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MICHELLE OBAMA SAYS REPUBLICANS WILL LIMIT FREEDOM OF SPEECH, BEFORE SHUTTING UP
October 29 2011
Tampa, FL – For anyone who has doubtful, it is pretty clear that the 2012 campaign has started. Aside from all the debates between Republican candidates, the President has already been out on the trail, kissing babies and putting his face out there, despite being more than a year out from Election Day.
Obama, it appears, will need as much of that as he can possibly get. With his polling at record lows the President needs just about every bit of good will he can get and getting started early can’t do anything but help. To that end, the President has already dispatched his very popular wife onto the campaign trail to try and drum up support for her husband, and already Michelle is starting to make waves.
During a campaign stop in Tampa, the First Lady outright attacked the Republican Party, kind of, suggesting in a very vague way that Republicans will try to limit things like freedom of speech before being told to cut down the rhetoric and being ushered off the stage.
“Let’s not forget about what it meant when my husband appointed those two brilliant Supreme Court justices and for the first time in history, our daughters — and our sons — watched three women take their seats on our nation’s highest court,” said the First Lady. “But more importantly, let’s not forget the impact those decisions will have on our lives for decades to come — on our privacy and security, on whether we can speak freely, worship openly, and love whomever we choose. That is what’s at stake here.”
Obama said a few other things before leaving the stage in a hurry. She also apparently had some harsh words for her minders which were ignored.
“Actually campaigning at this stage is very difficult to do, simply because there is no immediate opponent to attack. No policies to assault, no person to bounce off but putting some good will out there, especially with the wife, well that’s a good idea really. People like her even if they don’t like her husband and any good will helps,” said Scrape TV Political analyst Gabriel Kinsey. “However you don’t want her to come out too hard or too political. She is a soft benefit. She isn’t a politician, she is a person and they need to play her like that. Putting her directly in the political ring could be problematic and not help the situation at all.”
Obama was also apparently asked to keep it quiet during a lunch break during the same campaign stop. It’s not clear exactly what she was saying at the time.
“Political wives are usually a good thing in any campaign. They humanize the candidate and that is certainly something Obama needs at this stage. They need people to believe he is human and putting someone likable out there will do that. However, if she becomes too sharp that will backfire and they could lose everything so she does need to be kept on a leash,” continued Kinsey. “She just can’t say too much. As long as she keeps her mouth shut on most things the election will go much smoother. She needs to be present but much quieter than this. Better for everyone that way.”
Obama apparently let loose after returning home. Her husband just let her go.
Edward Bastil, Political Correspondent