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First Lady Michelle Obama Fires Up Crowd in Milwaukee

An estimated 2,500 Obama supporters from Milwaukee and across the world came to Bradley Tech High School Thursday afternoon to hear the First Lady's call to action to get out the vote in November.

After coming so close to meeting President Barack Obama when he came to Racine, 13-year-old Michelle Payne's dreams came true Thursday when Michelle Obama finished a campaign speech at Bradley Tech High School, patted her on the head, hugged her and told her she was proud of her.

"It was an ecstatic feeling, something I will probably never feel again in my life," the Racine girl said. "She's my role model. I just started crying, and when she hugged me I didn't want to let go."

Payne's emotional experience was echoed by many in the crowd of roughly 2,500 Obama supporters from across Milwaukee and the world who attended the First Lady's speech at Bradley Tech High School Thursday afternoon.

In her speech, she recalled growing up lower class in Chicago and working hard to get through school. Obama said she always had her eye on the American dream, and she married her husband Barack because his life was on a similar journey. After four years in the White House, Michelle Obama said her husband remains the same man, determined to keep the American dream alive by making sure the same opportunities he had are still open to today's youth.

"Like me, Barack knows the American dream because he's lived it. He knows something very important. When you work hard and you do well — and there's nothing wrong with doing well — and you walk through that doorway of opportunity, he believes that you do not slam it shut behind you," Obama said to a thunderous applause in the high school's gymnasium.

Obama went on to talk about the importance of her husband's accomplishments while in office, including the Affordable Care Act (dubbed ObamaCare by his Republican colleagues), funding Pell Grants, openly allowing gays in the military, the execution of Osama bin Laden and ending the war in Iraq.

When Obama took office, she said the country was losing 750,000 jobs per month. The country has since gained 4.5 million jobs over the past 29 months, she said. The First Lady also said he has cut taxes for small businesses 18 times.

"All this I just talked about, it's all at stake this November; all of it is on the line. Are we going to change all the progress we made? Are we going to sit back and lose everything we've worked so hard for?" she said. "You know what we have to do. We have to keep moving this country forward."

She said at the end of the day, the president's decisions are made based on life experiences and values.

"In the end it all boils down to who you are and what you stand for," she said. "The thing you want to remind you is we all know who my husband is, and we know who he stands for."

'My husband has your back'

While not mentioning Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney by name, the First Lady said voters in Wisconsin and America have a stark difference on the ballot come November.

"Before you step into that voting booth on Election Day, you've got to ask yourself, "Who will stand up for me? Who is looking out for my family? ... You know my husband has your back," she said.

She was introduced to the crowd after speeches from Congresswoman Gwen Moore, Congresswoman and US Senate candidate Tammy Baldwin and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.

During her time in Milwaukee, Obama met with several state leaders, including First Lady Tonette Walker and families of victims of the Sikh temple shooting in Oak Creek.

Supporters dazzled by First Lady

She also met with many of her supporters after the speech, who said they were inspired by their female role model.

"It was powerful to shake her hand and look her in the eye," said Gale Davis of Milwaukee.

"You saw truth in her eyes," added Milwaukee's Gwenda Lawson. "It was something we will never get to experience again in our lives."

Others, such as Ruby Jones, said she "felt like she was talking to us."

"We feel like she understands where we're coming from," said Jones, a retired Bradley Tech teacher.

Although the First Lady visited today, the Republican Party of Wisconsin released a statement today chiding the president for not visiting Wisconsin in 189 days.

“President Obama talks a great game on how important Wisconsin is in his race to the White House, yet hasn’t set foot in the Badger State in more than six months,” said Nathan Conrad, communications director for the Republican Party of Wisconsin. “Wisconsin has consistently been in play on a national level and the most recent polls have shown Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan with all the momentum."

