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Michelle Obama returning to political trail: hits Chicago Oct. 13. Her schedule.


WASHINGTON--First Lady Michelle Obama hits Chicago on Oct. 13 to fund-raise for Illinois Democratic Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias and three Illinois Democrats in big House races in the Chicago suburbs: Rep. Debbie Halvorson, Rep. Bill Foster and nominee Dan Seals.

Mrs. Obama's first round of political travel--the first since the 2008 presidential election--was announced by the White House on Tuesday. She will headline nine events in seven citiies in six states--all friendly Democratic territory.

"She's campaigning to advocate, to rally voters behind specific candidates based on what we can do together to build a better future. She comes to this as a mom, and that's the lens through which she sees the world and that's her test for every issue--what it means for her daughters and all of our kids," said Stephanie Cutter, who was Mrs. Obama's 2008 presidential campaign chief of staff and now a White House comunications and messaging advisor.

For months now, many campaigns have been asking for Mrs. Obama to stump and fund-raise for them. President Obama and Vice President Biden have been doing fund-raisers for months--especially Vice President Biden, who is carrying the heaviest fund-raising load of anyone in the Obama administration. The Halvorson campaign had been asking specifically for Mrs. Obama.

During a briefing on Tuesday, reporters were told that Mrs. Obama will probably not be doing any free events, such as rallies, because they often take place on the weekends--and she does not travel on the weekend.

First Lady Chief of Staff Susan Sher said, "From the beginning, she's wanted to hit the campaign trail. It was just a matter of figuring out what would work with her schedule and what would be most useful."

Wednesday, October 13 - Travel to Milwaukee, WI, and Chicago, IL

Fundraising events for US Senator Russ Feingold

Event for Alexi Giannoulias, candidate for US Senate

Fundraising event for US Representative Debbie Halvorson, Dan Seals, and Bill Foster

Thursday, October 14 - Travel to Denver, CO

Fundraising Luncheon for US Senator Michael Bennet

Monday, October 18 - Travel to New York, NY

Fundraising Dinner for the Women's Leadership Forum

Monday, October 25: Travel to Seattle, WA, and San Francisco, CA

Fundraising events for US Senator Patty Murray

Fundraising event for Speaker Nancy Pelosi

Tuesday, October 26: Los Angeles, CA

Fundraising Dinner for the Women's Leadership Forum

Wednesday, October 27: Los Angeles, CA

Fundraising events for US Senator Barbara Boxer


The American people need some "backbone" because every time the "t" party says something doesn't mean it's written in stone. We need some aggressive democrats who will not allow this constant noise to persist!

Michelle Obama has been brilliant in her two years on the scene working the campaign. Now, if the naysayers have something to say it's a repeat of the same old nonsense that, frankly everybody is getting more than tired of.

Go First Lady! Go First Lady!
We will support you!!!

the tea party are working men and women, taxpayers, you are obviously a food stamp licking welfare recipient, what are you gonna do when we run out of money to support your 8 kids and your drug habit?????

the tea party is hard working AMERICAN men and women that are tired of paying for your free food, health care, dental, bus trip to the free clinic for your 10 illegit future rapists,murders, burglars with your phony minister thats on parole-probation telling some liberal judge what a good boy Keeshawn is

Pelosi, Boxer? Do you even bother reading their records Mrs O, are just blindly support anyone or "thing" with a "D" next to their name?...why cheapen yourself? btw, you went to College on our dime and your roomate was Jesse Jacksons daughter---what has she said about her brother and daddy? Enquiring Minds want to know. Why do you continue to run with so many whose husbands, daddies or brothers are CAD's? Image my dear, image, its everything...your pimping for Pelosi and Boxer is not good for the image of yourself, or the Party.

I'm tired of you folks living on my dime, the tea party is hard working men and women, patriots, Christians not a bunch of baby killing thugs with no daddy, this buck toothed hag and her community organizer husband can't get out soon enough, they are the earliest lame ducks in the history of the presidency

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