Michelle Obama speech
The Hiller Instinct: Michelle Obama speech
Barack Obama's sister spoke, and so did his wife's brother, but the Democrats made sure everyone watching knew who was number one: designating Michelle Obama the "headline prime-time speaker:"
And she was ready...
Michelle Obama received a welcome fit for a first lady in Denver, but the delegates were just one of the groups she was speaking to tonight.
Voters who have followed the campaign closely may think they know her, and her husband, but many Americans are just tuning in, forming their first impressions of her family, and Michelle Obama wanted to make sure they're good ones:
"Barack and I were raised with so many of the same values: that you work hard for what you want in life; that your word is your bond and you do what you say you're going to do; that you treat people with dignity and respect, even if you don't know them, and even if you don't agree with them," she said.
Michelle has already earned a reputation as a strong member of the Obama family...a mother with a career and some strong opinions.
She didn't back away from expressing herself:
"...we have an obligation to fight for the world as it should be. That is the thread that connects our hearts. That is the thread that runs through my journey and Barack's journey and so many other improbable journeys that have brought us here tonight, where the current of history meets this new tide of hope. That is why I love this country. "
Here's how I'm scoring this convention: every night the Democrats appear unified is a victory for Obama every night they don't is a loss.
Tonight, between Michelle Obama and Ted Kennedy, there wasn't room for anyone named Clinton, so Obama and the Democrats are off to a strong start.
I'm Andy Hiller, and that's my instinct.
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