Michelle Obama spoke to an estimated 500 guests Wednesday during a luncheon sponsored by the Human Rights Campaign and the Victory Fund at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. The First Lady showed her “mom face” and urged attendees to do everything they can to help re-elect President Barack Obama in what is expected to be perhaps the closest election in history.
A transcript of her remarks provided by the White House follows.
MRS OBAMA: Thank you all so much. (Applause.) Oh, my goodness! You all, rest yourselves if you’re anything like me. I’m a little tired after last night. (Laughter.)
But I am beyond thrilled and proud to be with all of you today. Thank you. Thank you so much. Thank you for having me.
AUDIENCE MEMBER: Thank you!
MRS. OBAMA: Oh, my gosh. (Applause.) I’m not going to talk long because I think you might be a little sick of me. (Laughter.)
MRS. OBAMA: Thank you so much. I want to start by thanking Chad for that very kind introduction and for his terrific leadership. I love him dearly. I think he’s a terrific individual and he is doing a great job here at the HRC. So let’s give him another round of applause. (Applause.)
And I also want to thank Mayor Villaraigosa for joining us today and for his outstanding service. He is doing a phenomenal job as Chairman of this convention, but he’s also been a terrific advocate with me as we stand together to fight the issue of childhood obesity. So he’s been a terrific leader there as well.
And I also want to recognize a Congresswoman who has been a great leader in the House of Representatives, and who I know will make an outstanding senator for the state of Wisconsin -- Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin. Tammy, where are you? (Applause.) Yes, Tammy! That’s my girl. We got to hang out at one of our rallies in Wisconsin. People were fired up. Fired up. (Laughter.) It’s good to see you, Tammy.
So how about that opening night last night? Yes. (Applause.) The energy and the enthusiasm that we saw last night made it clear that folks are pretty fired up, right? (Applause.) I didn’t see any enthusiasm gap, right? Everybody was pretty excited. But more importantly, last night truly set the stage for what’s at stake in this election and it set the stage for what we need to guide us forward for these next four years, because we have so much more work to do.
The evening reflected Barack’s broad and inclusive vision for this country as a place where every single one of us has something unique and special to contribute. That’s the beauty of this party and last night. And we should all have a chance to make a place in this country, to have a stake in this if we’re willing to work hard.
And today, I want to thank all of you, truly, for playing a critical role in making that vision a reality. We wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for the hard work of the people in this room and around the country. I want to thank you for doing everything that you do every single day to lift up our communities and move this country forward, and ensure that all Americans are treated fairly no matter who they are or who they love.
AUDIENCE MEMBER: I love Barack!