Michelle Obama fires up crowd in Philly
June 6th, 2012
06:55 PM ET
3 years ago

Michelle Obama fires up crowd in Philly

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (CNN) – First lady Michelle Obama rallied supporters in this must-win state Wednesday, imploring the energetic crowd to help give her husband a "chance to finish what we started."

Touting the passage of health care reform, the improving economy and the withdrawal of troops in Iraq as examples or her husband's achievements in office, Obama told the crowd to " make sure that people know that all of this - and so much more - is at stake this November."

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"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?" she said.

Predicting a close race, Obama told the crowd her husband "can't do this alone."

But, she argued, the president has demonstrated that he will fight for his beliefs.

"When we need a leader to make the hard decisions to keep this country moving forward, you know you can count on my husband, your president, because that is what he has been doing every single day in the Oval Office as President of the United States. "

The first lady – fresh off a publicity tour to promote her new book on gardening – will continue campaigning for her husband Thursday with a rally in Virginia and a private fundraiser in Washington, DC.

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Filed under: 2012 • Michelle Obama • Pennsylvania • President Obama
soundoff (271 Responses)
  1. Anonymous

    "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?

    Hopefully it won't just "slip away". Hopefully it will be stopped and reversed.

    June 6, 2012 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  2. Bob

    Finish what they started? 8+% unemployment, $5 trillion more in debt, blacks set against whites, poor against rich, men against women, spporters and unions getting gigantic paybacks, the rest of the nation crumbling ... if they "finish what they started" we aren't gonna have much of an America left.

    June 6, 2012 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  3. sdfa

    Here's hoping that never happens

    June 6, 2012 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  4. Bill E Bob

    Finish what she started? Cool! That compels us to discuss Obama's record.

    June 6, 2012 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  5. Gary Blackall

    Yeah Finish the Country Off.

    June 6, 2012 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    Oh great, the Obamas want to finish dividing the country, causing it to go bankrupt, and putting in place a destructive Obamacare. They want to finish destroying the country as we know it in order to create a socialistic nanny state. I, for one, do NOT want them to finish their destruction.

    June 6, 2012 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  7. Heatseeker2011

    The technical term for re-electing Obama is "bayoneting the survivors."

    June 6, 2012 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  8. Thom

    Lenin could not transform Russia alone either. What they want to finish is the transformation of America into a quasi-third-world country where there is a ruling elite and everyone else where the collective misery is equally shared and freedom is but a distant memory.

    June 6, 2012 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  9. joe schmoe

    please god no!!! we do not want you to finish anything..... we want you and Obama OUT NOW!!

    June 6, 2012 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  10. Ava Girl

    We cannot afford to let you finish what you started or there will be nothing left to build upon.

    June 6, 2012 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  11. wes

    yes, as if he has not damaged this country enough now he wants a chance to completely destroy the country

    June 6, 2012 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  12. Hiram Davis

    "A chance to finish what we've started." That is the most frightening statement I've heard in a very long time.

    June 6, 2012 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  13. Derf

    Trying hard to come up with a couple things that he is responsible that would be considered an improvement government health care sure isn't one, staggering national dept, set the country back 50 years on race relations' just can't come up with anything.

    June 6, 2012 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  14. hiway280z

    GOD, please don't let them finish what they started. If they do it will be time for you to step in as promised and end all this madness.

    June 6, 2012 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  15. hiway280z

    GOD please do not let them finish what they have started.

    June 6, 2012 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  16. Bob Forsberg

    "chance to finish what we started."? Hope not!

    June 6, 2012 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  17. Grager

    Your husband is an ineffective president and has finished off the destruction he says Bush started.. He thinks he is above us all and unaccountable. Romney will be more accountable so I will vote for the new liar for the next 4 years. Your husband has packed 8 years of lies into less than one term! Go away. Take another vacation....on me.

    June 6, 2012 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  18. Ed

    Good God, no, we aren't going to let these two "finish what we started". She must be delusional.

    June 6, 2012 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  19. Jessica Brown

    If by "finish what she started" she means the debacle of the U.S., no thank you.

    June 6, 2012 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  20. Mark of the Wild West

    "chance to finish what we started." , like a new world record for vacations and expensive parties at the White House?

    June 6, 2012 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  21. Golfendude

    NO NO NO.... The American people will finish you off on NOV 6th .... Please just go away!

    June 6, 2012 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  22. casey

    Sorry Michele, we cannot afford to give you any more chances; unfortunately we believed your husband and he, as was said by a smart Congressman, lies and has been lying for 3 years. If he would tell the truth people might start to listen, but we think he does not know how to tell the truth or answer questions about his past or specifics about you.

    June 6, 2012 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  23. Mark

    finish what you started? you mean the complete destruction of America? sorry hon, not this time around.

    June 6, 2012 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  24. Sammythebu11

    Finish destroying the united states? no thanks....

    June 6, 2012 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  25. jim higbeehigbeejim@yahoo.com

    If this jerk finished what he's started, America will be a 3rd rate country! Wake up America!

    June 6, 2012 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
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