Oh my: Michelle Obama electioneering in polling place?

posted at 7:15 pm on October 14, 2010 by Allahpundit

When Drudge puts up the red font — with italics, no less — we’re almost obliged to blog it, aren’t we?

I’m … outrageously outraged?

After finishing at the machine, Obama went back to the desk and handed in her voting key.

She let voters including electrician Dennis Campbell, 56, take some photos.

“She was telling me how important it was to vote to keep her husband’s agenda going,” Campbell said.

According to a pool reporter from the CHICAGO SUN-TIMES at the scene, the conversation took place IN the voting center not far from the booths…

A top Ilinois State Board of Elections official tells the DRUDGE REPORT how Mrs. Obama may have simply been ignorant of the law and thus violated it unintentionally.

“You kind of have to drop the standard for the first lady, right?” the official explained late Thursday. “I mean, she’s pretty well liked and probably doesn’t know what she’s doing.”

Illinois law prohibits electioneering within 100 feet of a polling place. Two points, though. One: Did the Sun-Times pool report really say that FLOTUS was pushing The One’s agenda inside the polling place? She was posing for cell photos while voting, but presumably any celebrity’s safe to do that. As for the exchange with Dennis Campbell, read the Sun-Times report for yourself. It’s unclear where the two of them were, precisely, when they were chatting.

Two: The Chicago Tribune also covered her visit to the polling place. Quote:

Clutching a blue folder, Obama presented her credentials to election officials before being led to the polling station. Asked if she was familiar with touch-screen voting, Obama nodded and then spent about six minutes casting her ballot.

Obama abided by election laws that prohibit electioneering within 100 feet of a polling place.

She did pose for pictures and told one voter: “Make sure you get everybody out there voting. This one counts, as much as the other one.”

Gibbsy was asked about it today and didn’t know what happened, but naturally he ended up laughing it off regardless. You can watch that here. And now that I’ve been a buzzkill on the big gotcha of the day, I’m going to try to redeem myself with a little mood-builder for tonight’s armageddon/debate in Nevada. The open thread is on its way, I promise. For now, just groove on this.


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Working as an observer for the RNC in Broward County FL the election of 04 I had a Hatian interpretor ejected from the polling place for the same thing. Polling places are off limits for campaigning on election day! PERIOD!!!!

sonnyspats1 on October 14, 2010 at 9:16 PM

abobo on October 14, 2010 at 7:21 PM

haha

SirGawain on October 14, 2010 at 9:22 PM

Let us know if you get any flak for your button.

tru2tx on October 14, 2010 at 8:53 PM

As I said-I’m also an election judge.
Obviously I know the rules-so they won’t dare.

annoyinglittletwerp on October 14, 2010 at 9:31 PM

Why is she voting in Illinois anyways? Her residence is in Washington, D.C.

KSgop on October 14, 2010 at 9:31 PM

“And now that I’ve been a buzzkill on the big gotcha of the day”

That’s OK. We realize that that’s your purpose and joy in life.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on October 14, 2010 at 9:35 PM

“You kind of have to drop the standard for the first lady, right?”

Why? Because she’s black? Because she is underprivileged and probably doesn’t know about elections? Or is it because she’s one of the “elite”?????

katablog.com on October 14, 2010 at 9:39 PM

LOL after reading the Drudge article again, I came off with the impression that the poll official thinks you have to give FLOTUS a pass because she’s an air-head or something – besides, if people like you, you are excused from the law.

katablog.com on October 14, 2010 at 9:50 PM

Strange that she can vote in IL yet military deployed overseas cannot (New York also). Is this just her first vote this go around? It is Chicago.

Dingbat63 on October 14, 2010 at 10:00 PM

Princess Mo took 6 minutes to vote on a touch screen machine? And she went to Princeton? WTH? That’s 5 minutes longer then this college drop-out usually takes.

OxyCon on October 14, 2010 at 10:13 PM

Illinois law prohibits electioneering within 100 feet of a polling place.

FLOTUS: Law! What law? We don’t need no stinkin’ law! Laws and rules are for “The little people”, besides WE WON!

belad on October 14, 2010 at 10:15 PM

heard about this via mark levin on the way home tonight…

michelle:election laws for thee but not for me

cmsinaz on October 14, 2010 at 10:18 PM

Jail the dirty biatch.

Alden Pyle on October 14, 2010 at 10:24 PM

. “I mean, she’s pretty well liked and probably doesn’t know what she’s doing.”

I can’t decide if this quote is racist or sexist or both. She doesn’t know what she is doing because she is black, or because she is a woman? What other possible reason could there be?

redshirt on October 14, 2010 at 10:24 PM

okay folks . .

1. She’s a lawyer. She knows it is illegal to campaign where you vote.

2. She’s the first lady. It’s not like it was some sneaky person trying to influence your vote. She’s the FIRST LADY. You’d have to know what her political view is before you walked up there.

Not.Really.News.

and on the other hand – are my other fingers

ace tomato on October 14, 2010 at 10:43 PM

But the first lady — known for her healthful eating initiatives — had her own fast-food moment while on the road in Milwaukee on Wednesday. Michelle Obama stopped at Miss Katie’s Diner and had a cheeseburger and fries, according to TMJ4, a local NBC affiliate.

http://www.politico.com/click/stories/1010/fast_food_for_flotus.html
hypocrite all around

cmsinaz on October 14, 2010 at 10:51 PM

So we all get to pay for her trip to IL so she can vote and eat cheeseburgers? You can get cheeseburgers as well absentee ballots in DC. The money they waste on unnecessary travel is pathetic.

b3026 on October 14, 2010 at 11:18 PM

Terrific.

Maybe she can come back and get a picture when Richard J. Daley goes in to cast his vote .

…er, vote(s).

dissent555 on October 14, 2010 at 11:30 PM

But the first lady — known for her healthful eating initiatives — had her own fast-food moment while on the road in Milwaukee on Wednesday. Michelle Obama stopped at Miss Katie’s Diner and had a cheeseburger and fries, according to TMJ4, a local NBC affiliate.

Fast Food for FLOTUS

hypocrite all around

cmsinaz on October 14, 2010 at 10:51 PM

Her ‘initiatives’ I believe are nothing more than make-work put together for her because she is bored out of her mind and hates DC. That’s also why all the vacations and two parties a week in the White House.

I’d hate to be the poor sap on Bammie’s staff assigned the task of keeping her busy, but they have to do it because if she goes off-prompter she’s way more dangerous than Joke Biden.

slickwillie2001 on October 14, 2010 at 11:31 PM

Well, if she didn’t break the law, what is the point of anyone having to say the second quote? You know, the one about her being the FLOTUS and so she probably didn’t know any better?

Any better than WHAT?

That clearly says she did something WRONG in the first place or that person would not have had to make the comment.

DUH!

UnderstandingisPower on October 15, 2010 at 12:15 AM

Yes we have to cut her some slack. She is only responsive to her most base desires.
Holding her to a higher standard would be racist and not in good keeping with affirmative action.

We must be more tolerant and inclusive.

Dem mantra?

esnap on October 15, 2010 at 12:38 AM

“You kind of have to drop the standard for the first lady, right?” the official explained late Thursday. “I mean, she’s pretty well liked and probably doesn’t know what she’s doing.”

So you politely inform her that she needs to move the conversation outside in order to comply with the laws about political advocacy in the voting center. If you’re wary of confronting her, then just politely inform the other person in the conversation, and she’s bound to get the hint.

No excuse.

Not that I buy for a moment that she didn’t know it was against the law….

There Goes The Neighborhood on October 15, 2010 at 12:45 AM

So much for the idea of a nation of laws, not people. Indeed, virtually all that matters anymore is being one of the “right” people.

In sane times, the “top Ilinois State Board of Elections official” should, at the very least, be relieved of his duties. I won’t hold my breath.

