By Steve Tawa


PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — First lady Michelle Obama was in Philadelphia today, bringing out Tom Wolf’s supporters for a get-out-the-vote rally for the Democratic candidate for governor.

Michelle Obama is enormously popular wherever she goes.

“Hey, Philadelphia!” she said today, eliciting a cheer.

Inside the crowded East Mount Airy Recreation Center, Mrs. Obama brought greetings from Washington:

“I love you!  Your president loves you!  That’s why we’re here,” she said.

She talked about what she called “the mess left for Barack” when he took office.

She says after the federal government being in crisis mode for nearly six years after the economic collapse, things are better now:

“By almost every economic measure, we are better off today than when Barack took office.”

And now, she wants folks to work for Tom Wolf as they did for her husband in 2008.

“A lot of these mid-term races will be even harder and even closer than those presidential elections,” she said.  “That’s why we’re here.  These elections matter.”

The politicians leading up to her appearance at the recreation center, including Philadelphia councilwoman Marian Tasco, Pennsylvania state representative Dwight Evans, Mayor Nutter, and US senator Bob Casey, who all talked about Wolf’s virtues and criticized incumbent Republican governor Tom Corbett for, in the words of one, “trying to suppress turnout” with the voter ID issue, and cutting funding for education.