Michelle Obama says Amer­ica ‘needs an adult’ in the White House

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - NEWS - By Kris­ten De Groot

PHILADEL­PHIA >> Michelle Obama told sup­port­ers in Philadel­phia on Wed­nes­day that can­di­dates don’t change once they be­come pres­i­dent and that Amer­ica “needs an adult in the White House.”

The first lady never men­tioned Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee Don­ald Trump dur­ing the rally at LaSalle Univer­sity. But there was no ques­tion that she was warn­ing vot­ers that Pres­i­dent Trump would be the same as can­di­date Trump.

“The pres­i­dency doesn’t change who you are, it re­veals who you are,” she told the cheer­ing crowd.

She re­ferred to sev­eral com­ments Trump made dur­ing and af­ter Mon­day’s de­bate, in­clud­ing his ap­par­ent ac­knowl­edg­ment that he’s paid no taxes some years. Trump said that makes him “smart.”

“If a can­di­date is er­ratic and threat­en­ing, if a can­di­date traf­fics in prej­u­dice, fear and lies on the cam­paign trail, if a can­di­date thinks not pay­ing taxes makes you smart, or that it’s good busi­ness when peo­ple lose their homes; if a can­di­date reg­u­larly and flip­pantly makes cruel and in­sult­ing com­ments about women, about how we look, how we act — well, sadly, that’s who that can­di­date re­ally is,” she said. “That is the kind of pres­i­dent they will be.”

She said the coun­try needs a leader who is steady and mea­sured be­cause when mak­ing war-or-peace de­ci­sions, “the pres­i­dent can’t just pop off or lash out ir­ra­tionally. No, we need an adult in the White House, I guar­an­tee you.”

Later Wed­nes­day, she ap­peared at a rally for the Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee at the Univer­sity of Pitts­burgh, where she changed the word­ing to “grown-up.”

She cast Clin­ton as a tough, com­pas­sion­ate fighter who doesn’t back down and who loves her coun­try.

“Ex­pe­ri­ence mat­ters, prepa­ra­tion mat­ters, tem­per­a­ment mat­ters,” she said. “Hil­lary Clin­ton has it all. She’s the real deal.”

She told the crowd in Pitts­burgh she un­der­stands some vot­ers are unin­spired this year, but this elec­tion is too im­por­tant not to vote.

“Ei­ther Hil­lary Clin­ton or her op­po­nent will be the next pres­i­dent this year. The stakes are too high to take that chance” by not vot­ing or cast­ing a protest vote for some­one else, she said. “It isn’t about vot­ing for the per­fect can­di­date. There’s no such thing.”

Trump’s cam­paign re­acted to Obama’s speech with a state­ment say­ing Clin­ton is in “panic mode” in Penn­syl­va­nia be­cause polls show the Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee surg­ing in the bat­tle­ground state.

MEL EVANS — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

First lady Michelle Obama speaks at LaSalle Univer­sity in Philadel­phia, Wed­nes­day as she cam­paigns for pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Hil­lary Clin­ton.

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