September 4th, 2012
03:04 PM ET
(CNN) – Two days before he will take the stage at the Democratic National Convention, President Barack Obama rallied supporters in the key battleground state of Virginia while giving a hat tip to the first lady.
“You’ll hear tonight from the star of the Obama family,” Obama told a large crowd at Norfolk State University. “This is just like a relay, where you start out with the fastest person.”
First lady Michelle Obama is among the prime time speakers who will kick off the first night of the Democratic Convention Tuesday.
“I’m going to be at home, watching it with my girls and I’m going to try not to let them see their daddy cry,” Obama added. “Because when Michelle starts talking I get all misty."
From there, he will embark on a campaign swing through New Hampshire, Iowa, and Florida over the weekend.
After his remarks Tuesday, the president made an unannounced stop at a local fire station, where he presented firefighters there with a case of the White House’s home-brewed beer.
"It needs to be chilled, its been sitting in my trunk,” Obama replied when one firefighter asked if he should drink it right away.
The White House later said that the case of beer included a mix of Honey Ale, Regular Ale, and Dark Ale.