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A First Lady Who Demands Substance
The Washington Post ^ | June 25, 2009 | Lois Romano

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.

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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."

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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.

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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,

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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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TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: barfalert; bowdowntothewookie; chewbaccamichelle; firstlady; flotusmichelle; gildedwookie; gooniegoogoo; michelle; michelleobama; roles
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Hillary redux?


1 posted on 06/25/2009 11:46:25 AM PDT by Neverforget01
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To: Neverforget01

LeBron without the tats.


2 posted on 06/25/2009 11:47:34 AM PDT by LS ("Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually." (Hendrix))
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To: Neverforget01

She obviously didn’t demand much when picking a husband, but he was articulate and clean.


3 posted on 06/25/2009 11:49:17 AM PDT by OB1kNOb (Prepare.)
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To: Neverforget01

She’s not `coasting’ here.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ig_2k9aDhpE


4 posted on 06/25/2009 11:51:30 AM PDT by tumblindice
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To: Neverforget01
"Although Obama's job-approval ratings have soared"

Yeah; especially among the "millions of jobs" holders that were hired as a result of porkulus....

/sarc

WP is a lyin' fishwrapper State-run media outlet.

5 posted on 06/25/2009 11:51:41 AM PDT by traditional1 ("Don't gots to worry 'bout no mo'gage, don't gots to buy no gas...Obama gonna take care o' me!")
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To: Neverforget01

6 posted on 06/25/2009 11:52:23 AM PDT by NMEwithin
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To: Neverforget01
She is a woman of substance, with a background in law, public policy and management

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.

7 posted on 06/25/2009 11:53:57 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Neverforget01
background in law, public policy and management,

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.

8 posted on 06/25/2009 11:54:43 AM PDT by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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To: Neverforget01

Michelle the arugula needs picked. Now get at it.


9 posted on 06/25/2009 11:55:27 AM PDT by A message (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days)
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To: Neverforget01

Do not participate in policy matters, Michelle.
Just fair warning.


10 posted on 06/25/2009 11:55:35 AM PDT by griswold3
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To: Rummyfan

I don’t recall Michelle being on the ballot last November.


11 posted on 06/25/2009 11:57:36 AM PDT by p. henry
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To: Rummyfan
Michelle Obama Is The “Specifically Named Individual” On Page 64 of The Affidavit Submitted by FBI in the Blago Case. Will any of them be Scooterized in a process-crime scenario (/ rhetorical question...)
12 posted on 06/25/2009 11:59:09 AM PDT by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all.....)
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To: p. henry
Exactly - who voted her queen....nevermind.

Co-Empress?

13 posted on 06/25/2009 11:59:13 AM PDT by elk
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To: Neverforget01

14 posted on 06/25/2009 11:59:28 AM PDT by NMEwithin
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To: Neverforget01
found herself relegated to role model in chief

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.

15 posted on 06/25/2009 12:01:01 PM PDT by Southside_Chicago_Republican ("During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." --Orwell)
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To: Neverforget01
I must had missed something last Nov.because I never saw her listed as a candidate in the voting booth.
16 posted on 06/25/2009 12:02:24 PM PDT by taxtruth
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To: Neverforget01

Why oh why does the election of a Democratic President mean that his wife fills in as a Co-President?


17 posted on 06/25/2009 12:03:30 PM PDT by notpoliticallycorewrecked (According to the MSM, I'm a fringe sitting, pajama wearing Freeper)
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To: NMEwithin

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” ....


18 posted on 06/25/2009 12:04:40 PM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but socialists' ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: Neverforget01

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.


19 posted on 06/25/2009 12:05:21 PM PDT by blueplum
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To: Neverforget01

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.


20 posted on 06/25/2009 12:06:07 PM PDT by Night Hides Not (If Dick Cheney = Darth Vader, then Joe Biden = Dark Helmet)
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To: traditional1

Right on!!! this all reads like “I’m not getting enough attention.... look at me... look at me.... look at me.....”

and when one looks, there is nothing of SUBSTANCE there or in the WP!!


