Although Pennsylvania was a big victory for Obama in 2008, Romney is still hoping to win the Keystone State this time around, and so the more popular Obama, First Lady Michelle, spoke at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia Tuesday.
Hundreds of people, bearing Obama for President signs, posters and even T-shirts, gathered in throngs around the center, waiting for hours to hear Michelle speak.
However, before Michelle was introduced, prominent Pennsylvania Democrats such as District Attorney Seth Williams, Attorney General hopeful Kathleen Kane and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, took to the podium to discuss the significance of re-electing President Obama in the fall.
“Now as I was preparing to give remarks today, my staff asked me if I needed talking points as to why we need to re-elect President Obama. Do you think I need talking points? Do you need talking points?” District Attorney Williams asked the crowd.
When it was finally Michelle’s turn to speak, she explained to an enthusiastic crowd of supporters and campaign volunteers what was at stake in November’s election.
“I know that there is a reason why all of us are here today. And it’s not just because we all support one extraordinary man (and I have to admit I’m a little biased about our President). And it’s not just because we want to win an election, which we do. We’re doing this because of the values we believe in. We’re doing this because of the vision for this country that we all share.“
During her speech, she used much of the same campaign vocabulary used in previous press conferences, including:
“We believe that everyone should do their fair share and play by the same rules.”
She also emphasized the usual accomplishments of the Obama administration, but she didn’t attack Obama’s opponent, Romney; rather, she asked the crowd to “remind” voters of her husband’s achievements over the past 27 months: millions of new jobs, the success of the automobile industry, better healthcare coverage and tax breaks for the middle class.
She further asked the crowd to remind voters of Obama’s support for equal pay for women, the DREAM Act and troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, because these issues are at the heart of the election.
“But we also need to make sure that people know that all of this – and so much more – is at stake this November. It’s all at stake. And in the end, it all boils down to one simple question: Will we continue the change we’ve begun and the progress we’ve made, or will we allow everything we’ve fought for to just slip away? No, we know what we need to do, right?”
According to First Lady, voters need to help the president by registering voters. filling out commit-to-vote cards and sending them to BarackObama.com, because “it could all come down to those last few thousand people we help get to the polls on November the 6th.”
“I have said this before and I will say it again, and again, and again – he cannot do this alone.”
To conclude, Michelle asked of her supporters: Are you in? Are you ready for this? Are you ready to do the work? Are you ready to roll up your sleeves? Are you ready to fight for our children?
The crowd answered Michelle with the same fervor and passion they had shown throughout her speech, responding with variations of “Yes!” “You got that right!” and “We’ve got your back!”