Michelle Obama Urges 2,400 in Bethlehem to Get 'One More'

First lady Michelle Obama delivers fiery speech before 2,400 supporters at Moravian College.


First Lady Michelle Obama came to Bethlehem Thursday night and delivered a fiery speech aimed at inspiring the 2,400 in attendance to get at least one more person to the polls in November to help re-elect her husband.

“Barack has said this election will be even closer than the last one. This election could come to those last few thousand votes, particularly in this state,” she told the standing-room-only crowd gathered at in the Johnston Hall gym.

“When you think of a few thousand votes spread out across the state, that could be the one new voter that you register, that one neighbor you get to the polls. That could be the difference. That could be the one that puts us over the top,” she continued.

The first lady campaigned in three eastern Pennsylvania spots – l – to advance her “It Takes One” initiative to grow the grassroots effort to get President Obama re-elected.

The event had the feel of a pep rally inside the college gymnasium, with the enthusiasm building with each successive speaker. , calling on them to work hard over the next 88 days to get President Obama re-elected.

A campaign video was then shown detailing some of the president's achievements. The biggest applause was given to the president's health care reform law, which Republicans aim to repeal, and the killing of terrorist

The crowd roared when the first lady stepped out from behind a giant American flag behind the stage where Yvonne Allende of Latinos for Obama introduced her.

In a 40-minute speech, Obama said the very future of middle-class families is at stake in this election.

“This is really about our values. We are doing this because of the vision for this country that we all share,” she said.

“We believe that everyone in America should have a fair shot. That means all of our kids should have good schools. All of our kids should be able to attend college without piling up a mountain of debt. Teachers and firefighters shouldn’t pay higher taxes than millionaires and billionaires.

“We believe that if you work hard, you shouldn’t go bankrupt if someone gets sick.”

She said that she and her husband both understand what it means to struggle. Her father worked as a pump operator for a city water system.

“What my parents did have was the drive and the ability to save,” she said. “They poured every ounce of themselves into myself and my brother so that we could do well. Education was everything to our family. It was our ticket to the middle class.”

And while Pell Grants and student loans paid for most of their tuition, her father “was determined” to pay his small share on time, she said.

As the son of a single mother, the president shares a similar story, she said.

“Barack knows what it means to be in the struggle. He knows what it means to work hard because you want to give a better life to your kids,” Obama said.

“And when you walk through that door of opportunity, you do not slam it shut behind you. That’s what’s at stake in this election.”

Check back on Patch for more photos of the Michelle Obama campaign stop in Bethlehem.

