Michelle Obama, Kelly Smith

Michelle Obama sits on a panel with Capt. Kelly Smith, National Guard aircraft commander, as Smith's pilot sister appears via Skype from Afghanistan. (Mark Boster, Los Angeles Times)


In one of her first political stops since her husband announced his reelection bid, First Lady Michelle Obama hit the campaign fundraising circuit in Southern California on Monday and also pleaded with the entertainment industry to bring the story of military families to the big and small screens.

At a $1,000-per-person lunchtime fundraiser in Pasadena, she lauded President Obama's accomplishments.