At fundraiser, first lady remembers when 'we took office'
June 2nd, 2014
08:41 PM ET
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At fundraiser, first lady remembers when 'we took office'

(CNN) - With the GOP working to undo one of her policy initiatives, Michelle Obama must feel as besieged by politics as her husband often does.

The first lady admitted as much in a verbal slip Monday evening at a Boston fundraiser for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

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"When we took office - well, when Barack took office and I was there," Michelle Obama said, recalling President Barack Obama's 2009 inauguration to the 200 some people, mostly women, who attended the event.

The first lady's latest remarks continue the decidedly more political role she has played as Democrats warily approach the midterm elections. While Michelle maintains her role as an above-the-fray advocate - spoofing "sideline" interviews with Seattle Seahawks' cornerback Richard Sherman, hosting talent shows at the White House, and dunking with the Miami Heat - she has also proven more willing to play politically as fall draws closer.

Just last week she excoriated Republicans on the House Appropriations Committee for making major changes to the 2010 child nutrition law - a hallmark of her "Let's Move" campaign against childhood obesity.

"The last thing we can afford to do right now is play politics with our kids' health," she said last Tuesday. "Now is not the time to roll back everything that we have worked for. Our kids deserve so much better than that."

Monday, the first lady again waded into the congressional muck, dinging Republican lawmakers for meddling with children's health and telling the audience at the InterContinental hotel it's their responsibility to make sure her husband can accomplish his agenda.

"Barack's last campaign was not in 2012, it's this year, 2014," she said. "Because if we lose these midterm elections, it's gonna be a whole lot harder to finish what we started together."

Michelle Obama recounted the President's accomplishments since his election, contrasting the current string of good economic news with the dreary outlook of Obama's first days in the Oval Office. The first lady also pressed the attendees - who paid anywhere from $500 to $32,400 for a seat at the tea fundraiser - for a "big fat check."

"It is simply not enough for us to have the best candidates if they don't have the resources we need to win elections," Obama said.

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soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. J Anthony

    This system is shot all to hell. And u people argue back and forth in defense of your favorite plutocrat-party. There is no "people's voice" left in government,public advocate and citizens groups are ignored and disparaged. i'm sorry, but we are a flock of complacent sheep to go along with this farce any longer.

    June 2, 2014 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  2. tom l

    Wow. I wasn't aware that she was elected too....

    June 2, 2014 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  3. Miami Mike

    Why not use the $ millions that Barack spent on having the FDA educate illegal immigrants on how to get US food stamps after they illegally make residence in the US? That would have funded her "Let's Move" program.

    How about properly enforcing US immigration laws to prevent the flood of illegal immigrants that overwhelm our school systems? Maybe schools could have afforded the "Let's Move" program.

    Maybe we should have focused on the economy to where it didn't shrink last Quarter. People might have had jobs, where they would have and spent money. Then more tax revenue pours in. Then schools could afford the "Let's Move" program.

    Nah! Let's just blame everyone and saddle the kids with $17 trillion of debt they can't pay-off. Want a job after high school/college? Ha! Good luck with that!

    June 2, 2014 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |

    Glitz and glitters throw that dog a bone to keep the barking down nanny ! We want more smart leaders ! We want jobs back home an laws followed fence first .We want nuke power plants before no coal first ??? We want things we can afford here at home after your dreamy and that might actually work . A rocket to go to a station ? A car that runs on water and no tax on fatty foodsr or drinks or god

    June 2, 2014 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  5. Thomas

    Imagine if Michele Bachmann had won the election and become president , none of us would be here !

    The world would have ended .

    June 2, 2014 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  6. vikingwoman

    But, Michelle, the whole GOTP agenda since Barack took office (&you were there :)), has been to undo, complain about, investigate endlessly & never bring any solutions to the table! Also, if they don't care about the quality of our kids education (evident in slashing edu budgets), how can we expect them to care about our kids health? If schools are having problems implementing healthier food choices, fix the glitch, don't trash the whole program! But it's not in GOTP nature to be sensible, just full of complaints & no solutions! Your right about the midterms, we need people w/vision & logic who are willing to work across the isle!!

    June 3, 2014 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  7. Thomas

    The NFL made $8.8 billion last season. . . Yet they are a non profit and don't pay any taxes.

    June 3, 2014 02:08 am at 2:08 am |
  8. Finola

    Shame on you Jason Seher. What an awfully gossipy article. You'd be a great addition to TMZ – or any number of gossip magazines that trade in malicious gossip and slander. How incredibly petty and pathetic your attempt at manufacturing and sensationalizing a non-existent story. So she said "we" took office? So what? She did indeed take office with her husband and has sacrificed so much, for so long – every step of the way.

    June 3, 2014 03:55 am at 3:55 am |
  9. @RI_Roger

    Mrs. Obama only knows how to play politics. Go back to interviews in 2008 and 2009 and compare them to recent actions and interviews..... everything she and her husband do is political, nothing is for the good of the country.

    June 3, 2014 06:22 am at 6:22 am |
  10. Marie MD

    So what? When women are pregnant now it's we are pregnant and we are having a baby.
    The presidency, like any family unit, is just that a unit of a family.
    Anything else of REAL importance CNN?
    What about the turtle man from KY and his dagger through the heart bit?

    June 3, 2014 06:30 am at 6:30 am |
  11. Stuffitu

    Beside the gas and food being half the price, I remember the freedom and spirit America had before the most corrupt, incompetent, inept administration took office.

    June 3, 2014 07:20 am at 7:20 am |
  12. Thomas

    Wow, kind of gives you a glimpse int her ego doesn't it?

    June 3, 2014 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  13. smith

    I`ll give the M. Obama credit she is trying to do the right thing. However, her healthy kids plan failed. The kids were throwing away the fruits and some schools could not afford to meet the requirements. So go back to the drawing board and try again. That is what leaders do, they try and try until they get the results.

    June 3, 2014 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  14. Rick McDaniel

    Michelle supports her husband's lawless behaviors.

    June 3, 2014 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  15. Amazed

    "When we took office – well, when Barack took office and I was there,"
    After Putin read that he probably fell out of his chair laughing hysterically.....again.

    June 3, 2014 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  16. Gunderson

    Well Sorry!,
    The Liberal "Mouthpieces" don't think you are smart enough to take care of yourself so they need to do it for you. Just review the famous words of Bill Clinton, "We could give you more of your own money, but you wouldn't know how to spend it". From most of the posts on here, he is right! So far the Liberal Ajenda has run up a bill of 17.7 Trillion. And it appears "The first time I am proud of my Country" has slipped back to, Excuse me, I can take care of my self. No you can't, you need me!!!

    June 3, 2014 09:15 am at 9:15 am |