First lady Michelle Obama spoke in front of a crowd of 2,800 enthusiastic community members Wednesday morning at Arapahoe High School in Centennial, listing accomplishments of the President’s last term and calling for help to make another one possible.
In her opening remarks, she thanked the firefighters and volunteers for their involvement in the High Park Fire north of Fort Collins.
She also thanked the campaign volunteers and organizers in the friendly crowd.
“This kind of grassroots work that you all are doing to get people focused and fired up, that work is the core of this campaign. It means absolutely everything,” Obama said.
Obama went on to speak of key campaign issues including health care reform, education, and immigration. Her speech centered on her husband’s policy reform during the last four years in office and cited accomplishments such as the repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell,” the death of Osama Bin Laden, and job creation.
“While we absolutely have a long way to go to rebuild this economy, it’s important for people to understand that today, millions of people are collecting a paycheck again,” Obama said.
She also urged audience members to take an active role in what she said was sure to be a very close election.
“Barack needs your help. He needs you to keep doing what you’re doing. Keep making those calls. It matters. Keep knocking on those doors. It matters,” Obama said.
At the end of the 25-minute speech, Obama asked, “So let me ask you one question: Are you in?”
She was met by excited cheers from the crowd.
The first lady spoke later in the day in Pueblo.