Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Michelle Obama at the DNC!


As most of you know, last night was the first night of the DNC. I didn't get to see a lot of it because I was out seeing Tropic Thunder [more on that later], but I turned on my TV just in time for the montage about Michelle Obama where her family members. former co-workers and husband talked about her commitment to community. After an introduction by her older brother Craig Robinson, Obama came out and oh my goodness. Even the uber cynical analysts covering the convention said they haven't seen so many people with tears in their eyes at any other convention. She was absolutely amazing, and you really felt her speech was coming from her heart, as cliched as that sounds. And of course she's a lawyer, so public speaking is second nature to her, but she didn't sound like a lawyer. Something in her diction sounded more like a preacher or a spoken word poet than a lawyer, read: a lot more natural. Very, very inspiring. She came off as very personable, as relatable, and very intelligent. With her, you feel she covers all bases of modern womanhood: a loving mother, a working mother, and an equal partner in her marriage. Obama did a wonderful job of tying together several very important threads in the interest of party unity and of her position as a black woman: the 80th anniversary of women receiving the right to vote, the 45th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s 'I Have a Dream' speech, a well-played salute to Hillary Clinton for "putting 18 million cracks in that glass ceiling", and one to to her husband's running mate, blue-collar champion Joe Biden. Take that, conservatives! Elitism my ass.

I have to say, she was very well dressed. She wore a lovely, tasteful knee-length dress with three quarter sleeves and a turqoise brooch which may or may not have been part of the dress. Not stodgy, not overly sexy: all the qualities we saw in the stylings of Jackie O. I think Mrs. Obama would definitely give former French pop singer and wife of PM Nicolas Sarkozy, Carla Bruni a run for her money as everyone's favorite First Lady. Watch the speech HERE.

1 comment:

  1. I agree, she was awesome! And the youngest daughter was so cute when she kept saying, "Hi, Daddy!" when Barack appeared via teleconferencing. They come across as a humble American family with hard working roots. Can't wait until the finale tomorrow night.

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