The first lady knows how to get the job done. Michelle Obama closed day one of the Democratic National Convention with a rousing, partly emotional, speech igniting the crowd for the November election. During her address, the FLOTUS reminded the nation of the progress that President Obama has made over the last four years, and assured them that he will not give up until he makes all of the dreams of his first campaign a reality.
Although nostalgic at times, Mrs. Obama effectively refreshed the nation’s memory, detailing how her husband holds morals and standards that are not unlike those of the voters that they hope to snag.
Detailing how they both came from humble beginnings, Mrs. Obama explained why her husband’s tenacity has not been stifled by running the country. “Being president doesn’t change who you are, it reveals who you are,” she said. That line was one of many zingers that the mother of two let out, eliciting a strong response from the crowd who, at one point, started chanting so loudly that she had to calm them down.
With the economy in such a bad place, in dealing with the one topic that could potentially lampoon the president’s bid for re-election, his wife didn’t shy away from the elephant in the room. “I’ve seen how the issues that come across a president’s desk are always the hard one– the problems where no amount of data or numbers will get to the right answer,” she said, taking aim at Mitt Romney’s platform that his strong business background qualifies him to fix the economy. “At the end of the day, when it comes to make that decision, as President all you have to guide you are your values, and your vision, and the life experiences that make you who you are.” Those aforementioned “values” instilled in the president came by way of his grandmother, whom he often references and credits with helping to raise him. In the case of Mrs. Obama it was her father’s commitment to working hard to provide a better life for his children that shaped her belief system. She brought the message home by likening both herself and the president to the American people, stating that at the core they –like many others–are parents who want to make the country better for their children, and generations to follow.
The night also featured a recording honoring the late Ted Kennedy, a video address from Jimmy Carter, a speech from Massachusetts governor, Deval Patrick, and remarks from Julian Castro, the 37-year-old mayor of San Antonio, Tex. who some believe may have earned himself a place in the 2016 presidential race.
Castro made history as the first Hispanic person to offer the keynote address at a DNC, and pegged Romney as a rich candidate who has no understanding of the issues plaguing average Americans, even questioning whether he is running his own campaign. “Now it’s Romney/Ryan. Or is it Ryan/Romney?”
But like the RNC speakers before them, Democrats will likely face scrutiny for leaving out certain details in favor of the president. For example, while Castro noted that 4.5 million jobs were created since Obama took office, that number only refers to the private sector, not local and government positions.
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