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  • hoozdik_hertz_007 hoozdik_hertz_007 Sep 5, 2012 2:28 PM Flag

    Michelle Obama Blew The Doors Off Of The Democratic National Convention With This Speech

     

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — First Lady Michelle Obama brought down the house at the Democratic National Convention, delivering a rousing final speech that laid out a counter-narrative to Republican attacks against President Barack Obama.

    Much like Ann Romney at last week's Republican convention, the First Lady was faced with the task of reframing the narrative about her husband. While Michelle Obama did not have to introduce her husband to America, her job tonight was to remind voters why they liked Obama in the first place and convince them that he deserves a second term.

    It was undoubtedly a difficult undertaking, but the First Lady rose to the job admirably. Michelle Obama's approval ratings remain much higher than her husband's, and she proved an effective messenger of the Obama campaign's main argument that the President understands the problems of everyday Americans better than his Republican opponent.

    The full text of her speech is below, but here are some of the highlights:
    "You see, even though back then Barack was a Senator and a presidential candidate…to me, he was still the guy who’d picked me up for our dates in a car that was so rusted out, I could actually see the pavement going by through a hole in the passenger side door…he was the guy whose proudest possession was a coffee table he’d found in a dumpster, and whose only pair of decent shoes was half a size too small."
    "Well, today, after so many struggles and triumphs and moments that have tested my husband in ways I never could have imagined, I have seen firsthand that being president doesn’t change who you are – it reveals who you are."
    We learned about dignity and decency – that how hard you work matters more than how much you make…that helping others means more than just getting ahead yourself. We learned about honesty and integrity – that the truth matters…that you don’t take shortcuts or play by your own set of rules…and success doesn’t count unless you earn it fair and square.
    Believe it or not, when we were first married, our combined monthly student loan bills were actually higher than our mortgage. We were so young, so in love, and so in debt."
    He’s the same man who, when our girls were first born, would anxiously check their cribs every few minutes to ensure they were still breathing, proudly showing them off to everyone we knew. That’s the man who sits down with me and our girls for dinner nearly every night, patiently answering their questions about issues in the news, and strategizing about middle school friendships.

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