Candidates Request Michelle Obama’s Star Presence

Candidates Request Michelle Obama’s Star Presence


Critics may be questioning the timing of First Lady Michelle Obama’s recent trip to Spain with youngest daughter Sasha, but it’s not her current schedule that others are concerned about.

For some Democrats, it’s whether her calendar is open for campaigning over the next few months leading into the November election.

Because while President Barack Obama’s approval ratings have been sinking, the first lady’s support has soared and candidates want to tap into that power, Politio reported.

The publication reported:

“We’re waiting for direction on what the fall will look like and how this will all evolve’ a White House aide said, adding that ‘long-term planning’ will occur in August while the first family is away.

“It’s quite a reversal from the heated 2008 campaign, when Michelle — accused of using a terrorist gesture to fist-bump her husband and famously quoted as saying the campaign made her a proud American ‘for the first time in my adult life’ — was almost politically toxic.”

Recent polls showed that the first lady is enjoying a 55 percent favorable view overall, though Republicans view her negatively 30 to 37 percent. Among Democrats, she has an 82 percent favorable rating.

Obama has been steadfast in promoting her Let’s Move! initiative to address childhood obesity and has not been in the political spotlight much.

But if and when the first lady decides to stump, it appears there will be several candidates requesting her support.

“Some have quietly lobbied for the first lady,” Politico said. “Rep Deborah Halvorson (D-Ill.) and Democratic Senate candidate Elaine Marshall of North Carolina publicly asked for her. Last week, Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.) shouted it out loud: He’d rather have FLOTUS than POTUS.”