Michelle Obama made two stops in the keystone state on Wednesday to campaign for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Supporters, many college students, gathered for one of those stops at the Fitzgerald Field House in Oakland.
University of Pittsburgh sophomore Saket Rajprohat, who introduced the First Lady, told about 3,000 spectators how the Obama administration helped his family.
Other speakers included Austin Davis, Vice-Chair, Allegheny County Democratic Committee, Campus Organizer Betsy Good, Campus Organizer, Pennsylvania Victory Coordinated Campaign, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, County Councilman DeWitt Walton, City Councilman Dan Gilman, and Erin McClelland, Candidate for Congress (PA-12).
Mrs. Obama initially made some hometown connections by recognizing Pittsburgh as “one of the most beautiful” cities in the country. She also gave Pittsburgh a shout out for its pancakes. Assuming she was referring to Pamela’s Diner, the Obamas shared breakfast there in 2009.
Between a crying baby and a couple fainted attendees, the First Lady made her points clear; register to vote before the October 11th deadline and choose Hillary Clinton as the next President of the United States.
Without direct shade towards Presidential hopeful Donald Trump, the First Lady said, “A president can’t just pop off.”
“We need someone who’s compassionate, who will be a role model for our kids.”
First Lady Obama declared no one has more experience than Hillary Clinton, including her husband, President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton’s husband, Former President Bill Clinton.
After almost eight years in the White House, Mrs. Obama said with certainty, “The presidency doesn’t change who you are, it reveals who you are.”
For most college freshmen they will be participating in a presidential election for the first time. That’s the case for University of Pittsburgh students Evelyn Okorie, Isanny Rosario, and Dominique Ellison. Although they attended the rally to get a glimpse of the FLOTUS, they also recognized they have a huge decision to make in November.
“This presidential election is going to affect us. We have to do our part,” said Rosario, 18, of Brodheadsville, Pennsylvania.
Their friend, Ivie Odia, 17, of New York, said although she will not be able to vote, she can convince her parents to make the right choice. “My dad will vote for me.”