Michelle Obama fires up crowd in Philly
June 6th, 2012
06:55 PM ET
11 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. Rich

    You want America to give your husband a chance to finish what he started. Why not finish your sentance by adding "finish off America" which has been you and your husbands intent from the gitgo. You two are the only people that don't know the word [ineptocracy], a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.
    the word was coined to describe our currant president.
    If you love your country, which very few people think you do, you will move on come November and do us all a huge favor.

    June 6, 2012 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  2. clarifyit

    If this passes as inspiring then keep it coming. Words can't begin to descibe the vacous and meaningless rhetoric she speaks.

    June 6, 2012 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  3. rjberg

    Who is Michelle Obama trying to kid?. Your husband is a Carter clone and Carter even looks good at this point in your husband's presidency. Tend to your garden? Both of you are losers.

    June 6, 2012 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  4. art

    She just wants to finish more vacations at the taxpayers expense.

    June 6, 2012 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  5. JJ

    Um she should look at reality, in that the economy is not improving but getting worse due to her husband's inability to understand how to create jobs, and that the "healthcare reform" is a disaster, but other than that he's doing great!

    June 6, 2012 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  6. JamesOnThePotomac

    Let me think about that.....................No, you and your husband have failed. Its time to go home.

    June 6, 2012 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  7. Red

    Give him a "chance to finish what he's started!" Is she nuts, or better yet, are American voters nuts to even consider "giving him a chance!" He has damn near destroyed our country and if he gets 4 more years he'll finish the job. Wake up America and look at what he's done to us, DO NOT give him another term! Please!

    June 6, 2012 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  8. Drubadubdub

    Funny I didn't see the POTUS "stand up for what he believes in" these past few weeks in Wisconsin. How anyone can believe anything POTUS or FLOTUS say is truly amazing.

    June 6, 2012 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  9. milo

    The Hispanics do not believe in Obama anymore. Obama has not kept his promises to the people. He only supports Hollywood Stars and his family and business and that's it. Bush did more for the people like released the Federal oil reserve and gave tax breaks to the people and helped the USA military. Obama will be a 1 term president. USA has to go forward to progress for the people. Obama did not work. Its time to change guard of the people. Michele's vacation will cease after Obama's first term ceases. The majority of Hispanics will vote for Romney and yes we the Hispanics will like Rubio to be vice president to Romney. Axelrod is not Hispanic and does not know what he is talking about.

    June 6, 2012 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  10. susanna king

    I dont think the taxpayer can atand much of the Obamas

    June 6, 2012 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  11. Gotham

    Obama continues the madness of Bush, and Romney will continue the madness of Obama. No one will learn from history, and our nation will fade into history, its citizens too brain dead to care.

    June 6, 2012 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  12. Lou Ellen Brown

    And when the wheels fall off the bus that all of the unnecessary baggage (read people who po-d his excellency) had been thrown under, the dethroned king and queens of destruction will just fit under there too. I long to see that story on MSNBC...no, wait, they won't tell it. I will hear on the radio. That's the ticket....

    June 6, 2012 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  13. Pounce Kitty

    People who like Obama have no self-respect. They just want someone else to bail them out. They just blame someone else for their problems. They refuse to accept personal responsibility. They're like Obama.

    June 6, 2012 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  14. G Washington

    OMG–let's HOPE THEY DON'T FINISH what they started (the economic downfall and socialism of America!

    June 6, 2012 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  15. Wild Bill

    America is still standing....please give my husband more time to finish her off. If we work together, we can become Greece, and all retire at 40 with a million dollars of other people's money....yes we can!

    June 6, 2012 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  16. Jack Anderson

    "Finish the work we started." That's right, a few people still have jobs.

    June 6, 2012 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  17. Wot?

    ...that is what he has been doing every single day in the Oval Office.......

    June 6, 2012 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  18. ZudZ

    Uh-huh. She needs to convince the people in Philly? They'll vote for her racist hubby even if he revealed he is Satan himself! Which, by the way, isn't too far of a stretch.

    June 6, 2012 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  19. Maud StJames

    Of course they want a chance to finish what they've started – they have finished destroying all that is good in America yet. They haven't turned us into a socialist nation of mindless serfs yet. They haven't finished funneling enough taxpayer money into their pockets and those of their cronies. Please God that they never get a chance to finish what they started!

    June 6, 2012 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  20. Championhr

    "chance to finish what we started." Bhwhaaahaaa! Yo mean like finish destroying he country?

    June 6, 2012 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  21. Larry L

    I wish this wonderful lady could look right at the crowd and tell them the hard truth about the Republican obstructionism, the Tea Party attempts to create failure for political gain, and the hateful behavior the Obamas have endured from racist "birthers". She continues to take the high road as the right-wing continue to ridicule attempts to change America for the good of all of our people. Most of them claim to be Christians.

    June 7, 2012 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
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