GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Cheers went up at the University of Florida O'Connell Center on Monday afternoon as First Lady Michelle Obama yelled "Go Gators!" and did the Gator chomp.

Mrs. Obama also gave a shout out to the UF Marching Band during her grassroots campaign stop for her husband President Barack Obama. The band performed during the 2012 Olympic Games in London.


Following a similar format as her speech at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte earlier this month, Mrs. Obama talked about her relationship with the President.

"What truly made me fall in love with Barack Obama was his character," she said.

She also talked about his achievements while in office, mentioning 30 straight months of private sector job growth, the "Obamacare" health care reform, and the death of Osama bin Laden.

Mrs. Obama stressed to the crowd of mostly college students that fixing the economy wouldn't happen overnight.

"Slowly but surely," she said, "we've been pulling ourselves out of the hole we've been in."

Grassroots efforts, including talking to friends and family as well as making sure they're registered to vote, could make a difference in winning Florida, Mrs. Obama said.

"It all could come down to what happens in a few battleground states like Florida," she said, telling the crowd that her husband's 2008 lead of 236,000 votes only broke down to about 36 people per precinct.

"If we win Florida, we will be well on our way to putting Barack Obama back in the White House for four more years," she said.

Mrs. Obama was scheduled to speak at another event in Tallahassee later Monday.