This isn’t the first time Michelle Obama has asked Democrats for their biggest, fattest checks.

First lady Michelle Obama spoke at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser in Chicago on Thursday. Her remarks got some attention, especially her plea for attendees to "write a big fat check."

"I kid you not," she continued. "I'm going to be honest with you. That's what we need you to do right now. We need you to write the biggest, fattest check that you can possibly write."


US First Lady Michelle Obama speaks on Drink Up effort on July 22, 2014 in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGANMANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images

A Chicago Sun-Times reporter called her speech, "especially frank." A New York Daily News columnist wrote: "Hmmm.  Is that a bit tacky, perhaps too candid by half?"

Regardless of what you think of Obama's tactics, they are apparently working. She's used the same line at a handful of events over the past year and doesn't appear to have plans to stop anytime soon.

At an event in Boston on June 2, she said: "And there’s something that all of you can do right now, today, to make a difference — and I say this everywhere I go, because it matters — you can write a big, fat check. [Laughter.] That’s what we need you to do right now. We need you to write the biggest, fattest check you can possibly write. I am so serious."

She even admits that this is a recycled line. It still brings the laughs!

At a Democratic National Convention Committee Women's Luncheon in California last January, Obama told the audience: "And this is where all of you here — talking to all of you all here right now — come in, because there is something that all of you can do right now, today, to make a difference: You can write a check.  Yes.  And if you've written one, you write another one. [Laughter.] Because, seriously, that’s what we need you to do right now. Write a big old check. Write the biggest check that you can possibly write."

At a Women Senators event hosted by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in New York City on Nov. 18, she said: "Because there’s something that we and all of you can do right now, today, to make a huge difference, and it's simple: You can write a big old fat check. [Laughter.] That’s what we need you to do right now. Write a big check, big huge one. Write the biggest check you can possibly write. Take your frustration, your passion, your hope, and turn that into real, meaningful support for leaders who will truly represent the people they serve."

In October 2013, Michelle Obama spoke at a Women's Leadership Forum Conference in Washington: "Because there is something that all of you can do right now today to make a huge difference:  You can write a check.  That’s what we need you to do right now.  We need you to write a big old check.  [Laughter.] Write the biggest check you can possibly write."

The Democratic Party has had a pretty good year of fundraising, thanks in big part to the efforts of the first family, which is exceptionally good at making donors feel like they are getting the Obamas Unplugged — even if its a variation on a speech they've given before. Welcome to Campaigning 101.

The first lady may have reservations about that line, but she's willing to go along with it. "I hate doing this" she said at a fundraiser in November. "I love you all, but I hate asking you guys for stuff — and I've gotten pretty good at it."

Jaime Fuller reports on national politics for "The Fix" and Post Politics. She worked previously as an associate editor at the American Prospect, a political magazine based in Washington, D.C.
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