In a speech in Boston, First Lady Michelle Obama left behind talk of exercise and school lunches, exchanging it all for bald politics by claiming that under her husband the US economy is now better off “by almost every economic measure.”
The First Lady appeared at the Strand Theater Friday to stump for Martha Coakley’s campaign for Governor of Massachusetts. Coakley needs help badly, as even in blue, blue Massachusetts, the race between Democrat Coakley and Republican Charlie Baker is essentially a toss up.
In her remarks, Obama pushed the President’s newest campaign line that he has saved the economy based on reports that unemployment is at an all-time low since he took office—as well as his purported “longest streak” of jobs created.
“We were in full-blown crisis mode,” Obama told her appreciative audience. “Our economy was literally on the brink of collapse: Wall Street banks were folding; businesses were losing 800,000 jobs a month–800,000 jobs a month; folks on TV–all the pundits were panicking about whether we were headed for another Great Depression. And that wasn’t just talk, that was actually a real possibility.”
“This is just some of what Barack walked into on day one as President of the United States,” Obama continued. “So let’s just get that out of our mind, because that’s my man. Yes, indeed. And it just happens to be our 22nd anniversary today. And this is how important these elections are to us because I might not even see him today.”