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First lady stumps in NC, seeking more grassroots support

Posted August 1, 2012

— First lady Michelle Obama visited North Carolina Wednesday to drum up swing-state support for her husband's re-election bid.

As part of her "It Takes One" initiative, which she launched last week, Obama called on supporters to encourage friends and neighbors to volunteer in the election and get to the polls in November.

"We are going to need every single one of you to join us," she told the cheering crowd of 2,400 at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

"It takes just one voice to change a room, and if a voice can change a room, it can change a city, and if it can change a city, it can change a state, and if it can change a state, it can change a nation," she said. "That is the power of one person stepping up to move this country forward."

President Barack Obama has been trying to move the nation forward for years, his wife said, recounting his efforts to rebuild the U.S. economy in the wake of the worst recession in decades, to improve health care options for millions of Americans and to expand higher education funding to create opportunities for more people.

"He believes that, when you work hard and you've done well and walked through the doorway of opportunity, you do not slam it shut behind you," Michelle Obama said. "You reach back, and you give other folks a chance to succeed as well."

The presidential election – now less than 100 days away – presents a choice for the nation's future, she said, noting that her husband plans to continue his policies aimed at helping the majority of Americans instead of a select few. The Obama administration has cut taxes for working families by $3,600 and has reduced taxes 18 times for small-business owners, she said.

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"In the end, it all comes down to who you are and what you stand for," she said. "Elections are always about hope. ... They're about our hopes for our children. They're about the world we want to leave for our next generation."

The post-Summer Olympics appearance is Michelle Obama's first trip to the state since May, when she spoke at commencement exercises at North Carolina A&T State University.

"I felt she did a really good job of giving you some highlighted points but then also some details about it," Stephanie Woodbeck said of the first lady's Greensboro speech. "'Here's how you can speak to other people.' I found that to be really useful."

As part of an effort called "9-3-1," North Carolina volunteers who give nine hours or three shifts to the Obama campaign are guaranteed a seat to hear the president accept the Democratic nomination for a second term on Sept. 6 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte.

Michelle Obama headed to Raleigh after her UNC-Greensboro appearance for a private fundraiser at the Raleigh Marriott City Center, where tickets started at $250. It was unclear how many people attended.

Before the fundraiser, she stopped at the Obama campaign office in Raleigh to deliver some fresh fruit and energize the volunteers.

"I just dropped by," she said. "I hope you were busy."

Both the Romney and Obama presidential campaigns have made trips to North Carolina, specifically to its third largest city. In July, Ann Romney was in Greensboro stumping for her husband.


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  • Danny22 Aug 3, 2012

    Did she wear her 7,000 dollar jacket while she talked to the people who embarrassed her for all of her life til obama became prez.

  • piene2 Aug 3, 2012

    "Mitt Romney is the absolute worst candiate to run against Obama" = Rick Santorum"

    Mitt is the GOPs John Kerry
    Crabbit Cratur"

    Every day, in every way, Romney works to assure President Obama's reelection.

  • Crabbit Cratur Aug 3, 2012

    " Voting for Romney. He is against baby murder! More important than all other issues combined.

    No he isn't pro life. He is just saying what he thinks you want to hear. And since this issue has already been decided by SCOTUS there is nothing he could do on the issue in any case.

  • New Creature Aug 2, 2012

    Change should actually start at home From the family up.
    Voting for Romney. He is against baby murder! More important than all other issues combined.

  • Crabbit Cratur Aug 2, 2012

    "My daughter works for a small company and they've been informed the company may stop providing health insurance to the employees. The current coverage they provide as a benefit doesn't quite meet the requirements of the new Healthcare law. Apparently, it seems it may be cheaper for them to pay the penalty, so sorry I mean tax (that's not a tax), to offer insurance. "

    This was happening anyways and was one of the the main reasons for having the ACA in the first place. health insurance costs have been soaring and employers have passed about as much of that cost along to employees as they could get away with and now they are dumping them. You should be glad that at least the ACA will provide an alternative....

  • Crabbit Cratur Aug 2, 2012

    "If people vote strictly on the economy, Mr. Obama shouldn't be re-elected. He doesn't have a clue about how to fix our economy.'

    Wrong he knows how to do it but the GOP in congress won't let him.
    They know the economy is their only hope of winning in the Fall.

    " However, unfortunatley, there will be those who vote for him because he's pro-choice or supports gay marriage,"

    Good reasons indeed and how would that be any worse than the GOP right voting for Romney because he is now (for today at least) against them?

    " and they don't care about the damage that is being done to this country."

    And what would that be? Taxation and regulation are at historical lows..... and how would electing W II help? It was those same GOP policies that got us into this mess to start with.

  • Crabbit Cratur Aug 2, 2012

    " This man has put the country past the brink of bankrupcy"

    How so? the country is not bankrupt, not even remotely close to it and in any case since it owns the bank and the currency.......please explain how it could go "bankrupt"

    "and it hasnt helped. He is a loser."

    So apart from getting us out of the deepest recession in 80 years, stooping the slide into a Depression, getting us out of Iraq with as good terms as we were likely to get.......and even maintained some growth despite the best efforts of the GOP Congress.

    " Hope he is packing his bags and looking for work come November."

    With an 11 point lead in PA.....that simply is not going to happen. The GOP have seized defeat from the Jaws of victory just as The Dems did with Kerry in 2004

  • Crabbit Cratur Aug 2, 2012

    ""Mitt Romney is the absolute worst candiate to run against Obama" = Rick Santorum"

    Mitt is the GOPs John Kerry

  • jjordan231179 Aug 2, 2012

    cwood3....i have a question for you...who are you calling a need to take a look at your candidate of choice...get your head out of the woods and find out the facts...mitt the twitt has lied about everything that comes out of his mouth...the Palestines don't like him, GB hates him, even his own don't like him...Just today, a renowned author has came out and said how Mitt the Twitt twisted his words and didn't even read his book that he's basing lies off of....GET THE FACTS
    August 2, 2012 12:21 p.m.
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    "Mitt Romney is the absolute worst candiate to run against Obama" = Rick Santorum

  • jjordan231179 Aug 2, 2012

    This man has put the country past the brink of bankrupcy and it hasnt helped.

    One man didnt do it. It years of people like YOU voting for the Federal Reserve system. You know like Romney and Obama support. Tell us....If we have to print money from a PRIVATE BANK (Federal Reserve) ON INTEREST to pay off debt, how do we get out of debt? Print more money on interest? Ok now you are raising taxes on 100% of the population through an inflation tax. So AGAIN why are you voting for Romney OR Obama?