First Lady Michelle Obama emerges as surrogate MVP

Michelle Obama
File-This photo taken Sept. 16, 2015, shows First lady Michelle Obama speaking in the South Court Auditorium of Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington. The first lady is paying a visit to the children’s animated series “Doc McStuffins.” In the episode, the cartoon Mrs. Obama invites Doc and other kids who are making a difference in their communities to the White House to be honored. Doc receives special recognition when the first lady appoints her the official toy doctor for the White House. The episode featuring Mrs. Obama airs Monday, Oct. 5, which is Child Health Day in the United States. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Hillary Clinton was always expected to get a late-campaign enthusiasm boost from the White House. The surprise is that it’s not coming from the president.

On a star-studded team of campaign surrogates led by President Barack Obama, Michelle Obama has emerged as the most valuable player of Campaign 2016.

In a divisive political year, the first lady is wowing voters with her powerful rhetoric. She’s also serving as the emotional center for a candidate who isn’t known for projecting warmth.

Last week, Mrs. Obama criticized Republican candidate Donald Trump for recorded boasts about making unwanted sexual advances toward women. She said Trump’s comments had shaken her to her core.

She stepped in where Clinton couldn’t, given the allegations of sexual wrongdoing against Clinton’s husband that Trump has resurfaced.

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