Saturday afternoon, President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama joined thousands of supporters in Ohio for the first campaign rally of the 2012 presidential election. Below you will find quotes, pictures and links from Saturday’s event.

 

Obama’s First 2012 Campaign Rally

Saturday afternoon, President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama joined thousands of supporters in Ohio for the first campaign rally of the 2012 presidential election. Below you will find quotes, pictures and links from Saturday’s event.

Storified by Kia · Sat, May 05 2012 21:40:27

If you want to move forward, you put the car in D. If you want to move backward, put it in R. #obama2012Andrew Benbow
We’ll be live-tweeting the President and First Lady at their first campaign rally today—you won’t want to miss this. #Obama2012Obama 2012
Michelle is on stage now!Kia
Michelle! #obama2012Elizabeth Bostic
FLOTUS: "We’re here because of the values we believe in. We’re here because of the vision for this country that we all share." #Obama2012Obama 2012
RT @livelovekia: But see yall don’t know how she freed me of suits! FLOTUS got a mean dress game. #takenote <- Yes Lawd. Amen! :)Krys Talley
It’s not just b/c we want to win an election. We are here b/c of the values we believe in… — @MichelleObamaKia
First Lady @MichelleObama: "We believe responsibility should be rewarded and hard work should pay off. These are basic American values."Obama 2012
As first lady I have had the chance to see up close and personal what being president looks like. The problems are always the hard ones…Kia
Problems with no clear solution. When it comes time to make your decision all you have is your life experience, your values.Kia
When it’s time to make that decision, it comes down to who you are. — @MichelleObama #Obama2012Kia
.@MichelleObama: "Barack cannot do this alone … and fortunately, he never has. We have always moved this country forward together."Obama 2012
.@MichelleObama on the importance of volunteers: "It might mean helping just one more person in your community get out and vote." #Obama2012Obama 2012
.@MichelleObama: "That’s what I think about when I tuck my girls in at night. I think about the world I want to leave for them."Obama 2012
"If we want to keep moving forward, then we need to work our hearts out for the man I have the pleasure of introducing."—@MichelleObamaObama 2012
Awwww I love them!! #Obama2012bajanfranny
They are a great crowd! RT @kryschameleon: This Ohio crowd is giving me life. #Obama2012Kia
CrowdFrancesca L.
POTUS: “I want everyone here to join a team or become a leader yourself—we are going to win this campaign door by door, block by block.”Obama 2012
.@BarackObama: “Ohio, four years ago, you and I began a journey.” #Obama2012Obama 2012
#Obama2012 Campaign Rally – Columbus, OHAllyson Clark
POTUS: “We came together because we believe that in America, your success shouldn’t be determined by the circumstances of your birth.”Obama 2012
“America only prospers when we meet our obligations to one another; and to future generations.”—President ObamaObama 2012
Teary eyed and happy as hell.kboberry
POTUS: “When some wanted to let Detroit go bankrupt, we made a bet on American workers—on the ingenuity of American companies.”Obama 2012
“Today our auto industry is back on top of the world. Manufacturers have started investing in America again.”—President ObamaObama 2012
Today,in Columbus,Ohio, Barrack Obama made his first official campaign speech. #Obama2012sherwyns
POTUS: “Businesses have created over 4 million jobs in the last 26 months—more than 1 million of those in the last six months alone.”Obama 2012
Organizing for America volunteer house party #Obama2012Shekinah Young
RT @AWiseLatina: @BarackObama "This is not just another election. This is a make-or-break moment for the middle class."—President Obama. #fbKia
“This is not just another election. This is a make-or-break moment for the middle class, and we’ve been through too much to turn back now.”Obama 2012
“We have to move forward to a future where everyone gets a fair shot, everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same rules.”Obama 2012
“That’s the choice in this election, and that’s why I’m running for a second term as President of the United States.”—President ObamaObama 2012
At the Pinoy Pride celebration, you know what we do. #AAPI2012 #Obama2012ofa_nv
[ @MittRomney] believes if CEOs and wealthy Americans will make money, it will work out for the rest of us.Kia
RT @iBarba424: Such a bizarre place lol #confused #obama2012 http://instagr.am/p/KQ4B2LFtuN/Dawn Douglas
POTUS: “I don’t care how many ways you try to explain it: Corporations aren’t people. People are people.”Obama 2012
