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[I&A] 【整理】2009-09-21: 第一夫人是奥巴马的秘密武器

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本帖最后由 leemon15 于 2009-9-23 22:11 编辑

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The president's new strategy includes deploying a potentially powerful resource, first lady Michelle Obama. NBC White House correspondent Savannah Guthrie has more.
Ms. MICHELLE OBAMA: This current situation is unacceptable. It is unacceptable.

SAVANNAH GUTHRIE reporting:For the first time really engaging in the health care debate, first lady Michelle Obama went to the heart of the matter.
Ms. OBAMA: We were terrified. They said, `Get to the emergency room right away.

'GUTHRIE: She told of the time daughter Sasha became ill as an infant.

Ms. OBAMA:But it is that moment in our lives that flashes through my head everytime we engage in this health insurance conversation. It's that momentin my life because I think about what on earth would we have done if wehad not had insurance.

GUTHRIE: Trying to turn the tide of publicopinion and get a health care bill across the finish line, the WhiteHouse is deploying a not-so-secret weapon.
Ms. OBAMA: (From file footage) We can build a better future and maybe affect the world.

GUTHRIE: On the campaign trail, Michelle Obama was known as the closer, so effective was she at closing the sale for her husband. But though she is a Harvard-trained lawyer and a former hospital executive, as first lady she's focused on noncontroversial issues like healthy eating, avoiding the nitty-gritty of the health care policy debate. The White House is mindful of the disastrous experience of another first lady. Hillary Clinton still so identified with the issue, she was asked about it Friday.

Secretary of State HILLARY CLINTON: So we just have to calm down here, take two aspirin, go to bed, think about it in the morning. But I'm very optimistic.

Ms. OBAMA: You keep your insurance, you keep your doctors, and you're blessed.

GUTHRIE: As she enters the health care battle, some analysts say the first lady must tread carefully.

Ms. A.B. STODDARD (The Hill): If she gets too specific, she invites criticism. And if she can stay above the fray, keep going out there, get in front of theright audiences and stick with the right message, it will be helpful.

GUTHRIE: And in a sign of how the White House is using Mrs. Obama more often, it is she, not her husband,who will travel to Copenhagen next month to make Chicago's pitch to getthe Olympics.

For TODAY, Savannah Guthrie, NBC News, the White House.
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