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First Lady Michelle Obama returns to the campaign trail for the first time since 2008 next month, with the White House announcing her first wave of political travel in the run-up to the November election.
The schedule released Tuesday has Mrs. Obama doing nine fund-raisers in seven cities. In a telephone briefing, two senior administration officials told reporters that Mrs. Obama will be adding more events once they are finalized.
Her schedule was crafted with input from the West Wing so she does not overlap with President Obama and Vice President Biden. The selection of her stops "reflects a balance of the First Lady's official schedule as well as her schedule with her children and what we believe is the best and most effective use of her time in the run up to the election," said one of those administration officials--who would not speak on-the-record.
Michelle Obama The first round takes Mrs. Obama to friendly Democratic territory. She returns to the arena of partisan politics on Oct. 13, with fundraisers in Milwaukee for Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) and in her native Chicago to benefit Democratic Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias and three House candidates from suburban districts who are in the toughest Illinois races: Rep. Debbie Halvorson (D-Ill.), Rep. Bill Foster (D-Ill.) and nominee Dan Seals.
On Oct. 14, Mrs. Obama is the headliner at a fund-raising lunch in Denver for Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Col.)
On Oct. 18, the First Lady hits New York for a dinner to benefit the Democratic National Committee's Women's Leadership Forum. The one political event Mrs. Obama has done since moving into the White House was earlier this year, for the DNC women's fund.
A week later, she flies to Seattle and San Francisco, for three days of campaigning in California beginning Oct. 25. She will be the marquee draw for a fund-raising events for Sen. Pattty Murray (D-Wash.), and for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee which is the political organization for Democrats in the U.S. House.
In Los Angeles on Oct. 26, Mrs. Obama does another fund-raising dinner for the DNC and the women's forum; the next day she is the main attraction at events for Sen. Barbara Boxer. (D-Calif.)

Mrs. Obama has the ability to raise tens of millions of dollars at fund-raisers between now and the November election. She is a popular figure -- a CNN poll last month found a 62 percent favorable rating, compared to 53 percent for President Obama -- in part because she's been adamant about not taking on any controversial issues. Troubled by the 2008 campaign -- where she feared some comments on the stump threatened the election of her husband -- she will return to the fray with a cautious message, leaving the partisan heavy lifting to others.

"She's campaigning to advocate, to rally voters behind specific candidates based on what we can do together to build a better future. She comes to this as a mom, and that's the lens through which she sees the world and that's her test for every issue -- what it means for her daughters and all of our kids," said Stephanie Cutter, who was Mrs. Obama's 2008 campaign chief of staff and is now a White House communications and messaging adviser.

Said White House senior advisor Valerie Jarrett, a longtime friend of Mrs. Obama, "Mrs. Obama is looking at this campaign outreach the same way she did in 2008 -- as a concerned citizen and as a mom who wants the best for her daughters. From that vantage point, she has the opportunity to really speak from the heart, to connect with the voters she meets along the way, just as she did so well in 2008, and to express her strong support for continuing the change we've been able to make over the last 18 months."

Democrats have been asking for Mrs. Obama's help for months. Her chief of staff, Susan Sher said, "From the beginning, she's wanted to hit the campaign trail. It was just a matter of figuring out what would work with her schedule and what would be most useful."

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okitori

I cringe when I think how much of my taxes will go to pay for Michelle's travels to campaign. I don't care if she travels to support any Dem but honestly does the taxpayer have to pay for this??? It's not only her but her mother, her cooks, beauticians, doctors, relatives, friends, etc. All this on our dime when millions are out of work, losing their homes, can't afford to send children to college, increase in taxes and on and on. Yet, the Obama's are privledged to use our tax $ to fly about the country to support the Dems. Now is that FAIR? Of course, people will claim they pay for it--Yeah, I heard that about her trip to Spain as well--She paid the US taxpayer for the cost of what a 1st class ticket would cost--Right--is that all it cost us?

September 28 2010 at 3:27 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Michael

Campaigning sounds like a hell of a job. I think I need a vacation. Oh, wait! I can't afford one . I don't have a job.

September 22 2010 at 10:20 PM Report abuse +7 rate up rate down Reply
Blackjack

More taxpayers exspence.

September 22 2010 at 10:55 AM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
stirkle2

Having anyone named Obama campaigning for your opponent is a gift from God for all Republican candidates. Ask Marsha Coakley (D-MA), former Senatorial front runner in Massachusetts' special election Senate seat.

September 21 2010 at 9:56 PM Report abuse +8 rate up rate down Reply
ltpar

She is about as unpopular as the Pied Piper of Chicago so by all means, lets get her out there on the campaign trail. Anything to remind voterrs that we need to get rid of all the worthless politicans, Democrats and Republicans alike.

September 21 2010 at 8:17 PM Report abuse +17 rate up rate down Reply
mmcle82796

She was never proud of this country until her husband was elected and she hates being first lady. Just another opportunity to show us more of those "booby belts" that she loves so much. I find it hard to believe that her popularity is so high after that trip to Spain. Most likely more fluff from the media.

September 21 2010 at 8:08 PM Report abuse +19 rate up rate down Reply
Proud Conservati

Undoubtedly, this is just another extended vacation for 'miz michelle'. Guess who will be paying her expenses on the "campaign". She is a joke! Almost as goofy as her husband.

September 21 2010 at 7:43 PM Report abuse +29 rate up rate down Reply
Ray

The left media still reports Mrs. Obama has favorable ratings, right. Give her a chance and she will speak the truth, like how much she hates this country and how she thinks her husband ‘s gang of idiots knows what we really need since we’re too stupid to figure it out for ourselves. These people are socialist and now Mrs. Obama is personally trying to ruin an American corporation that hires thousands, McDonald, with the pretence that we need to be told what we should eat. Class warfare Redistribution of wealth Nanny state Socialism All add up to the Obama’s

September 21 2010 at 7:30 PM Report abuse +27 rate up rate down Reply
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Yosh

She needs to start from her husband, his eating habits is worst as next person in line, "maybe worse",,, not to mention, smoke, drink so who she kidding!

September 21 2010 at 7:41 PM Report abuse +21 rate up rate down Reply
Karen

Ray - Mrs BO LOVES this country right now. She will hate it again when BO looses and have to pay for their vacations out of their own pockets.

September 21 2010 at 7:41 PM Report abuse +22 rate up rate down Reply
GUY W. BARRON

Okay. And who determines the productiveness of the conversationsS? So now we no longer have freedom of speech? Like for instance, is Miz Michelle gwine take her servants along on the trail as she boards the multimillion dollar jet. And do her servants ever say to her, "ya'sum, Miz Michelle." "Yo bath water is ready," What a hoot. And is Obama going to send for all his aliens and bring them here for keeps? He is an alien, you know. He never showed that he was born. Ever checked to see if he has a Navel? Must not have.

September 21 2010 at 7:23 PM Report abuse +21 rate up rate down Reply
danceshorses

If her endorsements equal that of her husband she wont remain popular with the democrats for very long either.

September 21 2010 at 7:23 PM Report abuse +23 rate up rate down Reply

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