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Michelle to Hold Four Fundraisers in Two Days

First Lady Michelle Obama will host four fundraisers today and tomorrow along with an event with service members that could ensure taxpayers pick up a significant amount of her travel costs.

Michelle’s first fundraiser is today in Washington. Tuesday she travels to Nashville for a single money event and then on to Pittsburgh for two more. But included in her excursion to collect cash is an small event in Pittsburgh that is part of her “Joining Forces” initiative to aid veterans and military families.

By throwing in what appears to be an “official” first lady event, the White House may be ensuring that many of the costs of the trip will be paid for by taxpayers instead of the Obama campaign. This event appears particularly skimpy, amounting to little more than a “greeting” by local service members and their families.

Michelle’s “Joining Forces”  campaign not only assists military families, but it has helped remake the image of a first lady who  famously remarked as her husband’s campaign picked up steam in early 2008 that “for the first time in my adult life I am proud of my country.”

What’s also clear is that by having official roles such as Joining Forces and her “Let’s Move” kids’ health campaign, the White House will be able to include official events on her schedule that end up defraying the cost to the campaign, as it does when President Obama travels to raise money.

The tactic was also used extensively by George W. Bush during his 2004 reelection campaign.

The first lady’s office did not respond to a request for clarification of the nature of the event with service members.

29 thoughts on “Michelle to Hold Four Fundraisers in Two Days”

  1. I’m getting so fed up with seeing that “Bush did it too” qualifier on every news story I read about this family’s excessive partying and traveling. Is it supposed to justify their abuse? What Bush did or didn’t do has no relation to the fact that these people are shaking down the taxpayer to fund their travel. There is nothing we can do about what Bush did in 2004, while there is a lot we can do about the Obama family in 2012. Enough is enough. Let’s kick these grifters out of the White House and send them back to Chicago where they can vacation to their hearts content on their own dime.

  2. “The tactic was also used extensively by George W. Bush during his 2004 reelection campaign.”

    Keith, I’m curious as to why you chose to include George Bush in your piece. I’m happy to see you are trying to be fair and balanced, but could you please be more specific about just how ‘extensively’ Bush used this ‘tactic’? I don’t recall anything to compare to what Obama is, and has been, doing almost from Day One. And I certainly don’t recall Laura Bush pulling the same ‘tactics’ as MOOshelle Obama. I’m sure the DEMs would have been screaming at the top of their lungs had the situation been reversed! There would have been a Congressionan investigation!

    As I recall reading recently, Obama has racked up subsantially more fundraisers in the last year than Bush did in his entire first term. Obama has been in our face pushing his agenda and bashing Republicans every day for 3.5 years. Bush was always in the Oval Office every morning at 7:00 a.m. – not in front of the cameras bashing DEMS.


  3. You know stuff like this might have been Okay in the past when we weren’t so bleeping broke and hemorrhaging money so badly. But today it’s an entirely different story. Does not look good for the People’s House to be throwing money away on trivial public events (wink,wink) no less.

  4. I take exception to this: “Michelle’s “Joining Forces” campaign not only assists military families…”

    Name ONE thing about her “campaign” for military families that has improved their lot in a substantial way (handing out baby clothes that she didn’t pay for herself to expectant military wives doesn’t count). This has all been a face saving move to improve her image and it’s getting tiresome in its phoniness. WE all knew about militaty families and what their lives are like. It’s Michelle who only “discovered” their hardships in time to take advantage fo them.

    1. I recall in a previous interview FLOTUS mentioned the family “fighting” over who gets a particular SSA Agent….makes one wonder what his special attributes are, doesnt it ?

  5. IF the government has to pay for part of this trip, we should be paying for ONLY the cost from DC to Pittsburgh and back; the campaign should totally pay for EVERYTHING in Nashville – the flight costs to and from, the security staff for the time involved, the limos and gasoline, etc.

    No one will make them do this, of course; he is the boss after all.

  6. I complained about Bush too, but the fact that he campaigned on our dime is not quite as relevant now as the Obama’s current and excessive travel expenses on our dime. Our country is broke and Obama needs to show leadership and be a good steward of our funds. Admittedly, Bush’s expenses may have helped increase our debt but this excessive travel expense needs to stop here and now. The Obama’s don’t even fly together on vacation – they take separate planes and show utter disregard for the costs to taxpayers. I’m beyond tired of their “let them eat cake” (peas?) arrogance.

    1. I’m with the group on this – this has got to stop. When George Bush was President – we heard about President Clinton doing it – it’s a practice that has got to be changed. The “campaign” trips are suppose to be reimbursed by the respective national parties. Like everything else – this has gotten out of control and unless and until our Federal Government gets very serious about how it spends money – we are doomed. I don’t know how any of these people can, with a straight face, try to tell us they are doing everything they can to help this economy. I read an article recently about Ford Motor Company and how close they were to bankruptcy. The article talked about how they quit watering plants in their offices to save money – don’t ya think our government could learn from the private sector and everything they have done to survive these difficult times?

    2. And the fact that they almost seem to enjoy sticking to us like they are
      so entitled and who cares about the country it’s all about what they want!
      Worst two in the WH ever!

  7. If you donate enough money, the Obamas can probably fix you up with Jeff Neely’s GSA “do nothing but party and make stupid videos while taxpayers foot the bill” job. Come to think of it, All Armani Jeff sure has just the right credentials for working in Michelle’s travel planning office.

  8. I don’t think any other first family was as narcissistic and had to travel on our dime to be on Nick Awards, late night television and then throw in a few days of vacation while they are out with Air Force 1.

  9. Michelle Obama’s cynical use of military families as a political shield is the single most offensive thing about her for me. Her campaign against obesity is a natural fit.

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