Mrs. Obama’s role
Who is Sen. Barack Obama’s closest adviser? Not his wife, says Michelle Obama.
“We have very separate professional relationships, which is, I think, healthy,” Mrs. Obama said May 21 during her fourth visit to Iowa to campaign for her husband’s bid for the Democratic nomination for president.
“There is so much work we need to do as a family and as a couple. We talk about our work, we talk about what we do, but he makes his decisions on his own, and I try to be supportive,” she said.
Democratic candidate John Edwards and Republican candidate Rudolph W. Giuliani are among the White House hopefuls who have described their wives as close advisers. Asked if she considered herself her husband’s chief adviser, Michelle Obama replied, “No, I consider myself his wife.”
A Harvard-trained lawyer like her husband, she said her main role in the campaign is to offer a personal view of the Illinois senator, the Associated Press reports.
“I’m really trying to make sure people understand who Barack is from the person who knows him best, giving people a sense of who we are,” she said.