WASHINGTON---First Lady Michelle Obama returns home to Chicago on Wednesday for only the third time since moving to the White House. After hosting two fund-raisers--where the sliding price tags run from $250 to $30,400-per-person--she overnights at the family home in Kenwood, I've learned, before heading to Denver on Thursday.
Mrs. Obama visits Chicago to host fund-raisers for Democratic Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias and Illinois House contenders Sen. Debbie Halvorson, Sen. Bill Foster and Dan Seals. For my overview on Mrs. Obama's 2010 political tour--kicking off today in Milwaukee and Chicago--click here.
I'm told Mrs. Obama is not going to attack Republicans while on the road; that will be left to President Obama, Vice President Biden--who delivered strong remarks Tuesday night in Chicago at a get-out-the vote rally for Gov. Quinn and others.
Excerpts of Mrs. Obama's stump speech, provided to the Chicago Sun-Times, show she is staying in super-safe territory.
As Prepared for Delivery on Wednesday, October 13th
"....[T]his isn't something I do very often. In fact, I haven't really done it since a little campaign you might remember a couple of years ago. As a self-described Mom-in-Chief, my first priority in the White House has been making sure that my girls are happy and healthy and adjusting to this new life. Like every parent I know, my children are the center of my world. My hopes for their future are at the heart of every single thing I do. And that's really why I'm here today.
"You see, more than anything else, I come at this as a mom. When I think about the issues facing our nation, I think about what it means for my girls...and I think about what it means for the world we're leaving for them and for all our children. As I travel around this country, and look into the eyes of every single child I meet, I see what's at stake.
"I see it in the child whose mom has just lost her job and worries about how her family will pay the bills. I see it in the child whose dad has just been deployed and tries so hard to be brave for his younger siblings. I see it in the child stuck in a crumbling school, who looks around and wonders, "What does this mean for my future?"
"That's how I see the world. And I think that's how most folks see the world.
"That's something that we all share...that regardless of where we're from...or what we look like...or how much money we have...we all want to leave something better for our kids."