WASHINGTON, June 19, 2012 — No doubt about it, President Obama should stay in Washington and tend to business and send his wife out on the campaign trail. Michelle Obama can charm the pants off the most hardened Republican stalwart. How can you resist her? She is fun and funny and doesn’t take herself seriously.
What? She’s not your cup of tea? Then you are in the minority, my friend.
The Gallup Poll shows that 66 percent of Americans give her high favorability ratings, about nine points higher than her husband.
What makes her such a winner is that she has a smile to rival the President’s, a relaxed, jaunty attitude, and can trade barbs with Jon Stewart or get into a tug-of-war with late night host Jimmy Fallon, all the while promoting her national “Let’s Move” project.
Michelle is the kind of campaigner who puts zing into the campaign, whether she’s talking to more than 1,000 campaign volunteers and supporters who jammed Philadelphia’s National Constitution Center this past week or appearing on Nickelodeon’s TV show “iCarly,” thanking military families for their service to our country.
Then on Monday morning, there was Michelle Obama appearing on “Live with Kelly Ripa!” jumping rope with the youngsters of the Cary YMCA SuperSkippers jump rope team. But she didn’t just jump rope. She jumped Double Dutch, displaying some fancy footwork as she hopped on one foot and then the other, almost a dance routine, turning around and around. And when she stopped, she wasn’t out of breath, but was laughing joyously. (See video below)
Michelle Obama is POTUS’s secret weapon. If Obama has lost some of his spark, he has Michelle to ignite the crowd, getting them fired up and ready to go. Talk about a great opening act. According to David Axelrod, Obama’s campaign advisor, “Next to the president himself, and maybe including the president, she’s our most in-demand surrogate.”
So look to see more of FOTUS (First Lady of The United States) out on the campaign trail, coming soon to a rally near you. Maybe Michelle’s motto should be: “Have jump rope, will travel.”
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