These LOVELAND MAGAZINE VIDEOS are from First Lady Michelle Obama's campaign appearance last Tuesday at the Duke Energy Convention Center. She talks about the man she "loves and admires." She and Cincinnatian Kristin Carlson talk about Obama Care. Carlson introduces her son Joseph and talks about the fear she used to have about continuing health care for her son who is recovering from cancer and a liver transplant. Obama talks about why Ohio is so important in the upcoming election, about herself and her husband growing up, what it takes to lead the country, and tells her fans why they are better off than four-years ago.
The speech by Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown is also here in it's entirety, as well as video of the thousands waiting to get inside to see the First Lady.
by David Miller
First Lady Michelle Obama appeared at the Duke Energy Convention Center last Tuesday before a crowd of 6,800. The energetic, and wildly enthusiast crowd; some were in line outside in the dark at 5:30 AM, long before they could enter the center, and long before Obama spoke later in the afternoon. The line, 4-5 deep in places along the sidewalk, reached almost three-fourths the way around the center at it peak. A rain fell late morning as they waited. The sidewalk Obama memorabilia hawkers with buttons and tees got out their supply of disposal rain ponchos and did a brisk business of both.
Inside, a bare, concrete floor, convention room slowly filled. Everyone went through air port like security before entering; a slow process. Bleachers for the 75 “chosen” directly behind center stage with chairs. Stage left another set of bleachers with chairs for 100. Far to the left three hundred feet to the far wall were bleachers where a group of College Hill youth, the Cincinnati Incomparable All-Stars, also known as the CIA Drill and Drum would entertain as the crowd waited. Drums, dance routines, and trumpets heralded.
The room filled, some of the early risers were able to stand within 25 feet of where the First Lady would speak, some no closer than 400 feet. They stood, waited excitedly, many heads bowed towards their mobile; texting friends and family where they were and that they had gotten inside.
To get as close as they could, many stood behind the press riser in the middle of the room that was about 75 feet from the speaker’s platform, peeking through the camera tripods and the legs of videographers and talking heads to get a closer view of Obama. One couple far in back of the convention hall found seats, elevated seats, on top of two very large trash containers. Twice, paramedics cooly meandered through the crowd, police radios glued to their ears receiving instructions to find people needing assistance.
First Lady fans held up “Moving Forward” signs as high as they could, hoping she would spot just that one adoring face of affection. The signs held so high, on tiptoes, said without words, “I love you Michelle. Please, please look my way. Please see the tears on my cheeks and how overjoyed I am today.”
After Obama spoke, thousands stayed and crowded to the front hoping to get a handshake, smile, or a closer photo of her, or better yet a photo of themselves with a person they adored. For the mixed, but mostly African American crowd, she was their first lady and they could not cheer loud enough to show the enormity of their pride.