“Do we want our elections to be about who buys the most ads on T.V.? Do we want our kids and our grandkids to walk away from this election feeling like ordinary, hard working voices can no longer be heard in this country?” she said to another “no” from the crowd. “Or are we going to show our kids that here in America we all have an equal voice in the voting booth?”
After walking through the long-term importance of electing her husband in 2008, Obama explained how close this election is, and implored the rapt crowd to work hard to get out the vote — especially in swing states.
“This election is about battleground victories,” she said pointedly. “If you don’t live in a battleground state, get to one! Find the nearest battleground state and go spend some time there. You can even make calls from your home to battleground states through our campaign.”
She added that people should be writing checks to the campaign, maxing out their donation capacities, and reaching out to everyone they know to vote Obama.
“This election is going to be even closer than the last one,” she said, explaining that even in 2008 the campaign her husband won by just a few thousand votes in states like Florida and North Carolina.
“Don’t forget that we won North Carolina by just 14,000 votes,” she said. “Now that is just 5 votes per precinct. That’s five, five people.”
According to Obama, how they answer her call to get out the vote will make “the difference between waking up on November 7 and asking yourself could I have done more or feeling the promise of four more years.”
The first lady ended her speech by urging the crowd to “roll-up their sleeves” and get Obama back in office. “Four more years!” the crowd chanted as Obama left the stage to Stevie Wonder’s “Higher Ground.”