First Lady Michelle Obama spoke in Nashville today at a $500-a-plate fundraiser for her husband’s reelection campaign.
Several hundred people attended the event downtown, including Jessica Farr, who works for the Federal Reserve Bank. Farr says she felt the steep cost to get in was worth it.
“I don’t normally give a lot to political – I’d rather give to local charities and things like that. But I think we’re in a position now where we have a lot to lose and it’s worth spending the money, because otherwise I don’t know what’s going to happen.”
Others who attended the speech said they wanted to support Obama nationally, though he lost Tennessee four years ago and isn’t expected to campaign here much this fall.
Tish Fort said while Obama probably won’t win red states like Tennessee this fall, such events still fire up the Democratic base.
“Could be I’m a good Democrat and I just could happen to be out somewhere and be able to convince one person that had never voted for Obama before to vote for Obama. She’s not wasting her time – she’s giving her time.”
Some traffic south of Broadway could still be affected by road closures in the area.