Michelle Obama to America: ‘We Are Blessed to Have Him’

By Terence P. Jeffrey | May 1, 2012 | 11:25am EDT

Michelle and Barack Obama (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

(CNSNews.com) - First Lady Michelle Obama said at a campaign event in Tucson, Ariz., on Monday evening that ‘we are blessed” to have her husband as president, telling the audience that when he sits down in the evening to read letters that people have sent him about their troubles he sometimes turns to her and says: "Michelle, this ain’t right.  We’ve got to fix this.  We have so much more to do."

“We need to keep moving forward,” Mrs. Obama said.

In the speech, she also pointed to her husband’s accomplishments in health care, including making sure children get treated for “things like diabetes and ashtma,” ensuring women get “prenatal care, mammograms, contraception at no extra cost,” and guaranteeing that “our children can now stay on their parents’ insurance until they’re 26 years old."

Mrs. Obama stressed that her husband has empathy with people who are struggling in America.

“And what I want you all to know is that your President knows this,” she said.  “He understands this because he has lived this. That’s why he understands these issues. 

“See, Barack was raised by a single mother who struggled to put herself through school and pay the bills,”  Mrs. Obama explained.  “And when she needed help, who stepped up?  His grandmother--waking up before dawn to take that bus to her job at the bank.  And even though she was passed over for all those promotions, she never complained.”

“So believe me, Barack knows what it means when a family struggles,” said Mrs. Obama. “He knows what it means when someone doesn’t have the chance to fulfill their potential.  Because those are the experiences that have made him not just the man, but the president he is today.  And we are blessed to have him.”

Mrs. Obama said she wanted to let Americans know the man their president is.

“I’m just trying to tell everybody that they need to know who their President is,” she said. “See, that is what I hear in his voice when he comes home from a long day traveling across the country and he tells me about the people he has met. That’s what I see in those quiet moments late at night after the girls have gone to bed, and he is poring over the letters he has received. The letter from the woman dying of cancer whose insurance company won’t cover her care. The letter from the father still struggling to pay his family’s bills.  The letters from far too many young people with so much promise but too little opportunity.   

“And I hear the passion and the determination in his voice,” said Mrs. Obama.  “He says, "You won’t believe what folks are going through.’ That’s what he says. He says, ‘Michelle, this ain’t right.  We’ve got to fix this.  We have so much more to do.’

She confessed to being biased about her husband. “Let me tell you I’m biased,” she said. “I think our President is awesome.”

As she has in other recent speeches, Mrs. Obama touted the health care law her husband signed that, among other things, allowed the administration to issue a regulation requiring virtually all health care plans in the United States to provide women with sterilizations and all FDA-approved contraceptives (including abortifacients) free of charge. (Because the regulation would force Catholics to act against the teachings of their faith by buying and providing sterilizations, contraceptives and abortifacients, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops have called for it to be rescinded, describing it as an “unprecedented attack” on religious liberty.)

“Let’s talk for a minute about health care,” said Mrs. Obama. “I mean, two years ago we made history together by finally passing health reform. And because we passed this law, insurance companies will now have to cover basic preventative care--things like prenatal care, mammograms, contraception at no extra cost. And they can no longer deny our children coverage because they have a pre-existing condition--things like diabetes or asthma.

“And our children can now stay on their parents’ insurance until they’re 26 years old,” said Mrs. Obama.

Mrs. Obama closed her speech saying: “Let’s get this done, all right?  God bless.”

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