First lady to North Carolinians: Volunteer your way to the convention
August 1st, 2012
05:13 PM ET
2 years ago

First lady to North Carolinians: Volunteer your way to the convention

Washington (CNN)– In an effort to motivate North Carolina's Obama supporters, the first lady announced a new initiative Wednesday designed to recruit volunteers for the president's campaign by rewarding them with tickets to his Democratic National Convention speech.

President Obama is to deliver his acceptance speech on Thursday, September 6 at the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte. The home to the National Football League's Carolina Panthers can seat up to 73,778 and will be the largest venue to hold such an event in nearly 50 years, since John F. Kennedy made his acceptance speech at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in 1960.

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Michelle Obama announced the "9-3-1 Pledge" while campaigning for her husband in Greensboro, North Carolina. Completion of 3 shifts, totaling nine volunteer hours, campaigners are "guaranteed a seat at the convention to watch the President" give his speech.

The Time Warner Cable Arena will host the convention on September 4 and 5, seating more than 20,200. The ceremonies however will close at the Bank of America Stadium.

With the convention expecting an average of 6,000 delegates, there is plenty of room for guests to watch the president's acceptance speech. Although the convention is normally open to media, elected officials, and delegates, the campaign is allowing the North Carolina community to view the acceptance speech based on credentials to be announced closer to the kickoff. The stadium is the largest venue in five decades to host the president's acceptance speech, larger than the Denver Bronco's home, the Denver Mile High Stadium, where he accepted the nomination in 2008.

Shifts include phone calls, registering voters, and door-to-door campaigning in North Carolina cities including Charlotte, Gastonia, and Huntersville, and Rock Hill, South Carolina.

Along with the incentive, Michelle highlighted the importance of voting with the new "It Takes One" initiative, encouraging voters to volunteer to campaign for the presidential elections because "this election will be even closer than the last."

"I have said this before, and I will say it again, he cannot do it alone," the First Lady said. "That was never the promise."

Michelle Obama will be opening the convention on Tuesday, September 4 with San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro. Former President Bill Clinton will give his nomination speech for Obama on September 5. The convention will conclude with Vice President Joe Biden speaking before the President on Thursday, September 6.


Filed under: 2012 • DNC • Michelle Obama • North Carolina • President Obama
soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. THE truth

    Wow. Sounds like their getting desperate to me.

    August 1, 2012 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  2. will never vote Republician again

    The BEST FLOTUS ever!

    August 1, 2012 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  3. Ed1

    Romney is behind for one reason only our liberal press will not say anything negative about their King Obama who has never done anything wrong what a joke.

    It's always blame someone else for Obama's failure we as tax payers can't afford four more years of him and his out of control spending party.

    August 1, 2012 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  4. Ed1

    Best FLOTUS ever really what are you smoking or drinking. Best ever of spending our tax dollars on her friends and family.

    People wake up and put the Crack Pipe done only trouble ahead if Obama is elected for four more years.

    If there was a way I would get out of North Carolina for the next two months bad enough with all the ads Obama is running more lies and that's a fact.

    August 1, 2012 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    "Wow. Sounds like their getting desperate to me."

    Haha...sounds like the Teatrolls are jelly. You jelly, bra? Let us know when Mittens manages to even fill the loge section of a stadium. kthxbye

    August 1, 2012 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  6. Thats a waste of time

    @Ed1– Is the new and latest email from the rnc reminding everyone that when you candidate is losing.. blame the press? Maybe it also mentions calling the press by school yard names like the "lamestream media" because that makes all of you sound like responsible adults?
    Maybe someday you will actually read all articles and watch more broadcast to realize for yourself that what you just posted is pure bs... but hey, you have a loser for a candidate, and don't want to blame that fact on the republicans who voted him as your candidate.. so blame the press. LOL

    August 1, 2012 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  7. ThinkAgain

    @THE truth: "Wow. Sounds like their getting desperate to me."

    Two things:

    1) It's "they're," not "their".
    2) You're (not "your") just jealous that our candidate attracts real people, as opposed to the faux-peeps (aka, corporations) that want Mittens to be their lap dog.

    Obama/Biden 2012 = The only sane choice

    August 1, 2012 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  8. ThinkAgain

    You rock, FLOTUS! And to all you Obama-haters, please explain to me what's wrong with 27 straight months of private sector job growth and having the stones to STOP lying to the American people by putting the cost of Bush's wars on the books?

    Quit living in the fantasy-land of trickle-down economics and magically turning our economy around in three years by giving more tax cuts to the rich!

    And while you're at it, turn off FOX!

    August 1, 2012 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  9. Free Man in the Republic of Texas

    Hey Y'all...

