Four years ago, political opponents tried to paint Michelle Obama as an angry, black woman. Over her tenure as First Lady, she has shown how wrong that portrait was.
The speech she delivered to close out the first night of the Democratic National Convention was filled with emotion and passion and her love of her husband, his love of her, their children and America. She spoke of their early struggles and how they understand the American dream because they have lived it. It was a powerful speech, and it clearly resonated across the Twitosphere at any rate as her speech trended nearly twice as much as Mitt Romney's (Politico). The relative poorness of Romney's speech is likely reflected in that he did not receive the typical convention bounce in the polls (CBS).
Ann Romney's bounce was stronger, perhaps because she was a relative unknown prior to her speech. And yet, while Ann Romney delivered a strong speech, she did not seem to connect in quite the same way as the First Lady. Although, according to writer Orson Scott Card, as a Mormon woman, she is not nearly so inexperienced a speech giver as most believe.
One stark difference on the first night of the DNC versus the first night of the Republican National Convention? The speakers did not seem to be afraid to say their nominee's name.
You can read the transcript of her speech here.
What did you think? Were you impressed or did it leave you cold?
Photo credit: Michelle Obama's Facebook page