Michelle Obama Cancels Fundraisers During Shutdown

By: Ellisha Rader Mannering - October 10, 2013

The government shutdown is affecting everyone, even Michelle Obama. Michelle had two fundraisers planned over the weekend and was forced to cancel both of them because of the shutdown.

The first fundraiser was planned for Friday and she was scheduled to headline a $32,000-a-head political fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee in Los Angeles. She had another fundraiser planned for Sunday in San Francisco. Proceeds from that event—with tickets ranging from $32,000 to $500 each—were to have gone to the Democrats’ efforts to recapture the House.

The events may be held at a later time, but no new dates have been released. President Barack Obama was originally supposed to attend the Los Angeles fundraiser last month. The crisis in Syria prevented him was from doing so and Michelle chose to go instead. Now neither of the Obamas will be making the event.

Government transport is limited during the shutdown as is privately funded travel. For now, Michelle will have to stay put and help Obama get through the shutdown. The Democrats are likely not happy about the delay of their fundraisers, as the proceeds would be used to help them keep Senate majority and regain control of the House in the 2014 mid-term elections.

The shutdown has caused problems for millions of people in the country and many wonder if the people that are apart of the shutdown are feeling the affects at all. While Michelle’s travel problems may not compare the problems so many other are facing as a result of the shutdown, they are proof that the White House is also struggling to keep up with their normal activities during the government shutdown.

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  • http://333maxwell.com Chas Holman

    Make lemons from lemonade..

    Stick around closer to home and spend more time with the kids and old man. She sure doesn’t get that chance often.. or even heck, escape from the lunacy and have lunch with the ‘gang’.. She deserves it. One of the strongest women in the country. How anyone can listen to their family be trashed and called the names and ugly things hers has been subjected to the last 5 years, is beyond me. I admire her ‘resolve’ to ‘keep keeping on’ with a smile and grace,.

  • Rachel

    She is a class act. Generous to a fault. A wonderful role model for all the women in the world. But I believe she spends every evening with her family, just every moment we don’t see her on TV. If she had a regular job (like she did before the 2008 election), I don’t think she would be able to spend as much time with her children and her husband.

    • gary

      Rachel You got to be kidding those two have wasted more money than any political people in history. also have done nothing for this country….. They are both the epitome of worthless Chicago tramps.

  • http://yahoo debbie

    The last thing anyone in this country needs is more fund raisers to raise more support for the democrats. So for this, Michelle, for staying home and not travelling and attending fancy fund-raisers, I thank you, for the first time.

  • zerrall

    She certainly enjoys the benefits of her husband’s job!
    It is too bad she has never been proud of her country before she was able to drench herself in all of the benefits the working people in this country provide for her and her family including her mother.
    I can’t wait to see where she chooses to go on vacation next.
    Such a sacrifice to postpone another fundraiser.

  • michele

    Proceeds from that event—with tickets ranging from $32,000 to $500 each—were to have gone to the Democrats’ efforts to recapture the House. this money could go to the deficit caused by all of the politicians.

  • http://Yahoo Dolores

    So she has to give up fundraisers. Who was going to benefit? Surely not the blacks that have been out of a job for years or the people who are out of a job right now. How about the heroes who were killed in action without any burial benefits because of this shutdown? Her husband is pressing the limit by hurting the average citizen with his pettiness. Obama has been president for 5 years and he was unprepared for balancing of the budget? Doesn’t this happen every year? Of course he doesn’t have to worry about being without a paycheck.

  • Ha Ha

    This woman is a phony. I remember when she first came into office. The media touted her as a woman of progress and substance. A strong willed black woman that was intelligent and compassionate.

    Fast forward to now and you realize she has done nothing. She took over the cause to help people lose weight. The reality is that people can do that for themselves. Just don’t eat as much, get off your couch, and exercise.

    What I find ironic is she does fundraisers … but when the Obama’s take their MANY vacations they stay at resorts that cost $50,000 a week or more… that is just for the room.

    That is your money being wasted.

  • Charlie

    She can’t control her spending any better than her husband.

  • G

    Things must be getting real bad………
    Madame is sent to the rescue?
    Never convinced me, sorry.

  • scarlett g.

    Obviously “someone” has the sense to tell these WHITE HOUSE BIG Spenders to get with it!!!!

  • laura

    Instead of feeding people for money why doesn’t she do the opposite and volunteer at a local soup kitchen?

  • liberty

    Hold it a minute – so when the government is NOT shut down, the first lady is allowed to spend government money to raise money for the democratic party? Isn’t that a little hinky? I mean, she’s using republicans tax dollars to raise money for the dems? I think someone should investigate….

  • Marilyn Willett

    Thousands of children are homeless with their parents, their hopes and dreams are shattered. She goes on vacations and has fundraisers, she has no shame. They are a disgraceful couple.