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Michelle Obama seen as popular with Oklahoma Democrats

On the eve of Michelle Obama's speech at Democratic National Convention, Oklahomans in Charlotte, N.C., say she is down to earth and classy
by Chris Casteel Published: September 4, 2012

And state Rep. Jabar Shumate, of Tulsa, said, “She's really so down to earth … Even though you haven't met her, you feel like you know her.”

The first lady has reached out to a couple of Oklahomans for advice and promotion of her anti-obesity effort. She invited Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett, who has been waging a citywide weight-loss campaign, as a guest to the 2010 State of the Union address; earlier this year, she invited Mason Carter Harvey, of Guthrie, to the White House Easter Egg Roll after learning that the seventh-grader had lost 85 pounds.

At the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., last week, Ann Romney was tasked with providing more human depth to her husband, GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

State Sen. Judy Eason-McIntyre, D-Tulsa, a convention delegate, said Monday, “We know who the president is so I don't think she's going to go down that road. She will need to provide some clarity about his achievements.”

Shumate said the president has had to make many tough decisions in the past four years and that the first lady should tell Americans “that the gray hair he has comes from trying to figure out how to make this country better and safer.”

by Chris Casteel
Washington Bureau
Chris Casteel began working for The Oklahoman's Norman bureau in 1982 while a student at the University of Oklahoma. After covering the police beat, federal courts and the state Legislature in Oklahoma City, he moved to Washington in 1990, where...
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