Michelle Obama fundraises off husband's 'gray hairs'
August 4th, 2011
12:53 PM ET
3 years ago

Michelle Obama fundraises off husband's 'gray hairs'

(CNN) – On President Barack Obama's 50th birthday, first lady Michelle Obama poked fun at her husband's age in a fundraising email.

"Every day, I see Barack make choices he knows will affect every American family," she wrote in Thursday's message. "That's no small task for anyone – and more proof that he's earning every last one of those gray hairs."

In the email, with a "gray hairs" subject line, the first lady asked supporters to sign a birthday card for the 44th president.

"Your names and notes will become part of a book that tells the story of this campaign – who's building it, why we're in this thing, and what he means to us," Obama wrote.

After signing the card, supporters are met with a campaign donation page.

The email comes the day after he held two birthday fundraisers in Chicago Wednesday night and on the same day as his birthday party in the Rose Garden at the White House. The events in Chicago served as fundraisers for the Democratic National Committee and the president's re-election effort. The Obama family will pay for Thursday's party, according to a White House official.


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soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. gt

    after todays 350 drop in the dow... i am sure he got a whole bunch more...

    August 4, 2011 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  2. Shirley In California

    I don't know First Lady. While I still support our president I'm feeling extremely disappointed right now. Nevertheless, the alternatives to him are far worst.

    August 4, 2011 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    Okay, I'll sign it. But, it is not because I'm a Democrat or a liberal. It is because the Republican Party has moved so far to right, away from me, that it makes you guys closer to where I am at.

    August 4, 2011 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  4. The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE - The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    So what's with this cult-like following with all these birthday parties??? Do the words Jim Jones rign a bell??? Koolaide drinkers FOR SURE!!!!

    August 4, 2011 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    gt

    after todays 350 drop in the dow... i am sure he got a whole bunch more...
    -------------
    None of this down turn began until Republicans took over the House and began enacting their agenda on a national and state level. In case you haven't noticed, unemployment tanked in April, which coincidently is when the House voted on the Ryan Plan and declared, "No Compromise."

    August 4, 2011 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  6. Jerry

    This so called first couple is most embarrassing. I can't believe that they want to buy the presidency, again.

    August 4, 2011 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  7. joe

    I would have gray hair also if I had failed as bad as he has. Poor man has not accomplished anything but bankrupt America, he is a lame duck president!!!

    August 4, 2011 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  8. ConservaFASCISTS/ConservaTERRORISTS

    His gray hairs come from a dysfunctional Congress as do mine.

    August 4, 2011 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  9. Get A Grip

    The First Lady thinks her husband is getting gray hairs because of the choices he makes. Well hells bells, that's nothing because the choices he makes for the American family is killing us.

    August 4, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  10. U. S. A.

    I got the email and donated. We must Keep President Obama in office and get rid of the Republican-tea party controlled Congress. So many of us are losing everything we have in our 401k the past 2 weeks. We can't depend on Social Security or Medicare if we keep Republicans-tea party in office after 2012. It looks like we will lose the middle class due to republicans-tea party. We will just have rich and poor. Everything we have worked for the past 40 plus years is slipping away because repubilcan-tea party are controlled by the rich.

    August 4, 2011 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    "after todays 350 drop in the dow... i am sure he got a whole bunch more..."

    You mean the drop in the DOW that is directly related to and coming right on the heels of the GOP and Boehner getting "98% of what they wanted" in the debt deal?

    August 4, 2011 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  12. fayse

    Every one should keep in mind that NO President is superman and NO President has absolute power. No President has the authority to spend one dime, in the case of an extreme emergency he can make a request but, it must be voted on by the House and the Senate. This Country has faced a very grim reality since every thing came to a head in September 2008. The straw that has broken the back of our fragile economy was that the debt crisis dragged on and on far too long. The Tea Party members held the economy hostage until the "hostage" was almost dead. We cannot allow people that sign pledges to people like Grover Norquist instead of honoring their Constitutional duties and ALL of the American people to continue. They all need to go the sooner the better. Resign now, you can't do the job. I urge all Americans to clean house in 2012, we are the majority and the Tea Party needs to go.

    August 4, 2011 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    "Perhaps the seniors in Florida see the democrat's hypocrisy when they say that they're the party that's out to preserve and protect Medicare, yet gut $500 BILLION from the program in the so-called ACA."

    It's not cuts to benefits, but rather cost savings measures. Details matter unless you're purposefully lying...then the details can be ignored to promote your lies.

    In fact, Ryan's budget, despite attempting to repeal most of the ACA, KEEPS THE PART ABOUT $500B in cost savings cuts. Then, it STILL claims that it's necessary to also cut benefits by repealing and replacing Medicare with his CouponCare Crapshoot that would drastically reduce the actual benefits people receive in a downward spiral that would result in elderly Americans not being able to afford insurance or obtain health care AT ALL.

    August 4, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    sorry, minor edit:

    "Perhaps the seniors in Florida see the democrat's hypocrisy when they say that they're the party that's out to preserve and protect Medicare, yet gut $500 BILLION from the program in the so-called ACA."

    It's not cuts to benefits, but rather cost savings measures. Details matter unless you're purposefully lying...then the details can be ignored to promote your lies.

    In fact, Ryan's budget, despite attempting to repeal most of the ACA, KEEPS THE PART ABOUT $500B in cost savings cuts. Then, it STILL claims that it's necessary to also cut benefits by repealing and replacing Medicare with his CouponCare Crapshoot that would drastically reduce the actual benefits people receive in a downward spiral that would result in elderly Americans not being able to afford insurance or obtain health care AT ALL. So basically, the GOP voted en masse for the Ryan CouponCare Crapshoot....AFTER running thousands of hours of campaign ads attacking Dems for the $500B cost saving provision that the GOP liked so much it kept it while trying to throw out the rest of the ACA AND repeal and replace Medicare wih something far less effective.

    August 4, 2011 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  15. R

    I'm sorry, how is this news again? Yes I know it deals with President Obama's 50th birthday and comes after his fundraising activities in Chicago – but seriously, how is this news??

    August 4, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  16. diridi

    Obama, please have happy belated birthday!!!!!Fix these problems at home. Gas needs to come down till we push energy efficiency cars in a mass scale....good luck....

    August 4, 2011 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  17. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    There are those who are trying to destroy President Obama as they work for Satan using religion at their convenience but know this, God has the final word.

    August 4, 2011 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  18. Done With You All

    Stock Market way down and obama goes in hiding, watch as the welfare idiot destroys America, our only hope is to rid ourselves of all of them.

    August 4, 2011 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  19. peace

    the gray hair come from wisdom that what our potus have wisdom and smarts happy birthday mr. obama we love you but god love you more for what you try to do for his people keep the faith god will prevail

    August 4, 2011 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |