8:01 AM, Oct 16, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
In speeches designed to fire up Democrats to vote in midterm elections, President Obama has at times described voters in his party as having a "congenital defect." Wednesday, First Lady Michelle Obama suggested the problem might just be that they're sleepy.
Mrs. Obama spoke at a rally in Philadelphia for the Democratic candidate for governor of Pennsylvania, Tom Wolf. In an effort to boost turnout in November, the first lady told the crowd that she runs across voters "who are like, no, I ain’t going to vote, or I couldn’t wake up." But she stressed that every vote matters:
So this is where -- when I find people who are like, no, I ain’t going to vote, or I couldn’t wake up, or it doesn’t matter, or why -- 20 votes decided who your Governor was in 2010, and it could decide who the Governor is this time.
The first lady wasn't finished with the sleepy-voter theme. Later in her remarks, she expanded on the idea:
You know your 20 people. You know the people in your neighborhood, in your church, in your family who aren’t focused. And you can’t leave anybody behind.
That nephew you know who sleeps -- get him up. Wake him up. (Laughter.) Young people, you all know folks who aren’t paying attention. Your classmates, your dorm mates -- wake them up, get them out.
Mrs. Obama also told her audience that turnout was a large part of her husband's victories, especially "women and minorities and young people." Republicans, she explained, counted on "folks like us" to stay away from the polls:
And I don’t know if you remember, but people were shocked when Barack won -- they’re still shocked -- (laughter and applause) -- because they were counting on folks like us to stay home. See, but then we proved them wrong. Barack won because OF record numbers of women and minorities and young people who showed up and voted.
See, but then when the midterms came along -- which is where we are now -- too many of our people just tuned out. And that’s what folks on the other side are counting on right now, because when we stay home, they win. So they’re assuming that we won’t care. They’re hoping and praying that we’re not organized and energized. But only we can prove them wrong.
This Friday, the first lady will be in Florida for a Commit to Vote rally with gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist, and next Tuesday will appear in Minnesota with Governor Mark Dayton and Senator Al Franken.
'My Ability To Do My Job Is Really Linked to How I Feel About What I'm Wearing'1:08 PM, Oct 9, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
Clothes may not make the woman, but according to First Lady Michelle Obama, they don't hurt. Mrs.
9:21 PM, Oct 1, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama has arrived in Chicago, where he'll spend the night before two public events in his hometown. The president did not travel with his family.
He's now dining out with top adviser Valerie Jarrett and various friends, according to the White House pool report. They're at the steak house RPM Steak, where a nice cut can cost up tp $155, according to the restaurant's website.
Here's what Obama has on tap in Chicago tomorrow, according to the White House:
3:34 PM, Mar 20, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
The professional press corps has been frozen out of Michelle Obama's swing through China. But the White House has partnered with CNN to bring in amateurs. Katie Hawkins-Gaar, a CNN editor, coordinated the effort to solicit and accumulate submissions from "iReporters" interested in asking questions about the "importance of students learning from one another's cultures," Mrs. Obama's stated emphasis for this trip.
"They're the ones who are cooking for the first time and slice their finger open, they're dancing on the bar stool."6:38 AM, Feb 21, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
First Lady Michelle Obama told Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon last night that "young people are knuckleheads," which is why they need to get Obamacare:
To be interviewed by Jenna Bush Hager, daughter of George W. Bush, for NBC's Today Show.8:42 AM, Feb 20, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
The office of First Lady Michelle Obama is taking credit for moving the nation "towards a new, healthier norm," according to a press release celebrating the four year anniversary of the "Let's Move" initiative.
7:15 AM, Jan 16, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
Did Michelle Obama attend an encore presentation of a classified Presidential Daily Briefing this past December? According to the official White House schedule, it would appear so.
1:19 PM, Sep 25, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
First Lady Michelle Obama is reaching out to President Obama's former reelection campaign.
"It's been a while since I've written, but it's a good time to check in," writes Obama in an email to folks on the Organizing for Action email list.
11:24 AM, Sep 11, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
First Lady Michelle Obama's office is holding a conference call with reporters now to tout her "New Effort To Encourage Everyone to Drink More Water," according to the White House. The content of the call is "embargoed until 6:00AM ET on Thursday, September 12."
11:10 AM, Aug 15, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
In an interview with Parade magazine, First Lady Michelle Obama says "No" when asked whether she'll "ever run" for president of the United States.
But the first lady is confident she'll see a female president in her lifetime. "Yes, I think the country is ready for it. It’s just a question of who’s the best person out there," says Michelle Obama.
"We take our bangs and we stand in front of important things the world needs to see."7:55 AM, Jul 2, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
In Tanzania, Michelle Obama joked about the "prison-like elements" of being first lady. "[B]ut it's a really nice prison," she said. "You can't complain."
10:19 AM, Jun 27, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
In Dakar, Senegal, speaking at the Martin Luther King Middle School, First Lady Michelle Obama likened her upbringing to the upbringing of the Senegalese children at the school. Obama told the children of her "experience," and how it was similar to theirs.
11:15 AM, Jun 24, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
The East Wing of the White House announced today that Maria Cristina “MC” González Noguera, an Estée Lauder executive, is joining Michelle Obama's staff.
"The White House today announced that Maria Cristina 'MC' González Noguera will be joining the staff as Special Assistant to the President and Communications Director to the First Lady, replacing Kristina Schake who will be leaving the White House for a position in the private sector. Ms. Gonzalez will start in the East Wing in July," the White House press release reads.
4:07 PM, May 20, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
In a commencement ceremony address to Morehouse College yesterday in Atlanta, President Obama made a joke at his wife Michelle's expense.
9:09 AM, May 1, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
First Lady Michelle Obama will do a book signing event at a local Washington, D.C. bookstore, the White House announced today. The event, aside from a brief photo-op, will be closed to the press.