First Lady Michelle Obama's motorcade zipped through parts of Chicago on Thursday en route to two fund-raisers she was headlining and a taping of the Steve Harvey show at NBC Tower. The second fund-raiser targeted major gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgender donors and was held at the home of businessman Fred Eychaner, one of the biggest Democratic donors in the nation.
Below, the pool report from Natasha Korecki of the Chicago Sun-Times....
Pool report: (A transcript of FLOTUS remarks will be sent out, please check quotes against that).
The second of two Chicago fund-raisers featuring First Lady Michelle Obama was held at the multi-level, Lincoln Park home of mega Democratic donor Fred Eychaner.
Upon entering up a stone staircase to the upper-level patio, a sign on the glass door read: "Obama pride. LGBT for Obama."
Tickets for the event started at $250 and will benefit the Obama Victory Fund, a joint fundraising committee of Obama for America, the Democratic National Committee and several state Democratic parties.
About 200 people of the mostly LGBT event stood in a long, rectangular-shaped room as they awaited the First Lady. Some were holding wine glasses. One man, dressed in a suit, held a bottle of Champagne. The patio of the three-story modern-styled home featured towering concrete walls and wall-length glass windows.
Wearing a cream-colored pant-suit, FLOTUS walked before a lectern and teleprompter. Three American flags were staged behind her. She began her remarks at about 7 p.m. She spoke for about 28 minutes.
She first noted she had visited the home before.
"This is the second time I've been in this house," she said.
She singled out some people to thank, including U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.)
FLOTUS talked about growing up on the South Side of Chicago and the values she was taught there, including the value of hard work over wealth.
She talked about community.
"No one is where they are on their own," she said. "You value everyone's contributions. You treat everyone with respect."
She said her husband espouses those values.
She spoke of her husband as someone who made the hard decisions and sometimes had to break bad news to the American people.
"It is important to have a president who doesn't just tell you what we want to hear but who tells you the truth," she said.
At that, one supporter yelled YES! YES!
She said the president was handed an economic mess when he first took office.
"Instead of pointing fingers, instead of placing blame, Barack got to work." That won loud whistles and cheers. The crowd then drowned her out with cheers when she began talking about jobs the president had created.
She said her husband knew the value of having the freedom to be "married to the love of their life," to loud cheers.
She then turned to battleground states and implored the crowd that there was still much work to be done. "The only guarantee you have in this election is it will be closer than the last one."
"Focus with me," she said, putting her fingers up to her eyes, signaling everyone to pay close attention. She then told the crowd not to take anything for granted. "We need to work harder than ever." She noted the wins in battleground states in 2008 were by just slim margins.
She implored supporters to visit dashboardbarackobama.com where they could make phone calls to battleground states.