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. Sheri

    If Obama is elected again to finish what he started whe will all definately be finished!

    June 6, 2012 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  2. looneytoonsindville

    I would be happy to allow her to finish what she started if she would agree to do it from Leavenworth Federal Prison.

    June 6, 2012 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  3. oBUMa

    What, finish what you started..... destroying america?

    June 6, 2012 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  4. Tammy Terrell

    I certainly hope they fail at finishing off America! They have gone a long way towards their goals and I would hope the American people would see the duplicity of this angry black couple who want to right all the perceived wrongs. They are dangerous and need to be exposed for what they are doing to America. Impeach him and make her go out and actually get a job!

    June 6, 2012 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  5. vegaslad

    Golly, Michelle, what's left? Are you still working on your Vacation in every country in the world on the Public's
    Dime effort. You and your Husband need to start packing. OMG = Obama Must Go 2012

    June 6, 2012 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  6. Marty

    She has not traveled all she wants to ,she needs at least 4 more years.

    June 6, 2012 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  7. aeroguy48

    I wanna take more exotic vacations. Is what she is saying.

    June 6, 2012 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  8. vegaslad

    Sorry Michelle, your husband is an Epic Failure, and your plans to vacation in every country in the world (on the public's expense) is over. Please start packing, you'll be moving soon. OMG = Obama Must Go 2012 !

    June 6, 2012 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  9. J Howard

    "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."
    Every single day? Does that include all of his vacation and golf outings?

    June 6, 2012 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  10. Chief544

    Most Americans have learned what the Indonesian and his queen have started and want none of it. This will become apparent in November.

    June 6, 2012 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  11. ems

    She wants the dictatorship for obama and then she can be just like Assad's wife.

    June 6, 2012 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    "....give her husband a "chance to finish what we started"? THAT is EXACTLY what we are all afraid of lady. Hubby can't stop the giveaways(particularly to big contributors) and you can't keep out of our Doctor's offices, kitchens and lunch boxes. You HAVE run out of OTHER PEOPLE'S money.

    June 6, 2012 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  13. Katepatate

    Pennsylvania? Isn't this the same state where Obama said the famous, "They cling to their religion and their guns?" Michelle, there is no way in hell we are going to allow you and your old man finish what you started because we like our country the way it was before you started destroying it.

    June 6, 2012 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  14. JerryinTampa

    I wish she had been more forthcoming about what "she" wants to finish. I believe if the truth be know it would be the complete Socialization of this still great Nation, pushing us closer to the grip of Socialism/Marxism. No thanks Michelle, get those bags packed because you are leaving next January and that can't get here soon enough. Take a couple more Multi Million Dollar vacations while you still have the chance! I think you might love Cuba.

    June 6, 2012 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  15. just say no to O

    please stop...you have done enough...hope left town a long time ago and all i have is change (in my pocket)

    June 6, 2012 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  16. brassia

    She wants to finish off what they had started! That is precisely what we are fighting to prevent- finishing off the USA and turning it into 3rd world country .

    June 6, 2012 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  17. John P

    Scary! Finish what yopu started??/ My God!! Stop!

    June 6, 2012 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  18. JuanV

    "Finish what we started"? Thanks for the warning. Obama is the worst thing to happen to the United States since the Civil War.

    June 6, 2012 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  19. c smith

    " because that is what he has been doing every single day in the Oval Office as President of the United States. "
    Other than when he's out playing golf (over a hundred rounds) and out fundraising more than any other president in History

    June 6, 2012 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  20. zombietimeshare

    "...help give her husband a "chance to finish what we started.""

    The complete destruction of the US independent business sector? Turning the US into a worldwide laughingstock? Nationalization of large swaths of the economy? Hollowing out and demoralizing the military? Massively accelerating the growth of the government sector—especially the unions? The destruction of the dollar? Selling out US missile security to the Russians? The destruction of the US oil, gas and coal industries?

    Exactly what is it they wish to finish? And why should anyone let them?

    June 6, 2012 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  21. Redteam

    Finish what they started? what, she hasn't had enough vacations at taxpayer expense? She hasn't finished her diets?
    He hasn't fininshed bankrupting the country? Hasn't played enough golf. Give them permanent vacations

    June 6, 2012 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  22. Rasputin

    If they finish what they started, the only thing that will be finished is the country. Four more years of these people would be disastrous.

    June 6, 2012 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  23. Yoshinkan

    Give your husband a chance to finish destroying us as a nation? Sure.

    June 6, 2012 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  24. Jeremy Bender

    Yes, we need to finnish what we started. We must bankrupt this country and make it a banana republic like Cuba where everybody is equally poor.

    June 6, 2012 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  25. roadside

    That right, finish destroying every non union job in America. Destroy the middleclass likr Alindky said had to be done before a socialist dictatorship could establish a worker's paradise in the once greatest nation on earth.

    June 6, 2012 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
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