[Ed. – Can there be any doubt which Michelle?]
Michelle Obama has long been one of America’s most vocal campaigners against obesity, but the fight against fat apparently doesn’t extend to cheques from political donors.
“We need you to write the biggest, fattest check that you can possibly write,” Mrs Obama told a group of Democrat donors this week at a fundraising event in Chicago, triggering immediate accusations of hypocrisy from Conservatives.
Barack Obama has been a leading critic of America’s campaign finance laws which were significantly relaxed in 2010 when the US Supreme Court ruled that corporations could spend virtually unlimited sums on politics.
Without apparent irony, Mrs Obama prefaced her request at a dinner last Thursday night with an attack on the vested interests she said were distorting American politics.
“So, yes, there’s too much money in politics. There’s special interests that have too much influence. But they had all that money and all of that influence back in 2008 and 2012 – and we still won those elections,” she said according to a White House transcript of the event.
She added: “There is something you can do right now today to make a difference, and that is to write a big, fat check. I kid you not,” she said. “I’m going to be honest with you. That’s what we need you to do right now. We need you to write the biggest, fattest check that you can possibly write.”