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Night One, DNC: First Lady Michelle Obama

The DNC officially kicked off events on last night in Charlotte, NC. Supporters, pundits, reporters, and fans alike all waited anxiously for the night’s key address, by First Lady Michelle Obama.

The night showcased strong leaders –and up and coming leaders- within the Democratic Party such as former Governor Ted Strickland, Newark Mayor Cory Booker, Illinois Congressional Candidate Tammy Duckworth, and the keynote address by San Antonio (first Latino to hold the position at the DNC) Mayor Julian Castro. Each speaker spoke on the importance of re-electing President Obama while touting his achievements and need to continue to ‘move the country forward.’

The highlight of the night was undoubtedly First Lady Obama, her speech was pegged as ‘tugging at the heartstrings’ and even dubbed by the president as ‘making him choke up a little’ when he first heard it. As she stepped out onto the stage, the crowd erupted. The cheers and adoration was evident, it took several minutes for Michelle to begin:

“Over the past few years as first lady, I have had the extraordinary privilege of traveling all across this country.”

The speech encompassed bits from Michelle’s childhood, the hard work and selflessness exhibited by her father. The pride and love was evident as Michelle stated, “But despite these challenges, my dad hardly ever missed a day of work. He and my mom were determined to give me and my brother the kind of education they could only dream of.”

Also addressed within the speech were her thoughts and experiences meeting and dating her husband. A man she spoke on with kindness and love, affirming that, ‘”When people ask me whether being in the White House has changed my husband, I can honestly say when it comes to his character and heart; he is still the same man.”

It was during this moment that the crowd began to connect with the First Lady, her sincerity and love of family and her position within the American public unfolded. Her story resonated due to the passion that was evident as she choked up, discussing the world her daughters would live in if we failed (as voters) to ‘work like never before.’

The stark difference between the speeches of Michelle Obama and Ann Romney (if being compared) was the content. Michelle spoke from the heart, her goal was not to humanize her husband, her goal was to continue to stand within their message. Her speech has been dubbed as one to follow yet her role has undoubtedly changed, she is the heart of the campaign and party. Her words sparked inspiration because they encompassed the stories of many Americans.

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September 5, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments