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. Woman In California

    I plan to continue First Lady.

    The question people need to ask themselves is are WE better off now than we were four years ago? The question should never be "YOU". We were a country in turmoil when the president took over. No respect, no jobs, no hope, no savings, NOTHING and our president deserves a lot of credit for helping us get back to where we used to be before the Great Recession. The truth is there will ALWAYS be a segment in society who will be poor and Christ has already made us aware of that so the question is are WE better off than we were four years ago and by all honest accounts we are.
    Obama 2012 for a continued path forward.

    June 6, 2012 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  2. Just me,,

    Really? He can't do this alone? But, I thought he was all that and a bucket of chicken

    June 6, 2012 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  3. memesq

    Amazing how the First Lady is parroting Scott Walker's theme of making the difficult decisions. Here's to hoping that come November, you will "just slip away."

    June 6, 2012 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  4. THDonovan

    give her husband a "chance to finish what we started."
    Is she referring to bankrupting the country, dividing the races or handing the Middle East to the Muslim Brotherhood?

    June 6, 2012 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  5. GS

    Thanks for the offer but I'll have to pass.

    June 6, 2012 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  6. Fluidizer

    During Obama's 3.6 years in office, he has spent more money than all of the previous American Presidents COMBINED. When he ran out of cash on hand, he dug into the back pockets of Americans yet to born, and indebted generations of future Americans. Today, every man, woman, and Child in America each owe $147,000 in debt that Obama has spent, and for what? Where are the "Shovel Ready Jobs" and the rebuilt infrastructure that he promised us? Other then reimburse the rich useful idiots that contributed to his campaigns, what in God's name did he do with the 15 trillion dollars he has absconded with? Did you benefit from his "Stimulus"? plan? Do you have a better job job now then you had before he plopped his huge, goofy feet on our priceless desk in the Oval Office? Do you have a job at all, or are you surviving by using on his generously supplied EBT card? Now, his bare armed angry wife wants us to give them a "chance to finish what we started." Whats left to finish? Fill the hole that he through us in with dirt? Is THAT the "Shovel Ready Job" he promised us?
    Well I'll be.

    June 6, 2012 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  7. Rod Miller

    America CANNOT afford Michelle Antoinette, let alone the movement down the road toward state socialism. BO must go!

    June 6, 2012 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  8. Len

    Perhaps Michelle needs to relocate to either So Chicago or Kenya with her Spineless Consort to " FINISH THE JOB" of ruining the USA...

    June 6, 2012 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  9. captain crunch

    No thanks. Dont let the door hit ya where the good lord split ya.

    June 6, 2012 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  10. KM

    Finish what you started...??? This must be a joke.

    She better be praying that someone can "fix" what they started...

    June 6, 2012 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  11. Steve

    "because that is what he has been doing every single day on the golf course... I mean in the Oval Office as President of the United States. "

    June 6, 2012 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  12. Jim in Frankfort

    Actually I'm kind of hoping he can't finish what he's started ... I'm pretty sure the country won't survive it.

    June 6, 2012 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  13. DH

    Finish what we started? Is the country not in enough ruin? High unemployment; record debt; poor credit rating; no longer that shining city on the hill; I guess she wants to grind the country into dust

    June 6, 2012 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  14. truthmatters

    You are insane woman. We must end the nightmare train wreck that you are. Pack your bags and leave our country and please, I am sure that there are tens of millions who don't want you to ever return!

    June 6, 2012 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  15. Jim Plaisted

    I'm terrified of him finishing what he started. I will not recognize this country any more! If this is where she wants the country to go, then I'll go the other way ALL the way

    June 6, 2012 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  16. Pounce Kitty

    The enormous failure, the childish lies, the phony blame, the blatant amateurishness, will be written about and chiseled into the Pyramids. The Obama regime was the worst time in the history of the USA.

    June 6, 2012 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  17. TxnByBrth

    Mam...that's what the country is afraid will happen...he'll finish what he started.

    June 6, 2012 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  18. KB299

    Let's finish what they started.....and elect Romney......enough of the Obamanation.

    June 6, 2012 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  19. mmercier

    I am hesitant to finish national suicide.

    Other opinions obviously vary.

    June 6, 2012 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  20. gobnait

    And therein lies the problem. Obama will fight for 'his beliefs' and NOT what's best for the country. Thanks, but no thanks.

    June 6, 2012 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  21. CR Zelez

    It is all about the economy and it is flat lining while Obama Care is on a death watch. Not much of a track record. Please wake up.

    June 6, 2012 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  22. Garrick Harris

    This woman and her fascists husband are a disgrace to America and the Office of the President. Send them back to Chicago and under the rock the crawled out from under. Vote for Mitt vote for a strong America. Not a weak America that bows down to Islam.

    June 6, 2012 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  23. Matt

    This community organizer has done enough damage and now he wants four more years to seal the deal.

    Over my dead body.

    June 6, 2012 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  24. CindyR

    So he can finish destroying the country, No way. Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me. Sayonara, see ya would'nt want to be ya, adios .

    June 6, 2012 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  25. Keith

    What are they trying to finish? The failure of America as we know it?

    June 6, 2012 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
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