Michelle Obama in Nashville: ‘Out of the Dark, Into the Light’

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — First lady Michelle Obama headlined a fundraiser for her husband’s re-election campaign in Nashville on Tuesday, saying Democrat Barack Obama “has brought us out of the dark and into the light.”
Obama spoke for nearly a half-hour at the $500-per-ticket event, stressing her husband’s accomplishments, ranging from the military strike that killed Osama bin Laden to the federal health care overhaul.
Michelle Obama noted that the health care plan — which is currently being reviewed by the Supreme Court — requires coverage for mammograms and prenatal care at no extra cost and for children with pre-existing conditions like asthma and diabetes.
Obama told the estimated crowd of 450 people that her husband is “the kind of president this country deserves. ”
Obama closed by asking the crowd three times: “Are you in?”
She responded to her own question by saying: “Because I am so in.”
“We have an amazing story to tell,” she said. “This president has brought us out of the dark and into the light.”
Musician Emmylou Harris performed for the crowd, and Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and Tennessee State University President Portia Shields also spoke during the luncheon.
Obama recognized U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen of Memphis and Bishop Vashti McKenzie of the African Methodist Episcopal Church at the beginning of her speech.

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