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Values, Vision Topics of First Lady's Speech in Montco [PHOTOS]

The values and the vision for this country are reasons why President Obama is running for second term.

More than 1,500 people were fired up on Thursday to see First Lady Michelle Obama at the Upper Dublin High School gymnasium.

Dan Siegel, the Montgomery County regional field director for Obama's re-election campaign, told the audience that in 2009, his mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. He said they were lucky to have full health insurance to cover to costs of her medical expenses. However, he added that the Affordable Care Act, passed by President Obama, means his mother's illness will never be considered a pre-existing condition and cannot be grounds for denial of health coverage.

Montgomery County Commissioner Josh Shapiro said he and his wife spent time at the White House and were surprised by how much the President and First Lady are like “one of us.”

“The First Lady gets it – the real challenges of our families," Shapiro said. “They have done so much for us."

“The president and the First Lady aren’t done working for you,” Shapiro continued. “I’m working as hard as I can to make it eight [years]... It’s up to us and up to you to make the difference."

Julie Haywood, a local resident, welcomed the First Lady to Upper Dublin High School. Haywood said after helping on the 2008 campaign, she felt compelled to get more involved in her community, so she ran for school board in Cheltenham, where she lives.

“I stand with Obama because he stands with working mothers like me,” said Haywood.

She said she believes "Our economy should work for everyone," and with that, she introduced First Lady Michelle Obama.

Obama began by thanking those volunteers who have helped move the campaign forward. She said that during the last campaign, grassroots campaigning was what won the election, and she told the crowd that “we’re going to do it again."

Obama said her husband is running for a second term “because of our values…the values we believe in…[and] the vision for this country that we believe in.”

The First Lady also said her husband “knows what it means when your family struggles,” because both Obama and her husband grew up in middle class families. She added that the stories that her husband has heard along the campaign trail and during the last three and a half years have kept him going.

“He stood up for our most fundamental rights again and again and again,” said Obama. “All of that’s at stake and so much more... The chance to finish what we’ve started."

As the speech drew to a close, the First Lady drove home that elections are about the world we want to leave for our children.

“We can’t turn back now, we’ve come so far.”

Editor's note: Special thanks to Patch user for adding his fantastic photos to our gallery! If you have your own photos from the event, feel free to add them as well!

