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Michelle Obama to visit Miami next week

First Lady Michelle Obama will be in Orlando and Miami next week, campaigning on her husband's behalf. It's one of many trips to Florida recently by either the First Lady, the president or the vice president. Michelle Obama will be back on Tuesday.

The women in President Barack Obama's life have a big role, and that includes his daughters. He and Michelle Obama fiercely protect the private lives of their daughters, Sasha and Malia. But the girls – ages 13 and 11 – increasingly are making public appearances: starring in remarks by their father, appearing in a campaign video celebrating Father’s Day and now in a campaign ad that's airing in seven battleground states.

They've been used to "personalize his image and his thinking on a range of public policy issues, from explaining why he placed a phone call to a college student assailed by radio talker Rush Limbaugh to his decision to support gay marriage," writes McClatchy's Lesley Clark.