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

    LETTING THEM FINISH US OFF is exactly what we're trying to avoid. This Socialist got everything he wanted and what did it get us these last 3 years? Record unemployment, record food stamps given, Socialist health care nobody wants or can afford, record gasoline prices, record foreclosures, foreign allies hating us now, weak defense with our nuclear capabilities diminished, and a president without a clue about how private sector jobs are created.

    Do you really want 4 more years of this mess? Aren't you sad seeing your kids paying off the trillions of newly created debt?

    Help them out and help yourself. Let's vote in a candidate with a real PLAN, a course of action. Look at what Scott Walker did.

    Let's take it national.

    June 6, 2012 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  2. sarge

    "Finish what we started" ! That's what I'm afraid of ! Oh Oh is that the FBI at my door?

    June 6, 2012 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  3. RM Edaps

    Finish what? Expanding the ballooning yearly deficit? Expanding government dependency? More food stamps? Increasing restrictions on oil and coal? Finish expanding taxes on the only people paying taxes to your idea of their "fair share", while requiring nothing from those who pay no share? Finish NASA's space program so they can make muslims feel good about themselves? Finish the Fast and Furious scam? Finish attacking those who want to protect the USA's borders?

    June 6, 2012 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  4. thsldu

    Michele Obama is one delusional lady if she thinks that her husbands communist ideology is what we the people want!!!!!!!!!!

    June 6, 2012 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  5. playrighter

    If you check the daily White House schedule, about the only hard decisions he's been making lately are which fundraiser to attend and which photo ops to create - and whether or not to start his day before 9:30 AM.

    June 6, 2012 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  6. 1shotoffers

    WOW....they just get more delusional every day! Achievements?? Economy is improving?

    June 6, 2012 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  7. Chuck

    To transform Americal into a third world country is what she means. Just wonder when the country is suffering, people out of work, how Michelle can take so many expense vacations on the taxpayer dime. Maybe if she wants to share the wealth she could give us some of her $10 million dollars. Funny how much one family can make in 3.5 years.

    June 6, 2012 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  8. Marinaman

    I believe Obama has finished and it's all over but the death march of this failed administration!

    June 6, 2012 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  9. mairead91

    Oh, please, Michelle. If we allow you "to finish what [you] started," we will end up the newest Third World Country. Your husband has taken a downturn in the economy and created an economic tsunami. We need an administration that knows how to turn the economy around and reduce our Obama-bloated deficit. The Presidency is not an on-the-job learning experience. Please call Mayflower and start packing - but only your own personal items.

    June 6, 2012 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  10. Vote Loud

    Perhaps Ted Fonda and company should register an a Democratic Political Action Committee!

    Then they could at least be honest with Americans!

    June 6, 2012 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  11. agNau

    Will you and Barrack continue doing things like this that "help" our country?:

    What about more pat down's from the TSA? Or radiation scanners?
    What about allowing common crooks to steal US citizens money like John Corzine did with MF Global?
    What about allowing the banks to roll their toxic mortgages onto Freddie&Fannie's books, and onto the US Citizen?
    What about Bank of America moving $50Trillion of derivativesunder the FDIC umbrella, and onto the backs of the US citizen?
    What about signing the NDAA, and allowing the military to detain WITHOUT RIGHTS US citizens?
    What about pushing interest rates to zero, and keeping them there for years which destroys capital for business, which destroys business?
    What about printing massive amounts of money to buy OUR OWN BONDS BECAUSE NO ONE ELSE WILL?
    Need I continue to explain why there is no one with a brain in charge?

    June 6, 2012 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  12. JAHC

    If Obama and Michelle are allowed to finish what they started-they will indeed finish the United States of America

    June 6, 2012 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  13. Baroccoliobama

    "Finish what they started?" What, destroying the country?

    June 6, 2012 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  14. FreedomFighter

    a "chance to finish what we started." ???

    What, completely destroy America??

    what happened to our country??!

    June 6, 2012 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  15. agNau

    The largest money laundering operation in history run with the help of the Obama administration.
    MarketWire April 23, 2012
    Spire Law and class action lawsuit names All major banks, and a compliant Obama administration both working to steal $Billions from US citizens. Check the article out at MarketWire. The Obama administration violated the patriot act, and banking laws to the extreme while encouraging loan refinancing.
    Yeah Michelle, four more years of this is what we want!!!!!

    June 6, 2012 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  16. peterike

    If Obama gets to finish what he started, then we're all doomed.

    June 6, 2012 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  17. shep5557

    Never in a million years would I let you and your husband have another "chance to finish..." the destruction of this country. You must think all Americans are as stupid as Chicagoans.

    June 6, 2012 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  18. Really?

    "chance to finish what we started"
    The destruction of the U.S.A.

    June 6, 2012 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  19. Connie in Kansas

    Michelle- we need a leader to make the hard decisions but that leader isn't your husband.

    June 6, 2012 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  20. Marc Dantonio

    Michelle says: "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?"

    That is the dilemma that every Marxist asks his/herself when it becomes clear that their philosophy and methodologies have failed. And here Michelle and Obama the mighty HIMself have begun to see the writing on the wall that they themselves built between them and the American people.

    June 6, 2012 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  21. Mike

    Chance to finish what, another 30 vacations?

    June 6, 2012 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  22. sh

    M O wants to complete the socialist manifesto. Just what we need more of. Less Liberty.

    June 6, 2012 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  23. echo`

    Wow, it's like they had no time left after all the multi-million dollar vacations and endless golf games. Then again the unending campaign fundraisers take lots of time too, then the parties with celebrities, the chefs flown in, the bump and grind partners. Yeah, Michele Obama it isn't going to happen.

    June 6, 2012 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  24. Paul Meers

    The First Lady simply wants four more years to travel alone and with her children to enhance their education – just like Chelsea saw the Great Wall, Taj Mahal, Africa and elsewhere. Sorry, but you are outta here, to be followed by another wing-nut family of takers.

    June 6, 2012 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  25. jasonn13

    "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."

    God help us.

    June 6, 2012 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
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