First Lady Michelle Obama has embarked on a vigorous two-week campaign swing in search of Democratic votes prior to next month’s midterm elections.

With two years left on President Obama’s term, his wife’s fundraising presence on the campaign trail is seen as a means of rallying support both for fellow Democrats and Obama’s second term.

While the first lady has generally avoided the political limelight since coming to Washington in 2008, she has stated her enthusiasm for drumming up support for senators who will be instrumental in advancing the president’s agenda through Congress. Democrats call her their secret weapon, and the president has dubbed her “The Closer.”

Recently named by Forbes magazine as the most powerful woman in the world, the first lady said she was looking forward to making her rounds.

“I’m excited,” she said on the Tom Joyner Morning Show. “Everybody I know in our communities is praying for us. Every day we feel that. And let me just tell your listeners that it means the entire world to us to know that there are prayer circles out there and people who are keeping the spirits clean around us.”

Having launched her eight-state campaign on Oct. 13, Michelle Obama’s itinerary includes stops in Wisconsin, her Chicago, III. Hometown, New York and California, through Oct. 27.

With an approval rating of 68 percent, Obama’s popularity currently outweighs the president’s and, according to reports, her fundraising appearances have yielded as much $400,000.

 

DorothyRowley

AFROStaffWriter