Mrs. Obama’s role

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

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.

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