Get out the vote

Michelle Obama to start campaigning for Hillary Clinton

Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton during the International Women of Courage Awards at the State Department March 8, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Beginning this Friday in northern Virginia, Michelle Obama will be lending Hillary Clinton a hand on the campaign trail by encouraging voters to register before the state’s deadline of October 17.  It will be the first of several appearances by the first lady that are focused on getting out the vote — particularly among young people and African-Americans. She will talk about “the qualifications and demeanor a president needs, the values we hold dear as Americans and our shared hopes for the future,” her communications director, Caroline Adler Morales said. The first lady has often shown little enthusiasm for campaigning or some of the other obligations of political life, leading The New York Times to conclude that her decision to join the campaign trail underscores “her transformation from a once-reluctant political spouse into a confident public figure, a role she says she has embraced more fully during President Obama’s second term.”

Read the full story at The New York Times.

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