Michelle Obama says she's 'sick of the chaos' of U S politics

Lewis Collier
September 24, 2018

"I am sick of all the chaos and the nastiness of our politics".

"When you don't vote, that's exactly what you're doing - you're letting other people make decisions for you", Obama said. "We get the leaders we vote for".

"Thank you, Las Vegas! It's exhausting. And frankly it is depressing".

More than 2,000 people crammed into the gymnasium of Chaparral High School in Las Vegas where Obama, along with several high-profile singers and actors, spoke on Sunday evening and reminded Nevada residents why their votes matter. "I understand wanting to shut it all out".

The When We All Vote co-chair has another rally to front in Miami on Friday for the nonpartisan, nonprofit organization before the elections.

She has always been one of the most popular draws among Democrats. The organization promotes participation regardless of political affiliation.

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It's unclear whether she will stump for Democratic candidates this year, but former President Barack Obama has made appearances in California and OH to support Democrats. She drew loud cheers and applause from the crowd when she mentioned her husband and when someone in the crowd suggested she seek the presidency herself.

Meanwhile, Obama is about to set off on a huge stadium tour launching her memoir, Becoming.

Like Mrs Obama, actor-and-comedian Keegan-Michael Key acknowledged his understanding of why people feel unmotivated to vote.

"Believe me, I am frustrated, too", she said.

Arming those watching with the knowledge that Republication participation tends to be higher than Democratic during off-year mid-term elections, Key urged the crowd to "translate our outrage and our passion".

Other speakers included actress Kelly McCreary of ABC's Grey's Anatomy; actress Lana Parrilla of ABC's Once Upon a Time; journalist Maria Elena Salinas; and local first-time voters. Obama will appear in 12 cities across the United States - with two extra stops added to the original 10-city tour to meet the demand - and prices for the event range from a reasonably affordable $29.50 to as much as $3,000.

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