Welcome, friends. The purpose of this regular series is to promote enthusiasm and action among Daily Kos members. Romney will very likely out-fundraise President Obama. However, we believe that we can still win if (1) we can remain competitive financially, and (2) we volunteer our time and energy (GOTV, canvassing, phonebanking, LTE, ...).
Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama is the wife of the 44th and incumbent President of the United States, Barack Obama, and is the first African-American First Lady of the United States. This is how Wikipedia begins their description of our 1st Lady. Too me it's a very accurate but very dry description of a very warm, funny, intelligent, and loving individual. President Obama calls her the "Rock of our Family" Michelle Obama honors her parents, loves her husband and children. She's a fierce campaigner for his Presidency and causes. With Dr. Jill Biden advocates for our nation's military and veterans. She cares about our children's health and well being. I can't add much more; I'll let you read some of her own words, and watch some fun videos. Michelle Obama is a fantastic surrogate for the president and a great First Lady.
My dad was our rock. Although he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in his early 30s, he was our provider, our champion, our hero. As he got sicker, it got harder for him to walk, it took him longer to get dressed in the morning.
My mother's love has always been a sustaining force for our family, and one of my greatest joys is seeing her integrity, her compassion, her intelligence reflected in my daughters.
I come here tonight as a sister, blessed with a brother who is my mentor, my protector and my lifelong friend. And I come here as a wife who loves my husband and believes he will be an extraordinary president.
And Barack and I were raised with so many of the same values, like you work hard for what you want in life. That your word is your bond; that you do what you say you're going to do. That you treat people with dignity and respect, even if you don't know them and even if you don't agree with them.
One of the lessons that I grew up with was to always stay true to yourself and never let what somebody else says distract you from your goals. And so when I hear about negative and false attacks, I really don't invest any energy in them, because I know who I am.
And let's be clear: It's not enough just to limit ads for foods that aren't healthy. It's also going to be critical to increase marketing for foods that are healthy.
I come here as a mom whose girls are the heart of my heart and the center of my world - they're the first thing I think about when I wake up in the morning, and the last thing I think about when I go to bed at night. Their future - and all our children's future - is my stake in this election.
Policies that support families aren't political issues. They're personal. They're the causes I carry with me every single day.
I am an example of what is possible when girls from the very beginning of their lives are loved and nurtured by people around them. I was surrounded by extraordinary women in my life who taught me about quiet strength and dignity.
The Transcripts and Documents Group have President Obama's speeches in diary form. Worth reading; IMHO.
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Share two sites that will help voters in your state: Gotta Register will generate a voter registration form for your state. Gotta Vote explains how to register and what to bring when voting in your state. Voters can also download a convenient checklist with all of that info.