On Wednesday, September 28th, Michelle Obama, the First Lady of the United States, spoke in support of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign at La Salle University’s Tom Gola Arena. Mrs. Obama started by recounting her husband, President Barack Obama’s, accomplishments in the White House, such as decreasing unemployment rates, improving the accessibility of health care, and taking steps forward in LGBT rights and marriage equality. She spoke about what it truly takes to be the president of our nation and mentioned that the issues that a president has to deal with are not always black and white; there is a gray area that one must ponder over and then decide which course of action is the right one. The First Lady stated that Hillary Clinton knows what this job entails and that she has seen it from every angle. She indirectly put Donald Trump under fire by saying that “We know that being president isn’t anything like reality TV, it is not an apprenticeship and it is not about fiery speeches or insulting tweets.”
Throughout her thirty minute speech, Mrs. Obama did not mention Donald Trump by name; she simply called him “Hillary’s opponent” or as “the alternative.” She did, however, speak to the attacks he has made towards his fellow presidential candidate. When addressing a statement made by Mr. Trump that criticized Hillary Clinton’s stamina, Mrs. Obama reminded the crowd of Mrs.Clinton’s prolonged exposure to the inner workings of our government by stating that “Nobody has had as much exposure to the presidency as Hillary. Not Barack. Not Bill. And yes, she happens to be a woman.” She also took the time to recount the previous government positions Hillary Clinton has occupied and praised her lifelong dedication to the children of our nation. As First Lady of the United States, earlier as First Lady of Arkansas, and as a New York Senator, Clinton has worked to better the availability and quality of children’s health care. As United States Secretary of State, she worked to improve the nation’s foreign policy and affairs.
In the time Mrs. Obama did not spend speaking in favor of Hillary Clinton, she stressed the fact that every vote matters and reminded the audience that “Elections are not just about who votes, it’s also about who doesn’t vote.” During an election in which many people are choosing not to vote or to vote for a third party candidate, this is an important matter to discuss. To emphasise this point, the First Lady mentioned that President Obama’s success during his 2012 presidential campaign in battleground states such as Florida, Ohio, Virginia, and Pennsylvania was mostly due to voters under the age of 30, which was the demographic that comprised the vast majority of the people in attendance. “Back in 2012, Barack won Pennsylvania by about 300,000 votes, which sounds like a lot, but see when you break that number down the difference between winning and losing the state was only 17 votes per precinct,” she remarked. Voting and adding one’s input during this year’s presidential election or for any government election during any year is very important, so for those who are 18 and older please register by the October 11 deadline in Pennsylvania to be able to vote on Tuesday, November 8th.
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