“I see the sadness and worry that’s creasing his face”

This, from Michelle, made me tear up a little bit. 

….Michelle Obama, in a sleeveless blue dress, stood at a podium beneath a tree bursting with lavender flowers.

She began by recounting her husband’s journey to the White House, beginning with the moment he told her he wanted to run for President.

“I wasn’t exactly thrilled at the idea,” she said. “I still had some cynicism about politics, that was my hesitation.”

But she said she was transformed on the campaign trail after hearing the stories of everyday Americas. She recalled a campaign stop in Iowa before the Democratic primary there, where she grew so comfortable with the people she was chatting with, she kicked off her heels.

“I was just standing barefoot in the grass, just talking to people,” Obama said.

She said the moment made her realize that campaigning is “about meeting people one-on-one and learning about what was going on in their lives.”

And it led to a revelation about Americans: “Whether you grew up on the South Side of Chicago or Iowa, our stories are shared.”

Obama then listed some of the things her husband has done in office during his first two years. “We’ve gone from an economy that was on the brink of collapse to an economy that is starting to grow again,” she said.

She also mentioned healthcare reform, the passage of the Lilly Ledbetter Act and the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. She praised “justice” in the killing of Osama bin Laden, and the withdrawal of troops from overseas.

“We are responsibly ending the war in Iraq and have brought home 100,000 servicemen and women,” she said.

The First Lady talked about the toll that his work had taken on her husband.

“I see the sadness and worry that’s creasing his face,” she said.

She described his work ethic as tireless.

“He reads every word, every memo, so he is better prepared than the people briefing him,” she said. “This man doesn’t take a day off.”

Obama said the next few years of campaigning would be difficult at times for the Obamas and their supporters. “It is not going to be easy, and it is going to be long,” she said. “Now more than ever we need you help to finish what we started.”

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67 thoughts on ““I see the sadness and worry that’s creasing his face”

  1. Ditto. He WILL get re-elected because he is the right man for the job. I just pray that we get more Dems in the house and senate too or it will be another uphill battle.

  2. Yes, it is going to be hard on him to be President once again. He really cares about improving this country and he knows he has so little time.

    I’ll do all I can in my own limited way to help him get over the line. I can see him wearing down his own life. The least I can do is give him some of my resources. He is a good man. He will go down as a great President, but we can’t be complacent. There are so many people with wealth–all those who had the Bush tax cuts–and they will be gunning for a President who would be fair to them but also fair to the country. I wish some of those rich who benefited, those making over 1 million a day, would come out and support this President and thereby support the country that gave them so much. It is not fair to see the wealth of the nation transferred into the top 1/4 of 1 percent. It was just a vast give-away bill by GWB who did not give a damn about the welfare of this nation. Or if he did, he cared more about himself.

  3. I forgot to enter in the post above. Africa had suggested we flood King with feedback before, during and after the debate. So I have included his contact info above and will add it to my media page if you need it tomorrow.

  4. We are going to turn our tears into joy and hard work. We knew in our deepest feelings that this job is hurting him so, and it has caused him to age rapidly, but we will prevail. We are going to have his back and we will win in 2012 in the WH, House, and Senate. Just keep working hard, praying much, and supporting each other here.

  5. That he was, Africa. That he was. He was supposed to be here for us, in this moment. At this time. It was destiny. We have his back,and I hope that we work hard enough to give him breathing room in House/ Senate to make his second term easier than the first. That will be the “gift” we give him for his tireless work on behalf of the American people. More, better, real DEMS!

  6. I am listening on CNN online to the fundraiser that Obama will speak at. I love this young man who works with Gen44.

  7. I have great admiration for Michelle Obama. Facing four more years of endless work for both of them. Being under the microscope 24/7. Having your whole family seen as potential tabloid fodder.

    I for one am very grateful that the Obamas are such a terrific team and wiling to endure so much for the country.

    Yes, I know there are plenty of up-sides to being the First Family but I wouldn’t and couldn’t do it even for free rent in a very nice house.;-)

  8. Reading Eric Bolling’s racist rant on MM about how POTUS is “hosting hoodlums in the hizzouse,” just shows how Republicans cannot attack POTUS on policy.

    Their policy ideals are essentially repeal the entire 21st Century and bring us back to the Dark Ages, back when racism was the law of the land and women “knew their place.”

