helps rallies his troops and assists Reid in appealing to female voters.

In Las Vegas, the latest "Lets Move" angle has Mrs. Obama calling for kids and families to exercise outdoors. She has picked a spectacular place: Red Rock Canyon, just outside the city and away from the chaos of the Strip. (I hiked around a part of the area last year; the setting is beautiful.) From the White House: "The event will highlight the many different opportunities for children and families to get physical exercise while also enjoying our nation's most treasured public lands, conservation areas, and national parks administered by agencies such as the U.S. Department of the Interior."
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wbahhur

It's amazing!!!!...not one illegal was able to cross the border during the previous 8 years of Bush's administration. They all were waiting for Obama to become president to come here.

June 01 2010 at 5:44 PM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply
Deirdre

I have only one comment, change the title of your article. While deploys is correct it is improper as it equates her to the troops fighting for our freedoms and that's not what she is doing. It's insulting to the troops who are deploying to other nations.

June 01 2010 at 4:28 PM Report abuse +12 rate up rate down Reply
melwinchell

So, on our dime, our First Lady is out stumping for Harry Reid, because the president is now toxic. And, saying she is doing it to promote her anti-obesity campaign. Couldn't she do the same in, oh, New Jersey? Maryland? Virginia? Oh, that's right, they don't have any Democratic candidates in trouble.

June 01 2010 at 4:11 PM Report abuse +9 rate up rate down Reply
dmrn75

Deployment is usually used for sending Troops for the security of our country, she is traveling to another city on our buck for her own agenda

June 01 2010 at 4:07 PM Report abuse +9 rate up rate down Reply
Curmudgeon

Reid is toast. The only thing that the obama touch is going to accomplish is a quicker demise of his career political job.

June 01 2010 at 3:08 PM Report abuse +14 rate up rate down Reply
john foote

I am so happy the First Lady did this for Harry Read, it should clinch the election for the Republicans.

June 01 2010 at 3:03 PM Report abuse +14 rate up rate down Reply
Truwriter

For me the revelation that the White House was involved in tampering with the Pennsylvania Senatorial election by trying to bribe Arlen Spector's opposition to drop out of the race so that Spector could win the Dem nominiation is impossible for to reconcile. I voted for Obama and have hoped for the best but we are just seeing the worst.

June 01 2010 at 2:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jeff

I don't think thats going to help old Harry.

June 01 2010 at 2:26 PM Report abuse +14 rate up rate down Reply
Meadhh

Good Title, First Lady!! Lets Move fits right in!!!! It is time for Nevadians to excercise their right to VOTE REID OUT OF OFFICE!!!!MOVE HIM OUT - GREAT EXCERCISE!!!

June 01 2010 at 2:14 PM Report abuse +17 rate up rate down Reply
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resicor

And replace him with who? The chicken lady

June 01 2010 at 4:51 PM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply
jtonkins

Old Harry is toast and this will only do more harm... Good.

June 01 2010 at 2:12 PM Report abuse +18 rate up rate down Reply

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