Sunday, October 17, 2010

President and 1st Lady Rally in Ohio
Huge Crowd of 35,000 Prove Democrats Extremely Energized !

By Greg Jones
National Director

In what turned out to be the largest political event of the season thus far, President Obama along with our 1st Lady Michelle Obama, excited close to 35,000 energized voters at the Moving America Forward rally held Sunday in Columbus, Ohio. As some pundits have been stating (or hoping) that Dems are not energized about the upcoming midterm elections November 2nd, just one look at the huge crowd proved otherwise. With excitement in the air, the crowd of thousands shouted chants of Fired Up along with the locations famous OH...IO ! The event was held at The Ohio State University featuring speakers including retired Ohio U.S. Senator and famous astronaut John Glenn among others.

The President and 1st Lady informed the crowd of the vital importance of voting in the upcoming midterm election and explained the dire results should the GOP obtain success as The President stated " if they win this election, the chair of a Republican campaign committee has promised that they will pursue the exact same agenda as they did before they took office."

Here's an excerpt: THE PRESIDENT: I mean, it’s not like we didn’t try what they’re peddling. We tried it for eight years. It didn’t work. And if they take over Congress, the other side has already promised to roll back health reform so that insurance comp
anies can go back to denying you coverage when you get sick.


THE PRESIDENT: They want to roll back Wall Street reform so that taxpayers can be on the hook for the next bailout.


THE PRESIDENT: They want to let credit card companies hit you with hidden fees or penalties.


THE PRESIDENT: They want to cut education by 20 percent to help pay for a $700 billion tax break for the wealthiest 2 percent of Americans, folks who don’t need it and won’t even --


THE PRESIDENT: Look, this is the same theory they have been peddling for years. And, Ohio, it is up to you to tell them we do not want what they are selling. We’ve been there before and we are not going back. (Applause.)

1st Lady Michelle Obama spoke of the importance this election has on the future. " I am like every parent that I know. My children are the center of my world. (Applause.) And my hopes for their future are at the heart of every single thing that I do. And when I think about the issues facing our nation right now, I think about what that means for our girls. And I think about what that means for the world that we’re leaving for them and, quite frankly, for all of our children. I think about whether or not we’re leaving the next generation -- and that would be many of your generation, your generation, folks -- whether we’re leaving something better. And that’s really how I look at things. "

The Ohio rally, which teamed The President and 1st Lady together for the first time on the campaign trail, was in support of Democrats Governor Ted Strickland, who is running against Republican Fox News anchor John Kasich, as well as for Lee Fisher who is running for U.S. Senate seat against Rob Portman, formerly a key player in the Bush administration.

With a live musical performance by John Legend, The President's closing remarks sounded the trumpet to the thousands with a call to action. " And if you will recapture that spirit, if you are out there knocking on doors and making phone calls, talking to your friends and neighbors, if you do not give up hope, then I guarantee you that not only are we going to win this election -- because this was never just about putting a President in the White House, it was about building a movement for change that lasted for a long time -- we will build a movement for change that will last 10 years from now and 20 years from now, and we will grow this economy and restore the middle class to its rightful place. And once again, the American Dream will be alive and well. "

As the crowd cheered in unison, one thing stood out most. Despite reports to the contrary, the Democrats are definitely energized. And at the event's close, one couldn't help but to feel; Ohio is... Fired Up !

Fired Up !

Yes We WILL !

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