October 27th, 2010
11:12 AM ET
Sent from Los Angeles
First Lady Michelle Obama on Tuesday told an auditorium packed with supporters that sending Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-California, back to the Senate was pivotal in forwarding President Barack Obama’s agenda.
Mrs. Obama’s visit to Los Angeles was part of three-day swing through California to help raise money for California Democrats and help Boxer, a three-term Senator earn another six years in office. Mrs. Obama told voters to look to the future.“This election is about all we have left do in the months ahead,” Mrs. Obama said. “California, my husband can’t do it alone.”
A line snaked around the Wilshire Ebell Theater, as close to 1,000 people lined up for chance to he and see the First Lady. Tickets started at $100 per person for the event, which brought in more than $150,000 for California Vote 2010, a joint committee between DNC and Friends of Barbara Boxer. While Mrs. Obama’s words energized the audience, it was the music of R&B singer Babyface that rocked the crowed earlier in the evening. He performed a cover of James Taylor’s “Fire and Rain,” and his own hit song “Change the World.”
Mrs. Obama’s visit comes days after President Obama campaigned on the West Coast. The one-two punch of the President and the First Lady was aimed at breaking a neck and neck race between Boxer and former Hewlett Packard Chief Executive Carly Fiorina.
Pointing to Boxer’s support for education and health care reform, Mrs. Obama touted the candidate as a strong advocate for the nation’s largest state.“When it comes to being a champion for California there is no one who fight harder,” Mrs. Obama said.
Boxer pressed the importance of Mrs. Obama’s presence in California “When the First Lady flies across the country that shows you what’s at stake,” Boxer said. Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, joined Mrs. Obama on the campaign trail, stopping in San Francisco, where she and Mrs. Obama attended an event with Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, which raised $1.6 million for the Democratic Party.
At Tuesday’s event Mrs. Biden, called on the audience to lead a grassroots get out the vote efforts.“We need all of you to make 10 more calls, send 10 more e-mails and bring 10 more people to the polls,” Mrs. Biden said.Mrs. Obama and Mrs. Biden were scheduled to attend a private luncheon to benefit Boxer on Wednesday, according to the Boxer campaign.