21 posted on 06/25/2009 12:06:53 PM PDT by bareford101 (barefoot prince)
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To: Neverforget01


"I hate people with more substance than me."
22 posted on 06/25/2009 12:06:58 PM PDT by Mount Athos (A Giant luxury mega-mansion for Gore, a Government Green EcoShack made of poo for you)
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To: NMEwithin

Gads. The thing has an unerring way of picking the wrong outfit.


23 posted on 06/25/2009 12:07:50 PM PDT by livius
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To: elk
I think the empress needs new clothes


24 posted on 06/25/2009 12:08:25 PM PDT by Neverforget01 (Talk is cheap...except when Congress does it.)
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To: NMEwithin

This ugly bitch thinks the south lawn is her 40 acres and a mule that wuz promised to her back in the slave days.What is it about liberal wives being insufferable shrews?


25 posted on 06/25/2009 12:09:57 PM PDT by pistolpetestoys (Outside of a dog a book is a mans best friend;inside a dog it's too dark to read.)
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To: Neverforget01; Allegra; big'ol_freeper; Lil'freeper; TrueKnightGalahad; blackie; Larry Lucido; ...

bump for later read and time to find a photo of her huge read end that won’t eat up all the bandwidth!


26 posted on 06/25/2009 12:11:11 PM PDT by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: Neverforget01

She has an eye on a U.S. Senate seat when they’re done with the White House...


27 posted on 06/25/2009 12:13:15 PM PDT by coconutt2000 (NO MORE PEACE FOR OIL!!! DOWN WITH TYRANTS, TERRORISTS, AND TIMIDCRATS!!!! (3-T's For World Peace))
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To: Neverforget01

Woman, if you gotta demand and shout for respect, you’ll never get and you never deserve it.


28 posted on 06/25/2009 12:13:19 PM PDT by Clock King
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To: Neverforget01

Who ever heard of either a Mooselimb or a commie woman who was an important leader? Fahgedaboudid Meechelle


29 posted on 06/25/2009 12:14:35 PM PDT by yldstrk (My heros have always been cowboys--Reagan and Bush)
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To: Neverforget01

Uh - Michelle, honey, you didn’t get elected. Your impact just doesn’t matter.

Colonel, USAFR


30 posted on 06/25/2009 12:14:39 PM PDT by jagusafr (Kill the red lizard, Lord! - nod to C.S. Lewis)
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To: NMEwithin

I always HOE in my black boats and nice outfit


31 posted on 06/25/2009 12:14:40 PM PDT by blueyon (It is worth taking a stand even if you are standing alone!)
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To: Neverforget01
I interpret this as her not having enough respect for her husband to take a step back and allow him his rightful (gag) place as President of the United States.

The First Lady (debatable) has a role - to support her husband and appear as a role model for our country. She shows a great lack of respect for her husband in not only wanting more but feeling she is owed more.

32 posted on 06/25/2009 12:16:05 PM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA (Is there a Liars Anonymous? If so, they need more advertising - so many people need their help.)
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To: p. henry; Rummyfan

Exactly. I did NOT vote for Michelle (America’s Unhappiest Millionaire) even MORE than I did NOT vote for Barry. She’s the wife of a careerist politician. Neither of them are about substance...


33 posted on 06/25/2009 12:17:00 PM PDT by philled (A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.-- GB Shaw)
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To: Clock King
The West Wing of the White House -- the fulcrum of power and policy -- had not fully integrated her into its agenda. She wanted more.

Who didn't see this coming?

34 posted on 06/25/2009 12:17:18 PM PDT by Neverforget01 (Talk is cheap...except when Congress does it.)
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To: potlatch

35 posted on 06/25/2009 12:18:23 PM PDT by devolve ( . . . . Obama confiscated Teacher & Police Union pension funds? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .)
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To: Neverforget01

Looks like Michelle has packed on a few “flubbery” pounds.

Funny how she wore sleeveless tops all winter in below zero degree weather, now in the hottest part of summer we always see her wearing sweaters...many times layered...gag, gag....puke.


36 posted on 06/25/2009 12:21:28 PM PDT by Curious George1978
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To: Neverforget01

what kind of substance is she demanding?


37 posted on 06/25/2009 12:21:41 PM PDT by sfvgto (Dear Congress, my name is Jimmie....gimmie, gimmie, gimmie)
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To: Neverforget01

We didn’t elect you Michelle and I doubt seriously we elected your husband legally. So step down from your phony soapbox and quit trying to pretend to be Hillary.


38 posted on 06/25/2009 12:25:23 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: Mount Athos
Wow, what a photo - what hate in her eyes! Who is the other woman and where is the pic from?

And to the horrible WaPo: (sarcasm) What wonderful words for the First Lady. What was Laura, a cardboard cutout?

39 posted on 06/25/2009 12:25:48 PM PDT by jeffc (They're coming to take me away! Ha-ha, hey-hey, ho-ho!)
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To: Neverforget01

what substance is she demanding?


40 posted on 06/25/2009 12:30:14 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: jeffc

that’s the french leader’s wife.
I think they’re at normandy commemorating the sacrifice there in WWII


41 posted on 06/25/2009 12:32:15 PM PDT by Mount Athos (A Giant luxury mega-mansion for Gore, a Government Green EcoShack made of poo for you)
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To: sfvgto

“what kind of substance is she demanding?”
***************

Not so much substance... as power and adulation. She wants some of that bowing at her feet and tingly feeling going up MSM legs when Queen Michelle grants them an audience.


42 posted on 06/25/2009 12:32:15 PM PDT by Curious George1978
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To: Neverforget01

We didn’t elect you, Missy.


43 posted on 06/25/2009 12:33:33 PM PDT by Conservative4Ever (Man the pitchforks and torches.......let the revolution begin)
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To: Neverforget01

So, do you reckon that, by now, Mrs. Obama is no longer not proud of her country? Now that Mr. Obama is the chief magistrate of the republic?

Now, when he leaves office, does this mean that she will revert to not being proud of her nation...again?

The press simply loves Mrs. Obama. I suspect much of it is guilt, and the longing to be close to the seat of power.

Let’s hear for sophistry!

“Potomac Fever” can be an awful affliction.


44 posted on 06/25/2009 12:36:14 PM PDT by RexBeach
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To: Neverforget01

45 posted on 06/25/2009 12:36:52 PM PDT by paulycy (Liberal DOUBLE-STANDARDS are HATE speech.)
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To: Buckeye McFrog
what substance is she demanding?

From the article:

"Her desire is to step out more and have deliverables," said communications chief Camille Johnston. "It's about things that are coming up that we want to be a part of: child nutrition reauthorization act, prevention and wellness for health-care reform."

In the past couple of weeks, Obama has been more vocal about the specifics of the president's health plan, and she will play a substantive role in promoting it. She will soon announce the creation of an advisory board to help military families. And she will be the face of the administration's United We Serve, a summer-long national service program, which she launched on Monday. Even her social events have a message: She let congressional families know that before the annual White House barbecue today, the 500 guests are expected to show up at Fort McNair to stuff camp backpacks with goodies for the children of military personnel.

46 posted on 06/25/2009 12:40:22 PM PDT by Neverforget01 (Talk is cheap...except when Congress does it.)
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To: Neverforget01
She is a woman of substance, with a background in law, public policy and management...

A degree given, not earned due to her skin color. Fake "public policy" credentials, and the only management she has done is that she has managed to marry a "man" and ride his coat tails. Sort of like Hillary.

47 posted on 06/25/2009 1:05:21 PM PDT by OldMissileer (Atlas, Titan, Minuteman, PK. Winners of the Cold War)
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To: OldMissileer

that reminds me hillary had the gosh awful hairband......while michelle has the beastly belt....LMAO! ....yep, they are both fashion icons.


48 posted on 06/25/2009 1:06:56 PM PDT by tioga
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To: Neverforget01

Sounds like we’re going to have another “co-presidency” on our hands.


49 posted on 06/25/2009 1:11:32 PM PDT by Old Grumpy
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To: Neverforget01
She was also planning to take off the month of August.

Whaaaa? Wasn't Bush lambasted for taking long vacations?

50 posted on 06/25/2009 1:18:34 PM PDT by TC Rider (The United States Constitution - 1791. All Rights Reserved.)
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