First lady: This election closer than 2008
July 15th, 2012
03:20 PM ET
2 years ago

First lady: This election closer than 2008

(CNN) - Speaking to supporters at a farm in New York's Hudson Valley on Sunday, first lady Michelle Obama predicted a tighter result in November than the 7-point margin her husband enjoyed over Sen. John McCain in 2008.

"This election will be closer than the last one," Obama said in Pocantico Hills, New York, 30 miles north of Manhattan. "That is the only thing I can guarantee you. So he needs your help. And sitting on the sidelines is simply not an option if we want to keep moving this country forward. Barack needs you to be actively and passionately engaged in this election."

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Obama was speaking to a brunch crowd of about 120 people at the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, which describes itself on its website as "a non-profit farm and education center." Guests paid $1,500 per person for the event.

Among the attendees: actress Vanessa Williams and Stone Barns owner Dan Barber, whom Obama thanked at the beginning of her speech for helping to launch her anti-obesity campaign when President Barack Obama first took office.

Speaking of a meal Barber prepared for the Obamas during the 2008 presidential campaign, the first lady said, "I had never tasted vegetables that were so fresh and so delicious and so simply created."

She continued, "I knew then and there that if, as he put it, if more people understood what good food tastes like, that they would demand it."

Later in her speech, Obama urged supporters to mobilize in support of her husband, saying even residents of solidly blue states like New York could contribute to the Obama effort.

"If things look good where you are, if you're in one of these wonderful states where things are great, then pack a bag. Pack a bag, spend some time in a battleground state like Pennsylvania. I could name a few that are very near, driveable," Obama said.

She said backers could point to the president's support of the American auto industry as a first-term success. While she didn't name her husband's rival, Obama made a reference to presumptive GOP candidate Mitt Romney, who wrote an op-ed in 2008 titled "Let Detroit Go Bankrupt."

"You can also remind people about how so many folks in Washington were telling Barack to let the auto industry go under - I don't know if you remember that," Michelle Obama said Sunday. "With more than a million jobs on the line, they said let it go. But fortunately, Barack had the backs of American workers. He put his faith in the American people, and as a result, the auto industry is back on its feet again."

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soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. rashad

    2008 was not closer 2012 ROMNEY

    July 15, 2012 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  2. Larry L

    People must not forget three facts:

    1. The President inherited the worst recession in 30 years with 8 million jobs lost before he took office

    2. Republicans have worked since day-one to prevent progress and protect only the rich

    3. The President's plans have helped the economy improve regardless of the obstructionist Tea Party

    July 15, 2012 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  3. rashad

    what plans the president's have 0 plans

    July 15, 2012 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  4. T'sah From Virginia

    Such a classy FLOTUS!

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!

    July 15, 2012 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  5. lib

    Don't worry Beautiful Michelle. We got his back! Romney will not win. Hopefully he will have to pay for lying to the American people about his taxes.Obama 2012

    July 15, 2012 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  6. rla

    Obama is toast and by a landslide.... Elections do have consequences and Americans get the leftest elite policies are not what makes America great

    July 15, 2012 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  7. Roy

    Obama and the democrat congress reduced the deficit by 8.6% in fiscal year 2010 from 1.4 to 1.3 trillion. Source: Congressional Budget Office (search "cbo doc11936" for proof). Republicans won the house in Nov 2010 and forced their tax cuts for billionaires on America..now the deficit is projected to rise from 1.3 to 1.5 trillion in FY 2011. (Source: cbo doc12039)

    Republican policies: Failed ‘trickle down’ policies, reckless deregulations with no oversight, allowing Wall Street to concoct Ponzi schemes, the unnecessary Iraq War, tax breaks for rich/millionaires, subsidies for oil companies, unpaid prescriptions plans, etc. slowest job growth in over 50 years. Bush left Obama with a shattered economy, a trillion dollar DEFICIT, and two unfunded wars. If you smash a window and wait 2 weeks for someone else to clean it up, that period of time doesn't erase the fact that you smashed it to begin with. . . . . .When President Obama took office the country was losing approx 800,000 jobs per month, and the Obama Administration turned the job deficit into a job SURPLUS adding more jobs each month. SEE chart-of-the-day-jobs-lost-in-the-bush-and-obama-administration-2010-2 . . . The country and economy is better since President Obama was elected, as evidenced by the recent 27 straight months of JOB growth, 4.3 million created. He also rescued U.S auto industry (GM now #1 worldwide in sales, profitability), but Romney/GOP wanted to block this rescue. America is moving forward with successfully out of the ditch, and it would be ‘suicide’ to go back into the ditch by voting for Republicans with their ALREADY PROVEN FAILED POLICIES, which Romney supports along with the Ryan Budget, which is more extreme – Bush/Cheney policies on STEROIDS. Further, he pledged his allegiance to Grover Norquist (NOT to U.S. citizens) by signing Norquist’s pledge, and 17 out of 25 of Romney‘s close advisors‘ are from the Bush/Cheney team – Republicans, Democrats, and Independents, would be masochists/insane to take the U.S down the DISASTROUS Bush/Cheney path AGAIN – Voters should vote these Obstructionists Republicans (with their failed policies) out of office.