This is why one can say, bluntly, that these people are entirely un-American (and their legislative agenda is why one can say, just as bluntly, that they are anti-). Our nation is in the hands of human garbage.

Blacklake on October 15, 2010 at 12:47 AM

How can I comment on this?

America has made its bed and it has sleep in it as well. Unbelievable!

Crux Australis on October 15, 2010 at 1:10 AM

This is just another example of the Obamas not understanding the American idiom. We like to see our politicians humbling partaking of the basic act of Democracy, and casting a vote. But these jackanapes just can’t turm it off for a second. “Humble” is not in their dictionary. So they have to mark the occasion by telling everybody, for the umpteen thousandth time, how wonderful they are.

Usually it is her Kenyan husband who misses the mark so badly. But at least he has an excuse. I suspect Michelle’s problem might be that she is just not very bright…

Haiku Guy on October 15, 2010 at 3:19 AM

If taxpayers can pick up the tab to fly her on Air Force One to cast her one vote in Illinois then how about we put all those military absentee ballots from Illinois and New York on a military transport plane and fly them to our soldiers so they can cast their votes?

Done That on October 15, 2010 at 5:31 AM

I’d hate to be the poor sap on Bammie’s staff assigned the task of keeping her busy, but they have to do it because if she goes off-prompter she’s way more dangerous than Joke Biden.

slickwillie2001 on October 14, 2010 at 11:31 PM

i think you are right…

cmsinaz on October 15, 2010 at 7:19 AM

Ignorance of the law is no excuse.

zoyclem on October 15, 2010 at 7:53 AM

“You kind of have to drop the standard for the first lady, right?” the official explained late Thursday. “I mean, she’s pretty well liked and probably doesn’t know what she’s doing.”
Right, because she’s a political neophyte. C’mon, pull the other finger.

I knew the rules about polling places when I was 14.

Y-not on October 14, 2010 at 7:56 PM

Hey, give her a break. This “brilliant” Harvard Law grad flunked her first Illinois bar exam, and lasted only a couple years in the only job she ever had practicing law (before tactfully being told the firm “wasn’t the right fit” for her).

The woman is clearly not the brightest bulb on the tree.

AZCoyote on October 15, 2010 at 7:55 AM

Allah’s statement — “any celebrity’s safe to do that” — that she’s just a celebrity in a polling place is silly. She’s the FLOTUS. Big difference. She should have the good sense to shut up about the election inside the polling place. “She was telling me how important it was to vote to keep her husband’s agenda going,” said Dennis Campbell, a 56-year-old electrician.” That’s not exactly a neutral, non political statement is it? And you’re a political analyst. Jeesh!

mbabbitt on October 15, 2010 at 8:08 AM

I really can’t get worked up about what any First Lady does or says. I merely have to think about what they did to get there and the whole idea becomes pretty silly. Yes, they get gobs of media attention and undue respect. Who gives a rip?

Extrafishy on October 15, 2010 at 8:14 AM

Extrafishy on October 15, 2010 at 8:14 AM

it is the hypocrisy of the media more than anything…if laura bush or any other gop candidate’s spouse did the exact same thing…it would be 24/7 news of pure outrage….

cmsinaz on October 15, 2010 at 9:04 AM

Eric holder has another black panther intimidation case

Sonosam on October 15, 2010 at 9:08 AM

I like my synopsis of the above article:

A top Ilinois State Board of Elections official tells the DRUDGE REPORT how Mrs. Obama may have simply been ignorant … “I mean, she…doesn’t know what she’s doing.”

The Illinois State Board of elections is clearly full of racists anti-Obama hate mongers, parenthetically speaking

PatriotPete on October 15, 2010 at 9:38 AM

“You kind of have to drop the standard for the first lady, right?”

What he’s really saying is that you really can’t apply the laws to the First Lady and the President because they are special special citizens and more equal than others.

BrideOfRove on October 15, 2010 at 9:50 AM

Ignorance of the law is no excuse. Didn’t she graduate from law school?

