As Michelle Obama addressed women across the nation via a teleconference, eight women and their children gathered at Karen’s house tonight in Iowa City to discuss their potential roles with Organizing for America. The women congregated in a family room, huddled around computer speakers listening to the First Lady speak about the importance of women in the 2012 election.
“Already, 160,000 women have pledged to volunteer,” stated Obama. “We as a nation will make a choice this November that will affect us and our children for decades to come…You want something better for your kids – make that your passion.”
The First Lady concluded her address by commenting that “women are the heart of their communities, this country, and this campaign. Never underestimate the power of the women’s vote!”
Following the teleconference, Michelle, an Iowa City volunteer, attested that “this President in particular has opened the door for us as a society.” Cyndy and Amy also indicated that their family is protected because of President Obama’s support of the Lilly Ledbetter Act, his refusal to uphold the Defense of Marriage Act, and Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act. They pointed out that because President Obama is protecting the rights of middle class American families like theirs, they feel they are living in a fairer economy that is built to last on the strength of the middle class.
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