2012 Democratic Convention: Michelle Obama Follows DNC Speech With Human Rights Campaign Luncheon


The first lady was joined by Los Angeles Mayor and convention chairman Antonio Villaraigosa at the Wednesday event, where she encouraged attendees to "get to a battleground state" and help young people register to vote.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Following her high-profile Tuesday night speech at the Democratic National Convention, first lady Michelle Obama made an appearance at the Human Rights Campaign luncheon Wednesday, where she was joined by Los Angeles Mayor and DNC chairman Antonio Villaraigosa.

Held at the Marriott City Center Hotel in Charlotte, N.C., Obama was introduced at the event by the HRC president Chad Griffin, who praised her remarks -- and her outfit -- from the previous evening. "Her clear and much-needed message to policymakers and youth alike is that bullying is not something that we have to accept in this country," he said, adding: "Did you see that dress she was wearing? Where do I get those arms?"

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The first lady received high marks for her speech at the DNC as well as for her sleeveless pink Tracy Reese dress.

Taking the podium just after 1 p.m., Obama lightheartedly joked that she would keep her remarks short because "I think you might be a little sick of me."

She used the platform to emphasize the importance of voter registration, encouraging those in attendance to "get to a battleground state" and to encourage young people to register.

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"This election, more than any other in history, is about how we want our democracy to function for decades to come," she said. "It’s about the lessons that we want to teach our kids and our grandkids as they watch these campaigns and they see those results on Election Night."

Referencing statistics from the 2008 election, Obama reminded listeners that the Democrats won Florida by about 236,000 votes (or 36 per precinct) and North Carolina by just 14,000 votes (or five per precinct).

"In the end, this election, like many, could come down to that last few thousand votes in a single battleground state," she emphasized.

Read Obama's full remarks on the next page.

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