First lady Michelle Obama cites 'remarkable progress' on the economy

First Lady Michelle Obama cited "remarkable progress" on the economy during a speech for a small crowd of high-profile Hollywood names in Los Angeles on Tuesday evening.

"In the last three years, we've worked hard to get out of this mess and we've made some remarkable progress," the first lady told a group of about 135 supporters at a private campaign event for her husband. She listed President Obama's accomplishments on healthcare reform, the removal of troops from Iraq and the repeal of "Don't ask, don't tell" among other items on the list of "promises kept" touted by Obama's reelection campaign.

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"We know there are people still suffering and there is a long road left to travel," she continued, citing unfinished work as another reason to reelect Obama.

According to pool reports, the Beverly Hills event included some high-profile names from Hollywood, such as top Obama donors Jeffrey Katzenberg and Harvey Weinstein. Singer-songwriter Joshua Radin performed before Obama spoke. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, music industry representatives Quincy Jones, Berry Gordy and Jerry Ross, film producer Steve Bing, Rob and Michele Reiner and Will Ferrell's wife, Vivica, were also in attendance.

"You’re here because you know that we stand at a fundamental crossroads for our country," Michelle Obama told them. "You’re here because you know that in less than a year from now, we are going to make a choice that will impact our lives for decades to come."


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She spoke about the struggles of the middle class and of hearing their stories as she traveled the country. She said Obama's "toughness and fight" comes from hearing the stories of struggling Americans.

"I hear the passion and the determination in [Obama's] voice," she said. "He says, 'You won’t believe what folks are still going through.' That’s what he tells me. He says, 'Michelle, this ain’t right, and we have to fix this. We have so much more work to do.' "

She added that her husband is "very cute and he can sing, go figure." The line was a reference to the moment last month when Obama broke into the song "Let's Stay Together" at a campaign event.

Obama urged the crowd to get involved in the campaign in order to keep "fighting the good fight."