    FREE FOOD
    No work required.

    August 1, 2012 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  10. gt

    to many chick fi le cathy supporters ...try vermont ....

    August 1, 2012 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  11. Name

    Hey Ed1 you got it wrong two faced say anything Romney will say anything AMD try to walk it back when the press is doing it's job and hold the lire to it.

    August 1, 2012 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  12. Wake up people

    Best POTUS and FLOTUS EVER!

    Elect Robmey and we will all be little more than slaves.

    OBAMA 2012!

    August 1, 2012 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  13. kayla

    barbara bush best FIRST LADY EVER, ROTFL

    August 1, 2012 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  14. WiredweirdinSF

    She could stop traveling so much to the jet set sites and spending millions of our tax dollars and maybe that would help.

    August 1, 2012 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  15. Myviewis

    I thought Obama had North Carolina in his pocket? Aren't North Carolinians happy with their 9.4 unemployment rate? I think they are still under Obama's charm and promises from 2008 campaign so I'm sure they'll vote for him again.

    August 1, 2012 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  16. 97 Days until Obama is RE-ELECTED

    @Ed1 – Best FLOTUS ever really what are you smoking or drinking. Best ever of spending our tax dollars on her friends and family.
    -------------------------–
    Ed, you're on a roll here today dude. Your trolling capacity is exceeded only by myview is and that loser THROWN who keep changing his handle but keep on spouting that same ole Faux Noise propaganda you lemmings have been indoctrinated with.
    Should we count up the SIXTY (60) trips that Dubya took to Crawford in the last 2 years of his EIGHT disastrous years in office. He took ONLY TWO official "state visit" trips (per State Dept.) during that time, yet made FORTY-SEVEN (47) overseas trips at TAXPAYER EXPENSE!!. Laura Bush did not REPRESENT the US at NEITHER the 04 or 08 Olympics.
    Where's you spoutrage on that ????

    August 1, 2012 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  17. Reggiedw

    The Obamas always seem to be begging for something. It is always that they want and they are never giving to the American people. Remember her saying that this was the first time she was ever proud of America and that was because her husband was running to be the president. I imagine if he had not won then she would still be hating on America.

    August 1, 2012 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  18. Myviewis

    ThinkAgain

    You rock, FLOTUS! And to all you Obama-haters, please explain to me what's wrong with 27 straight months of private sector job growth and having the stones to STOP lying to the American people by putting the cost of Bush's wars on the books?

    Quit living in the fantasy-land of trickle-down economics and magically turning our economy around in three years by giving more tax cuts to the rich!

    And while you're at it, turn off FOX!
    ---------------------------

    Are you talking about the $44 million in bonuses the GSA employees received and were kept a secret as per the article in the Huffington Post? 1 employee received $79,000 bonus and 1 employee received $115,000 in overtime pay. Oh yeah, government employment is sure paying better than private sector employment.

    August 1, 2012 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  19. Steve- Illinois

    Ha, ha, ha that's a good one! They need somebody in the stadium since most dem politicians are steering clear of the place! Are they still calling it Mustang Stadium to appease the 99%'ers?????LOL!!!!

    August 1, 2012 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  20. Morgan Hill

    We all know that the only reason the unemployment rate is still high is all due to the Republicans in Congress. They're a bunch of hypocrits that want the economy to look real bad so that President Obama can also look bad. They will bring America down just so President Obama doesn't get elected. They are a bunch of arrogant, greedy, slimy crooks, just like their candidate, the rommoney. Obama will get re-elected and our precious country will again see prosperity for all, just like our President wants. He governs with an OPEN HEART & AN OPEN MIND. He is a people person, not like the elitist rommoney. Rommoney is a disgrace to the US.

    August 1, 2012 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  21. Susan in NC

    Obama Cares!

    August 1, 2012 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  22. Name

    @ Kayla YOU wish!!!!! Just ask the folks I New Orleans when the storm hit and what she said about them PLEASE!!!! I bet most of you right wings are poor. Guess the high class right wing do not care about you LOL!!!!!! How do that red drink taste.....

    August 1, 2012 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  23. Cj

    North Carolina = 9.4 unemployment

    August 1, 2012 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  24. v4865

    Can me all just GET along

    August 1, 2012 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  25. Nonpartisan American First

    News flash to all of you haters: The DNC has over 10,000 volunteers to help with the Convention in Charlotte. Volunteer registration was closed on Monday because all volunteer slots are filled. This does not sound like desperation to me. Charlotte has over 700,000 people and is a progressive city with residents from many countries. The people are educated in Charlotte and think for themselves. President Obama beat McCain in Charlotte in 2008. Need I say more.

    August 1, 2012 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
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