I have not blogged because I have been attempting to help Mr. Obama become the nation’s 44th President. There is so much I could say about this historic race. However I am going to let the candidates wife make his case.
Guest Commentary: The Final Push for Real Change in America
Date: Monday, November 3, 2008
Election Day is almost here. Tomorrow, millions of Americans will head into voting booths across the country and cast their votes. And I can’t wait to be one of them.
For the past 21 months, I’ve traveled to every corner of the country, talking about my husband’s plans for our future and encouraging folks to give him their vote. On Tuesday, I get to follow my own advice and cast my ballot for Barack Obama. And I’ll have our daughters, Malia and Sasha, with me. Because voting for Barack will be one of the proudest moments of my life — not only because I love him, but also because I believe so deeply in his vision for our nation, and I know with my whole heart that he will be an extraordinary president.
Many of you are still undecided about which candidate deserves your support. Maybe you’re not convinced that voting is worth it, or that your voice really matters. It does. Voting is a powerful way to build a better country and a better future for our children, step by step. So this election, please take this opportunity to make your voice heard.
The issues at stake in this election touch all of us. Like how we’re going to address this economic crisis and help middle-class families get back on their feet. Whether we’ll finally fix our broken health care system. How we’ll make sure our kids get the education they deserve and the opportunity to pursue their dreams. These aren’t just political issues. This is personal — to you and to me.
And I can tell you that it’s personal to Barack. He’s faced these issues his entire life.
Barack was raised by a young single mom who worked hard to put herself through school while raising two kids, often worrying about how she would pay the bills. Thanks to her strength and determination, Barack got an excellent education, which made all the difference in his life. But Barack’s mother was taken from us far too soon. She died of cancer when she was just 53. And Barack will never forget her final months, as she lay in her hospital bed, fighting with the insurance company over whether they’d cover her treatment.
So he understands the struggle of working families. He knows the power of education to transform lives and create opportunities. And he’s felt firsthand the heartbreak caused by a failing health care system. These are the experiences he carries in his heart every day.
That’s why he’s such an extraordinary husband and father — always finding time for our girls and our family, even during the busiest, most stressful moments of this campaign. And that’s why I believe he is the president our country needs so badly right now.
We have an important choice to make in this election. And I know there are still voters out there who are making up their minds about the candidates. In case you’re not sure of Barack’s priorities and positions on the issues, here is some information that may help you.
Barack is the only candidate in this race with an economic plan built around the middle class. He’ll give a tax cut to 95 percent of all working Americans, and he’ll stop giving tax breaks to companies that ship jobs overseas — and start rewarding companies that create jobs here at home. Barack is the only candidate with a health care plan that will cover all Americans and cut costs for families.
He’s the only candidate with a long-term energy plan that looks beyond quick fixes and makes real investments in renewable energy, so we can end our dependence on foreign oil and create millions of new jobs here at home.
He’s the only candidate with a comprehensive plan to invest in schools and early childhood education, and to make college affordable, so that no students have to give up their dreams of going to college because their families can’t afford it.
And Barack is the only candidate in this race with a plan to bring our troops home from Iraq responsibly, so we can rebuild our military and start investing the $10 billion we’re spending each month in Iraq here at home instead.
These are Barack’s positions. These are his values. If they’re yours as well, I urge you to give him your vote.
But no matter which candidate gets your support, I urge every American to participate in this election. Make sure you vote Tuesday. And help other folks in your lives get to the polls as well. The lines may be long, but don’t let that stop you. It’s never been more important that all of us make our voices heard.
And if we do that—if we cast our votes, and help others do the same—that we can start building that better future for all our kids. And we can finally bring the change we need to the country we love.
Michelle Obama is the wife of Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, the Democratic nominee for president.