First Lady Michelle Obama continued to embrace her role as President Barack Obama’s chief character witness on Wednesday, telling thousands of young North Carolinians that her husband is an inclusive leader with compassion for all Americans.
"As president, you have to be driven by the struggles, hopes and dreams of all the people you serve," Michelle Obama told the 3,100 gathered at a rally in Durham, emphasizing the word "all."
"As president, you truly need a strong inner compass, you know, a core commitment to your fellow citizens," she said. ”That’s how you make the right decisions for this country.”
She went on to tell the crowd that the president “has been struggling with us. And together, slowly but surely, we have been pulling ourselves out of that hole we started in.”
The first lady did not mention GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney or Republicans during two rallies on college campuses in North Carolina.
First Lady Michelle Obama greets volunteers in North Carolina
First Lady Michelle Obama speaks at a campaign event in North Carolina.
First Lady Michelle Obama with campaign volunteers in Greensboro, North Carolina
While visiting field offices in Charlotte, Actress Octavia Spencer told North Carolinians “It Takes One” to make sure Barack Obama wins this November: http://OFA.BO/UC33aS
Amendment One in North Carolina would ban relationship recognitions and threaten protections for ALL of the the state’s unmarried couples. Amendment One is a poorly written law that will have serious negative, unintended and harmful consequences on North Carolina’s children and families.
1. Harm To North Carolina’s Children
- Amendment One will harm children and we have a role in protecting all of North Carolina’s children. This amendment could make it impossible for parents in committed, but unmarried relationships, to provide health care benefits to children in their household. In tough times like this we should not make it harder to raise a family and protect children.
2. Negative Effects on NC Seniors
- Amendment One will hurt some of our seniors. Many older people who have previously lost spouses, but find love later in life never remarry, even though they are committed to their new partner. They do this to protect the benefits their previous spouse earned including health care, pensions, and Social Security, and Amendment One puts those benefits at jeopardy.
3. Dangerous Consequences for NC Women
- Amendment One threatens domestic violence protections for unmarried women. Domestic violence protections for unmarried women could be declared unconstitutional because Amendment One legally recognizes only married couples as a family. Women deserve protections from domestic violence whether they are married or not.Women deserve protections from domestic violence and stalking whether they are married or not.
- According to the Attorney General, leading experts at Duke and UNC law schools, and the state’s Women’s Commission, this amendment could take away those protections against violent acts from women whether they are married to their attacker or not. That’s wrong and dangerous.
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President Barack Obama talks with Jimmy Fallon during a taping of “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” at Memorial Hall on the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill campus in Chapel Hill, N.C., April 24, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)