Her highness has some popularity problems
The White House has grand plans (because, the President and his gang hail from Chicago they "make no small plans") to deploy Michelle Obama to help them with midterm elections. Barack Obama is becoming radioactive and Democrats have started using every excuse in the book to avoid welcoming him at airports or being seen in photos with him. (Behind the scenes, Obama has his uses as he raises money among high rollers for their campaigns). So the First Lady is supposed to help restore Democrats midterm fortunes. The problem is that Michelle Obama is no longer the draw she once was. From the Washington Examiner:
The number of Americans who have a positive opinion of First Lady Michelle Obama has fallen in the last 16 months, according to the new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll. In April, 2009, 64 percent of those surveyed by the Journal/NBC said they had a positive impression of Mrs. Obama; today, the number is 50 percent. That 50 percent personal approval is just slightly above President Obama's personal approval figure, which stands at 46 percent in the new poll.The specific survey question asked respondents to rate their feelings about Mrs. Obama "as very positive, somewhat positive, neutral, somewhat negative, or very negative." The first lady's rating, a combination of the very positive and somewhat positive answers, has fallen from 64 percent in April '09 to 55 percent in January 2010 to 50 percent today.Mrs. Obama's personal popularity is lower than former First Lady Laura Bush's ratings in the same poll by the same pollsters. In December, 2001, 76 percent of those surveyed had a positive opinion of Mrs. Bush. In February 2005, that number was 65 percent. In October 2006, with her husband's job and personal approval ratings plummeting, Mrs. Bush's personal approval rating was 56 percent.