    July 15, 2012 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  8. Four and The Door

    Amazing that she has any hope of reelection. Simply amazing. She needs to get out more. Romney 2012.

    July 15, 2012 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  9. Joan

    I pray that the American people will see that the President really tried hard to work with the Gop. He wanted to work with them in the first 2 years of his election and it backfired. He was trusting enough to think that they would want to work for America. But their agenda was to make him a one time President. We are also to blame we voted them back into congress and they have not moved a finger to help better the economy. Again, they did not want the economy to pick up as
    it would benefit Obama. If we voted them back in power we would be a laughing stack of the
    World.

    July 15, 2012 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  10. Willard-The king for "of-shoring"

    What plans has the flip-floper, except to back the 1%?

    July 15, 2012 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  11. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    FLOTUS, we just need your husband, President Obama for just 4 more years and after that he will be "closer" to you and your kids as you so deserve. 2012 OBAMA, FORWARD.

    July 15, 2012 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  12. Jay

    Obama is a disaster.

    July 15, 2012 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  13. Rebecca H

    A closer election than 2008? If God is good, I certainly hope not. I want this to be an unequivocal, unfalsifiable, uncheatable landslide to turn the Worst President We've Ever Had out of office.

    July 15, 2012 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  14. retiredprosecutor

    @Larry L
    People must not forget a fourth fact that you don't really want to discuss: After three years of making a bad situation worse, Obama cannot possibly run on his record in office.

    July 15, 2012 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  15. Liz the First

    I can't imagine anyone who voted for Obama in '08 actually being dumb enough to think Mittens and the rethugs could possibly be better for the country. let's remember who got us into the mess Obama's been cleaning up and who tried with every fiber of their being to stop him from doing it. it's downright scary thinking how close this race is, it should be a total Obama runaway.

    July 15, 2012 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  16. Sallyrv68

    She is as phony as her eye brows.

    July 15, 2012 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  17. suzy000

    It's time Obama leaves the Presidency. Americans are tired of suffering and Obama has NOT made things better. I was much better off BEFORE Obama and I'm voting for new leadership!

    July 15, 2012 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  18. firstpoppa

    Well of course it will be 'close'. What with states initiating Voter ID laws, and ACORN out of the picture, all those dead folks won't be voting this time around.

    July 15, 2012 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  19. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The president is going to have a hard time winning re-election because of the slow returning economy, large amounts of money from the other side, and the opposition from the other party. That is going to be a hard to over come.

    July 15, 2012 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  20. Core republican Values

    Michelle is so classy.

    July 15, 2012 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  21. Canuck

    rashad, what do you think the Republicans are going to do for you – I'm curious?

    July 15, 2012 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  22. SPE

    Don't worry Michelle, we got no clue. Hopefully you and Barack can continue to lie about anything and everything until this country becomes a third world cesspool.
    BTW; I'll make sure Barack's college transcripts and grades are safe too. Oh, and I won't talk about that patient dumping scheme you enforced when you were the administator at that Chi-town hospital.

    PS; I'm still poor with no future, but your policies will at least make me a proud, permanently poor person with no future.

    Love,

    Useful idiot #3692

    July 15, 2012 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  23. Diane Maree

    If obama plans on winning via the American people, then why does he have to fly off to China to get campaign money? He doesn't stand a chance of winning.

    July 15, 2012 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  24. Paul

    Count me in! Obama 2012

    July 15, 2012 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  25. bill

    Don't worry, lady uhbama. Romney will have it wrapped up long before the polls close in California.

    July 15, 2012 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
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