BethTwp August 10, 2012 at 08:43 PM
Peter, he has done something. Our country now has the MOST on welfare. And we are streaming right along to socialism. Whether or not the naive liberals want to see it. Soon we will be calling each other "comrades". Just wait until the biggest tax increase really takes effect. (Obamacare) This man has no regard to the constitution, and has the media in his pocket, including this online paper.
Salisbury Falcon August 10, 2012 at 09:01 PM
Why are you guys even discussing with those Conservatives? Bush's 8 years seem to never have existed and they just follow Beck and Hannity's agendas to flood you with facts that they don't even understand and are most often inaccurate. But ..... Bush took office in 2001 with a balanced federal budget and a surplus, he pushed through sweeping tax cuts that were not offset by spending cuts. He left office with an approval rating of 34 percent. The tax cuts have cost about $1.8trillion and were set to expire after 10 years, but President Obama allowed them to remain in place temporarily. That was in exchange for a jobless benefits extension and a payroll tax cut. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan after the 9/11 terror attacks in 2001 were never budgeted and have cost taxpayers $1.4trillion so far. Bush signed legislation in 2003 enacting a prescription drug benefit as part of Medicare, projected to cost as much as $1.2trillion over 10 years. The Troubled Asset Relief Program, the bank bailout programme widely loathed by many conservatives, was another Bush-era program. Congress authorised nearly $700billion in response to the collapse of investment bank Lehman Brothers and the subsequent financial crisis in autumn 2008. But what am I talking about? Blame Obama.
Salisbury Falcon August 10, 2012 at 10:28 PM
Just to prove my previous point, here's a post from the other article posted on the Patch. "I AM FIRED UP I GOT LOTS MORE I HOPE IT IS ENOUGH TO GET AYATOLLA OBAHMA OUT OF THE WHITE HOUSE what a terrible 3 plus years a bunch of crap only the simpletons will believe ..he is for the middle class just like adolf hitler celebrated yom kipper" Worth debating with?
Responsible Citizen August 10, 2012 at 10:51 PM
Nazareth Man....you are RUUUUUUDE!!!!!!!!
Ben Miller August 10, 2012 at 11:22 PM
I'm not a "Birther" but I do find it peculiar that every single other Presidential candidate is required to produce their certificate prior to being certified by their party. He is the first not to have done so, since the incarnation of American birth certificates. Why is that? Why did he wait until his third year in office to do it? Could it possibly be that he was trying to manipulate the press and American people by distracting them from all the campaign promises he was breaking?
Ben Miller August 10, 2012 at 11:24 PM
Did you seriously just use Wikipedia as a reference? Hahahahahah!
Ben Miller August 10, 2012 at 11:27 PM
And the other one uses a Democratic Committee funded website as evidence... lol. You want his return? Here it is- http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/mitt-romneys-2010-tax-return-romneys-estimated-2011-filing-full-text/2012/01/24/gIQApZ6RNQ_story.html
Responsible Citizen August 10, 2012 at 11:30 PM
Salsisbury Falcon...my sentiments EXACTLY!!!! I have learned a long time ago one cannot debate with illogical, vindictive and vial thinking!! These posts are an amazing innacurate collection of the FOX, Limbaugh, Hannity, right wing etc....vitreol and hate rhetoric....the post on the other Patch article you point out is perfect proof!! Again, there is no such thing as "healthy" debate with such hate and filth!
John August 10, 2012 at 11:31 PM
Will we EVER get a chance to hear about Obama's plan to fix ANYTHING, or will we sit and continue to list whose fault it all is? My guess is we will continue to hear the rhetoric....similar what the wife presented..."HELP US GET BACK INTO THE WHITEHOUSE". Why, not to fix anything, because "YOU FOLKS NEED US". Are you kidding me? Please lets hear about solutions, not 4 more years of excuses....
Ben Miller August 10, 2012 at 11:36 PM
First of all, Salisbury Falcon, not all Republicans are racists or nut jobs like whoever wrote that quote you just posted. Secondly, I agree that Bush spent much more money than he should have and his initiation of bailouts was very wrong, just as Obama's continuing and expanding upon it was. You talk about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan costing us 1.4 trillion dollars, yet still point out the deficit and blame Bush. We were right to go to war in both situations and I am curious of how you will frame it when Obama announces the new war in Syria and Iran. Somehow you will make it Bush's fault, I'm sure. You don't want to debate me, because I won't lose my temper of back down from yours and your liberal friends' indignation and antagonistic approach to debate. Civility is lost on the left. So you don't want to debate me, fine, ignorance is bliss
Daryl Nerl (Editor) August 11, 2012 at 12:18 AM
Those comments have been deleted. We invite spirited debate and we appreciate that, excepting that one poster, the conversation has remained reasonably civil without degenerating into this kind of name calling.
optimist August 11, 2012 at 12:45 AM
http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2012/president/2012_elections_electoral_college_map_no_toss_ups.html - this is pretty close to the way the map will look in November. talk all the hate you want. It's just not going to happen for you guys.
Moravian74 August 11, 2012 at 12:52 AM
Optimist. No that agreement could not have been easily extended The people in Europe, the Carribean and other parts of the free world are glad that we spend money on national defense. Read your history books and you will see that we in the United States should be greatfull as well. We can not turn the clock back and cower under isolationism. With power comes responsibility . Perhaps you would rather take that money and put it into more Welfare programs. And who really gives a crap about how many years of tax returns Romney shows. Would you honestly know what to look for? If the DNC had not made a big deal over it the average person would not care.
