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. Hmm

    That's right. Bin Laden has been killed, and some other terrorist bigwigs have been killed. But the American economy and American individual liberties are not completely killed yet. Mrs. Obama wants Mr. Obama to get that "chance to finish what we [the Obamas and their progressive supporters] started".

    June 6, 2012 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  2. iambicpentamaster

    America can't afford to let Obama finish what he started; i.e., The Global Obama Depression...

    June 6, 2012 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  3. Kent

    She must mean the chance to completely bankrupt the treasury and totally destroy what is left of the economy?

    June 6, 2012 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  4. Ahab333

    A man who can make hard decisions?? What in the world – everytime a problem comes up, he is out of town on a fundraiser. We could use a part time President at least-

    June 6, 2012 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  5. Dave

    We've seen enough. We can't afford to let Obama finish what he's started. It's time to stop giving companies like Brazil's Petrobas massive amounts of cash, while jobs in the US evaporate daily. Does CNN not cover these types of things?

    The American people have spoken multiple times and STILL the Progressives do not listen. California voted multiple times AGAINST gay marriage. A Progressive judge decided the people's opinion does not count.

    The people in Wisconsin decided unions should not be given an unfair advantage. But the Progressive MSM STILL supports the unions.

    CNN will have NO viewership if they don't wake up and see that the people want a democracy again.

    June 6, 2012 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    MichellO – "chance to finish what we started."
    Thanks, but NO Thanks! You and the Kenyan have done enough damage to last America for 50 years.

    June 6, 2012 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  7. A Son of Liberty

    A chance to finish what? Turning this country to a socialist state..... No Way communist!

    June 6, 2012 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  8. Julio

    Michelle, Michelle, my bell, why don't you wake up to the fact we don't want what you started, let alone finishing it.
    Because finishing IT is finishing us. Socialist agendas and wrecked economies we don't want.

    June 6, 2012 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  9. !ST SGT

    Yes, by all means follow her & Obama. The complete destruction of America is not finished yet.

    June 6, 2012 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  10. iodiner

    We don't want you to finish what you started. We want to undo the damage of what you started. We want to vote you out this Nov. And we will.

    June 6, 2012 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  11. CapnJack

    We can't afford to let your Husband finish what he started. He has succeed in dividing this country and bankrupting our future. The most honorable thing he can do is resign and allow us to rebuild this great country.

    June 6, 2012 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  12. Facts

    Yes, Michelle...we the American majority already KNOW your bunch wants a chance to finish (off) what you started. But we're going to protect what's left of the country, and stop you from doing that in November. Your husband can't be defeated if things get better - but things can't get better unless he's defeated. This is the Obama Paradox, and your husband is going down, this November. Bye-bye, guys...it's been (sur)real.

    June 6, 2012 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  13. Hedge

    You, Michelle, had better start looking for a job, as you will be unemployed come Jan.21, 2013. Try for one of those $350,000 /yr jobs that you don't have to show up for...you know, like the one you had at U. Chicago Hospital...as a matter of fact they haven't filled the position to this day, so maybe you can have it back. Good Luck Good Riddance.

    June 6, 2012 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  14. Sebastianwoof

    Come November 6th
    America will have the CHANCE to END the DISASTER Obama Started.
    Keep the Faith America!

    June 6, 2012 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  15. Bruce

    Your husband "finishing what he started" is exactly what most Americans are afraid of, Michelle.

    June 6, 2012 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  16. jim

    wiss. counted on her husband, and look what he gave them.

    June 6, 2012 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  17. jay

    Michelle just wants to continue on taking vacations trips on tax payers money. She says look at what we have accomplished health care, Iraq ect. Yet all they have done is taking more TRIPS and parties with hollywood.. the rest of us still have not seen the economy et better, unless you forget sometimes that you are in a recession (Obama).

    June 6, 2012 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  18. beaker55

    Dear Ms. Obama: We will vote your husband and you out of the White House this November. Then, your Marxist/Socialist Saul Alinsky program for the U.S.A. will be overturned and cancelled. America is sick of your amateur hour acting. Hope you enjoyed your ill-fated attempt to bring down the U.S.A. You're done. P.S. – Nice dress!

    June 6, 2012 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  19. HJ

    she ought to be concerned with the rest of the state. Philly is filled with parasites that are dependant on her husbands ability to expand benefits to the terminally lazy.

    June 6, 2012 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  20. Immortal_Rabinowitz

    This will not stick. America will vote Republican

    June 6, 2012 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  21. Flyboy

    You gotta be kidding. A second chance to do what – organize a budget by the end of eight years in power?

    June 6, 2012 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  22. Doc

    Finish what, destroying the American economy.

    June 6, 2012 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  23. sarge

    "Finish what we started " !!!!! that's what Im' afraid Of !

    June 6, 2012 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  24. slconfidential

    ...finish what we started..............you already have finished destroying this country. What more do you want? Another vacation?

    June 6, 2012 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  25. Doc

    November can't come soon enough for me.

    June 6, 2012 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
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