Michelle Obama cam­paigns in UD

The Ambler Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By Eric Devlin

First lady Michelle Obama made a cam­paign stop at Up­per Dublin High School Aug. 9 to en­er­gize a crowd of sup­port­ers, ex­plain the stakes of the up­com­ing pres­i­den­tial elec­tion and en­cour­age ev­ery­one to or­ga­nize be­tween now and Elec­tion Day for her hus­band.

Obama spoke to a crowd of ap­prox­i­mately 1,800 peo­ple at about 4:30 p.m. inside the gym­na­sium at Up­per Dublin High School in Fort Wash­ing­ton. Crowds chanted “fired up” and “ready to go” dur­ing the free event, while the Up­per Dublin High School March­ing Band kept the en­thu­si­as­tic crowd ac­tive and ex­cited with mu­sic.

“You all seem fired up,” said Obama, ad­dress­ing the crowd. “I am be­yond thrilled to be here to­day.”

7he first lady’s speech cen­tered on the cam­paign’s new ef­fort called It Takes One. It Takes One is an at­tempt to help grow the na­tional grass­roots move­ment of Obama for Amer­ica by ex­plain­ing how one per­son could po­ten­tially make or break a cam­paign.

Obama ad­dressed a num­ber of is­sues on the minds of vot­ers dur­ing this elec­tion, most im­por­tantly the econ­omy. She told sto­ries about how she and the pres­i­dent each grew up with par­ents who strug­gled to make ends meet and said be­cause of this, the pres­i­dent un-

der­stands the im­por­tance of work­ing hard to­ward the Amer­i­can dream.

“What I want to re­mind peo­ple is that your pres­i­dent knows when a fam­ily strug­gles,” she said. “He knows what it means to work hard be­cause you want some­thing bet­ter for your kids or your grand­kids. And like me, and like so many of you, Barack knows the Amer­i­can dream be­cause he’s lived it. And one thing he un­der­stands is that when you’ve worked hard, you’ve done well and you walk through that door­wayof op­por­tu­nity, the one thing you don’t do is that you don’t slam it shut be­hind you. vou reach back and give oth­ers a chance as well.”

She said the pres­i­dent is fo­cused on a strong econ­omy through a “strong and grow­ing mid­dle class.” She said the ad­min­is­tra­tion has cut taxes for work­ing fam­i­lies by $3,S00 and cut taxes for small busi­nesses 18 times. She also added that the ad­min­stra­tion in­her­ited a lot of the eco­nomic prob­lems from the Bush Ad­min­is­tra­tion and yet has been able to cre­ate 4.5 mil­lion new jobs dur­ing the past 29 months.

An­other hot-but­ton is­sue ad­dressed was the Af­ford­able Care Act that re­formed health care.

“To­day be­cause of that re­form our par­ents and grand­par­ents are pay­ing hun­dreds less for pre­scrip­tion drugs,” Obama said. “To­day be­cause of that re­form our kids can stay on our in­sur­ance un­til they’re 2S years old. And un­der­stand what this means for our kids grad­u­at­ing now, out there look­ing for work, try­ing to get their lives to­gether, no longer do they have to go with­out health care.”

She said in­sur­ance com­pa­nies will have to cover “ba­sic pre­ven­ta­tive care” and things like con­tra­cep­tion, can­cer screen­ings and pre­na­tal care “at no ex­tra cost.”

Other top­ics ad­dressed in­cluded end­ing the war in Iraq, the killing of Osama Bin iaden and the re­peal of don’t ask, don’t tell.

The speech lasted just more than a half hour, and the first lady stayed longer in or­der to smile for pic­tures, shake hands and talk with sup­port­ers.

Obama’s stop in Up­per Dublin was the sec­ond on a three-stop cam­paign swing through eastern Penn­syl­va­nia Thurs­day. She ad­dressed a crowd at the Univer­sity of the Sciences in West Philadel­phia at 2 p.m., and she fin­ished the day by speak­ing at Mo­ra­vian Col­lege in Bethlehem at 7:10 p.m.

In at­ten­dance for the event were Mont­gomery County Com­mis­sion­ers ies­lie Richards and Josh Shapiro, who spoke about an hour be­fore Obama took the stage. Both echoed many of the talk­ing points Obama later men­tioned, in­clud­ing the Af­ford­able Care Act and the econ­omy.

“We need the Oba­mas in our White House for an­other four more years,” Richards said.

“iet’s make it clear that Mont­gomery County is go­ing to be there for the Oba­mas, Penn­syl­va­nia will be there for the Oba­mas and Amer­ica will be there for the Oba­mas,” Shapiro said.

Penn­syl­va­nia and Mont­gomery County are key bat­tle­ground ar­eas for the pres­i­dent this elec­tion. Both went Demo­cratic in 2008.

Michelle Obama ad­dresses sup­port­ers at Up­per Dublin High School.

Gazette staff pho­tos by BOB RAINES

First lady Michelle Obama speaks to the crowd at Up­per Dublin High School.

First lady Michelle Obama greets the crowd fol­low­ing her speech.

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