BROWARD COUNTY (CBSMiami) – Hours before President Barack Obama takes part in the third and final presidential debate in Boca Raton his wife, First Lady Michelle Obama, rallied support in Broward.
Monday afternoon, Mrs. Obama spoke to supporters at Broward College’s George Mayer Gymnasium.
Playing to a packed house, the First Lady played to her audience.
“Every child in this country should have good schools,” said Mrs. Obama as the crowd cheered.
She even injected a little humor to soften her hardcore political message.
“I get to talk about the man that I have loved and admired, what you say (to someone who shouted out in the crowd), he’s cute yeah,” said Mrs. Obama.
With only four days until early voting begins, Mrs. Obama spoke about the importance of this election and getting supporters out to vote.
“For the next 15 days we’re going to need you to work like you’ve never worked before. I mean taken this very seriously. Sign up with one of our volunteers if you are not already volunteering. It’s just two more weeks, I don’t care what’s going on. Everybody has some time between now and Election Day,” said Mrs. Obama. “Sign up to make phone calls, to knock on doors, but most importantly, see this is the power we all that we all have, talk to everyone you know.”
Mrs. Obama also described her husband as a leader who knows first-hand the struggles of everyday Americans, who listens to them as president and who pushes an agenda with their interests in mind.
“It’s his character, it’s his decency and his honesty. You know, the compassion and conviction that we have seen for four years in this man,” said Mrs. Obama describing what drew her to him. “See when we first met, I loved that Barack was so committed to serving others that he turned down high paying jobs and instead started his career fighting to folks back to work in struggling neighborhoods.”
“They got to pass the jobs bill, he’s fighting a Republican brick wall, no matter what he does they won’t let him do it, so he’s got to win,” said 85-year old Martha Flax.
Many students, faculty and others woke up before dawn to get their place in line. They said it’s a small sacrifice to be a part of history.
“It’s exciting, it’s exciting for the college. We’ve been around for a while. It’s so cool because she’s the First Lady and of all colleges in the entire state of Florida, she comes down here,” said student Melissa Simons.
“This is the first election that I can vote in because in the last election I wasn’t old enough, I missed it by like two months and I think it’s good for my financial aid, for my health insurance and for my mom and I’m really excited about seeing the First Lady,” said student Tevin Johnson.