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Michelle Obama Visits Bethesda-Chevy Chase

Michelle Obama, wife of Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) spoke to a packed house at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School this afternoon, taking a not-so-veiled swipe at the Clinton campaign's repeated assertions that Sen. Hillary Clinton is the best prepared to be president.

Obama, like her husband a Harvard-trained lawyer, said that anyone who doubts her husband is well prepared to be president is misinformed. "Barack is ready today, he'll be ready tomorrow," she said.

She said she feared that both Republican and Democratic administrations had diminished the standing of the United States abroad, and she worried that the next generation would be faced with extensive mop-up work at home.

"We are going to hand them a mess," she said. "We are at a point now where every child in this nation should be able to dream big dreams and know that they are going to have the love and support and resources of this nation."

Obama was introduced by Laura Leedy Gansler, wife of Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler (D), and by Anna Van Hollen, a senior at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School whose father U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D) is an uncommitted superdelegate and chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

Anna Van Hollen said she was excited that Obama had helped give her generation "the opportunity to write the next great chapter of our nation's history." She described him as a transformational figure who had a rare ability to inspire the young.

By Miranda Spivack  |  February 11, 2008; 7:35 PM ET
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