Michelle Can Be Obama's Best Weapon in Health Debate

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 19, 2009 4:05 PM CDT
First lady Michelle Obama.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The president appears oblivious to the pocket ace he’s holding on health-care reform, Josh Skolnick writes on the Stimulist: Michelle Obama. Here’s why the first lady should be injected into the debate:

  • Experience: At the University of Chicago, "her whole job was explaining medical decisions and health care bureaucracy to a wider audience. Might be just a little relevant to her effectiveness as a health care spokeswoman, no?"

  • A story: Michelle's father had multiple sclerosis, and was lucky enough to get coverage from his public job. Still, Skolnick writes: "If he were fired, would a lot of insurance companies have rushed to provide Michelle’s hardworking dad with affordable health care, or even covered him at all? You know the answer. So should the American people."
  • Stage presence: "It’s not like she can’t stump—on the campaign trail she was known as 'the closer,'" Skolnick writes. Sit her down with Larry King or the View and "watch her win over a wider audience."
  • A woman: "The men have weighed in, and essentially taken the conversation out back," Skolnick writes. Not only will a healthy dose of Michelle's Midwestern wiles "neutralize the hostile rhetoric we’ve heard so far;" but "let’s see if the GOP henchman are dumb enough to attack the president’s wife the way they’ve attacked congressmen."