    This POTUS has done nothing but the best for this country and wants the best out of everyone, yet the Republicans demonize him to be an evil man who cannot be trusted. Of course, a lot of it is overtly racist because they cannot tolerate nor accept being outsmarted by a black man, and a lot of it is jealousy because this POTUS continues to be popular. Whenever he speaks, the venues are full, compare it to their tea party crowds where over half the seats are empty or vacant, and the people who do show up look bored.

    Heck I read about how in the past, Governor Quitter actually had to GIVE AWAY tickets for FREE because they weren’t selling, whereas tickets to see POTUS get sold out like tickets to a rock concert. POTUS is a Barackstar, yet the Republicans twist his celebrity appeal into a negative because their candidates on their side do not have that kind of appeal.

  9. Thank you our beautiful first lady for being there for our president. We will help in every way we can.
    The dream lives on, as does the hope.

  10. My amazing POTUS Obama just finished speaking. OMG perfect speech is perfect. I love my president. Bring on 2012!!!!

  11. The Republicans are having their debate right now…all I hear is “OBamacare” “tax cuts” and “one-term President!”

  12. My mom said John king asked all the republicans, is there anything that president Obama has done right?

    They all said NO!

    Ohhhhhkkkaaayyy!

  13. Hopefruit2, they’re “full of BS”…

    I know what they’re about.. So, I don’t watch ‘em, and I don’t listen to ‘em

    YES.WE.CAN…DO.(Much)More, Together!
    I’M IN…FIRED UP & READY TO GO! ;)

  14. Jovie, what do you expect…

    They’re the TeaPublican Party of No! lol

    And, CNN is FOX Lite…Grrr!

    YES.WE.CAN…DO.(Much)More, Together!
    I’M IN…FIRED UP & READY TO GO! ;

  15. I really hope someone will be able to post the President Florida speech, I can not view CNN and white house on my iPad2. My Mac is in the repair shop, keyboard damage from coffee spray.

  16. GOPolitico, you lie…

    WTH, they’re spinnin’, spinnin’ and spinnin’.

    Watchin’/listenin’ to the vid clip, I saw a crowds of supporters, and I heard applause, chants and cheers!

    GO PBHO GO!!! :)

    YES.WE.CAN…DO.(Much)More, Together!
    I’M IN…FIRED UP & READY TO GO! ;)

  17. PBHO has two more DNC events in Miami…

    Then, he’s on his way to Puerto Rico!

    Where he is more than welcomed!

    GO PBHO GO!!! :)

    YES.WE.CAN…DO.(Much)More, Together!
    I’M IN…FIRED UP & READY TO GO ;)

  18. I’m usually a lurker but I feel the need to ask if you work closely with the campaign, because it seems to me that you know more than what you let on.

  19. Really, I didn’t notice anything wrong…

    Anyway, there’s two more DNC FL events and PR, here WE come!

    I’m “p” optimist!!! ;) :)

  20. Oh I see Politico shilling for their GOP corporate buddies. Considering there were 980 tickets sold to this fundraiser which was only supposed to be for 900 and considering there are 2 more fundraisers in Miami later on, and considering this is the BEGINNING of a 18 month campaign I think it was very good.

  21. Me neither…. After attending an amazing grass roots meeting today, I am fired up. Maybe something is going on in internet world that I missed but here on the ground we are :D :D and goobama2012 like whoah.

  22. Jayne, where ya at…

    WE need all the details!

    And, did you go to all three of the DNC FL events?! ::whistling:: ;) lol

    YES.WE.CAN…DO.(Much)More, Together!
    I’M IN…FIRED UP & READY TO GO! :)

  23. Actually I read that they wanted to sell 900 tks and sold 980, But the issue may be the venue was too large for their plan. At any rate it is Poltico’s shallowness showing.

  24. No kidding ??

    They were pandering to their extremists. But did they forget the OTHER republicans who were watching ?And the independants ? After all, there ARE some independants watching CNN, because they think (!) CNN is “neutral”.

    If there were any independants or moderate republicans watching this they certainly were not impressed.

    As always those repub pols are overreaching.

  25. Wonders never cease the WSJ actually put this in a column tonight (mght have been factck)
    But things would have been worse without the stimulus, according to a report issued last month by the Congressional Budget Office. The stimulus increased the number of people working by between 1.2 million and 3.3 million during the first three months of the year, the report found. It added that the stimulus, which passed with almost no Republican support, lowered the unemployment rate by between 0.6 and 1.8 percentage points.

