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Michelle Obama Fans Line Up in Easton

Dozens of people wait in line at the Obama campaign office in Easton to get tickets for first lady's visit.

When asked why he was in line for tickets to see Michelle Obama, Ian Murphy's answer was short and to the point.

"She's the first lady. Simple enough," said Murphy, a Moravian College student and downtown Easton resident.

And he predicted that her will be the first of many Lehigh Valley stops by Team Obama and Team Romney in the next few months.

"I think it's going be an important place in the election," Murphy said Tuesday at the , as he joined dozens of people in line for tickets for the speech by the first lady.

Tickets went on sale at 11 a.m. Tuesday for the speech, scheduled for 6:50 p.m. Thursday at Moravian's Johnston Hall. 

Bethlehem Township resident Sandy Moher had been in line since 9:30 a.m., waiting in a portable folding chair, studying to update her real estate license. 

Although tickets for the speech were available in Bethlehem, Moher said she chose to come to Easton instead to avoid the crowds.

And she said she's a fan of Michelle Obama because "I think she's more in tune with what the everyday person needs. And I think she's been a fantastic partner for the president."

Behind her in line was Valerie Davis, an art teacher -- the school's only art teacher, she noted, after the most recent layoffs. 

She said she supports President Obama in part because she thinks he'll do more to help educators. 

As for his wife?

"Michelle has a swag," Davis said, likening her to "Jackie O," but also adding that she thinks there's substance to go with that style.  "She's not just sitting in the office looking cute," Davis said.

The stop in Bethlehem will be the last of three on Thursday for the first lady. Earlier in the day, she is scheduled for campaign stops in West Philadelphia and Montgomery County. 

Tickets are also available at the Obama campaign offices at 13 E. Third St. in Bethlehem and 1031 W. Linden St., Suite 101, in Allentown. Organizers say tickets are first come, first served. 

The first lady last visited the Lehigh Valley in 2008, when her husband was a presidential candidate. She came to Cedar Crest College with Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden.

Ben Miller August 08, 2012 at 05:14 AM
How were all of these people able to wait in line, in the middle of the day on a Tuesday? One of them was Easton Middle School's Art teacher who says she is "the school's only art teacher." No art classes today, apparently. I sure hope she didn't call in sick.
Tom Coombe (Editor) August 08, 2012 at 01:49 PM
No classes of any kind yesterday Ben. School doesn't start for a few more weeks.
Ben Miller August 08, 2012 at 03:48 PM
Oh my gosh... well, that's very embarrassing. BUT, if I'm going to dish it out, I have to be wiling to take it...
Tom Coombe (Editor) August 08, 2012 at 03:53 PM
Ah, don't be too embarrassed. It's refreshing to see that attitude.
louis kootsares October 08, 2012 at 06:55 PM
people lined up middle of the day? hummm probably no jobs, no responsibility,and on public assistance that i think fits the mode of obahma voters,a good comment on face the nation... obahma cares for the illegals who are here and worry about their education and healthcare... well trunan and ike did the right thing.. they deported them

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