Pool report from the First Lady’s SF event

My esteemed colleague Matt Krupnick just filed this pool report from First Lady Michelle Obama’s fundraising event in San Francisco:

Pool entered the dim 15th-floor ballroom in the Merchants Exchange Building at 465 California Street in San Francisco’s Financial District after the 200 or so attendees had eaten lunch. Tickets started at $2,500. Janet Reilly kicked things off by acknowledging San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and several San Francisco County supervisors, who were all seated at tables throughout the room. The event, she said, was proof San Francisco is “the vanguard of the movement to re-elect Barack Obama.”

She then introduced Marie Gil, a campaign volunteer and summer organizer with Organizing for America. She noted she was a single mother of three who had recently been laid off, but that last month she received her MPA from the University of San Francisco and would be attending law school in the fall.

FLOTUS then entered to an extended standing ovation. She also introduced Mayor Lee, as well as Paul Pelosi, whom she called her “other husband,” as he “always” seems to be at her events.

Mrs. Obama thanked attendees for their help during the 2008 election and asked them to join her on “the next part of this journey.” She recounted the many people she meets on the campaign trail and said they remind her of her family and the president’s family.

FLOTUS also recounted a long list of the administration’s accomplishments and priorities: economic turnaround, cutting taxes for the middle class, equal pay for women, health-care reform, reducing the deficit, clean energy, stem cells, community colleges, Pell Grants, Race to the Top, ending Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (which gained her enthusiastic applause from the San Francisco crowd), Supreme Court appointments, ending the Iraq war, Osama bin Laden being “brought to justice,” turning around child obesity and helping military families and veterans.

POTUS is “a special person” and “has a mind like a steel trap,” she said, so he remembers the people he meets and their stories. POTUS knows he’s playing “the long game” and often encourages her to take disappointments in stride, she said. “He needs you to be there with him for the long haul.”

Mrs. Obama said she had one final question for the crowd: “Are you in?” That brought enthusiastic applause, as well as an “I’m in!” from one man in the crowd. FLOTUS then shook hands and hugged attendees.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • Shame on Me

    Economic turnaround? Hardly. Health-care “reform”? So wonderful everyone who can gets a waiver. Reducing the deficit? You cannot be serious. Bringing Osama bin Laden to justice? Now he’s a Navy SEAL? Turning around child obesity? “We can’t just leave [it] to the parents.” “Helping” military families and veterans? How, exactly? Do Bill Ayres & Bernadine Dorhn support that?

  • John W

    Re: #1

    I reckon we’ll put you down as “undecided” for 2012.