SMDH August 10, 2012 at 05:39 PM
You flatter me! I only wish someone were paying me for my opinions. But how nice that my writing sounds professional. Not a flack or operative, I'm afraid, just an American citizen praying that Obama is re-elected in November.
Bill August 10, 2012 at 05:48 PM
So to answer the Marxist question. I urge everyone to do your own research and come to your own conclusion. In researching this question I came across this site from 2008. Please do your own research. I'm not saying that the below is accurate but this is just what I found on the net. http://obamaism.blogspot.com/ Obama's Ties to Socialism, Marxism, and Communism 1. Obama's Father Wrote About Socialism 2. Obama's Mother Was a "Communist Sympathizer" 3. Obama's Parents Met in a Russian Class (Back then it was the Communist USSR) – 4. Obama's Teen Mentor was Frank Marshall Davis (a known Communist Party USA member) 5. Obama's Brother Roy and Cousin Odinga are Marxists - 6. Obama Attended Socialist Conferences at Cooper Union 7. Obama Was Hand Picked by Alice Palmer to Succeed Her in the Illinois State Senate 8. Obama's Run for the Illinois State Senate was Launched by a Fundraiser Organized at Bill Ayers' and Bernardine Dorhn's Chicago Home 9. Obama Had a Close Relationship with the "Anti-Capitalist" Group ACORN 10. Obama Attended Several Meetings with the Democratic Socialists in Chicago and Was even Endorsed by by Them. 11. Obama Endorsed Openly Socialist Senator Bernie Sanders 12. Many Obama Supporters Idolize Che Guervara 13. The Communist Party USA Endorsed 14. Obama's Church is Rooted in Liberation Theology which is Rooted in 15. Obama's Opening The Decemberists performing the Soviet National Anthem:
Bill August 10, 2012 at 06:07 PM
To further the question one has to ask is this economic situation planned. Is the spending spree to cripple. Destroy the middle class. Tax the middle to rich more, to put more people into poverty. Sounds like Cloward–Piven strategy. Please research https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cloward%E2%80%93Piven_strategy. "that a welfare enrollment drive would strain local budgets, precipitating a crisis at the state and local levels that would be a wake-up call for the federal government, particularly the Democratic Party, thus forcing it to implement a national solution to poverty. Cloward and Piven wrote that “the ultimate objective of this strategy [would be] to wipe out poverty by establishing a guaranteed annual income...”[2] There would also be side consequences of this strategy, according to Cloward and Piven. These would include: easing the plight of the poor in the short-term (through their participation in the welfare system); shoring up support for the national Democratic Party then-splintered by pluralist interests (through its cultivation of poor and minority constituencies by implementing a national solution to poverty); and relieving local governments of the financially and politically onerous burdens of public welfare (through a national solution to poverty).
Bill August 10, 2012 at 06:17 PM
Gotta go back to work. Nice talking with you SMDH I release control of the tread back into your trusting hands. May the Lord bless you.
Janis C Sheridan August 10, 2012 at 06:22 PM
No surprises here. All of this can be read in his first two books. Which is more the reason it is shocking he was ever voted in in the first place. All of the above is true and how anyone could deny that any one with that background (and the long-time relationship with "Rev" Jeremiah Wright) would definitely carry anti-American sentiments, is beyond belief.
SMYRNA-X August 10, 2012 at 06:32 PM
Smdh, obama is a marxist. Im not foaming at the mouth saying this- simply look at his speaches and policies and any could see this. He should admit it and so should you. Marxism is an economic philosophy, just admit who you and your friends are. Why do you feel compeled to sneak around. Just be honest.
GREG L August 10, 2012 at 06:40 PM
I find the cries about Obama being a socialist rather sophomoric and merely a rehash of the McCain campaign talking points that people have held onto for the past four years. This is the main problem I have with the left-right paradigm. Each side tends to attack with talking points that are absolutely meaningless in evaluating the performance of Obama and any other politician for that matter. This actually robs the country as the debate can’t get past angry statements so it can’t move to a rational discussion. I’m come to believe that’s a design feature of our contemporary political system and there’s an increasing number of people who are rejecting the two party system as a result. I count myself among them. The problem with talking points and angry accusations is that they prevent a rational analysis of policies and I believe that if one were to examine Obama’s economic and foreign policies, one wouldn’t see a liberal at all. On the foreign policy front, Obama has basically been a continuation of Bush and has expanded the Bush policies of the expansion of the security state and foreign incursions abroad. Obama has greatly expand targeted assassination through drone warfare while killing many innocents, has provided covert and overt aid in the overthrow of governments on Libya and Syria and has overseen the implementation of the National Defense Authorization Act which provides for indefinite detention of American Citizens.
GREG L August 10, 2012 at 06:40 PM
