Remarks by the President and First Lady at a Campaign Event — Davenport, Iowa
The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
5:47 P.M. CDT
MRS. OBAMA: I decided to bring someone out with me. You may know this guy. (Applause.)
I want to start by thanking Amanda for that very kind introduction. We are so proud of her. And we are so grateful for her service. So let’s give Amanda another round of applause. (Applause.) And thank you, Amanda, for getting the President to eat some fruit this morning. That’s good. (Laughter.)
Well, you guys, this looks amazing. You all sound really fired up. (Applause.)
THE PRESIDENT: Fired up!
MRS. OBAMA: And you definitely sound ready to go. (Applause.)
THE PRESIDENT: Ready to go!
MRS. OBAMA: And let me tell you, I’m glad to hear it because –
AUDIENCE MEMBER: Four more years!
MRS. OBAMA: Yes, indeed, with your help! (Applause.) With your help.
Let me just say this. I shared this with the folks earlier today, but being back in the great state of Iowa — (applause) — yes, indeed! (Applause.) Where it all began for us. (Applause.) I have to say I’m feeling pretty fired up and ready to go myself.
Our family has so many great memories of our time here in Iowa. As I mentioned earlier, I remember when we went to Pella, and an entire neighborhood sang “Happy Birthday” to Malia on the Fourth of July. (Applause.) Yes. It was so sweet. I remember, on the big day at the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner, we danced with about a thousand folks across the street with the Isiserettes. It’s a marching band. We’ve had them back to the White House since. But that was exciting.
And our girls still talk about our visit to the State Fair. That was like I think the first big State Fair we ever went to. (Applause.) And it was so much fun. We did everything. We rode the bumper cars, and we slid down this big slide. I mentioned how Barack almost dropped Sasha — (laughter) — off of the slide. (Applause.) She flew up and he barely — I wasn’t very happy about that. (Laughter.)
And, that is where, yes, we experienced our very first
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