Michelle Obama makes campaign swing through SE Pa.

First lady fires up campaign volunteers, spotlights grassroots organizing

Published: Aug 09 2012 04:58:45 PM EDT   Updated On: Aug 12 2012 11:10:50 AM EDT
First Lady Michelle Obama

With fewer than three months to go until the country picks a president, the campaigns are sending out the big guns.

First lady Michelle Obama rallied hundreds of people on Thursday at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, the first of three stops in Pennsylvania.

She said President Barack Obama has fought to keep the American dream alive for the middle class.

She later attended another campaign event in suburban Fort Washington. She plans to pay a visit to Moravian College, farther north in Bethlehem, Thursday evening.

Carlos Morales, his 9-year-old daughter and her friend were first in line at Moravian.

"Actually, we just got here about 20 minutes ago."

Thanks to Mother Nature and a downpour, the group snagged the top spot around 2 p.m. Thursday.

"I think this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get up close to see Michelle Obama," smiled Morales.

Tickets to the speech were free, but seats are on a first come, first served basis. Once the sun was shining, the line to get in quickly grew.

"I came out to just figure out who I was gonna go and vote for," explained William Welsh.

The event is a campaign stop for the first lady, and the first time she's in the Lehigh Valley on official business. She's set to fire up volunteers and spotlight grassroots organizing.

"It's very exciting for me personally, I feel I can really connect with Michelle Obama," said Kathy Schmidt. "I feel that the president is for the middle class, and I think he's doing a good job with everything he inherited."

"I'm really excited about the re-election and I'm rooting for Obama and hopefully we get him back in office because I think he's done a wonderful job," said Morales.