Kissmygrits on October 15, 2010 at 9:53 AM

Eric holder has another black panther Aunt Esther intimidation case. Sonosam on October 15, 2010 at 9:08 AM

FIFY

Dingbat63 on October 15, 2010 at 10:12 AM

The Obamas believe they are ENTITLED to do certain things because they are the first black couple in the white house.

Remember, shes only _NOW_ proud of her country.

tx2654 on October 15, 2010 at 10:14 AM

You kind of have to drop the standard for the first lady, right?” the official explained late Thursday.

MO has already lowered the standard for First Ladies so how much lower will it have to go?

katiejane on October 15, 2010 at 10:53 AM

“I mean, she’s pretty well liked and probably doesn’t know what she’s doing.”

I guess it runs in the family.

Benaiah on October 15, 2010 at 11:10 AM

Hey, give her a break. This “brilliant” Harvard Law grad flunked her first Illinois bar exam, and lasted only a couple years in the only job she ever had practicing law (before tactfully being told the firm “wasn’t the right fit” for her).

link, please.

No, she did not flunk her bar exam. That is a rumour that was pushed by Stormfront. Its amazing how much Stormfront maerial ends up on this Hot Air since 2009.

Michelle Obama stopped at Miss Katie’s Diner and had a cheeseburger and fries,

Her platform is CHILDHOOD obesity. Michelle Obama has said she loves fries. The lady works out and runs about more than I have seen any other previous first ladies. If you’re going to knock her, find something that sticks.

MO has already lowered the standard for First Ladies so how much lower will it have to go?

How has she lowered the standard of First Ladies may I ask? Laura Bush focused on reading. Michelle Obama focuses on child obesity. What else is there to say?

TruUSA on October 15, 2010 at 11:29 AM

Charge Michelle Obama with her Harvard Law degree for breaking the law as she most definitely did.

Subsequent to ACORN and the Holder Justice Dept. corruption dismissing Black Panthers guilty of intimidating voters, this provides another example of Democrats, specifically on behalf of Obama, working to corruptly influence election results.

maverick muse on October 15, 2010 at 12:20 PM

Cut her some slack, she’s an affirmative action FLOTUS

Alden Pyle on October 15, 2010 at 1:16 PM

Why is she voting in Illinois anyways? Her residence is in Washington, D.C.

KSgop on October 14, 2010 at 9:31 PM

Silly Plebe, Rules are for others not for our rulers.

jpmn on October 15, 2010 at 1:19 PM

TruUSA on October 15, 2010 at 11:29 AM

You have certainly pointed out something valid here.
I’m not for just picking on a rube for no reason, either.

Now what do you think of her flgrant disregard for the law?

Badger40 on October 15, 2010 at 1:25 PM

How has she lowered the standard of First Ladies may I ask?

TruUSA on October 15, 2010 at 11:29 AM

Wearing shorts and a t-shirt on Air Force One, was the first indicator that she is completely oblivious to her change in status as FLOTUS. The vacations. The vacations. Trying to get Congress to cut Food Stamps to fund her Childhood Obesity initiative. Using toxic sludge for the dirt in the White House garden. Shutting down several blocks at rush hour in DC so she could walk from the WH to a near by market, depriving the local business of revenue in a down economy. The parties. The over-the-top parties during a depression with menus most Americans could only dream of …

She does not set an example that anyone should follow. She does what she wants, when she wants, how she wants and as this article clearly points out … she doesn’t give a rat’s ass if it’s legal or wildly inappropriate because she is deep into the persona of her fame.

From the Carl Marx Christmas tree to the bedspread used for an evening gown and the occassional set of curtains converted for dresses, to the private school and her chintzy donations and tacky gifts to visiting dignitaries – she is an unqualified embarassment as first lady.

Since you asked.

BrideOfRove on October 15, 2010 at 1:29 PM

“I mean, she’s pretty well liked and probably doesn’t know what she’s doing.”

I know, I know. I’m using wikipedia for the essence of speed but I’m sure that for the most part her education is listed somewhat accurately:

“…By sixth grade, Michelle joined a gifted class at Bryn Mawr Elementary School (later renamed Bouchet Academy).

