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Values, Vision Topics of First Lady's Speech in Montco

The values and the vision for this country are reasons why President Obama is running for second term, Michelle Obama said.

About 1,500 people were fired up to see First Lady Michelle Obama at Upper Dublin High School on Thursday afternoon.

Among them was Dan Siegel. In 2009, Siegel said, his mother was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Siegel, the regional field director for Montgomery County for the Obama re-election campaign, said they were lucky to have full health insurance to cover the costs of his mother's medical expenses. Now, he said, the Affordable Care Act, President Obama's signature legislation, means his mother's illness never will be considered a pre-existing condition and cannot disqualify her for health coverage.

Montgomery County Commissioner Josh Shapiro said he and his wife spent time at the White House and were surprised by how much the President and First Lady are like “one of us.”

Shapiro said, “The First Lady gets it – the real challenges of our families.”

“They have done so much for us,” he continued.

“The President and the First Lady aren’t done working for you,” said Shapiro, “I’m working as hard as I can to make it eight [years]. … It’s up to us and up to you to make the difference,” he continued.

Julie Haywood, a local resident, welcomed the First Lady to Upper Dublin High School. After helping on the 2008 campaign, Haywood said she felt compelled to get more involved in her community, so she ran for school board in Cheltenham, where she lives.

“I stand with Obama because he stands with working mothers like me,” said Haywood.

She said she believes "our economy should work for everyone," and with that, she introduced First Lady Michelle Obama.

Obama began by thanking those volunteers who have helped move the campaign forward. During the last campaign, grassroots campaigning was what won the election, she said, adding that that's how "we’re going to do it again."

Obama said her husband is running for a second term “because of our values…the values we believe in…[and] the vision for this country that we believe in.”

Obama said her husband “knows what it means when your family struggles,” because both Obama and her husband grew up in middle class families. The stories that her husband has heard along the campaign trail and during the last three and a half years have kept him going, she said.

“He stood up for our most fundamental rights again and again and again,” said Obama, “All of that’s at stake and so much more.”

“The chance to finish what we’ve started,” she continued.

She said that elections are about the world we want to leave for our children.

“We can’t turn back now, we’ve come so far.”

Mike Shortall Sr August 12, 2012 at 03:48 PM
Aside from extending the George W. Bush tax cuts (I can never resist the urge to connect one of President Obama's few "acomplishments" to the one man present day Democrats loath!), what has the President done for the middle class. Do you really think the ACA (Obamacare) is going to REDUCE the costs YOU oay for your healthcare? Not with all the added coverages and programs that are also required. How about President Obama's Leadership on economic recovery? Where is it? What plans, bills or initiatives by Democrats and The White House come up with, besides an admittedly successful bailout of GM, and extending the BUSH tax cuts (again, just can't resist)? When the Democrats held a filibuster-proof majority in Congress and the nation was reeling under a growing economic crises, what did they accomplish besides shoving the ACA down the throats of Republicans in Congress (which by the way destroyed any hope of bipartisan success in Washington)? Economic Leadership has been nonexistent out of The White House at a time when investor and consumer Confidence would normally lead to quicker, more vibrant recovery. There is no Confidence because there is no Plan! Those are my issues with President Obama's and the Democrat's "leadership" in Washington. All spending, no vision ...
No Good Choice August 12, 2012 at 08:49 PM
I am not a big fan of Obama, however I am more scared of the Republicans. They pander to big buisness and the invisible "shareholders". If big business gave a damn about the people they employ instead of a reasonable bottom line I would be a Republican. They will do anything to cut a job. Do you really believe Big Business wants a low unemployment rate? Of course not. When the job market is good for us, we can demand more money and benefits, negotiate your terms, and leave for a better job if you've had enough. Big Business doesnt want that. They want to keep people begging for jobs, so they can pay them less and then call that money you would have gotten "more profits". Big Business does not want you to feel empowered. Its bad for Business. I dont want Socialism but turning us into 2 classes of Wealthy and Poor is just as bad.
Scott Johnson August 13, 2012 at 04:43 AM
http://myesoteric.hubpages.com/hub/What-has-President-Obama-Done-Right-in-Almost-Three-Years-LOTS here ya go. Some you may or may not agree with.
Scott Johnson August 13, 2012 at 04:55 AM
Oh please Mike, Fillbuster proof for two years... http://www.outsidethebeltway.com/did-the-democrats-ever-really-have-60-votes-in-the-senate-and-for-how-long/ more like 5 months. (if you take the two brief periods and put them together. Also look at how much of the house voted for Obama's plans, the senate left him hanging as they fillbustered everything, look at the amount of times the fillbuster was used. Please read up on Secret holds and on the increase use of the fillbuster. During that time the D's bent over backwards to try and get the one or two votes they needed from the republicans and generally they were lead to water down the bills and in some cases still didn't get the republicans votes even after they changed it to stuff that they should have agreed on. I mean as much as you guys are arguing about the ACA it's freaking RomneyCare and very close to what the republicans put forward in the 90's. You don't get to compromise more then that.
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