Remarks by the First Lady at a Campaign Event
Los Angeles, California
1:36 P.M. PDT
MRS. OBAMA: Thank you all. That’s so sweet. You’re so sweet! (Applause.) But rest yourselves, because we’re going to work you hard. (Laughter.) So I don’t want you to get tired or anything. But thank you. I am delighted to be here in this beautiful home, in this beautiful neighborhood.
I want to start by thanking John for that very kind introduction, and also the entire Clark family -- Melanie, Mariah, Imani, and Amara -- I didn’t forget you. (Laughter.) Thank you for letting us invade and opening up your home to us.
I also want to thank Representative Howard Berman, who is here as well. (Applause.) There you are. And the other co-chairs of the events -- my dear, dear friends, people who have been with us through thick and thin, always, always -- Clarence, Candace, Steve, Danielle, Carol. You guys, thank you. Well done, once again. This has been a fabulous trip for me here; very productive coming here and you guys have played just, as usual, a tremendous role. So let’s give them a round of applause. (Applause.)
And of course, I want to thank everybody here for taking the time. I do that because I’m always impressed and amazed when people take time out -- it is Monday, right? (Laughter.) Right, I get confused. It’s a Monday afternoon -- it’s afternoon, right? (Laughter.) Just, it takes a little while -- you’ve been on the road, you forget what day it is, what time it is. But the fact that you all have taken time out of your busy lives and away from your jobs and your classes and your families to be here, it means a great deal, so much. You can’t imagine. People always tell me how much I inspire them, but let me tell you, you all keep me and Barack standing straight and tall and steady, so don’t underestimate the power of the love and support and prayers you all are sending our way.
But I know that there’s a reason that you all do what you do, a reason why you’re here today. And it’s not just because you support me and Barack, our phenomenal, outstanding, very cute President of the United States. Yes. (Applause.) He’s still cute, gray hair and all. (Laughter.) And you’re not just here because you want to win an election -- which we all do, and we absolutely are going to win this election. Absolutely. (Applause.)
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