On the economic front, he’s overseen the continued bailout of the banks and has done nothing, absolutely nothing, to put some of the folks in jail who created this financial mess we’re in. All of this is totally absent from the political debate and these are very real issues rather than Obama’s supposed socialism and leftist policies. Those on the right would have a legitimate criticism of the president if they were to go after him here, but they fall silent. Those on the left could push this president away from these dangerous policies, but they fall silent too. In effect, there’s a tacit agreement between both left and right about what they’re going to discuss and what they’re not. The real issues are simply not going to be discussed and we will go through the entire presidential campaign with gaffes on both sides and Romney’s taxes being the only issues discussed. And the result that will be the public going once again into the voting booth with little to vote on other than how they “feel”. Facts and analysis are beside the point. This is by design. BTW, I’m a man of the left and I have major issues with Obama.
StGabes August 10, 2012 at 07:25 PM
At least it will be a lot slower then what the Commie - in - Chief has been doing....
StGabes August 10, 2012 at 07:26 PM
He has already shredded the Constitution.... Thank You for your services, I have all the respect for you in the world.....
StGabes August 10, 2012 at 07:49 PM
@ SMDH & Greg ahhhh wrong, He's the # 1 Commie in the Country. Do some damn research, His Grand Parents where commies, his Mommy was a Commie the apple doesn't fall from the tree. That's all he knows!!!! Look it up! it's right there in black and white... It's been in motion for a very long time, this guy was groomed for this job.... Not to mention his mentor is a huge commie (Frank Marshall Davis) Look him up!!! You people are still sleeping it's time to wake up!!!!! And wake up now, before it's 2 late!!!! http://www.forbes.com/sites/realspin/2012/08/01/the-marxist-who-mentored-president-obama-on-general-motors/ http://www.aim.org/aim-column/obamas-communist-mentor/ Obama hung out with all different kinds of America's Enemies...... So I think he's pretty much a Marxist there Greg... SMDH there are your answers... and everything they say I always research and get the truth.... It's a shame the media doesn't do their job... Maybe you tired ass people would NO the truth!!!
StGabes August 10, 2012 at 07:55 PM
He's the # 1 Commie in the Country. Do some damn research, His Grand Parents where commies, his Mommy was a Commie the apple doesn't fall from the tree. That's all he knows!!!! Look it up! it's right there in black and white... It's been in motion for a very long time, this guy was groomed for this job.... Not to mention his mentor is a huge commie (Frank Marshall Davis) Look him up!!! You people are still sleeping it's time to wake up!!!!! And wake up now, before it's 2 late!!!! http://www.forbes.com/sites/realspin/2012/08/01/the-marxist-who-mentored-president-obama-on-general-motors/ http://www.aim.org/aim-column/obamas-communist-mentor/ Obama hung out with all different kinds of America's Enemies...... It's a shame the media doesn't do their job... Maybe you tired ass people would NO the truth!!! WAKE UP!!!!!
GREG L August 10, 2012 at 08:30 PM
>>>It's a shame the media doesn't do their job... Maybe you tired ass people would NO the truth!!!<<<< This is evidence of how effective right wing propaganda is and the people who buy into it. The left is no better to be perfectly honest. You don't "NO" the truth.
Joseph Grogan August 10, 2012 at 09:27 PM
John Monaghan:...You have made my ;oint: it really is possible to carry on political discussion without being snide. And, franklyl, I don't care WHERE you eat your chicken. For consiceration of MY point, scan the string of comments on this issue, and consider who the nasty ones are. they tend to be not only nasty, but not at all interested in the facts. I have followed politics since the first time I voed in 1952, and I have never, ever, seen this kind of bitterness; I believe, as well, that a fair assessment of who is most responsible will tell you that it is clearly right-wing types. I once was a conservative Republican; Today's right-wingers wouldn't have a clue what that really means.
GREG L August 10, 2012 at 10:03 PM
>>>scan the string of comments on this issue, and consider who the nasty ones are. they tend to be not only nasty, but not at all interested in the facts. I have followed politics since the first time I voed in 1952, and I have never, ever, seen this kind of bitterness; I believe, as well, that a fair assessment of who is most responsible will tell you that it is clearly right-wing types<<<< I agree totally and it only takes a small group of unchecked fools to turn the nation's politics into a nasty argumentative morass. We've had thirty years of right wing talk radio and they created a monster. They're looking for someone to burn down the Reichstag and almost anything will do with them having been prepped with years of propaganda. Dangerous times indeed for the nation. The worst thing is that whatever they're upset about isn't really the issue.
SMYRNA-X August 10, 2012 at 10:16 PM
Greg why im I angry if I identify obama as a marxist? Why should he run from what he is? He believes heavily in classes, class struggle and that the lower classes have been dominated by rich. Im not angry about who he is- alot of people in the world have differing views of economic policies. I m just disappointed the american people picked him as their leader considering his marxist views on the world. Romney (definately not a marxist) will get america working again.
Tom Bartman August 10, 2012 at 10:31 PM
Stop it. This election has nothing to do with visions or values. It is all about the economy and jobs. There are 740,000 less women in the labor market today than when Obama took office. People have finally waken up to what ABC, MSNBC, and CNN refuse to report. PA is in play hence the frequent visits to our state. Look at his record, not his 'values' or 'visions'. Cute buzz words do not work anymore.
Tom Bartman August 10, 2012 at 10:59 PM
and this has what to do with his policies of running the nation into the ground?
Tom Bartman August 10, 2012 at 11:06 PM
