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Michelle Obama's Thanksgiving statement gets political, asks for donations

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It seems not even Thanksgiving is free from politicizing by the First Family.

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On Wednesday, First Lady Michelle Obama sent out a Thanksgiving greeting via email to supporters, but used it to make a political statement, promote Obamacare, and ask for political donations. "As you spend time with loved ones this holiday season, be sure to talk with them about what health care reform can mean for them," she said, after providing a link that directs them to a web page asking for a donation to support President Obama's Organizing for Action political action committee.

The email, entitled "From our family to yours," asks supporters to share with them what they are thankful for, which ultimately leads to a donation request page on In the email however, the First Lady does list a single thing that she is grateful for: not her family or friends, but rather the supporters that have helped to advance her political agenda. The entire text of her email follows:

Barack and I have so much to be grateful for this Thanksgiving, and that includes people like you who've been by our side, working for change right from the beginning.

Because of your hard work, passion, and dedication, we have accomplished so much over this past year. We've continued to create jobs and rebuild our economy. We've cut carbon pollution so we can preserve our environment. We've witnessed historic victories for equality across the country, all the way to the Supreme Court. And soon, millions of Americans will finally have access to quality, affordable health care -- many for the first time.

Before we all celebrate with our personal traditions tomorrow, I want to start a new one -- I'm hoping that you'll take a moment to share what you're thankful for this year (Editor's note: a link to a page at was then included).

OFA will be gathering some of these notes and sharing them on I can't wait to see what you have to say.

Thanks so much for everything you're doing -- and from our family to yours, happy Thanksgiving.


P.S. -- As you spend time with loved ones this holiday season, be sure to talk with them about what health care reform can mean for them -- OFA has some tips to help get the ball rolling.

The screenshots in the enclosed slideshow feature the page at linked from the email that asks supporters to list what they are thankful for, which then directs them to a donation request page once visitors submit their "thankful list." There is also a link to a page at titled "Healthcare for the Holidays" with videos and tips to help promote Obamacare to friends and family during the holiday season.

Victor Medina writes for Yahoo News and his political blog His other writing credits include The Dallas Morning News and He has served as a Dallas County election judge and on the Board of Directors of The Sixth Floor Museum. You can follow him on his blog, or on Twitter at @mrvictormedina. He can be reached by email at Click here to receive a weekly email update from To be notified of future stories by Victor Medina, click the SUBSCRIBE link here or at the top of this page.



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