First lady tells black, Hispanic caucuses: We need you
September 5th, 2012
03:21 PM ET
2 years ago

First lady tells black, Hispanic caucuses: We need you

Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) - The reminder from the first lady needed no additional explanation. "62 days."

As Charlotte woke up to dismal skies and the Democratic National Convention Committee was forced to change venues for Thursday because of forecasted bad weather, the pressure was on as Michelle Obama told excited crowds in separate remarks before the African American Caucus and the Hispanic Caucus that she was tired from her convention speech last night, but that the fight for re-election was urgent.

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Speaking first to the African American Caucus crowd gathered in a large hall at the Charlotte Convention Center Wednesday morning, the first lady thanked the supporters for all their work but warned that the fight wasn't over, saying "we're going to need every single one of you out there."

Obama emphasized the last four years, citing her husband's "wisdom and experience" telling the caucus members "my husband has been an extraordinary president."

In an adjoining meeting room, the Hispanic Caucus crowd still buzzing from last night's keynote address made by the Democratic Party's emerging star, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro.

Dressed in a green shift dress, the first lady implored the audience to "roll up their sleeves" and join the effort to re-nominate her husband, but strayed from her prepared comments when the excited caucus members began yelling out battleground states Obama said were crucial to the president's re-nomination.

"Florida."

"Yes!" the first lady affirmed.

"Ohio!"

"Keep it blue!" Michelle cheered back.

"Nebraska!"

To raucous laughter, the first lady responded "I'm not sure about that one".

In what's been a common theme at both last week's Republican National Convention in Tampa and the DNC this week, women were prominently showcased at both caucus meetings with a solid lineup of leaders including Obama senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, Donna Brazile and Labor Secretary Hilda Solis.

soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Woman In California

    Your're killing them First Lady. They are so mad and envious they can't think straight right now and I love it.

    Julian Castro was magnificient. Marco Rubio doesn't even come close to the class, personality and honesty this man brings. Hispanics as well as all democrats should be proud and support him 100%.

    September 5, 2012 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  2. bb

    Fact Oblunder promised 6 % unemploy=LIE, fact Oblunder promised to cut def in half=LIE ,Fact oblunder said ill close gitmo=LIE How does this lady live with herself knowing her husband is a lying inept non leader, look around things are not better, i dare u to read Oblunder care look at the tax hikes, the hispanics who were working hard to get into this country legally im sure are appauled by this ditz. ask why her man doesnt man up and honor his word ????

    September 5, 2012 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  3. OnceGreatNation

    A council for black education, deferment of deportation for illegal aliens...wonder why the president did that in the last 90 days? Oh thats right, he cares about you(r vote)...Racial divisiveness once again propagated by the left for political gain. Must be the transparency he promised because this is totally and grossly transparent!

    September 5, 2012 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  4. Emily

    I run into people everywhere that say how much they hate Obama. All I can say in return is: "Let's see you do a better job!" Obama and his wife are both remarkable people that have really tried to pull this country out of the proverbial gutter. I can see the generations before us learning of these two remarkable people as pillars of freedom, justice, and loyalty. It's not easy being in a place of power- they're being pulled left and right trying to tend to everyones' wants and needs. In the end, a great president (and let's not forget, First Lady) is determined by his morality and ability to change the world around him for the better. Do not stifle greatness by asking for more than can be given. The people of the United States must change – we can not rely on one man to change things for us. Hard work and dedication will bring us to where we need to be.

    September 5, 2012 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  5. cali girl

    Obama stands for all Americans. Like Michelle also said, no matter what size, color, age, gender, or who you choose to fall in love at the altar.

    September 5, 2012 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  6. myviewis

    Julian Castro was not so magnificent last night, his speech consisted of several pieces of reports but his thoughts said much of nothing. And I looked up FactCheck and it states that the 4 million jobs Castro spoke of were actually jobs regained of the 4.3 million jobs lost since Obama took office, so Obama did not create those jobs.

    September 5, 2012 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  7. kayla

    i can tell by the bloggers a lot of people did not sleep last night, well good luck there will lots more sleepless night when the prez get re-elected.

    September 5, 2012 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  8. betterdays

    "there will lots more sleepless night when the prez get re-elected."

    Kayla, you can say that again. (To the best of your limited ability, anyway.) I'm sure we'll all sleep a little less restfully when faced with another four years of this nonsense.

    September 5, 2012 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |