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'She was telling me how important it was to vote to keep her husband's agenda going'...
CHICAGOLAND: FIRST LADY CAMPAIGNED INSIDE POLLING PLACE?
Gee, I wonder if AG Eric Effing Holder will investigate this one.
More. I checked the NBC video but it's edited. Wonder if they picked it up. Here it is in the Sun Times story:
UPDATE: Drudge story.The pool reporter backs it up:
Amanda Deisch, a social worker, was the second voter to show up Thursday.
She snapped a cellphone photo of the first lady as she took the voting machine next to hear and began voting.
“I told her we supported her and her husband, and we were praying for them,” Deisch said later. “I told her we’re trying to get the kids moving — her childhood obesity effort.”
Voter Anna Roberts took the next machine and, as Mrs. Obama finished voting, she allowed Deisch to take another cellphone photo and shook hands with both women.
Obama went back to the desk and handed in her voting-machine key, saying “Make sure everybody’s voting early.”
She let more voters take photos with her.
“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.
According to the pool reporter at the scene, the conversation took place IN the voting center not far from the booths.More. Checking Sweet's blog since she's usually the Michelle so belle court reporter. Bingo:
Illinois state law -- Sec. 17-29 (a) -- states: "No judge of election, pollwatcher, or other person shall, at any primary or election, do any electioneering or soliciting of votes or engage in any political discussion within any polling place, within 100 feet of any polling place."
Pool report by Abdon M. Pallasch, Chicago Sun-Times:Perhaps he didn't realize at first it was a violation when he wrote the story.
Hey, Michelle, you shoulda moved it outside. Embedded video, edited though (you got it on tape NBC, hmm?):
At 5'-11", Mrs. Obama had to hunch over a bit to use the machine. It took her six minutes to get through the ballot, which, in addition to governor, senator, and the big offices, also includes 78 judges running to be elected or retained on the bench.
Social Worker Amanda Deisch was the second voter to show up Thursday morning. She snapped a cell-phone photo of the first lady as she took the voting machine next to her and began voting.
Voter Anna Roberts took the next machine and as Mrs. Obama was finishing up voting, she allowed Deisch to take another cell phone photo and she shook hands with both women.
Obama went back to the desk and handed in her voting machine key, saying "Make sure everybody's voting early."
She let more voters including electrician Dennis Campbell, 56, take some photos with her.
"She was telling me how important it was to vote to keep her husband's agenda going," Campbell said."I told her we supported her and her husband and we were praying for them," Deisch said. "I told her we're trying to get the kids moving - her childhood obesity effort.
... but you see the background (and her pants, yuck): More.