First lady: This election closer than 2008
July 15th, 2012
03:20 PM ET
9 years ago

First lady: This election closer than 2008

(CNN) – Speaking to supporters at a farm in New York's Hudson Valley on Sunday, first lady Michelle Obama predicted a tighter result in November than the 7-point margin her husband enjoyed over Sen. John McCain in 2008.

"This election will be closer than the last one," Obama said in Pocantico Hills, New York, 30 miles north of Manhattan. "That is the only thing I can guarantee you. So he needs your help. And sitting on the sidelines is simply not an option if we want to keep moving this country forward. Barack needs you to be actively and passionately engaged in this election."

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Obama was speaking to a brunch crowd of about 120 people at the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, which describes itself on its website as "a non-profit farm and education center." Guests paid $1,500 per person for the event.

Among the attendees: actress Vanessa Williams and Stone Barns owner Dan Barber, whom Obama thanked at the beginning of her speech for helping to launch her anti-obesity campaign when President Barack Obama first took office.

Speaking of a meal Barber prepared for the Obamas during the 2008 presidential campaign, the first lady said, "I had never tasted vegetables that were so fresh and so delicious and so simply created."

She continued, "I knew then and there that if, as he put it, if more people understood what good food tastes like, that they would demand it."

Later in her speech, Obama urged supporters to mobilize in support of her husband, saying even residents of solidly blue states like New York could contribute to the Obama effort.

"If things look good where you are, if you're in one of these wonderful states where things are great, then pack a bag. Pack a bag, spend some time in a battleground state like Pennsylvania. I could name a few that are very near, driveable," Obama said.

She said backers could point to the president's support of the American auto industry as a first-term success. While she didn't name her husband's rival, Obama made a reference to presumptive GOP candidate Mitt Romney, who wrote an op-ed in 2008 titled "Let Detroit Go Bankrupt."

"You can also remind people about how so many folks in Washington were telling Barack to let the auto industry go under - I don't know if you remember that," Michelle Obama said Sunday. "With more than a million jobs on the line, they said let it go. But fortunately, Barack had the backs of American workers. He put his faith in the American people, and as a result, the auto industry is back on its feet again."

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soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. retiredprosecutor

    @ Larry L

    People cannot forget a fourth fact:
    4. Obama has made this country's bad economic situation much worse. He thus cannot possibly - under any circumstances - run on his record of the last 3 1/2 years. Thus he must talk about other things - any other things - rather than talking about his record as President.

    July 15, 2012 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  2. bacarr

    Personally, I think the President ought to pay for lying to the American people about OUR taxes, before we should worry about any unproven allegations about Mitt Romney's taxes.

    July 16, 2012 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  3. lies from obama(and mabye his father)

    @Larry L somthing smacking of a rebuttal to your "facts" 1. And it has only gotten worse! we moved from5.6 to 9+ unemployment and doubled the debt. 2. When has this been true? Romneys plan includes across the board tax cuts for ALL americans. Tell me, would Romney be rich today if it were not for the middle class? 3. Oh, you mean the ones that have only been around about 1 1/2 years? True leadership requires tact and the ability to guide both sides towards reasonable compromise. Obama is sorely lacking in both deparments. and the economy gets worse! It is this kind of "evil republicans" mantra that keeps most democrats from reasonable compromise. Romney 2012- the fisally responible way forward!

    July 16, 2012 01:34 am at 1:34 am |
  4. Patriots

    Don't worry Michelle. In 2016, Romney will say somehow he retroactively won the 2012 election. 🙂

    July 16, 2012 02:13 am at 2:13 am |
  5. WisdomKeeper

    All the people we know who voted for Obama in 2008 are still FIRMLY in support of Obama.
    Romney"s hopes to buy the election (with the likes of the Koch Brothers, etc.,) as well as Romney's CONSTANT LIES , are REPULSIVE maneuvers and desperate attempts at 'beefing up' a horrible choice in candidates.
    OBAMA 2012

    July 16, 2012 02:58 am at 2:58 am |
  6. Marie MD

    Just wait until he picks his vp. I see that the confederate internal probing governor of virginia is still trying to get the job by attacking the President over the bain truths.
    The bully bishop is the worst candidate ever in the history of the US and his vp pick will be even worse. Unless they pluck another AK bimbo from under a rock and we know how well that worked for the old man in 2008.
    We need to get out and vote against the bully animal abusing bishop.

    July 16, 2012 06:33 am at 6:33 am |
  7. tofubamboo

    Obozo will lose because he is a lying loser. He only plays golf or campaigns, except when he is destroying our economy. And Larry, unless you don't bother to read the news, the Dems controlled Congress since 2006 until 2010, and the Senate under Reid has not passed a single budget in all that time. So don't go on about Republicans not passing a budget.

    July 16, 2012 06:40 am at 6:40 am |
  8. JS

    Larry L forgets that demecrats controlled all three branches of government 2009-2010, and still have a majority in the Senate now. Most of the obstructionism he laments was fostered by his own party.

    July 16, 2012 07:19 am at 7:19 am |
  9. Gurgyl


    July 16, 2012 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
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