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Michelle Obama in Florida
Yesterday, First Lady Michelle Obama spent the afternoon in the Sunshine State, making stops in Tallahassee and Gainesville to speak to grassroots supporters about the campaign. The crowds were huge, the First Lady was inspirational, and everybody was fired up. But before the First Lady took the stage, the audiences got to meet two young people and hear their incredible stories.
In Tallahassee, the First Lady was introduced by Kevin Fahey, a graduate student at Florida State University who got his start on the President’s 2008 campaign as a Neighborhood Team Leader in Ohio. Four years later, he’s working hard to get the President re-elected in Florida by making sure that his community and his campus know about what’s at stake in this election and what they can do to help out. He’s taken the First Lady’s “It Takes One” campaign to heart, because he knows even just one phone call or one neighbor you convince can make all the difference. In the end he told the crowd:
Throughout the fall, I’ll be out on campus and out in our community, registering voters and knocking on doors, and right now I’m asking each and every one of you to join me…So come help out for just one phone bank, or come register voters for one afternoon, because as the First Lady says, it only takes one of us to make a difference here in Florida.
A little bit earlier and a little further South, Alex Masi shared his story and why he’s so passionate about moving this country forward with President Obama. Like the President, Alex was raised by a single mom who instilled in him the value of working hard and helping others. When Alex was a freshman, he was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. He says, “I was scared and I didn’t know what to expect, especially because I knew that insurance companies could call this a pre-existing condition and deny me coverage.” But thanks to President Obama and the Affordable Care Act, Alex won’t have to worry about whether or not he’ll be able to get the healthcare he needs, and he’ll even be able to stay on his mom’s insurance until he’s 26.
Young people all across the country are doing their part to help get the President re-elected, because they know just what’s at stake. A vote for Barack Obama is a vote for the tax credits that help families send their kids to college, and the healthcare that means young people like Alex won’t have to worry about being discriminated against by insurance companies right when they need care the most.
Kevin and Alex are doing their part to help move this country forward – what will you do to help out? Take the first step, and make sure you’re registered to vote in November.