Michelle Obama Speaks To Military Families In Jacksonville

Michelle Obama is telling North Carolina voters there is "only one candidate in this race" who will work to give military families the services and care they need.

Speaking to a crowd of military families near Camp Lejeune, the wife of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama said Tuesday her husband backs the programs they care about -- including improving veterans' benefits and mental health care for troops.

Obama didn't mention GOP nominee John McCain by name during Tuesday's gathering in Jacksonville.

Many on hand for the event expressed their desire for Barack Obama to run the country, saying "I came out today because we need a change" and "I love Barack Obama and we need a change."

Some 1500 people were on hand for Michelle Obama's speech, chanting "Yes, we can."

One attendee said "I believe Michelle stands for military families so I believe in her."

"Barak and I see how the military is like a family for many," Michelle Obama said in her speech. "You fill in when services fail, from babysitting to untangling bureacracy to delivering bad news when you're doing it all."

Her visit comes as Obama works to win North Carolina's 15 electoral votes. The state hasn't picked a Democratic presidential candidate in more than 30 years.

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  • by Marilyn Location: Florida on Oct 20, 2008 at 11:31 AM
    You gotta be kidding me! How dare she! The McCain and Palin families do understand what military families feel, not the elite Obama's who hate their country enough to do away with the military and in the Lord Chamberlain way, hand America over to its enemies on a silver platter!
  • by ??? Location: NC on Oct 10, 2008 at 02:56 AM
    To anonymous, why is it that SOME people on here feel that if they are military that it somehow makes them a more knowledgeable voter?I back the military 110% but there are some idiots everywhere.
  • by Boots on Oct 9, 2008 at 03:44 PM
    To m, I think it is crazy that the military ask for understanding but when we say we understand what you did for the country you say the hell you do. I guess we are D****D if we do and D****D if we don't. That is why a lot us say we don't care if you were in the military, why care if you are going to get accused of not caring anyway.
  • by Anonymous Location: New Bern, NC on Oct 9, 2008 at 03:07 PM
    I am a military wife and just like my husband, I will be voting for Obama.
  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Oct 9, 2008 at 11:05 AM
    I don't know why Michelle Obama made the trip here. Maybe she was trying to make up for her husband's choice to work out at the gym instead of visiting wounded troops when in Iraq. I will agree with 'm', she knows nothing of the military family or what it means to serve your country and possibly never see the shores of your homeland again. Her husband doesn't either. They know not of the camaraderie in the service, the smell of grease, diesel, cordite, sweat, blood, triumph, nor defeat. I do however, hope they feel the 'agony of defeat' on Nov. 5th. That would be a good place to start. Prior to this campaign, I doubt either of them had come any closer to someone serving his country than their local movie theater.
  • by Women 4 McCain Location: New Bern on Oct 9, 2008 at 09:05 AM
    OK what in the world she doing here she knows nothing our troops or anything come she is dressing pretending to be like Jackie Kennedy come on people get real!!
  • by m Location: nc on Oct 9, 2008 at 07:54 AM
    Michelle Obama has no idea what it is like for a military family in any respect. She claims her husband understands the sacrifices made by everyone. I strongly disagree. She and her husband have had silver spoons in their mouths all of their lives and have no idea what it is like to have a family member or even her husband overseas fighting to protect this country and with the fear of never seeing this loved one again. Mrs. Obama has nothing to offer this country when it comes to the military. If Obama wins the presidency, then our great military will be worse off than when Carter was in office. I have to agree with a previous post that every previous Democratic president in office has shown poor and terrible support for our military. Our great country does not need a president who does not believe in the military.
  • by Butch Location: Williamston on Oct 8, 2008 at 07:38 PM
    I'm just glad that she admitted she was finally proud of her country.Do you honestly think there is a spot for that kind of person in the Whitehouse?
  • by denise Location: new bern on Oct 8, 2008 at 05:33 PM
    wait and see who will be swearing into office on January 20th 2009!
  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Oct 8, 2008 at 04:49 PM
    Dwayne, By the time Obama has been in office for 4 years we will no longer have the strongest armed forces on the planet.
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