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Michelle Obama's poll numbers slide
Politico ^ | 11/9/2009 | Nia-Malika Henderson

Posted on 11/09/2009 9:06:22 PM PST by Saije

When Michelle Obama moved into the White House, she instantly became one of the most famous first ladies in history, a symbol of racial pride, a victor in the battle of the sexes and the picture of a modern woman, mother and wife.

But from her days on the campaign trail to her residency in the White House, Obama’s favorability rating has been in flux, from a low of 48 percent in June 2008 to a peak of 72 percent last March to a slide to 61 percent in a recent Gallup Poll.

That 11-point stumble – some might call it a tumble – seems at odds with the focus of a White House publicity team that is carefully crafting her image and building a decidedly current, wholesome, upbeat brand. But while Obama has broadened the reach of her office, White House observers say that the role and projects she has embraced so far are seen by some as disappointingly traditional.

“If you asked most people, they would say she defines her job as first lady as taking care of her family, and maybe that’s what the White House wants — what she wants,” said first lady historian Betty Boyd Caroli. “A lot of people appreciate that, but some people wanted more, and maybe that’s why the numbers are dipping.”

Like her husband, Obama moved into the White House with outsize expectations from different and sometimes competing constituencies: fashionistas, black women, working women, working mothers, stay-at-home mothers, feminists, post-feminists — all identify with her.

(Excerpt) Read more at politico.com ...


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: 2009polls; flotusmichelle; fourth100days; gallup; michelle; michelleobama; numbers; obama; poll
She's in the news way too much, maybe that's why.
1 posted on 11/09/2009 9:06:23 PM PST by Saije
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To: Saije

“When Michelle Obama moved into the White House, she instantly became one of the most famous first ladies in history”

—stopped right there. No one I know gives a flying monkey crap about her or her hubby.


2 posted on 11/09/2009 9:12:56 PM PST by TheZMan (Just secede and get it over with. No love lost on either side. Cya.)
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To: Saije

Kinda like somebody else I know.


3 posted on 11/09/2009 9:13:24 PM PST by Bad Jack Bauer (Fat and Bald? I was BORN fat and bald, thank you very much!)
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To: Saije

It could also be those dresses she wears that resemble the towels I have hanging in my kitchen, or drapes in the den. I really believe there’s something to that cliché about dressing the part, and she goes around looking like Ma Kettle’s baggage.

Of course those rumors about her being nastier than an old banshee doesn’t help her much either.


4 posted on 11/09/2009 9:14:19 PM PST by dajeeps
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To: Saije

Nobody needs to ‘craft’ Sarah Palin’s image, and that’s why she’s naturally loved. She is what she is. But they’re still going to do their damndest to tear apart that image.
Michelle O., “The First Bee-yotch”, is every bit as synthetic as her hubby, The Hologram President.


5 posted on 11/09/2009 9:14:47 PM PST by supremedoctrine ( A, you're a-dor-a-ble, -------B, you're bus-ted.........)
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To: Saije

Nobody needs to ‘craft’ Sarah Palin’s image, and that’s why she’s naturally loved. She is what she is. But they’re still going to do their damndest to tear apart that image.
Michelle O., “The First Bee-yotch”, is every bit as synthetic as her hubby, The Hologram President.


6 posted on 11/09/2009 9:15:03 PM PST by supremedoctrine ( A, you're a-dor-a-ble, -------B, you're bus-ted.........)
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To: Saije
By the time Bozo's term is over - they will both have a zero favorability rating.

It's already a zero, as far as I'm concerned! They are both too lazy to get anything significant done..

Partying - date nights - Wednesday night parties - traveling - staying in every luxurious place on the planet is what they are all about.

The jobless in this country really appreciate hearing all about it, too.

7 posted on 11/09/2009 9:16:17 PM PST by LADY J (Change your thoughts and you change your world. - Norman Vincent Peale)
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To: Saije
they are both empty suits.

Lies work only for a short time.

8 posted on 11/09/2009 9:17:30 PM PST by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: Saije; StarFan; stanz; NautiNurse; maggief; GOP_Lady
She's in the news way too much, maybe that's why.

And constantly staring at me from every damn magazine cover imaginable while I wait in the supermarket checkout line, week after week, month after month.

You just cannot get away from the Obamas...

9 posted on 11/09/2009 9:18:22 PM PST by nutmeg (Obamunism is destroying America)
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To: Saije

And she has 20 or more peope to assist her image of being a woman who takes care of her family?


10 posted on 11/09/2009 9:19:10 PM PST by Justaham
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To: dajeeps
I really believe there’s something to that cliché about dressing the part, and she goes around looking like Ma Kettle’s baggage.

Now just a darn pickin' minute! What did my baggage ever do to you?


11 posted on 11/09/2009 9:20:10 PM PST by Dahoser (The missus and I joined the NRA. Who says Obama can't inspire conservatives?)
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To: Saije

I think Obama’s family should be off limits.

Remember how we felt when Bush’s daughters were being attacked by those Hollywwod pinheads in the bar?

Save the rhetoric for Obama. There is more than enough there,


12 posted on 11/09/2009 9:21:33 PM PST by ZULU (God guts and guns made America great. Non nobis, non nobis Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam.)
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To: Saije
Michelle Obama's poll numbers slide

Better cinch up that belt, honey.
13 posted on 11/09/2009 9:22:12 PM PST by aruanan
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To: Saije
Michelle Obama's poll numbers slide

They take polls for First Ladies now? It's not like her position is up for a vote.
14 posted on 11/09/2009 9:23:07 PM PST by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: Saije
a victor in the battle of the sexes

Huh? Is she the first female First Lady?

