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What Did You Think of Michelle Obama's Speech at the Democratic National Convention?

Date September 04, 2012

Michelle Obama

First Lady Michelle Obama closed out the first night of speeches at the Democratic National Convention Tuesday by reflecting on the last four years in the White House with her husband, President Barack Obama.

Telling the audience that "at the end of the day, my most important title is still 'mom-in-chief,'" Mrs. Obama focused on her family life with the president and their two daughters, Malia and Sasha. Her speech was more personal than political, touching often on her and President Obama's humble beginnings.

"Barack and I were both raised by families who didn't have much in the way of money or material possessions but who had given us something far more valuable — their unconditional love, their unflinching sacrifice, and the chance to go places they had never imagined for themselves," Mrs. Obama said.

Like Mitt Romney's wife Ann at the Republican National Convention last week, the First Lady spoke fondly of her early relationship with her husband. "When people ask me whether being in the White House has changed my husband, I can honestly say that when it comes to his character and his convictions and his heart, Barack Obama is still the same man I fell in love with all those years ago," she said. "When Barack was a senator and a presidential candidate, to me, he was still the 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. He was a guy whose proudest possession was a coffee table he found in a dumpster."

Preceded by speakers including San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro and Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, Mrs. Obama continued the evening's theme of trying to present Republican challenger Romney as out of touch with the majority of Americans.

"For Barack, these issues aren't political, they're personal," she said. "Because Barack knows what it means when a family struggles. He knows what it means to want something more for your kids and grandkids. Barack knows the American Dream because he's lived it...and he wants everyone in this country to have that same opportunity, no matter who we are, or where we're from, or what we look like, or who we love. And he believes that when you've worked hard, and done well, and walked through that doorway of opportunity...you do not slam it shut behind you...you reach back, and you give other folks the same chances that helped you succeed."

Wednesday night's DNC speakers include former President Bill Clinton and U.S. Senate Candidate Elizabeth Warren.

What did you think of the first lady's speech?

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