The one that makes the difference on Election Day

“That one new voter you register in your precinct, that one neighbor you help get to the polls on November 6th — that could be the one that makes the difference on Election Day.”
First Lady Michelle Obama

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  • Michelle Obama: 100 votes in Virginia

    By Melanie on

    Michelle Obama in Virginia

    The First Lady visited Virginia today, motivating supporters in Richmond and Fredericksburg to get involved:

    “We won Virginia by 235,000 votes [in 2008]. Now, that’s wonderful. And while that might sound like a lot, think about this: When you break that number down, that’s just 100 votes per precinct. Now think about that—100 votes. That could mean just a couple of votes in your neighborhood, just a single vote in your apartment building.

    “So for anyone here who might be thinking that your vote doesn’t matter, that your involvement doesn’t count, that in this complex political process, ordinary folks can’t possibly make a difference—anyone who is thinking about that, I want you to think about those 100 votes. Think about that. I want you to think about, with just a few evenings on a phone bank, with just a few weekends knocking on doors, just a few of you here today could swing an entire precinct for Barack Obama. Just you all here could do that.”

    Check out some of the photos and tweets from the First Lady’s visit, then step up and volunteer in your neighborhood.

  • Pledge to vote

    By Melanie on

    Michelle Obama sent this note today:

    I know we've been asking a lot from you lately. What I'm asking today is easy—but critical if we want to win this election.

    Please take a moment to commit to vote, and get at least one other person to do the same.

    In 16 days, voting will have already started in Iowa, and I just want to know that you plan to do your part to make sure Barack gets four more years to move this country forward.

    We know what's at stake this year. And if each of us makes the commitment to vote now and gets others excited about doing the same, we'll be one step closer to winning this election.

    So check your registration, pledge to vote this year, and then get your friends and family to do the same.

    Thanks for all you do,

    Michelle

  • “How could you ask for a better First Lady?”

    By Noah on

    Audience members in Charlotte on Tuesday

    From their cheers, their “We love Michelle” signs, and their standing ovations, it was clear that the folks in the audience loved the First Lady’s speech in Charlotte last night. Here’s what a few of them had to say:

    “I thought it was so wonderful and emotional. She lifted our hopes—that’s what we need to keep marching ahead.”
    —Betty, Florida

    “Michelle Obama was outstanding—she made me cry. How could you ask for a better First Lady? She showed us what kind of man the President really is and she touched everyone’s heart. I think I’m going to cry again.”
    —Kathy, Idaho

    “She told the story that is America.”
    —Carlos, Washington D.C.

    “I thought the First Lady was absolutely amazing. She really hit on the stark contrasts between Mitt Romney and President Obama in terms of values. I hope a lot of people heard that.”
    —Michelle, Maryland

    “She was just great. She spoke to everyone—not just women. Promises were made, and promises were kept.”
    —Jane, Illinois

    If you’re also feeling fired up by the First Lady’s speech, do something about it—commit to vote today.

  • Michelle Obama: “Let us never forget”

    By Melanie on

    Closing out the first night of the convention, Michelle Obama had the audience members in Charlotte on their feet:

    “So today, when the challenges we face start to seem overwhelming—or even impossible—let us never forget that doing the impossible is the history of this nation. It is who we are as Americans. It is how this country was built.

    “And if our parents and grandparents could toil and struggle for us, if they could raise beams of steel to the sky, send a man to the moon, and connect the world with the touch of a button, then surely we can keep on sacrificing and building for our own kids and grandkids.”

    “And if so many brave men and women could wear our country’s uniform and sacrifice their lives for our most fundamental rights, then surely we can do our part as citizens of this great democracy to exercise those rights, surely, we can get to the polls on Election Day and make our voices heard.

    “If farmers and blacksmiths could win independence from an empire, if immigrants could leave behind everything they knew for a better life on our shores, if women could be dragged to jail for seeking the vote, if a generation could defeat a depression, and define greatness for all time, if a young preacher could lift us to the mountaintop with his righteous dream, and if proud Americans can be who they are and boldly stand at the altar with who they love…then surely, surely we can give everyone in this country a fair chance at that great American Dream.”

  • “The power of one”

    By Grant and Noah on

    First Lady Michelle Obama talks to a crowd in Milwaukee

    “Never underestimate the power that you have. That one conversation that you have, that one new volunteer that you recruit, that could be the one that puts this election over the top. That could be the difference between us waking up on November the 7th and asking ourselves, ‘Could we have done more?’ or feeling the promise of four more years. That’s the difference—the power of one.”
    —First Lady Michelle Obama, speaking at Bradley Tech High School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on the difference one person can make

    Supporters in Milwaukee on Thursday took the First Lady’s message to heart. At the event, a few folks shared their stories of how they joined the campaign.

    “In 2008, my dad was working at the campaign’s downtown branch. He called me and he was like, ‘Do you wanna help me put out Obama signs and go knock on doors and stuff?’ And I was like ‘Really? That is so cool!’ And so I went with my dad the first time, and it was really awesome.”
    —Briana

    Others talked about what they plan on doing between now and Election Day:

    “I'm going to call, go door-to-door, and just do everything I can. And I tell friends to do the same! I try to make sure that everyone is registered, make sure everyone knows how to vote, where to vote, and things like that. I definitely have friends who I've encouraged to stay interested. This isn’t a one-year process—it's going to take a long time to fix the problems that Obama inherited.”
    —Ian

    Ivan and Lilly

    “I'm bringing my daughter along to everything that I do. I'm showing her by example that it’s important to be active in politics. It does make a difference. And if you want change, you have to be a part of it.”
    —Ivan, along with his 9-year-old daughter, Lilly, from Waukesha

    Follow Briana, Ian, and Ivan’s lead by volunteering in your neighborhood today—and remember to bring along some friends.