Pres. Obama: The free market has never been a license to take whatever you want when you need it. #Obama2012utaustinliberal
“@kryschameleon: POTUS Barack Obama: America only prospers when we meet our obligations to one another. #Obama2012”Kia
“Our country is stronger when we can count on affordable health insurance, and Medicare, and Social Security.”—President ObamaObama 2012
Kinda thought this was cool. #obama2012shawnie0812
"We don’t expect government to solve all our problems, and it shouldn’t try.”Obama 2012
RT @kryschameleon: We built this country TOGETHER…not b/c it made some better than others but bc it moved us ALL forward. #Obama2012 #fbKia
Love this! RT @kryschameleon: POTUS Barack Obama: We built this country TOGETHER…not because it made some better than others but bc it…KatherineBull
“In this country, people succeed when they have the chance to get a decent education and learn new skills.”—President ObamaObama 2012
POTUS: “In the 21st century, higher education can’t be a luxury—it is an economic imperative that every American should be able to afford.”Obama 2012
Will we be better off if more Americans get an education? That’s the question! #Obama2012 #fbKia
President Obama: “Our dependence on foreign oil is at its lowest point in 13 years."Obama 2012
POTUS Barack Obama: Let’s double down on a clean energy future! That’s why I’m running for president! #Obama2012Krys Talley
"For the first time in 9 years, there are no Americans fighting in Iraq." – @BarackObama #Forward #ReadytoGoObama for America IL
POTUS: “For the first time in nine years, there are no Americans fighting in Iraq. Osama bin Laden is no longer a threat to this country.”Obama 2012
POTUS: “America is safer and more respected because of the courage and selflessness of the United States Armed Forces.”Obama 2012
POTUS: “As long as I’m Commander-in-Chief, this country will care for our veterans and serve our veterans as well as they’ve served us.”Obama 2012
Obama:This country will serve our vets as long as they continue to serve us. They risked their lives, shouldn’t have to risk livelihood #FBKia
“My opponent said he won’t set a timeline for ending the war in Afghanistan. I have, and I intend to keep it.”—President ObamaObama 2012
"The nation we need to build is our own." President @BarackObama #fbKia
POTUS: “I will use half of what we’re no longer spending on war to pay down the deficit, and the other half to repair our roads & bridges.”Obama 2012
“My opponent won’t tell us how he’d pay for his new, $5 trillion tax cut—a tax cut that gives $250,000 to every millionaire in the country.”Obama 2012
POTUS Barack Obama: We are NOT turning back the clock. It’s a betrayal of our values to go back. We move forward. #Obama2012Krys Talley
POTUS: “I refuse to pay for another tax cut by kicking children out of Head Start programs; or asking students to pay more for college.”Obama 2012
“I will never allow Medicare to be turned into a voucher that would end the program as we know it.”—President ObamaObama 2012
POTUS: “America doesn’t need to re-fight the battles we just had over Wall Street reform and health care reform.”Obama 2012
I will not go back to the days when insurance companies had unchecked power to end your coverage, charge women more than men #Obama2012 #fbKia
POTUS: “I want women to control their own health choices, just like I want my daughters to have the same opportunities as your sons.”Obama 2012
Sign of support. #Obama2012 http://instagr.am/p/KP9dQrGuah/Barack Obama
POTUS Barack Obama: We can’t afford to spend another 4 years going backwards. We need to move forward. #Obama2012Krys Talley
POTUS: "If there’s one thing that we learned in 2008, it’s that nothing is more powerful than millions of voices calling for change."Barack Obama
RT @BarackObama: Just do it. #Obama2012 http://pic.twitter.com/mYWnqNVYNa Eun, Lim
“This is about ordinary people who believe that in the face of the greatest odds, we can make a difference in the life of this country.”Obama 2012
POTUS: “If you’re willing to stick with me, fight with me, and press on with me … I guarantee you, we will move this country forward.”Obama 2012
“We will finish what we started. We’re still fired up. We’re still ready to go.”—President ObamaObama 2012
Yeah @MittRomney the President has taken the gloves off. It’s on now. He is all in your face today. He is connecting with America-Can you?Sophia A. Nelson
My Saturday Pundit Analysis: @BarackObama is on FIRE. He is ready to rumble with @MittRomney on all fronts. This is going to be good!Sophia A. Nelson
Today was an amazing day #Obama2012 @ofa_ohShannon Davis
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