Orlando, Fla. -
First Lady Michelle Obama spoke at UCF today. This is the second stop in Florida today as the First Lady campaigns for her husband, President Barack Obama.
This event was in part to say thanks for all the grass-root organizations and their efforts and a call to volunteers to help with voter registration. During her speech the First Lady discussed health care, education, and tax breaks for the middle class.
Outside of the event volunteers for the campaign group Obama For America were keeping tabs on the lines that wrapped the around the Arena. Volunteers on behalf of the Citizens for a Greater Orange County were getting signatures to put on the ballot an initiative for mandatory sick time in Orange County. Vendors were also selling pins, t-shirts, and other Obama themed merchandise.
People stood in line for hours for the chance to attend the speech. The crowds were divided into two segments before being screened by security. Many stood for at least an hour before entering an air conditioned segment. Restaurant’s that lined the arena were seen busy with people seeking relief from the heat.
The fire marshal has estimated attendance at 118,000, but the fire marshal has stopped allowing any more into the arena.
As hopes dashed for several hundred more that were turned away, the crowd became irate and began yelling. Campaign volunteers were assuring the departing crowd that they would be the first to be called when the President came into town. Many leaving the event without seeing the First Lady were disappointed.