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Michelle Obama at Naples fundraiser: 'It's time to get moving'



First Lady Michelle Obama was in Naples this evening for a fundraiser and Jenna Buzzacco-Foerster of the Naples Daily News filed this pool report:

Mrs. Obama, wearing a red dress and pearls, spoke to about 200 supporters at the Inn on Fifth in Naples, Florida. Her speech – which followed a viewing of The Road We Have Traveled, 17-minute campaign video narrated by Tom Hanks – lasted about 25 minutes.

Obama spoke about many of the same issues, like health care and education, touched on in the film. She also spoke passionately about President Barack Obama's accomplishments over the past four years. “The idea, as Barack says, is that hard work pays off,” Obama told the crowd. “These values are the foundation of an economy that is built to last.”

Obama said both of their families faced many of the same struggles middle class Americans are facing today. “We know what we need to do, we need to keep moving forward,” she said. “Barack knows what it means when a family is struggles. It made him a man, and more importantly, the president he is today and we're lucky to have him.”

Obama said middle class tax cuts pushed by the president were about “whether people can keep their homes” and “putting more money in people's pockets and making sure everyone pays their share.”

“He had the backs of American workers,” she said. “He had faith in the American people.”

Obama said when when her husband set foot in the Oval Office the country was losing thousands of jobs each month, now it's seeing gains in in public sector jobs. The president, she said, has kept his promises – from ending the war in Iraq to passing health care reform – and continues to work to improve the country.

But, she said, they can't do it alone.

“He can not do this alone. He needs your help. To make calls, to register voters, to sign the 'I'm in' cards. We all know this is not just about one extraordinary man. It has always been about all of us,” she said. “This is going to be long. It's going to be hard, there's going to be some bumps along the way.”

Obama urged supporters to do whatever they can to help in the month's leading up to the election

“It's time to get moving,” she said. “It's time for us to get to work.”

[Last modified: Friday, April 27, 2012 10:00pm]


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