She attended Whitney Young High School, Chicago’s first magnet high school, where she was on the honor roll for four years, took advanced placement classes, was a member of the National Honor Society and served as student council treasurer. The round trip commute from her South Side home to the Near West Side took three hours. She was a high school classmate of Santita Jackson, the daughter of Jesse Jackson and sister of Jesse Jackson, Jr. She graduated from high school in 1981 as salutatorian.

Michelle was inspired to follow her brother to Princeton University; he graduated in 1983. At Princeton, she challenged the teaching methodology for French because she felt that it should be more conversational. As part of her requirements for graduation, she wrote a thesis entitled “Princeton-Educated Blacks and the Black Community.” “I remember being shocked,” she says, “by college students who drove BMWs. I didn’t even know parents who drove BMWs.” While at Princeton, she got involved with the Third World Center (now known as the Carl A. Fields Center), an academic and cultural group that supported minority students, running their day care center which also included after school tutoring. Robinson majored in sociology and minored in African American studies and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in 1985. She earned her Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from Harvard Law School in 1988. At Harvard she participated in demonstrations advocating the hiring of professors who were members of minorities and worked for the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, assisting low-income tenants with housing cases. She is the third First Lady with a postgraduate degree, following Hillary Rodham Clinton and Laura Bush. In July 2008, Obama accepted the invitation to become an honorary member of the 100-year-old black sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha, which had no active undergraduate chapter at Princeton when she attended.

So what this Official saying is that I should expect that a GIFTED intellectual who graduated from Harvard Law School and who is in the WH not necessarily acting simply like the stay-at-home-mom, happy homemaker is too DUMB to know electioneering laws within a polling place?

Hmmm… *scratches head* Alrighty then…

Sultry Beauty on October 15, 2010 at 1:49 PM

Please don’t feed the trolls,let them hide under their bridges.

PatriotPete on October 15, 2010 at 1:51 PM

Is it possible that she is more ignorant than her husband? What a pair.

UnEasyRider on October 15, 2010 at 3:05 PM

What a pair.

UnEasyRider on October 15, 2010 at 3:05 PM

Birds of a feather, you know.

Badger40 on October 15, 2010 at 4:06 PM

In Russia, political clout is perceived by how many laws one is able to break and get away with.

Why should we expect something else from the current Marxists in the White House?

scotash on October 15, 2010 at 6:18 PM

“I mean, she’s pretty well liked and probably doesn’t know what she’s doing.”

The soft bigotry of low expectations.

elvis on October 15, 2010 at 7:48 PM

Just imagine for a moment that this had been Laura Bush. Anyone willing to visualize the screamfest and media rampage that would have resulted?

And therein lies the problem conservatives face with a media that is so biased that they do not hide it anymore.

1. Christine O’Donnell says “I dabbled in witchcraft – Screamfest! Coons says “I am a bearded Marxist” – Yawn!

2. Blumenthal, Clinton, and a host of Democrats lie… Yawn! A republican? Your political career is over – even your fellow GOP politicians will ask for your resignation…

TheRightMan on October 15, 2010 at 7:55 PM

Totally OT: Why is there no indignation, even in us right wing, gun clinger, etc… sites on the issue of NY an IL military being deprived of voting? No threads? Or did I miss it? (US Army (Ret))

Dingbat63 on October 15, 2010 at 8:12 PM

Sorry, I am guilty of spamming:

NO real outrage anywhere that I can see. A GOP majority in Nov does Zip Zero Nada about THIS Damn$ed election cycle!!!! Sorry, I take this personally…I have been in EBF hell hole and was able to vote while serving.

Dingbat63 on October 15, 2010 at 8:44 PM

It takes six minutes for this woman to vote for corrupt Chicago democrats? What am I missing here? She should have been in and out in 30 seconds or less.

abcurtis on October 16, 2010 at 8:48 AM

Gee, I wonder if she had a few new black panthers in her security detail?

Wills on October 16, 2010 at 9:30 AM

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