    Health care also drew misleading or incomplete answers, as the candidates sought to capitalize on the unpopularity of President Obama’s health care plan among Republicans.

  26. They don’t have ANY solutions. They want to repeal everything President Obama and the Democrats have accomplished. They want to roll back financial reform and health care. They want to get rid of the Environmental Protection Agency – which means polluters ‘do your thing’. They want to roll back child labor laws – one state has already done this. We cannot let these people be in charge of this country.

  27. Also, wasn’t this one added at the last minute? I thought Mark Knoller tweeted about that earlier

  28. They have no issues to run on only crapola , Are the people who are watching their B.S are that STUPID?
    I can not believe how ignorant those people are. Slogans, and attacks, attacks are not going to solve the problems of the country.

  29. I think 2 states have rolled back those child labor laws….Maine and Wisconsin.What cruel,evil people these Gov. are.

  30. It’s like I am living in a real bad movie called “High School Bullies Running for President” and the head male cheer leader is asking the questions.

  31. If anyone wants a good chuckle, you HAVE to check out Angry Black Lady tonight:) Laugh out loud funny tweets from this suckfest GOP “debate”…she was hilarious> “Clusterfu** party of 7, your table is ready!” Go…your smiling face will thank you.

  32. and in the state legislatures and governors’ mansions — they are working really hard to turn the clock back decades in so many states. I’ve been following what is going on in NC, and it is utterly flabbergasting on every level.

  33. From all I heard and some that I saw of the GOP Debate, it was a disgusting display of teabauchery.
    It was Clowns on Parade. It was the Radical Review, the Parade of Pathetic, a Litany of Losers.

    They even said that Obama was too cozy with Al Qaeda and helping the terrorists.
    Good Grief. I guess shooting someone in the head, throwing them in the drink, and the fact Bin Laden is now fish food is being friendly with terrorists !!! WTF are they talking about ? I guess bombing the living hell out of terrorists, shooting them and kicking their ass is being friendly with terrorists. I think they would disagree. Ask those in the compund in Pakistan if Obama had the Seals gently knock on their door and ask to come in for a cup of coffee. NOT !

    Rob Gibbs was all smiles after the debate and said it was like the candidates were debating 4 years ago and how nothing they said was relevant for the present day. He said they presented no ideas.
    It was like he was trying to stop laughing at the jokers. I bet he was salivating for the President to debate these fools.

    The MSM is loving and gushing over Mittens today but that is because Mittens was the only one wh did not look like a complete jackass. But up against Obama in a debate, he will not look good.

  34. I got tears in my eyes reading Michelle’s comments. What love she has for her husband. It is so obvious those 2 are soulmates and very bonded, what a great marriage. They are role models for a good marriage.

    I am so pround to wake up each day and know they are in the White House. We must do all we can to keep them there. We cannot afford for these Baggers to get into office and roll back all the progress. The debate was clear, they intend to roll back everything including DADT repeal, Healthcare, the works.

  35. please don’t delete this comment. i want to provide an alternative viewpoint to the ones expressed on this post.

    many, many americans are still out of work. many more are using food stamps. GM belongs to the chinese – chrysler has also been sold…it’s not american anymore.

    how is this success?

    america needs real change, and that change will come when each american takes responsibility for their own actions…concerned about global warming? stop using a car. concerned about people who live in poverty? start a business and employ them. concerned about human rights? start in your own neighborhood with sexual abuse victims and kids who get bullied at school.

    we have a long road ahead of us. i pray for all of us.

  36. Not sure what this blog post has to do with the automotive industry. Listen, unfortunately there’s no such thing as perfect. But the fact is thousands of jobs were saved because of the auto “bail out”. I’d call that a success. Just ask the people whose jobs were saved.

    As for me, I’d love to stop using a car. However, the transit system in my city is horrible and most help ads state one must have personal transportation. Why? Because employers realize they can’t count on our mass transit system to get people where they need to go, on time.

    I’d also love to start my own business. Got some spare cash for a start-up business?

    The law firm you’re promoting, does it help “the least of these” by helping folks protect their offshore assets? I’m sure it’s a great firm, but although I know many wonderful people who practice law I’m still a bit leery of attorneys.

    Peace to you.

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