V. Scheurich September 14, 2012 at 03:37 PM
Remember..........the KKK was a registered Democratic Party entity. Enough said. Yet, blacks continue to vote for this party. Exceptions are the educated, well thought out people of color who stand up for their own rights, want small government and want fiscal sanity so their own kids have to placed on food stamps and socialism. Conservative people of color need to to given a "tip of the hat' because they put up with alot of BS from both sides but have great hearts and want to preserve the Constitution.
The Anti-Alinsky September 14, 2012 at 05:26 PM
Billy, even I have read the rules for radicals (not the entire book, but a synopsis). After all, how can I fight against the rules if I don't know what they are? The same thing with the Tea Party, how can they fight the lies and innuendo effectively if they don't know the strategy? Take RULE 2: “Never go outside the expertise of your people.” It results in confusion, fear and retreat. Feeling secure adds to the backbone of anyone." Bernie has constantly referenced his favorite politifact article concerning Barack Hussein Obama having the lowest spending increases of any recent president. I called him on it several times citing data from an OMB report hosted on the Whitehouse website. As I mentioned several times, politifacts facts are correct, but their spin and conclusion are incorrect. I pulled Bernie out of his "expertise" (which as Hoffa has pointed out time and again just seems to be cutting and pasting randomly from Liberal rags). As a result, Bernie can only keep mumbling "politifact says, politifact says... and has to ignore the fact that we are spending 27% more today than four years ago. And while you admit your list was sarcastic in nature and pulled out of the urban legend generator that is the blogosphere, my list was compiled from various Barack Hussein Obama accusations leveled at Mitt Romney!
William Eib September 17, 2012 at 12:35 AM
When the Democrats embraced the Civil Rights movement and passed the Voting Rights act and other Civil Rights laws. Those very same KKKers ran to the welcoming open arms of the GOP. Where they have been ever since. That southern strategy the GOP is so proud of. The Negro vote stays with the Democrats because they have no choice. The GOP had decided where they stood on equal rights,which is just about the same place they stand today. Blowing those dog whistles and tossing tons of red meat. Anti-Poor, anti-immigrant, anti-women, anti-gays, anti-Obama. Nothing but Negativity and Anti-ism. It's sad that a major political party invested nearly 4 years in bring down a President. We are in need of jobs, and help for the Economy. And the GOP decided the best use of their time was character assassination. Screwed the needs of the country for an ideological pursuit. Not very patriotic, I'd say.
William Eib September 17, 2012 at 01:49 AM
Alinsky: The accusation; Obama is the highest spending President in history. Not true. Forbes Magazine supports this contention: Amidst all the cries of Obama being the biggest spender ever, Marketwatch is reporting Obama is tighter with a buck since Eisenhower. Check chart – Annualized Growth of Federal Spending. Source: (OMB, CBO & Haver Analytics) Reagan '82-'95... 8.7% Reagan '86-'98... 4.9% Bush I '90-'93 .... 5.4% Clinton '94-'97.... 3.2% Clinton '98-'01.... 3.9% Bush II '02-'05 ... 7.3% Bush II '06-'09 ... 8.1% (2009 stimulus reassigned to Obama) Obama'10 - '13... 1.4% How did Republicans managed to persuade Americans to buy this lie? It's with Obama's first year. The budget increased a whopping 17.9% From $2.98 tril. to $3.52 tril. The result of the Obama sponsored stimulus plan. The 1st term of any incoming president's is saddled with the budget set by the president before him. Not only was the 2009 budget the property of Bush, passed 4 months before Obama entered the W.H. The 1st budget that is Obama's began in 2010 with the budgets running through and including 2013. Here are Obama's Budgets: In fiscal 2010 (1st Obama budget) spending fell 1.8% to $3.46 tril. Fiscal 2011, spending rose 4.3% to $3.60 tril. Fiscal 2012, spending is set to rise 0.7% to $3.63 tril, according to the CBO’s estimate of the budget that was agreed to last August. Fiscal 2013 is scheduled to fall 1.3% to $3.58 tril. Read the CBO’s latest budget outlook.
William Eib September 17, 2012 at 01:54 AM
PART 2 Alinsky: From Forbes Magazine: No doubt, many will wish to give the credit to the efforts of the GOP controlled House of Representatives. That’s fine if that’s what works for you. However, you don’t get to have it both ways. Credit whom you will, but if you are truly interested in a fair analysis of the Obama years to date, at least when it comes to spending, you’re going to have to acknowledge that under the Obama watch, even Reagan would have to give our current president a thumbs up for stretching a dollar. Of course, the Heritage Foundation is having none of it, attempting to counter the actual numbers by pretending that the spending initiated by the Bush Administration is the fault of Obama. As I understand the argument Heritage is putting forth. Marketwatch, in using the baseline that Obama inherited, is making it too easy on the President. But then, with the Heritage Foundation being the creator of the individual mandate concept in healthcare only to rebut the same when it was no longer politically convenient, I’m not quite sure why anyone believes much of anything they have to say any longer. With their history of reversing course for convenience.

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