President Obama speaks at rally in Virginia Beach

President Barack Obama opened the stage in Virginia Beach at Farm Bureau Live on Thursday, Sept. 27, following speakers such as House of Representatives candidate Paul Hirschbiel, Congressman Bobby Scott, Senator Jim Webb and others who spoke in support of his campaign. Spectators lined up early in the morning—doors opened at 9:30 a.m.—and anxiously awaited the President’s arrival.

As President Obama approached the podium, the crowd started chanting “four more years!” After giving the signal to quiet down, he opened by saying,

“It is good to be back. It is good to have all kinds of friends here today.” He then went on to acknowledge the speakers who preceded him. After pleasing the crowd with a friendly anecdote, he reminded everyone how important this election is.

“In the coming weeks, you’re going to have a very big choice to make… This is not just a choice between two candidates or two parties, it’s a choice between two fundamentally different visions about how we move forward: two different ideas about our future.”

Obama’s speech centered around the fundamental ideas of his platform: adding jobs to the economy, lowering taxes for the middle class, equal rights, women’s rights, affordable education, affordable health care, clean energy and more. On taxes, President Obama said,

“This country doesn’t succeed when the rich get richer, we succeed when the middle class gets bigger. When there are ladders of opportunity for all who strive to get into the middle class.”

“We don’t believe that government should help people who aren’t willing to help themselves, but we do believe in something called opportunity,” he stated.

Obama’s plan has been and continues to be creating jobs and making sure the middle class thrives and continues to grow. President Obama wants to outsource fewer jobs and export more products, along with rewarding companies who open new plants and create new jobs. He also wants to continue to lower the U.S.’s dependence on foreign oil and keep increasing clean and renewable energy.

“What happens when the middle class has a little extra money? They spend it… and now suddenly businesses have more customers, which means they have more profits, which means they’re doing better so they hire more workers. You get a virtuous cycle going up. Everybody does better. That’s how you grow an economy,” he said, “not from the top down, but from the middle out.”

President Obama also wants to make education more affordable to all students.

“In the United States of America, no child should ever be deferred just because of an overcrowded classroom. No family should ever have to set aside a college acceptance letter because they don’t have the money,” he said. President Obama not only wants to keep higher education more affordable for students, but he wants to improve the education they receive before they reach that point.

On education in America, President Obama said, “I’m not fighting to improve the schools of the red states or the blue states. I’m fighting to improve schools of the United States.”

In closing his speech, Obama stated, “One of the things I learned after four years is that change doesn’t come from the inside, you’ve got to change Washington from the outside. You change it with the help of ordinary Americans who are willing to have their voices heard.”

President Obama stated, “We believe in an America where, no matter what you look like, no matter who you are, no matter where you come from, no matter who you love, you can make it if you try. That’s the country I believe in. That’s what I’ve been fighting for as President. That’s why I’m running for a second term as President of the United States of America.”

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