I suppose Politico thinks this is news? “Michelle Obama Shifts into 2012 Campaign Mode” Duh! We’ve only been dieting and purging for two months! How much more obvious could it be that we’ve been in training for the campaign? There is nothing else that could get Lady M out of the Cheetos chest for such an extended period of time. Because after all: winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing.
But for all the refinement Michelle Obama can bring to the campaign, politics remains a dirty business. Part of the challenge for Team Obama in 2012 is how best to deploy her as a political asset without tarnishing her popularity.
For starters, we’re dressing her up like Dr. Jill, in classic oxford shirts because how could you tarnish anything in a nice oxford shirt?
And the last time they dressed like twin sisters of a different mother, things were going along just swell:
Since her debut in national politics, Obama has broadened her appeal, softening once-sharp edges and advocating for military families and against childhood obesity.
Here we are on the trail yesterday, softening our sharp edges with a nice pastel peach effect as we put the finishing touches on a house for Johnny Agbi, a disabled vet. Nice color coordination!
In case you’re wondering, that’s our new fashion forward belt-on-the-inside look.
Jeans, oxford, tennies, check. Just like the real housewives of Washington. Not wanting to step on Lady M’s new suburban mom image, Dr. Jill dressed down and wore an old Army tee in honor of the Joining Forces initiative for military veterans that she and Lady M were there to promote:
For the campaign, the first lady is blending a policy message — most recently on jobs and women’s issues — with rare and tantalizing glimpses of private life in the White House.
Lady M explains Big Guy’s work ethic: “This man doesn’t take a day off.” And he won’t. Until everyone in this country who wants a job, has a job.
In a message aimed at women — a powerful and once-enthusiastic voting bloc for the president with which he is losing ground — the first lady touts the president’s appointment of two women to the U.S. Supreme Court and passage, at his urging, of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009.
Elena, Sonia and signing the Lilly Ledbetter bill (Lilly’s behind him): maybe the equivalent of one and half women, all together.
In more personal reflections, Obama recalled at an event last month in Rhode Island that the president was raised “by a single mother who struggled to put herself through school and pay the bills.”
Butt since she didn’t really win that struggle, Grandma and Grandpa raised him.
When things got too tough, the president’s grandmother stepped in, “waking up every morning before dawn to take the bus to her job at the bank,” the first lady said. At that job, the president’s grandmother watched men she had trained pass her by with promotions.
You remember Grandma – she ended up under the bus, just before she died.
“I am not going to kid you, this journey is going to be long. It is going to be hard. And there will be plenty of twists and turns along the way,” the first lady told supporters in Rhode Island. “The reality is that change is slow … It never happens all at once.”
In other breaking news: I know you’ve all been concerned about the kidnapping of TOTUS from the Marriot hotel parking lot. I’m happy to report he’s been recovered, none the worse for the wear, in the parking lot of a nearby Holiday Inn Express. In fact, TOTUS reports that the breakfasts at Holiday Inn Express are much better, and he really enjoyed the hot cinnamon rolls. He said the perpetrators intended to take the whole busload of equipment to Occupy Wall Street because the crowd was growing tired of the “twinkle hands” and human microphones. However, they didn’t seem to appreciate TOTUS’ rogue comments and took the whole busload of them back and dumped them off.