Skip to comments.A First Lady Who Demands Substance
Posted on 06/25/2009 11:46:25 AM PDT by Neverforget01
For weeks, Michelle Obama had been telling her staff and closest confidantes that she wasn't having the impact she wanted. She is a woman of substance, with a background in law, public policy and management, who found herself relegated to role model in chief. The West Wing of the White House -- the fulcrum of power and policy -- had not fully integrated her into its agenda. She wanted more.
Her new chief of staff, Susan Sher, 61, is a close friend and former boss who the first lady thinks will be more forceful about getting her and her team on the West Wing's radar screen. The first thing Sher said she told senior adviser David Axelrod, whom she has known for years: When I call, "you need to get back to me right away."
Although Obama's job-approval ratings have soared, the first lady -- a Harvard-educated lawyer -- wasn't satisfied with coasting. She is hiring a full-time speechwriter and has instructed her staff to think "strategically" so that every event has a purpose and a message. She doesn't want to simply go to events and hug struggling military families, she said; she wants to show progress.
Every morning, Rogers and Sher attend White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel's 8:15 staff meeting. Johnston, a newcomer to Obama's circle but a White House veteran, and Katie McCormick Lelyveld, the first lady's press secretary, sit in on White House press secretary Robert Gibbs's daily message meeting. As part of the president's domestic policy team,
They're all focused on raising the stakes. "It isn't just about hugging," Sher said. "Whatever she talks about will bring press and interest, but it's important that she's not just talking [but] actually moving forward on those issues."
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LeBron without the tats.
She obviously didn’t demand much when picking a husband, but he was articulate and clean.
She’s not `coasting’ here.
Yeah; especially among the "millions of jobs" holders that were hired as a result of porkulus....
WP is a lyin' fishwrapper State-run media outlet.
They must be referring to the law license that she gave up and that $300K a year job doing community outreach for the U of Chicago hospital, a job that was abolished after she resigned.
This line alone almost rises to BARF ALERT level. Law = affirmative action admit; public policy = needed a person of color; management = big $$$$ job because of hubby's ability to deliver the goods from the public coffers.
Michelle the arugula needs picked. Now get at it.
Do not participate in policy matters, Michelle.
Just fair warning.
I don’t recall Michelle being on the ballot last November.
It worries me that she wants a bigger role, because that will take away from her role modeling (there are only so many hours in a day) and I'll be left rudderless.
Why oh why does the election of a Democratic President mean that his wife fills in as a Co-President?
What was it that Patton said about “shovelin’ sh*t in Mississippi” during the war?
Oh - Right. The presstitues in ABCNNBCBS aren’t about covering issues anymore: instead, they cover her dresses, her very, very, very expensive dates and invent a “style” ....
what Mrs. Zero doesn’t get, is, she IS the ‘hugging’ arm of the presidency - American’s don’t want two presidents.
and, if Mrs. Zero wants to be a Hillary, then she’s no longer off limits politically, including criticism for comments about not wanting to be limited to hugging ‘struggling military’ families.
Time for the taxpayers to quit paying for the First Grandma to live in the White House. Send her back to Chi-Town, and Michelle can take care of her daughters.