On Thursday, First Lady Michelle Obama tried to make the case to an African-American audience that Jesus Christ was a community organizer, like her husband. Speaking at a conference of the AME church in Nashville, Ms. Obama was attempting to increase the volunteer effort for her husband’s Presidential campaign.
During her remarks, Ms. Obama stated:
“It’s kind of like church. Our faith journey isn’t just about showing up on Sunday for a good sermon and good music and a good meal. It’s about what we do Monday through Saturday as well, especially in those quiet moments, when the spotlight’s not on us, and we’re making those daily choices about how to live our lives.
“We see that in the life of Jesus Christ. Jesus didn’t limit his ministry to the four walls of the church,” she said. “He was out there fighting injustice and speaking truth to power every single day. He was out there spreading a message of grace and redemption to the least, the last, and the lost. And our charge is to find Him everywhere, every day by how we live our lives.”
Obama added, “…(citizenship is) not a once-a-week kind of deal. Democracy is also an everyday activity. And being an engaged citizen should once again be a daily part of our lives… (This involves) the tireless, the thankless, relentless work of making change, you know, the phone-calling, letter-writing, door-knocking, meeting-planning kind of work.”
Since entering the White House, Ms. Obama has rarely attended church. However, this campaign strategy seems geared to increase enthusiasm for her husband, who has done little or nothing for this, his most loyal constituency. Unemployment is much higher among African-Americans than in any other demographic group, which places many of them in perilous economic straits. It is obvious that without a large turnout by African-Americans in November, his likelihood of winning many Rust Belt states will be measurably reduced.
Following her Nashville appearance, Ms. Obama then went to Memphis, where she tried to raise money from a number of Democratic wealthy individuals.