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 BlackAmericaWeb.com, 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
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."