Appearing with the first lady was Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), who faces a potentially tough re-election challenge from Republican nominee Carly Fiorina. In May, President Barack Obama flew to California for a fundraiser to benefit Boxer.
Earlier in June, Mrs. Obama -- who has the luxury of picking and choosing where she goes to speak -- was in Nevada for anti-childhood obesity events with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), whose chances for re-election brightened last week when Republicans nominated Sharron Angle.
Boxer spoke briefly at the Camp Pendleton event; Rep. Susan Davis (D-Calif.) was also there. Even though the first lady takes pains to avoid controversy, and so far has limited her overt political events in the 2010 cycle, the Fiorina campaign said the joint appearance was de facto political help.
Fiorina's campaign manager, in an e-mail to The Associated Press, used the Camp Pendleton event as a peg to attack the incumbent. "The bottom line is that Barbara Boxer has shown a total disregard for our men and women in uniform, and her record on security issues is, to put it generously, dismal," Fiorina's deputy campaign manager, Julie Soderlund, said in the e-mail.
"Today, she's getting some help yet again from the Obamas in an attempt to try to mask that over," Soderlund said. "But the facts are the facts. And the facts bite, especially for those who put their lives on the line every day to protect this great nation."
Fiorina has made Boxer's record on supporting the military an issue and during the GOP primary her campaign highlighted Boxer dressing down a general during a Senate hearing for calling her "ma'am."
What a disgrace. Michelle O. has no shame. To make appearances before our troops with a woman who has shown nothing but complete disregard and disdain for our troops welfare just shows that the "First Lady" is just as corrupt as the husband. One-term baby. One-term.