Michelle Obama to Speak at CU-Boulder on Wednesday

September 30, 2008

Michelle Obama, prominent attorney, human rights advocate and the wife of Democratic Party presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., will visit the CU-Boulder campus Wednesday for a voter registration event titled "Change We Need Rally with Michelle Obama."

The Oct. 1 event, which is free and open to the public, begins at 11:15 a.m. at Farrand Field on the University of Colorado at Boulder campus. Gates open at 10 a.m. and tickets are not required for admission, but Obama campaign officials recommend an online RSVP to the event at co.barackobama.com/BoulderChange. The event is hosted by the University of Colorado Student Union and sponsored by the CU-Boulder chapter of the College Democrats.

"This is a marvelous opportunity for CU students to become civically engaged and for the campus community to hear a dynamic speaker in Michelle Obama," said Dustin Farivar, a UCSU tri-executive. "Regardless of one's politics, the chance to see a leader like Mrs. Obama in person on the eve of an important national election is a historic moment for our campus."

"This is an incredible opportunity that the College Dems could not pass up," said Jesse Jensen, president of the College Democrats at CU. "Through a lifetime of hard work, compassion and leadership, Michelle Obama has proven herself to be an extraordinary role model for our nation's youth."

According to the Obama campaign, Mrs. Obama will talk with students and members of the community about the importance of registering to vote and the unique opportunity that young people have in this year's election "to build a better future, and close the gap between the world as it is and the world as it should be." Volunteers will also be on hand to help people register to vote.

No signs or banners will be allowed. Local attendees are encouraged to carpool, ride their bicycles, walk or use the RTD bus service to get to campus.

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