Michelle Obama Joins the President’s Iowa Bus Tour

Alex Wong/Getty Images(DUBUQUE, Iowa) -- First lady Michelle Obama joins President Obama on the campaign trail in Iowa today, making her first joint appearance with her husband in the Hawkeye State this election cycle.

“This is where the journey began for him, and where it began for the first lady, and Iowa will always have a special place in their hearts,” campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters Tuesday.

Mrs. Obama’s appearance at the president’s campaign events today in Dubuque and Davenport, comes after a bruising day of escalated mudslinging between the Obama and Romney camps.

The first lady remains largely popular and the campaign is hoping her presence will give the president a boost as he tries to reclaim some of the Iowa magic that launched him on the path to the presidency in 2008.

Mrs. Obama has been criss-crossing the country in recent months, speaking on her husband’s behalf.

Earlier this week, she made an appearance on NBC’s Tonight Show, where she chatted about her recent trip to the Olympics, set the record straight on the “kiss cam” controversy, and weighed in on Mitt Romney’s new running mate Rep. Paul Ryan.

“We welcome them to the campaign because as I said, this is a privilege,” she told Jay Leno. ”I hope that he and his family embrace the opportunity, which I know they will, to get out there and meet people in this country.”

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