15 posted on 11/09/2009 9:25:58 PM PST by Cementjungle
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To: ZULU
"I think Obama’s family should be off limits."

The Obamas are the ones shoving themselves out there in our face.. It's getting sickening to see them plastered all over the place!!

Didn't you read this??? "Obama has broadened the reach of her office"

She's fair game. She's not one of the kids!!

16 posted on 11/09/2009 9:28:18 PM PST by LADY J (Change your thoughts and you change your world. - Norman Vincent Peale)
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To: Saije
That 11-point stumble – some might call it a tumble – seems at odds with the focus of a White House publicity team that is carefully crafting her image and building a decidedly current, wholesome, upbeat brand.

Apparently they haven't figured out that if you need to have a big team of people assigned to carefully craft a fake "wholesome and upbeat" public image for you because you absolutely lack these qualities naturally, then eventually people will still catch on to who you really are, and then there goes the poll numbers.

17 posted on 11/09/2009 9:30:32 PM PST by RepublitarianRoger2
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To: TheZMan

The most famous would have to be Jackie O...

Followed by Elenore Roosevelt for her exposure during WWII...

with Nancy Reagan in there somewhere...

and not forgeting Hilary just because she has been around so much...

Jackie O would win though...

And Michelle Who ???

ROFLMBO


18 posted on 11/09/2009 9:36:28 PM PST by Tennessee Nana
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To: ZULU
I think Obama’s family should be off limits.

Kids, absolutely. Michelle? No friggin' way.

19 posted on 11/09/2009 9:37:43 PM PST by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: buccaneer81

Yeah, and word is that she is weighing in on some of those “big” decisions, or lack of them, that Hussein is trying to make(or not). So if that be true, no way is she exempt from radar.


20 posted on 11/09/2009 9:44:59 PM PST by Mountain Mary (a)
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To: Saije

And I haven’t seen a pic or video of her that doesn’t show a broad beamed stern.

My gosh, it’s huge.


21 posted on 11/09/2009 9:45:19 PM PST by norge (The amiable dunce is back, wearing a skirt and high heels.)
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To: Saije

I hear that. She’s in a bunch of magazine covers. Can’t go looking for a magazine because there might be a story about her or 0 in there.


22 posted on 11/09/2009 9:53:14 PM PST by ABQHispConservative (A good Blue Dog is an unelected Blue Dog. Ditto Rino's!)
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To: ZULU
She now has a taxpayer funded personal staff of 21 full time federal employees - as compared to previous FLOTUS staffs of just 4 or 5.

Likewise she is formally engaged in public policy presentations regarding health care bill depate.

Off Limits - I don’t thing so (kids certainly)

23 posted on 11/09/2009 10:01:07 PM PST by VRWCTexan (Obama-scare is the "real" Cash for Clunker Program!)
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To: ZULU

Sorry—but Michelle has put herself out there and worked at becoming a public figure (hugging Queen Elizabeth, making a big deal out of her gardening, shopping spree in Paris with the girls). This is no silent Pat Nixon or Lady Bird Johnson beautifying American highways. She’s an Ivy-educated woman and she’s not going to stand in the background. She put herself on the front line, she chose to be there. She can take the praise...and she’s a grown-up who better be able to take the hits.


24 posted on 11/09/2009 10:08:56 PM PST by MHT
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To: Saije
a symbol of racial pride

That's a disgusting, true phrase that is only allowed if you aren't white.


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

25 posted on 11/09/2009 10:17:17 PM PST by The Comedian (Evil can only succeed if good men don't point at it and laugh.)
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To: The Comedian
Moving on up to the White House,
That Big White house in the sky.

Moving on up to the White House,
Going to get a piece of the Pie.

Hey Wheeze.

26 posted on 11/09/2009 10:38:10 PM PST by BooBoo1000 (" Beware of Humanity, it's a bad breed after all")
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To: Saije
Too many boob belts. Nobody needs a belt that big to keep her boobs up. A good quality , proper fitting brassiere is all a woman needs.
27 posted on 11/09/2009 10:52:44 PM PST by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: nutmeg
And constantly staring at me from every damn magazine cover imaginable while I wait in the supermarket checkout line, week after week, month after month.

Just cover them up with another magazine like many of us do now.

28 posted on 11/09/2009 10:59:52 PM PST by SweetCaroline (We have the right to debate & disagree with this & any administration ! H. Clinton)
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To: Saije

Being a pan faced, gnarly, hulkish, awkward, ignorant, anti-American skank might be factors as well.

Honestly, I think the First Couple are both post operative transexuals.


29 posted on 11/09/2009 11:00:08 PM PST by Psalm 144 (What did you think NEW WORLD ORDER meant? The Constitution? States' rights? Individual liberty?)
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To: LADY J

By the time Bozo’s term is over - they will both have a zero favorability rating.


Their plus ratings will never fall below 12%.

Never.


30 posted on 11/09/2009 11:02:27 PM PST by Psalm 144 (What did you think NEW WORLD ORDER meant? The Constitution? States' rights? Individual liberty?)
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To: nutmeg

What is the over/under on whether Michelle wears a boob belt today?


31 posted on 11/10/2009 1:45:15 AM PST by NautiNurse (Obama: A day without TOTUS is like a day without sunshine)
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To: ZULU

When that white hating/America hating ugly,lumbering shrew
gets up on the public forum and trashes America and the Libs and state run media try to shove this thing down our throats as a beautiful, fashion icon that makes her fair game.


32 posted on 11/10/2009 7:43:39 AM PST by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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