First Lady thrills large crowd - FOX 35 News Orlando

First Lady thrills large crowd

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -

First Lady Michelle Obama on Thursday spoke to a crowd of more than 5,000 at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach, getting a big response from a rowdy crowd. The group was at times restless after standing in line since 8:30 in the morning to hear Mrs. Obama speak. 

At other times they were quite boisterous.  Several times in the warm up to the event, chants of "Hail Obama" could be heard echoing through the standing room only event. 

The First Lady talked about many of the same themes you've heard repeatedly at campaign events, but with her own special flare, saying she knew Barack Obama was a man of integrity and courage.  She tried to stay above the normal political flare, but did reference her husband's opponent twice without using his name. The first was a Sesame Street reference, the second about Detroit.

"While some folks were willing to let the auto industry go under. You remember that? You know who I'm talking about? With more than a million jobs, you hear me, a million jobs that would have been lost, Barack had the backs of the American workers."

Singer Mark Anthony was enlisted as well. Michelle Obama told the crowd they needed to vote early in case of any kind of problem on election day, and admitted it is too close to call in the state of Florida.

"The only thing that's guaranteed is  that this election will be even closer than the last one, and it is all going to come down to just a few key battleground states like right here in Florida."

She reminded the crowd that the margin of victory in Florida in 2008 averaged out to about 36 votes for each precinct in the state.

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