First lady Michelle Obama does not interfere with day-to-day policy matters, and yet continues to help guard and protect the original mission of the Obama presidency. This includes rising above Washington battles and making the nation more equal and just. The New York Times has the story:
Before Barack Obama became the first president to support gay marriage, he was the first president to be so thoroughly surrounded by people who support gay marriage. Many of his donors are gay, and so are quite a few of his staff members, including his social secretary and the aides who made this moving video about their lifelong quests to accept themselves and to be accepted.
But how influential has the president’s wife — the person closest to him — been?
The first lady is impassioned about fairness, aides say, and she has confessed to impatience with the pace of change her husband has been able to accomplish. Though she does not interfere in day-to-day policy matters, she has helped guard and protect the original mission of the Obama presidency: to be ambitious, rise above Washington battles and make the nation more equal and just. When Mr. Obama wanted to overhaul health care and immigration laws, she backed and bolstered him against the advice of aides who urged a more cautious approach.
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