Michelle Obama fires up crowd in Philly
June 6th, 2012
06:55 PM ET
10 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. hingie68

    He didn't get my vote last time and will not in November. Down with the obama regime.

    June 6, 2012 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  2. Reds

    Let's give Obama a real shot at killing off the American middle class!!!!

    What hasn't Obama lied about?

    June 6, 2012 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  3. Bundarules

    Ummm NO...we do NOT want them to finish what they started. They have attempted to destroy our free market society and replace it with socialism...

    June 6, 2012 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  4. freddy

    vote for those two and destroy America

    June 6, 2012 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  5. Marty Howe

    I honestly feel sorry for the dim bulbs who are buying what the Obamas are selling.

    June 6, 2012 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  6. Lou Chris

    Michelle: "We haven't finished destroying freedom and liberty in this country. We need four more years. After that there won't be any reason for elections."

    June 6, 2012 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  7. Kelly

    This is our chance to finish off the economy for good! Join me and Barack as we shove through Cap'n Trade and kill the coal industry, sending the price of energy into the stratosphere!

    Next I'll REALLY go crazy spying on what you eat, and fining you for eating foods I don't approve of. It'll be Utopian glorious!

    June 6, 2012 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  8. Larry Mondello

    He will fight for what he believes ??? Yep... Destroy this country... Thanks, but NO THANKS Michelle...

    June 6, 2012 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  9. joanne

    She thinks she's fooling people. Her and the king want to completely deplete our defenses and kill our country.
    November can't come fast enough!!!!!

    June 6, 2012 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  10. violet wilson

    The destruction of the American spirit and way of life?

    June 6, 2012 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  11. John Smoot

    Lord, I hope Barack isn't given another term, or we're the one's who are finished! And Michelle, what's this "we" stuff? I don't remember electing you to do anything.

    June 6, 2012 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  12. Lulzbama

    No, you won't finish what you started.

    America won't turn Socialist. Nice try, though.

    June 6, 2012 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  13. Daisy

    Yes...Obama will fight for what HE(socialists) believe but not what America wants. He and Michelle hate the system in America. Vote him out...and take his radical socialist with him. D

    June 6, 2012 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  14. Southern Woman

    No, thanks. Michelle Antoinette. We aren't interested in finishing what "you" started.
    We just want "you" gone.

    June 6, 2012 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  15. mike

    God helps us if Barack Hussein get's to finish what he started!!

    June 6, 2012 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  16. TMA1

    Finish what you started in some other country. Communists are no longer allowed here.

    June 6, 2012 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  17. Hugh

    We don't want you to finish what you started–your husband is toast.

    June 6, 2012 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  18. Rick

    Great, they can finish changing the US into a communist nation, because that's what they started to do.

    June 6, 2012 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  19. the man

    Don't you think that you had better start something besides vacation first!

    June 6, 2012 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  20. David

    No, see Michelle, letting you and your husband finish what you started ( i.e. destroying this country and turning it into the next Greece ) is exactly what Americans DON'T want.

    June 6, 2012 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  21. MZAZ

    The only change I want to see is BO out of office so America can get back on the right path. Obamacare sucks. OH wait, Obama: Old people don’t need life saving treatments they can take a pain pill (and be left to die)

    Obama Shatters Spending Record for First-Year Presidents

    Vacations... How many out there have had a nice vacation in the past 3 1/2 years? Have you had 16. Don't tell me taxpayers didn't foot most of the bill. Fuel for the jets, pilots pay, security not to mention MO says Everyone Must Sacrifice… Michelle Obama Spent $10 Million in Taxpayer Money on Vacations This Year. What did she spend on the other two and half years? I was a democrat all my life. I am now a registered Republican. I don't own rose colored glasses. LOL

    June 6, 2012 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  22. picomanning

    Obama WILL fight for his beliefs. Even when all Democrats and Republicans voted against Obama's Budget proposal!
    Is this change we can believe in? A gay military, Gay marriage on par with traditional man/woman family marriage?
    A banking system out of control? More bailouts because the economy IS failing? America is wounded and the President and his policies, through his Progressive Liberal ideology is doing the damage.

    June 6, 2012 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  23. Andy K

    I think it is amazing that the first lady has difficulty finishing a sentence without saying "you know" or you know what I mean?" She makes it difficult to believe she is a university graduate, let alone from Harvard. Give the dude another 4 years and we will never recover.

    June 6, 2012 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  24. suibne

    Repulsive.......no other way to put it. Her. Her husband. Repulsive

    June 6, 2012 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  25. Mrsharfer

    Why not just nuke us while you Are on vacation? That would "finish" what you started!

    June 6, 2012 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
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