First Lady Michelle Obama Friday returned to fundraising as a somewhat changed woman, more partisan and political than she was during President Obama’s first term, including during her time on the campaign trail during 2012.
Mrs. Obama appeared before a Democratic National Committee women’s event to raise money, and she let Republicans have it, characterizing them as misogynists who are out of step with American values.
From the White House transcript of her remarks:
When a small group of folks in Congress shuts down our government to try to shut down Obamacare, and we watch as our President stands strong, that’s not just some political fight in Washington — it is a battle about our most fundamental values and aspirations.
If you’re not happy about what you’ve seen in Congress lately, if you don’t like seeing folks in state government trying to undermine Obamacare or chip away at women’s rights and women’s health, then I urge you — let’s not just sit around feeling angry or helpless or hopeless, especially not women. (Laughter.) . . .
And all the women and families who don’t want anyone interfering with their most private health decisions, women who are more than capable of making our own choices about our bodies, they’re counting on us. They’re counting on us to stand up and fight for rights and freedoms that we all deserve, and that’s why we need your support right now.
She delivered an in-your-face demand for money.
Because there is something that all of you can do right now today to make a huge difference: You can write a check. That’s what we need you to do right now. We need you to write a big old check. (Laughter.) Write the biggest check you can possibly write.
So we need you all to max out. And just as important, once you’ve maxed out, we need you to go back to your states and get everyone you know to give whatever they can as well.
Mrs. Obama has now moved beyond the traditional role of a first lady supporting and campaigning for her husband. She is now an partisan arm of the White House political operation.
Her popularity and the supposedly nonpartisan causes she promotes – kids health and military families – may suffer as a result. But the president will no doubt benefit, because Michelle is an effective spokesperson for the administration. Possibly the best one they’ve got.
And she may be prepping herself for the drive to get herself to the place I think she is going – the U.S. Senate, in 2016.