Tuesday, August 26, 2008

In 100 Words : Michelle Obama's DNC Speech

"She's been on the trail for more than a year, but still gives the impression of being a little realer than the seasoned pols."                                  — Ben Smith, Politico.com

I can't agree more.

On three occasions I've watched Michelle Obama deliver prepared speeches, each time reacting similarly to the awkward, albeit charming, beginnings to her remarks.

To fully appreciate what Michelle says, look past what Obama’s staff insert into her scripts and find the parts where Michelle speaks naturally and from the heart; that is where the lasting importance of what she says exists.

And you know, what struck me when I first met Barack was that even though he had this funny name, even though he'd grown up all the way across the continent in Hawaii, his family was so much like mine.                                                                                   — Michelle Obama

Simply put, Barack and Michelle share an upbringing that, despite the Democrats’ lack of direct McCain attacks tonight, is 180˚ different (and a better sell in battleground states) than the “Seven Houses” McCains.

The Democrats need Michelle Obama.

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