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Michelle Obama rallies supporters at Miami Lakes campaign stop

First Lady Michelle Obama campaigned Tuesday at a Miami-Dade high school, where cheering supporters beat the steamy summer heat to welcome her.

It was the first of two campaign stops in Florida for Obama on Tuesday.

The event was organized to rally Obama supporters and thank volunteers in the swing state of Florida. It drew a dust-up Monday when two Miami-Dade School Board Members decried the use of a school facility for a purely political event.

At Barbara Goleman Senior High in Miami Lakes, about 2,800 people packed the gym and chanted “four more years” and “Fired Up, Ready to Go” as they waited for the First Lady.

“Thank you for everything that you do,” she told them. “I know the work you do isn’t easy.”

She told them their work was based on shared values, like good schools, middle class security and a dignified retirement for people who’ve worked hard their life.

“We believe that responsibility should be rewarded and that hard work should pay off,” she said, later adding, “That fundamental promise of no matter who you are, if you work hard, you can build a decent life for yourself and an even better life for your kids. That is the American dream.”

Obama essentially gave supporters a talking points memo, covering highlights from her husband’s administration, from education, job creation, health care reform, the ending of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and the installation of new U.S. Supreme Court justices.

Obama was slated to speak later Tuesday in Orlando. She has visited Florida before as the First Lady, but this trip marks the first as part of the 2012 presidential campaign. 

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