I have an announcement in 83 days - just 4 days before the election so it is fresh in voters minds. Putting it out now is too soon. There is a saying in the media: "Today's headlines will become yesterdays news."
Tim Lewis August 11, 2012 at 03:37 AM
If you really believe what you just said, count yourself among that small group.
Tim Lewis August 11, 2012 at 03:45 AM
I find the willful ignorance of the President's socialist tendencies to be quite childlike. Almost every statement and policy, from demonization of those who have acquired wealth, to government takeover of GM, bailouts, stimulus give-away, healthcare mandates, drone attacks, only government can solve problems rhetoric, screams socialism with communist tendencies.
Rita Smith, M.E.V. August 11, 2012 at 10:00 PM
No values, virtue, honesty and integrity in this administration. BHO's GOT TO GO... Check out the following and you decide what is wrong with our administration: http://www.churchmilitant.tv/daily/?today=2012-08-08
GREG L August 12, 2012 at 02:07 PM
Tim, I see you like koolaid. You have plenty of company otherwise you'd try presenting an argument, but of course, you're not interested in any sort of discussion beyond name calling and sloganeering.
StGabes August 13, 2012 at 12:05 PM
Also Obama's Mothers Parents were big time Socialists,
StGabes August 13, 2012 at 12:14 PM
The only difference between Bush and Obama is that Obama is a Commie.... Plain and simple.... You need to wake up sleeping beauty!!!! There is hardcore evidence out there that says Obama is a Commie and I have gave you enough evidence to support that notion.....
StGabes August 13, 2012 at 12:17 PM
I have given plenty of truth now if you want to be intelligent enough to use that material and do a lil research before you vote stupidly again is up to you....
Hale August 13, 2012 at 04:36 PM
"....It is all about the economy and jobs...." Bingo. This clown radical surrounds himself with other amateurs, radicals, and "academics" who never held a real job in their lives, and they're making decisions on the economy? Unemployment went through the roof after this clown started implementing his European-socialist wealth redistribution policies. They tanked the housing market and people lost their homes - the single biggest investment anyone ever makes. He doesn't deserve a second term. We hire a manager to manage the country, the economy, and the security of the country. He's in way over his head, and he needs to be fired, downsized, laid-off, or whatever euphemism is in use today. And if it's NOT just incompetence, then what else is it? Deliberate? One wonders.
GREG L August 13, 2012 at 05:10 PM
One can legitimately criticize a number of the things the administration has done, but being Marxist is not one of them. If you accused him of being a fascist, that might ring truer and he would be the most recent example of a bi-partisan long line of them. Generally, I find mere name calling---on either side----is the greatest problem we have in the country as it presents a barrier to seeing things as they are. The so called political divide is a funded diversion to keep folks from seeing the real deal. Outside of window dressing, there's little difference between the parties.
truthsayer August 13, 2012 at 05:23 PM
While everyone argues over whether President Obama is a socialist, or if Mitt Romney is a hand puppet for corporate America, or whether Michelle Obama goes on more vacations than Laura Bush...do any of you ever stop to think that these arguments are moot? We should be discussing what the landscape will look like when the United States of America is dismantled, just as the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics was taken apart. In case you haven't realized it, America is a failed experiment, and it has already died. The America that conservatives speak of has been gone for decades. The America that liberals speak of has proven to be unsustainable, as witnessed by the USSR, Greece, Italy, England, and our own history over the past 50+ years. Look at the facts... we cannot win military campaigns anymore, we cannot create or sustain our own economy, we can't maintain our own infrastructure, and we can't properly educate our children. What "hope" would anyone have for a nation that can't do anything to help itself? The true "vision" of America is one where, in the future, many countries will occupy the land that was once the US of A. You should be packing your "values" in preparation of moving to the emerging country that best represents your beliefs. The question we should be asking ourselves is, how do we get there? Peacefully? or by way of war, as these things have been accomplished throughout history?
GREG L August 13, 2012 at 05:43 PM
And this is the real issue. The partisan divide is a fiction created to divert attention from this issue. The economy of state of California is something like 20% of US GDP IIRCC and it's having all sorts of issues along with other states. Its problem is the same as many other states and the government--debt. Do you really think the US can remain economically viable if CA or NY goes down the tubes? Can Europe survive without Spain? Why did the USSR breakup? In the latter case, the empire could not be sustained and they simply met the scrap heap if history before we did. Our problems can not be summed up as merely a liberal vs conservative philosophy because for all practical purposes there's no difference. The leadership has failed us, because we as people have failed by not paying attention. There's way too much talk about socialism and tax returns and none about the real issues the nation faces, but that's by design. The partisan battles have been created to prevent that very discussion. It's a little like a WWF match with the combatants and the referees laughing it up and counting the money after the show.

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