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Michelle Obama speaks in Charlotte, Greensboro

Posted September 18, 2008

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— Michelle Obama said voters need to decide this election by examining the issues, not because they like a candidate or think "she's cute."

Obama made the remark at women's round-table on economic issues in Charlotte Thursday morning. The crowd roared at her remark disparaging voters who might cast a ballot based on a women's look, a clear jab at Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

Obama tried to clarify her remark with a smile, saying she was talking about herself.

Obama was visiting Charlotte and Greensboro as part of a nationwide campaign effort, "Women for the Change we Need.”

Obama said her husband, Democratic candidate Barack Obama, is the only candidate to deal with women's issues. She focused on equal pay, health care, affordable college and recruiting new teachers.

“This is the choice we face. These policies – Barack’s policies – are the change we need," Obama said. "In the end, Barack is determined to change Washington, so that instead of just talking about family values, we actually have policies that value families.

"That’s why I’m here today. I’m here for my daughters’ future—and all our children’s future. They’re my stake in this election,” Obama continued.

In Charlotte, Obama led a round-table discussion with four North Carolina women about economic issues.

She will speak at the Carolina Theater in Greensboro as part of a "Women for Obama" rally. Doors open at 1:30 p.m.

Tickets are free but required and can be picked up at Obama campaign offices in Greensboro, High Point and Charlotte.

The last time she was in North Carolina was before the Democratic primary in May.

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  • MizzZeta Sep 18, 2008

    "Michelle, who is watching YOUR children, while you are running around the country?????"

    Her mother...

  • MizzZeta Sep 18, 2008

    "Michelle, take it to the bank, I am NOT going to vote for you."

    That's good news, considering she isn't running for any office.

  • szdomb Sep 18, 2008

    "Obama made the remark at women's round-table on economic issues in Charlotte Thursday morning. The crowd roared at her remark disparaging voters who might cast a ballot based on a women's look, a clear jab at Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

    Obama tried to clarify her remark with a smile, saying she was talking about herself."

    Michelle, take it to the bank, I am NOT going to vote for you.

  • supersalo Sep 18, 2008

    Tarheel born: "What a disgrace it would be to have a First Lady who's just now "being proud of her country"."

    Hey, I can relate to what Michelle Obama said. There's lots of things our country has done that I'm not proud of during the last 8 years.

    That doesn't mean I love my country any less, it just means that our actions have been boneheaded and I'm ashamed of some things that Bush & Co have done while they're supposed to be representing our country.

  • Tarheel born Sep 18, 2008

    What a disgrace it would be to have a First Lady who's just now "being proud of her country".

  • TUAlpha93 Sep 18, 2008

    andrewsk911 - no problem...have a good evening.

  • andrewsk911 Sep 18, 2008

    Thank you for the information TUAlpha93. I will look into this and see what it wwas about. I appreciate the response and information.

  • TUAlpha93 Sep 18, 2008

    andrewsk911 - Senator McCain "no voted" on H.R. 2831: Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2007. The vote took place on April 23, 2008. I find it funny that Senator McCain has tried to "ding" Obama for "no voting" but wouldn't take a stance on a bill as important as equal pay for equal work for women.

  • andrewsk911 Sep 18, 2008

    I have just seen the comment that Mrs Obama made today in her speech in NC. She stated "unlike her husbands running mate" that her husband believes in eqaul pay for woman when doing the same job as a man. Id like to ask pint blank........WHEN did you EVER hear Senator McCain state he did not have this same opinion??? SHOW this to me Mrs Obama.....I want to see it in print or hear it from his own mouth before you start this FALSEHOOD just trying to get women on your side. Unbelieveable.

    Kathy Andrews Fayetteville.NC

  • TUAlpha93 Sep 18, 2008

    arfamr1031 - Evidentially, you don't understand the word racist as nothing I said was racist. I often post the definition of the word racist on this blog as the word racist may be the most misused word in the English language. The large part of the black American culture in 2008 is hip hop? Man, do you actually KNOW any black people? I only get a 1000 words but if you go to Ghana, Liberia, etc. there are so many similarities today between some African countries and true African American culture. The foods...the rhythms in the music (not just hip hop but jazz, soul, R&B)...the cloths...the sense of family and community. You should go out and meet some real black people and stop depending on the news to inform you of what black people are like. We are as diverse in skin tone, culture, thought, etc. as all Americans. You have no idea.

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