October 20th, 2010
08:49 AM ET
12 years ago

First couple: get 'fired up'

(CNN) - The first couple wants your help on Election Day. In their first video since the 2008 election, "Barack and Michelle" call on supporters to "stay fired up all the way to November 2nd."

"Each of you can make a difference. We've seen it before, we know we can do it again," the first lady says.

"There's no more important time to be out there knocking on doors, making phone calls and helping voters get to the polls," President Obama says.

In the over one-minute-long online video, the two use a casual tone and invoke rhetoric from the 2008 campaign.

"If you step up to the plate, then together we can continue to move this country forward," the president says.

Michelle signs off saying, "see ya."

Filed under: 2010 • Michelle Obama • President Obama
soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. vegas01

    Translation: Don't be blaming us, if the election doesn't go well for Dems. Still no sense of accountability for acting in direct opposition to the voice of the American People.
    Perhaps, in two years we can give Michelle a new reason to say, "see ya."

    October 20, 2010 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  2. Monster Zero

    That's great, cause in 2012 they're just going to get fired!

    October 20, 2010 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  3. Wilder Napalm

    Oh we will be making a difference come November 2nd you can count on that.

    October 20, 2010 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  4. stufit

    Don't you just love the smell of liberal desperation?

    October 20, 2010 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  5. Dan Wyke

    Keep trying guys, we don't like being lied to. The only change that happened was bad change.

    October 20, 2010 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  6. cassie

    I'm afraid the fire has burned pretty low for enthusiastic turnout. You can blame the populace, or you can accept that perhaps you are not doing what they hoped you would. In other words, if the voters are planning to stay home or vote "no", then the policy agenda needs revamping.

    October 20, 2010 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  7. makinwaves

    Just like he "steps up to the plate" with George Soros. Maybe if the Pres. "had a mind of his own" more people would stand up to the plate. But like the distinguished professor Marc Lamont Hill stated last night (on Larry King), "The President & democratic leadership have become the face of socialism."

    You could have knocked me over with a feather when I heard a democratic politician state that the Presidents basic problem, was that he listened to "too many white people in the WH". That we needed more people of color in the WH for him to follow.

    Where does the Presidents Leadership/or the lack of it.... fit into this equation?

    October 20, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  8. U.S. Common Sense

    I think the people are fired up ... but not in support of the Obama administration.

    October 20, 2010 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  9. ChumBucket

    Amos and Andy in the White House...

    I guess I have G. Bush to thank for this.

    October 20, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  10. ThinkAgain

    I'm fired up and ready to go! Received my vote-by-mail ballot yesterday and have already made my candidate selections. Just need to review the ballot measures and pop it in the mail!

    Just remember, folks: There are more registered Democrats in this country than Republicans.

    All us Dems have to do to keep moving our country forward is get out and VOTE!

    October 20, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  11. chris

    Its over democrats, give it up!

    October 20, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  12. stevegee

    With over 10% unemployment, the Obamas rallying cry should be "Get fired!" On November 2nd, vote for the American principles of freedom and liberty, vote for a free market economy, vote conservative, vote Republican.

    October 20, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  13. Mark

    Have the Obama's ever stopped campaigning and started to govern this country? Maybe if they had focused on what they were elected to do they wouldn't be in this position. The Hope message is now gone. The Change we got is not what we wanted ... high unemployment, corporate takeovers, corporate bailouts, ineffective stimulus, disastrous Obamacare ..........

    Hey Hillary, hit that reset button of yours on this Presidency! We need it.

    October 20, 2010 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  14. HarvardLawReview

    You had me up until the "fired" part. The "Up" was a huge let down!!

    October 20, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  15. SecondTime

    'See ya." Yeah – too bad it's not presidential elections this year cause then you would hear a resounding "SEE YA" coming from the nation as we boot your butts out of the white house.

    October 20, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  16. SecondTime

    NOPE. We won't make that mistake again – and you can take that to the bank.

    October 20, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  17. jules sand-perkins

    Somebody needs to let the First Couple know that they are not just fired up: they are Fired.

    October 20, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |

    Unlike this photo of the first couple, YES, we are VERY "fired up"! Unfortunately for Dems, this means FIRING most of their liberal, corrupt and incompetent incumbents (which is basically all of their candidates)...

    October 20, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  19. LT

    Michelle needs to get used to saying that. She will be signing off with the same phrase in 2012.

    October 20, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  20. Four and The Door

    "If you step up to the plate, then together we can continue to move this country forward," the president says.
    I agree with his message. We CAN move this country forward instead of backward. I cast my votes early for every Republican candidate I could find on the ballot.

    October 20, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  21. willard bullock

    I was vote for presdiient obama 2008 but Just I want to change my mind that I want to be vote for repbluic an 2012 cause obama are still weak of his presdient

    October 20, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  22. Lynda/Minnesota

    There might be some surprises, come Nov 3. Although I am not in Bachmann's 6th District, I have been keeping an eye on her opponent, Tarryl Clark. While Bachmann has almost entirely ignored her constituents, including those who are suffering through foreclosures and job outsourcing, Clark has been hitting the streets for months. Bachmann throws in an occasional Tarryl Clark is a Tax and Spend Liberal ad, but she refuses to debate Clark, hoping the anti-Obama rhetoric will get her re-elected. This has been typical of many districts throughout the country. Many members of my family are Republican. Not one of them have yet been contacted by their LOCAL Republican Party members. This disdain for doing the hard work is showing up in polls here in Minnesota. If these Republicans can't be bothered with the door to door minutia, I doubt they can be trusted to even begin to understand the dilemmas facing those whom they should be reaching out to, and aren't. Somehow, I don't think inundating those suffering the most with campaign ads is sending a *I care* message. Quite the contrary.

    October 20, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |