First Lady Michelle Obama broke the time honored political rule of leaving politics at the water’s edge, seizing an opportunity to score political points against Mitt Romney while both were traveling outside the United States.
Speaking to a CBS News reporter in London, Michelle leapt at the chance to draw a contrast with the presumptive GOP nominee, who had caused a diplomatic flap by questioning London’s preparedness for hosting the Olympic games.
Romney had said, “It’s hard to know just how well it will turn out . . . There are a few things that were disconcerting.”
Michelle countered with a clear effort to draw a contrast with Romney, saying of the British, “They know what they’re doing.”
From the interview:
Reporter: This time, it’s proving to be about more than sport as well, particularly for some American politicians, perhaps their wives, so how do you think the preparations have gone so far?
Michelle: Oh my goodness, you know, the United Kingdom, they’ve had a phenomenal year, I mean, they’ve pulled off a major wedding, a diamond jubilee, and now the Olympics. They know what they’re doing.
The reporter admitted asking Michelle a “loaded question,” and Michelle, who seemed ready with her response, didn’t hesitate to pull the trigger.
Mrs. Obama is not just a first lady on a foreign trip. She is an integral part of the Obama campaign, raising money, giving speeches, and staging events to rev up campaign workers. She has even been given her own area of responsibility within the campaign, the “It Takes One” drive to get individuals to play at least a small part in the effort.
Below is a video of Michelle’s interview. The question about Romney’s statement occurs near the beginning.