Second Term Offers New Role for First Lady
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Michelle Obama is expected to spend her second term in the White House as a champion of the same issues she advocated for in her first, but with an added twist — the first lady could become the most prominent female figure in her husband’s administration.
With Hillary Clinton leaving the State Department — and no high-profile woman replacing her or other departing Cabinet members — Michelle Obama, known for her commitment to health and her chic fashion style, is entrenched as the most famous woman in the administration. Her rise comes at a time when President Obama is under fire for a lack of diversity in his Cabinet.
“It’s premature to assume that somehow we’re going backwards. We’re not going backwards, we’re going forward,” the president said when asked during a Monday news conference about diversity among his staff.
In some ways, President Obama’s wife is his best asset.
The first lady had a sky-high approval rating — 73%— in a CNN/ORC International poll released at the end of the year. She beat both Clinton — at 66%— and the president, at 52%.
But Michelle Obama, who turns 49 on Thursday, has maintained that approval rating by playing it safe: working on noncontroversial issues such as childhood obesity, benefits for military families and mentoring for young girls.
She gave a well-received speech at the Democratic National Convention that focused on Obama’s family life in the White House.
“I don’t see her getting more political,” one former staffer for the first lady told The Hill.
Case in point: Obama has not spoken out on some of the controversial issues the administration is dealing with — such as gun control and gay marriage. And she hasn’t caused a major controversy for the White House.
“In four years, Michelle Obama hasn’t had one misstep,” said Carl Anthony, a historian who specializes in first ladies.
That seems even less likely to occur in the president’s second term.
Several former White House staffers told The Hill that Michelle Obama is likely to stay the course, advocating for the same issues that worked so well for her in the first term. They include her Let’s Move! anti-obesity campaign and her work with military families through Joining Forces.
“She is very strategic and she likes to see measurable outcomes,” said another former staffer who worked with the first lady.
“The work in both Let’s Move! and Joining Forces is not done, and it would not be like her to abandon those projects. She would put a high priority in making sure those two initiatives make a difference.”
The first lady’s office has already indicated it will increase its work with veterans. On Tuesday, it praised Wal-Mart for its new veteran hiring proposal and noted that the White House would meet with Wal-Mart and other companies in the weeks ahead to expand that initiative.
There’s also a strong possibility Obama could expand her work by going global.
Presidents seek to make their mark on a global scale in their second terms, Anthony said,“and what the first ladies have done often parallels that.”
Laura Bush traveled abroad extensively during her husband’s second term, going to Saudi Arabia to work on women’s health issues and to Burma to speak on women’s rights.
“What typically does happen in a second term … is that you look outside the United States and where you might have an impact globally,” said Anita McBride, who served as chief of staff for Bush.
“But it’s important … that [Michelle Obama] and her staff — especially her staff — do their due diligence on ‘What are the administration’s priorities globally, and where would it make sense for her to be engaged or deployed?'”
Obama has already made her mark overseas, with two successful trips to London and a journey to South Africa with her daughters, Malia and Sasha....
Obama and Michelle need to pay back the people like me who voted for them TWICE and I'm not better off than I was in 2008. President Obama please focus on jobs, jobs, jobs and improving conditions in public housing projects.
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