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President Obama and First Lady to campaign in Florida next week

Thursday, September 13th, 2012 by Dara Kam

The First Couple will campaign in Florida next week.

President Obama will make stops in Tampa and Miami, his campaign announced in a press release today. No details are available yet about the events so not sure if there are any hugs on the agenda. The president just completed a two-day tour of Florida this weekend, including an event in West Palm Beach.

And Michelle Obama be in college towns Gainesville and Tallahassee on Monday. She’s attending a rally at the University of Florida first and then will meet with supporters at the Tallahassee Civic Center in the late afternoon.

On the GOP side, vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan will appear in Oldsmar on Saturday.

Florida woman could be health care example at Obama’s State of the Union speech tonight

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010 by George Bennett

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Notwithstanding that Massachusetts special election and sinking poll numbers for Democratic health care proposals in Florida and across the nation, it looks like President Obama isn’t throwing in the towel.

The guest list for First Lady Michelle Obama’s box at tonight’s State of the Union address includes a Central Florida woman whose family, according to the White House, was denied coverage in 2008 because of preexisting conditions and can’t afford to buy insurance now.

Cindy Parker-Martinez of Belle Isle, near Orlando, is one of 26 people who will be seated near Michelle Obama for tonight’s speech, according to the White House.

Read the White House’s bio of Parker-Martinez after the jump….


First Lady headed to Miami for education awards gala

Thursday, October 8th, 2009 by Dara Kam

first_lady_michelle_obama_official_portrait_2009_2First Lady Michelle Obama will give out awards at the Florida Campus Compact annual gala in Miami next week.

The fundraiser and awards ceremony takes place Oct. 15 at the Landmark Freedom Tower in Miami.

Florida Campus Compact is a coalition of 50 colleges and universities, including Florida Atlantic University, that gets students involved in community service.

“It’s a huge deal for us,” said Florida Campus Compact executive director DeeDee Rasmussen, a former aide to U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson.

It may be a huge deal for the coalition of 50 colleges and universities throughout the state but one that apparently is top-secret.

There’s no mention of the First Lady’s presence at the annual gala and luncheon on the Florida Campus Compact home page on its website.

But a little persistence and clicking on the “speakers”
tab on the gala’s page reveals that Mrs. Obama will be joined by Palm Beach County home town celebrity: Frank Brogan.

In July, the state Board of Governors Brogan to be the chancellor of the state university system. Prior to that the former Martin County schoolteacher served as president of Florida Atlantic University.

Michelle Obama was involved in similar campus efforts at the University of Chicago, where she developed the university’s first student community service program.

“I couldn’t think of a better person to come and give kudos and congratulations to the people who are in the trenches every day. She used to work in this field in Chicago and I know it’s something near and dear to her heart,” Rasmussen said.

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