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Michelle Obama says president has handled first term with ‘grace and poise’
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Posted on 04/17/2012 2:13:41 PM PDT by Sub-Driver

Michelle Obama says president has handled first term with ‘grace and poise’ By Alicia M. Cohn - 04/17/12 04:14 PM ET

First lady Michelle Obama said this week that she is “working hard” to help her husband’s re-election campaign “because he's handled himself with a level of grace and poise that not many people could given the challenges that he's faced.”

Obama dismissed the stresses of being first lady, saying the job has been “less stressful than I would have imagined,” especially in comparison to her husband’s job. Obama said that she has appreciated “a country that has been respectful of my children and their privacy.”

“I think in the end, I want to make sure that my kids come out of this thing on the other end in one piece,” she told NPR News in an interview transcribed online Tuesday. “But I also know that that's how the rest of the country feels as well, so for that I am grateful.”

Obama compared herself to any other mother in her desire to put her two daughters first.

She also reiterated recent reminders by her husband and the president’s campaign that children should remain “off limits” in attacks on political candidates. The comments followed a recent controversy over remarks Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen made about presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney’s wife Ann.

Obama said that the support of the country has made being first lady “less stressful than I would have imagined,” especially in comparison to her husband’s job.

“And that's why I'm working hard to get him re-elected, because he's handled himself with a level of grace and poise that not many people could given the challenges that he's faced,” she added.

The first lady, who has done an increasing number of interviews as her husband’s re-election campaign heats up, has become a staple in popular culture by shaping her public appearances around audiences her husband ordinarily might not reach, filming cameos on “The Biggest Loser” reality weight-loss competition and “Extreme Home Makeover.”

Michelle Obama’s popularity is a political asset during an election year when both sides are accusing the other of waging a “war on women.” Her emphasis on the similarities of families nationwide also deflects the type of criticism Obama attracted during her husband’s first campaign.

Obama generated her own political controversy in 2008 when she said on the campaign trail, "for the first time in my adult life I am proud of my country because it feels like hope is finally making a comeback." Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin fired back over the comment, suggesting it revealed a level of anti-American exceptionalism also demonstrated by the Obamas’ past affiliations.

Michelle Obama played a key role during the recent controversy between Rosen and Romney's campaign. Rosen asserted last week that Ann Romney was unable to weigh in on the economic issues effecting women because she has "never" worked outside the home. Romney’s campaign sought to tie her perceived attitude toward stay-at-home mothers to the president.

Both the president and his wife weighed in on the controversy. Obama expressed his opinion that there’s “no tougher job than being a mom." Michelle Obama tweeted, “Every mother works hard, and every woman deserves to be respected.” Obama told NPR the tweet said everything she needed to on the subject.

President Obama also said, following the Rosen comments, that he believes families of candidates, including spouses, should be treated as “civilians” when it comes to politics.

Michelle Obama weighed in on what has been a firm, unwritten rule of political campaigns.

“You know, let me tell you, the one thing I believe is that families are off-limits,” she told NPR. “And I think my husband said it, and he was clear on that. And I totally agree with him.”

The Obama campaign issued a similar warning earlier this year when Rick Santorum, who has since dropped his bid for the White House, criticized Obama for allowing his teenage daughter to go to Mexico on spring break.

"I'm surprised that Rick Santorum wouldn't agree … that children, for candidate purposes, have always been off-limits in presidential campaigns, and really any campaign," said Obama Deputy Campaign Manager Stephanie Cutter on MSNBC at the time.


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Like golf, vacations, flying to New York for dinner?
1 posted on 04/17/2012 2:13:46 PM PDT by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

Sorry, I just puked over that headline!


2 posted on 04/17/2012 2:16:00 PM PDT by blondee123 (Our country is headed for DICTATORSHIP! WAKE UP!)
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To: Sub-Driver
“less stressful than I would have imagined,”

..but jet lag is a **tch

3 posted on 04/17/2012 2:16:30 PM PDT by Doogle (((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)))
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To: Sub-Driver

That’s not how it looks to us folks down here on planet Earth.


4 posted on 04/17/2012 2:16:30 PM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: Sub-Driver

             

5 posted on 04/17/2012 2:16:43 PM PDT by tomkat (Newt / Sarah)
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To: Sub-Driver

[First lady Michelle Obama said this week that she is “working hard” to help her husband’s re-election campaign “because he’s handled himself with a level of grace and poise that not many people could given the challenges that he’s faced.”]

She forgot to add - “...compared to Stalin.”

Dreamland folks - absolutely insane...I’m picturing Bugs Bunny holding up a sign of a screw and a ball!


6 posted on 04/17/2012 2:19:08 PM PDT by BCW (http://babylonscovertwar.com/index.html)
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To: Sub-Driver

So Grace and Poise are the names of members for NBPP or Muslim Brotherhood Michelle?


7 posted on 04/17/2012 2:19:36 PM PDT by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11)
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To: blondee123

I puked and laughed at the same time. First Lady Fat Ass and her chewbacca lies...


8 posted on 04/17/2012 2:19:59 PM PDT by max americana
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To: Sub-Driver

“families are off limits,” Michelle Obama replied, as she and 500 of her most intimate friends took off on Air Force Two for a week long stay in [name jet setting destination].

“how dare Rick Santorum criticize my parenting, just because I let my 13-year-old go to spring break in Mexico? So what if my husband’s State Department told Americans not to travel there? Sasha was OK — she had 11 SS officers and 14 Mexican officials guarding her! Believe me, she was safe. We paid millions for her security!”


9 posted on 04/17/2012 2:22:22 PM PDT by Yaelle
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To: max americana

She couldn’t recognize grace or poise if it walked beside her. Oh wait they did.

http://irateirishman.com/blog/irateirishman.com/httpdocs/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/princess-letizia-spain-french-first-lady-carla-bruni-michelle-obama.jpg


10 posted on 04/17/2012 2:22:43 PM PDT by kalee (The offenses we give, we write in the dust; Those we take, we engrave in marble. J Huett 1658)
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To: Sub-Driver

“You know, let me tell you, the one thing I believe is that families are off-limits,” she told NPR. “And I think my husband said it, and he was clear on that. And I totally agree with him.”


Too bad Sarah Palin’s family wasn’t off-limits.


11 posted on 04/17/2012 2:25:39 PM PDT by Texas56
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To: Sub-Driver

“Michelle Obama says president has handled first term with ‘grace and poise’”

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I got RACE and NOISE, Mama.


12 posted on 04/17/2012 2:28:19 PM PDT by EyeGuy (2012: When the Levee Breaks)
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To: Sub-Driver

Barry was very poised bowing to foreign dictators.


13 posted on 04/17/2012 2:28:35 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Grace and Poise must be a couple cross dressers.


14 posted on 04/17/2012 2:29:25 PM PDT by BykrBayb (Somewhere, my flower is there. ~ Ʋ)
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To: Sub-Driver

Looks like the are BOTH delusional........


15 posted on 04/17/2012 2:32:37 PM PDT by basil (It's time to rid the country of "gun free zones" aka "Killing Fields")
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To: Texas56
Too bad Sarah Palin’s family wasn’t off-limits.

The treatment of Sarah Palin and her family was disgustingly disgraceful.

The Bush twins seemed to be considered fair game by the media, too.

16 posted on 04/17/2012 2:32:54 PM PDT by Ole Okie
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To: Sub-Driver

ROTFLOL I would love to see that grace and poise. I have never seen it from either of these two.


17 posted on 04/17/2012 2:52:28 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: blondee123

I’d like to meet the Fist Wookie and tell her that statesmen do not rant about “looking for some ass too kick” like her husband did after the BP spill.

I guess Obama and Trayvon Martin have something in common besides looks, they are both punks.


18 posted on 04/17/2012 2:56:42 PM PDT by MikeSteelBe (Austrian Hitler was, as the Halfrican Hitler does.)
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To: Sub-Driver
Moochelle obviously learned a different definition of the words "grace" and "poise" than I did.


19 posted on 04/17/2012 3:04:32 PM PDT by Sooth2222 ("Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself." M.Twain)
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To: Sub-Driver
what the hell would that stooopid cow know about grace OR poise???
20 posted on 04/17/2012 3:39:35 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Sub-Driver

He wears pantiliners?


21 posted on 04/17/2012 3:43:22 PM PDT by Churchillspirit
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To: Sub-Driver

Odd she would use two more feminine words to describe his handling of the job. No “strength” or “resolve” or “determination,” but poise and grace, like a ballerina. He has failed at every single one of his challenges which are not the worst ever faced by a POTUS.


22 posted on 04/17/2012 3:45:02 PM PDT by EDINVA
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They constantly claim that they want to keep their daughters lives private, but BO has gotten to where he talks about them in at least one speech a day it seems. They are using them for political game. The fact that she has to go out and tell everyone that her husband is full of grace and dignity means just the opposite. These traits are seen if they are present without someone having to announce that they have these traits.


23 posted on 04/17/2012 3:50:02 PM PDT by dandiegirl
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To: dandiegirl

game=gain


24 posted on 04/17/2012 3:52:36 PM PDT by dandiegirl
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To: Sub-Driver
Grace and poise.

"Judge me by the people who surround me." - Obama 2008


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25 posted on 04/17/2012 4:03:24 PM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: Sub-Driver
Michelle Obama has handled first "term" with crass and avoirdupois.
26 posted on 04/17/2012 4:43:18 PM PDT by mikrofon (First & Last)
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To: Sub-Driver
Oh! Aren't Grace and Poise two of Moochele's 100 thousand a year helpers?

And she doesn't mind his handling them? No doubt Billy Jeff approves.

vaudine

27 posted on 04/17/2012 4:56:21 PM PDT by vaudine
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28 posted on 04/17/2012 5:23:23 PM PDT by Libloather (The epitome of civility.)
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To: Sub-Driver

I just hope he doesn’t screw up anything.


29 posted on 04/17/2012 5:27:19 PM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (A conservative, a liberal and a moderate walk into a bar. Bartender says "what'll it be, Mitt?")
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To: Sub-Driver

michelle is as full of sh!t as a Christmas goose.


30 posted on 04/17/2012 9:40:05 PM PDT by RobinOfKingston (The instinct toward liberalism is located in the part of the brain called the rectal lobe.)
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