October 13th, 2010
11:18 AM ET
12 years ago

First lady's non-political appeal an 'asset'

(CNN) - First lady Michelle Obama is stepping out of her comfort zone and jumping into the political fray. She'll spend the next two weeks on the campaign trail helping to raise money for Democratic candidates in as many as seven states.  But a day before she put on her political hat, Mrs. Obama focused on one of her signatures issues, supporting military families.

In typical low-key fashion with no press in tow, the first lady visited with injured service members and their families at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. She also visited one of the new Fisher House homes being built there for families of patients receiving medical care.

Fisher House Foundation President David Coker was with the first lady when she paid her visit.

"She wanted to show her support for the military and the programs that help those families," Coker told CNN.  "It was her first visit at a Fisher House and a very warm one."

Coker said Mrs. Obama also met with a young enlisted Marine, who along with his fiancée, is staying at one of the pre-existing Fisher House homes while he undergoes treatment for cancer.

This may have been the first lady's first visit to such a facility, but President Obama has visited two Fisher House homes in Virginia and Illinois.  The foundation received $250,000 from the Nobel Peace Prize award money President Obama donated to charity.

According to Coker, $150,000 of the president's donation was put toward the house Mrs. Obama visited, along with the other two nearing completion, at the Bethesda National Naval Medical Center.  The remaining $100,000, Coker said, will go toward a project at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.

The first lady's busy campaign schedule may keep her from making more visits like this one in the coming weeks.  But according to White House spokesman Robert Gibbs the White House considers the First Lady an "invaluable asset," and they are hoping to capitalize on her non-political appeal.   Gibbs said she won't be delivering political attacks on the trail. "You'll see her make a positive case for these candidates, not get involved in the back-and-forth of normal political campaigns," Gibbs said.

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  1. Hugo

    That is a goot one....maybe now for the first time in her life she can be proud of being and American. What is she eating, what is she wearing, ohh what of poor beau? Here are the answers: She is eating and drinking the best your money can buy, she is wearing the best designer clothes your money can buy, and poor old beau is probably eating better than 13million unemployed Americans courtesy of her husband Barrack Hussein Obama and his legion of spendocrats.

    October 13, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  2. Steve (the real one)

    Here is the title: First lady's non-political appeal an 'asset'
    Here is the first line: First lady Michelle Obama is stepping out of her comfort zone and jumping into the political fray.
    CNN, you just contradicted yourselves! My point is this: If she is jumping into the poitical fray, she is no longer non-political! She is now political and stumping for the same deadbeats that need to get the boot! I do commend her for her charitable work though!

    October 13, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  3. S. in California

    @ Four and The Door

    You are such a miserable person.

    Mrs. Obama will be there another 6 years. Get used to it or leave the country NOW because you just CAN'T keep a good woman down. You republicans must be losing a lot of sleep now. She will eat you alive on the campaign trail because she knows how to communicate with people. People relate to her well because of her background. She WORKED her way up not down and just like Oprah she knows how to BRING it! Get ready because she will do just that.

    October 13, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  4. Larry

    from the very begining i've had nothing but the highest respect for this woman. nothing but the highest.

    October 13, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
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