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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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!!
Gads. The thing has an unerring way of picking the wrong outfit.
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?
bump for later read and time to find a photo of her huge read end that won’t eat up all the bandwidth!
She has an eye on a U.S. Senate seat when they’re done with the White House...
Woman, if you gotta demand and shout for respect, you’ll never get and you never deserve it.
Who ever heard of either a Mooselimb or a commie woman who was an important leader? Fahgedaboudid Meechelle
Uh - Michelle, honey, you didn’t get elected. Your impact just doesn’t matter.
I always HOE in my black boats and nice outfit
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.
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...
Who didn't see this coming?
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.
what kind of substance is she demanding?
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.
And to the horrible WaPo: (sarcasm) What wonderful words for the First Lady. What was Laura, a cardboard cutout?
what substance is she demanding?