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Michelle Obama electioneering at Chicago polling place? Gibbs brushes aside question

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WASHINGTON--First Lady Michelle Obama--whose major goal is to avoid controversy--found her way into a very, very minor kerfluffle after voting early in Chicago on Thursday--comments she made at the polling place--reported in the pool report--let some critics suggest that she was electioneering. in Chicago, electioneering is not supposed to happen in or very near a polling place. White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs was asked about this at the Thursday briefing and he brushed it aside.

What triggered this? Some small talk from Mrs. Obama at the polling place on Chicago's South Side. Read the pool report for yourself here and you may conclude that her vague comments do not constitute electioneering.

Question from a reporter at the Thursday White House briefing: On one other issue, Michelle Obama early voted in Chicago today, as you know. And in the print pool report, one of the people, Dennis Campbell, who she met said -- this is quote from the pool report -- "She was telling me how important it was to vote to keep her husband's agenda going." Some people have raised the possibility of this being against the law, as far as election hearing rules, not campaigning within 100 feet of the polling. Can you respond?

Gibbs: Obviously, I wasn't in Chicago today. I'd point you to the First Lady's staff. I don't think it would be much to imagine that the First Lady might support her husband's agenda. But that's just me going way out on a limb.

Q: Speaking of which, has the President watched her events out there? And have you heard him say anything about it?

Gibbs: No, I have not heard him say anything today. Obviously, look, she is a -- she's a remarkable campaigner. She spent -- in 2007, she went into a lot of the early states, did a lot of campaign events and was enormously valuable throughout the general election. It's not surprising to us that she got the type of rave reviews that she got yesterday.

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Oh come on! Since WHEN have Chicago "reporters" been interested in the illegal activities of democrats!!

Is anyone really shocked by this? An America Hater that has no respect for the Constitution, or the Country, is certainly not going to be concerned with the local election laws. How many times did she vote? Is she actually Registered? Bring in any Absentee Ballots from Illegals? Dead people? Did she leave behind any Black Panther or Union Thugs to keep the little people in line? Looks like there is a need for some sort of Tea Party style Security patrols for polling places. To take back the Government, we have to secure the polls!

Since when have the Obamas had to abide by the law. They're only lawyers after all and in Chicago, no less.

Is it unlawful? Certainly. If you get some starstruck voter who starts twittering, facebooking, emailing, etc. about their chance meeting with Obama and the ensuing campaigning then literally thousands could be influenced.

What does it really matter though? She is above the law just as the "New" jackbooted black panthers are. Obama would surely drop charges against his own wife just as he ordered them dropped against the two militants intimidating voters at the polls. Yep, we got "change". The immoral and unethical and illegal activities are no longer hidden. Open politics....gotta love it.

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