First Lady Michelle Obama and Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton (D) jointly held a rally at Wake Forest University on Thursday, November 27 in support of Clinton’s campaign.
Clinton spoke first, topics including the support of Governor Candidate Roy Cooper (D-NC) and Senatorial Candidate Deborah Ross (D-NC), climate change, veterans support, marriage equality, immigration reform, economic equality, affordable education, and ending bullying.
“This may be one of the most… important elections of our lifetime.” Clinton said. “No matter our age, but for young people it will be so consequential, because every election is about the future and this one is about whether we build on the progress we’ve made, the legacy that President Obama has built, or rip it away and go backwards.”
Clinton also emphasized the importance of voting, and its relation to voters’ rights.
“So I think you are getting the idea here that I believe everything we care about is at stake in this election,” Clinton said. “So you’ve got to vote and get your friends and your families and your neighbors to vote, too.”
Clinton also praised Michelle Obama for her activism and service as First Lady, highlighting her youth advocacy in gender equality and child health.
“Just by being [Michelle Obama] every day, never missing an opportunity to honor her parents for the hard word and sacrifice that sent her on her way,” Clinton said. “she has shown every little girl and boy in America that there are no limits to what they can achieve if they work hard and do right and believe in themselves.”
Clinton also criticized Presidential Candidate Donald Trump (R) for recent comments regarding the Khan family and dismissiveness towards military personnel, as well as his past comments towards women.
Clinton concluded by restating voting’s importance, and encouraged cooperation in contrast to what she deemed divisive rhetoric by the opposing side.
“Starting right now, let’s come together, let’s work together and let’s be hopeful and optimistic and unify in the face of division and hate,” Clinton said in conclusion. “Bring people together in a spirit of mutual respect to solve shared challenges. Let’s have each other’s backs, lift each other up, not tear each other down.”
Michelle Obama took the mic next, beginning by speaking in support for Clinton, Cooper, and Ross in their respective campaigns.
“I know that there is some folks out there who have commented that it’s been unprecedented for a sitting First Lady to be so actively engaged in the presidential campaign,” Obama said. “And that may be true. But what’s also true is that this is truly an unprecedented election.”
Obama contrasted Clinton and Trump, saying that Clinton is experienced with a vision of hope, while Trump’s is one of division and despair. She also indirectly characterized Trump as lacking temperament and being out-of-touch.
“That is the choice we face,” Obama said. “Between those who divide this country into us versus them and those who tell us to embrace our better angels and choose hope over fear.”
Obama spoke on Clinton’s plans, repeating her statements on climate, college, and taxes.
Obama also highlighted the importance of voting, alleging that statements regarding ‘rigged’ elections were designed to discourage voters into staying home. She also noted that President Barack Obama had lost North Carolina in 2012 by approximately 17 votes per precinct, noting that in close races a single vote can swing an election.
“[‘Rigged’ statements] are trying to take away your hope,” Obama said. “And just for the record, in this country, the United States of America… voters decided who wins and who loses, period, end of story.”
Obama also emphasized the importance of composure, competent leadership and unity, pointing out that children and the larger world are watching this election.
“With every action we take, with every word we utter, we think about the millions of children who are watching us… looking to us to show them who they can and should be,” Obama said. “And that’s why every day we try to be the kind of people, the kind of leaders that your children deserve, whether you agree with our politics or not.”
Obama concluded by stating early voting’s importance, and encouraged attendees to do so and volunteer for the Clinton campaign.
“We’re going to vote. We’re going to vote early,” Obama said in conclusion. “We’re going to stand in lines, we’re going to make our voices heard. No one is going to take away our hope.”