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Earlier today, I joined thousands of others at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Ohio to hear first lady Michelle Obama and President Obama kick off the 2012 general election. You can read the transcript of their remarks here, but I was able to take some photos at the event and thought you might enjoy them—starting with the lovely and amazing first lady of the United States, Michelle Obama:

First Lady Michelle Obama smiles
The crowd loves the first lady and her introduction of the president:
First Lady Michelle Obama introduces President Obama
Here's the scene a few minutes earlier when Michelle Obama took the stage:
First Lady Michelle Obama arrives
And President Obama is in the house!
President Obama addresses the crowd
Zooming in on the president:
Closeup of Obama speaking
Continue reading to see the rest of the photos.

You can see the house was packed:

President Obama at podium
After the speech, the first lady rejoined the president:
The first couple stand together on stage pointing at crowd
They waved to to crowd, holding each other arm in arm:
The first couple wave to crowd, arm in arm
Here's the first picture of the first couple zoomed in:
First couple close up pointing to crowd
And here's the second:
First couple link arms, waving to crowd
They were full of energy—the crowd was fired up and ready to go, even as they waved goodbye.
President Obama waves goodbye
And the event was peppered with "Forward." signs, but none bigger than this one.
Huge sign at rally reads Forward
And finally, here's a link to the full video of the rally (and as mentioned above, the transcript is here).

p.s.: They did play the fired up and ready to go video from 2008 at the start of the event. And the crowd did get fired up and ready to go. And yes, the rumors are true: Mitt Romney sort of likes that slogan. At least he likes the "fired" part.

Originally posted to The Jed Report on Sat May 05, 2012 at 05:16 PM PDT.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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