Moravian74 August 11, 2012 at 12:56 AM
Salisbury Falcon, I must have missed something, can you educate me as to which wars were budgeted?
Salisbury Falcon August 11, 2012 at 01:12 AM
I mean that W. has largely paid for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan through emergency spending measures, in effect keeping wartime costs off the books to mask skyrocketing budget growth at the Department of Defense. Therefore it does not appear in his deficit.
Moravian74 August 11, 2012 at 01:29 AM
Sorry but I believe you are wrong. The war debt is figured into the deficit. Unfortunately the president, neither Bush nor Obama, spend a dime. Congress controls the purse strings, in Bush's case and in Obama's for the most part, a democratically controlled Congress. Don't you think it just a little bit odd that one of worst economies in recent history was not an issue in the Democratic primaries untill about 5 months before the general election? Obama can try to put the blame on Bush all he wants, justafiably so since it happened on his watch, yet he has done nothing to repair or even stem the tide as he promised he would during his first three years in office.
Conservative not republician August 11, 2012 at 01:43 AM
In 2001 house was GOP Senate was 50/50 In 2003 and 2005 Both House and Senate were GOP So I do not understand how you can say that congress was democratically controlled under Bush.
Conservative not republician August 11, 2012 at 02:01 AM
War debt is always figured into the federal overall deficit. BUT it is not included in the budget figures (ie:current yearly budget deficits) if the money spent comes from emergency spending.
Moravian74 August 11, 2012 at 02:34 AM
The last three years of the Bush administration were democratically controlled. You mention a budget, when was the last time this administration and congress passed a budget?
optimist August 11, 2012 at 02:41 AM
I'm not seeing anything in your post that is going to fly. Saying Bush ended the Iraq war is comical. Of course that deadline could have been renegotiated and extended. Obama did indeed end that debacle. With power comes responsibility? Look we are spending far too much for military purposes period. Welfare? Remember the Clinton Gingrich reforms in the 90's? Welfare is a fraction of the overall spending now. That is a word used to fire up the right wing period. I would do that to if I were on your side looking at the polls in the swing states. What your people are after are items like social security and education but again don't touch the military. It's very easy to know what to look for in the tax returns and yes it matters. How much is he paying and at what percent? What's the problem? Are you kidding me? To refuse to disclose the returns is an insult to all voters and George Romney would agree: http://www.buzzfeed.com/buzzfeedpolitics/why-george-romney-released-his-tax-returns
Moravian74 August 11, 2012 at 02:44 AM
For some good reading about budget defficits and ratios, you may want to scheck out this from Forbes-albeit a conservative publicaton. Look at the ratios of the past several Presidentshttp://www.forbes.com/sites/jamesglassman/2012/07/11/the-facts-about-budget-deficits-how-the-presidents-truly-rank/
Conservative not republician August 11, 2012 at 02:56 AM
The last 2 years, NOT 3, of the Bush admin was a democratic congress.....meaning he had 75% of his term with a majority. I mentioned the "budget" b/c you did not seem to understand how the emergency spending goes on a budget. The gov't has been working on a budget every year. You must listen to Fox new and the tea party BS a little too much
Moravian74 August 11, 2012 at 03:04 AM
Salisbury, unfortunately, I don't really care if you see anything worth flying in my comment, just as you are entitled to your opinion, as misguided as I may feel it is. I am entitled to mine. Obama did nothing to end our involvement in Iraq, you can thank our troops and their leadership for that. In retrospect, I do not agree with our involvement but the vast majority of our elected officials at that time did. At that time Bush,s popularity was at an all time high. It's easy to be a Monday morning quarterback. As to the polls, the only one that counts happens the first Tuesday in November. You may want to check out the Rasmussen poll for a different take. It was the only one that was spot on for the last Presidetial election. But be careful, you will probably need to hang garlic around your neck before reading. They are a little conservative in their reporting. To all the contributors, I get up at 5:00 AM to go to work, so I am a little tired and will be saying good night. Good talking to you all, and may the American people win in the next election, regardless of which candidate it is
Moravian74 August 11, 2012 at 03:07 AM
Sorry, take out Presidents:
Moravian74 August 11, 2012 at 03:22 AM
I guess I didn't clearly make point. No one gave two thoughts about the economy untill the housing bubble burst. I think arguing about the cause of that would be pointless with this crowd as no one is going to change their mind. But for the end of the Bush administration it was a democratically controlled congress, whether it was two or three years. Bush did nothing to help stop the tide, but no one knew it was bottoming out. Never once came up during the democratic primaries prior to the 2008 election. Now I am going to bed.
Responsible Citizen August 11, 2012 at 03:45 AM
Thank goodness!!
louis kootsares August 13, 2012 at 01:36 PM
i am anxious to vote for someone who wants to stifle free speech by taking away our 1st amendment rights and enslave us by taking away our 2nd amendment rights.. i amso happy to reelect someone whose aide received 100grand from iran,took over 500billion from medicare turned his back so china could grab canadian oil while we pay high gas prices,sends his wife,whom i cannot stand either ,has a track record for being a liar yup i am in... go romney thats a real american not ayahtolla obahma
Lee August 13, 2012 at 01:41 PM
thanks for the laff! You're a hoot. Have a good day.
Frank August 13, 2012 at 03:27 PM
Yeah, Lee. louis kootsares is the boards jokester. He really isn't as stupid as he sounds, it's all comedy. LOL!


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