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Michelle Obama mixing official, political in swing state Virginia

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NASHUA, NH--First Lady Michelle Obama, continuing her two-day-a-week public schedule, hits Democratic strongholds in battleground Virginia this week to fund-raise for President Obama's re-election and to handle some official duties. Mixing political and government business on trips always earns criticism because it means taxpayers shoulder some of the costs. Meanwhile, the Obama Team waits word if and when Mrs. Obama is going to pick up the pace.

On Wednesday, Mrs. Obama will be in Richmond to headline a Democratic National Committee lunch.

After that, according to the White House, Mrs. Obama will appear at Virginia Commonwealth University to deliver a speech where she will announce "a major commitment by the country's top medical colleges and universities to create a new generation of doctors, medical schools, and research facilities to ensure that veterans, service men and women receive the medical care that they deserve.

Later, she will hit Charlottesville to keynote another fund-raising reception.

On Friday, Mrs. Obama travels across the Potomac River to suburban Alexandra to promote her appearence on Nickelodeon's iCarly. Not only did she already tape a segment, she joins the cast at a screening of her episode.

To see Mrs. Obama random dance on iCarly click HERE.

In her "iMeet The First Lady," "Mrs. Obama talks with Carly about her service to America as a member of a military family and thanks her friends for supporting her during her father's deployment. The episode airs on Nickelodeon on Monday, January 16th."

Stars Miranda Cosgrove and the iCarly cast will be joined by Mrs. Obama at Hayfield Secondary School, according to the White House, "a school with a large number of military children. They will screen the episode, participate in iCarly's "Random Dancing" and answer questions from the students."

Mrs. Obama is a very good dancer who enjoys her moves. Last May, she appeared at the Alice Deal Middle School in Tenleytown, a northwest Washington neighborhood, to dance to a Beyonce song as part of her "Let's Move" campaign. Mrs. Obama often associates with stars to plug her agenda.

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