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Michelle Obama's Message to Tom Joyner Listeners: Vote and Live Healthy

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To judge from a recent Bloomberg poll -- which gave her a net favorability rating of 62 percent among likely 2010 voters -- Michelle Obama is the one you want beside you on the campaign trail if you happen to be an endangered Democrat.

Forbes magazine just put the first lady at No. 1 on its list of "Power Women." (Isn't this the same company that made news with its Dinesh D'Souza hit piece on the president?)

She's on a roll. She's also embarking on a political schedule that will take her across the country and back. (Lynn Sweet gives a complete rundown, with a preview of her remarks.) And on Wednesday, Michelle Obama made a stop on radio host Tom Joyner's popular morning show to urge his estimated 8 million listeners in more than 100 markets to vote in the midterm election -- and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

"A lot of people don't pay attention to the midterms because they think, well, when a president is elected, that's what an election is all about," she said. "But this is critical because Congress shapes the laws, and the president can only sign the bills that come across his desk that are passed by Congress. And this is the time when we're electing folks to office that are either going to work with the president or they're going to work against him." Her list of issues included "everything from health care reform to financial regulation reform, tax cuts for working-class folks -- you name it."

She told listeners, "It means all the world to us to know that there are prayer circles out there and people who are keeping the spirits clean around us."

In her effort to energize turnout among African-American voters, in particular, the first lady's appearance on the Joyner show (and its affiliated, with more than 1.5 million registered users) follows one by her husband last month. President Obama has also been a guest on popular radio shows hosted by Warren Ballentine, Joe Madison, Michael Baisden and others.

On Joyner's program, Mrs. Obama encouraged listeners to eat healthy foods and get exercise, but she said it wasn't about "blame."

"We have so many issues facing our community -- crumbling schools and unsafe neighborhoods and folks just trying to pay the bills -- that oftentimes, we put our health on the back burner. But we can't be in the position where we've made so many strides over these decades, where our grandparents and our great-grandparents have sacrificed, only to be at a point where one of the biggest threats to our kids will be their own health."

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Now how does this work? Does she, Biden, and Clinton have a questionaire before one can attend a campaign rally? Obama is doing that now so just wondering if all these Dems are doing the same thing? Also, since everything is supposed to be so transparent, would there be any way the taxpayer would be able to find out how much this is costing us for all the trips and campaigning stops across the country we will be forced to pay to help elect the Dems they are supporting? If anyone knows, I'd love to hear your findings.

October 14 2010 at 3:16 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

I love to hear Michelle acknowledging the "crumbling schools" and I often wondered why (if she is so concerned about children) that she didn't take more of an interest in the DC schools. She could be an inspiration/role model to so many students in some of the depressed neighborhoods she speaks of. She often mentions she sees fear in the eyes of children as she travels around--does she mean she sees this fear when she is travelling on her vacations? I resent my tax dollars paying for her to traverse the country campaigning because her husband does not have much credibility with the American public so needs to send Michelle, Biden, & Clinton out--

October 14 2010 at 3:08 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

She is right of course. You're voting for or against what's being done the last four years the Democrats have controlled Congress. I choose to vote against what's happened in those four years. Hope through the Republicans take over only the House, so the two sides talk and listen to one another.

October 13 2010 at 7:12 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply

We need to clean the White House and start all over again to see if we can get a better party who is a citizen of the USA and who will keep our country to what we stood for many years ago. Our Country is in bad shape thsi man needs to be sent back to where he came from and stop being so far from the truth. Ginny Rinehart

October 13 2010 at 2:39 PM Report abuse +20 rate up rate down Reply

Michelle Obama has been an okay first lady so far. She is more active than some and much less active than others. That's not a criticism or a prop, it's just an observation.

October 13 2010 at 2:12 PM Report abuse -15 rate up rate down Reply


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