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After watching first lady Michelle Obama address the Democratic National Convention last night, one thing is clear: her husband isn't the only one capable of delivering a powerful, emotionally-charged speech with the kind of eloquence that leaves not a dry eye in the house.
Like Ann Romney's speech to the Republican National Convention last week, Obama's centered around her relationship with the President and painted the picture of a man who came from humble beginnings.
He was a guy who "picked me up for our dates in a car that was so rusted out, I could actually see the pavement going by in a hole in the passenger side door," Obama said. "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-size too small."
Obama described how she knew she had found a 'kindred spirit' in her husband when they spoke about family. She also touched upon her husband's role as a father, sharing that the president still takes time to eat with his daughters nearly every night, to listen and answer their questions about current events, and even to discuss middle-school friendships.
The speech was one of the firsty lady's most political to date, expressing support for the auto bailout, taxcuts for middle class earners, and the president's healthcare plan.
"In the end, for Barack, these issues aren't political. They're personal," she said. Obama described how her husband stays up late many nights reading personal letters sent to him by Americans. "I see the concern in his eyes ... and I hear the determination in his voice as he tells me, 'You won't believe what these folks are going through, Michelle . it's not right. We've got to keep working to fix this. We've got so much more to do."
Obama's speech highlighted the difference between the two candidates and their approach to 'fixing' the economy. While Obama aspires to put policies into place that protect the middle class, Romney would like to decrease taxes for the rich and rely on trickle down economics.
Obama watched the speech from the White House with their two daughters. "I'm going to try to not let them see their daddy cry because when Michelle starts talking, I start getting all misty," the president told a crowd at a rally in Virginia last week. After a speech like the one his wife delivered last night, I'm not sure anyone could blame him.
What did you think of the first lady's speech last night? How do you feel it compared to the speech delivered by Ann Romney last week?
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