…with California Air National Guard Capt. Kelly Smith during a Joining Forces event in Beverly Hills, California, June 13
Sun Times: Pool report from First Lady Michelle Obama’s Pasadena funder: About 500 people gathered on the ample lawn behind the Pasadena home of Ann and Robert Hamilton for a lunch-time fundraiser …The First Lady spoke for about 25 minutes….
Lena Kennedy, the co-chair of the event, introduced her as “the not-so-secret weapon of the President of the United States.”
…She began by recounting her husband’s journey to the White House, beginning with the moment he told her he wanted to run for President. ”I wasn’t exactly thrilled at the idea,” she said. “I still had some cynicism about politics, that was my hesitation.” But she said she was transformed on the campaign trail after hearing the stories of everyday Americas….
Obama then listed some of the things her husband has done in office during his first two years. “We’ve gone from an economy that was on the brink of collapse to an economy that is starting to grow again,” she said. She also mentioned healthcare reform, the passage of the Lilly Ledbetter Act and the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell…..
….The First Lady talked about the toll that his work had taken on her husband. “I see the sadness and worry that’s creasing his face,” she said.
She described his work ethic as tireless. “He reads every word, every memo, so he is better prepared than the people briefing him,” she said. “This man doesn’t take a day off.”
Obama said the next few years of campaigning would be difficult at times for the Obamas and their supporters. “It is not going to be easy, and it is going to be long,” she said. “Now more than ever we need you help to finish what we started.”
First Lady Michelle Obama waves to family members of Capt. Kelly Smith of the California Air National Guard during a panel discussion hosted by Entertainment Guilds in Beverly Hills, June 13. The Joining Forces event discussed the stories and issues of today’s military families so that their experiences can be integrated into film, television and digital media