Michelle Obama took the stage in Charlotte at the opening of the Democratic convention, and, like a devoted wife that she is, allowed her emotions to take control as she addressed the 3500 strong supporters. ‘Barack knows the American Dream because he's lived it’, is how she put it.
The session began with the striking of the gravel by the chair of the Democratic National Committee, Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
Then came the keynote address by Julian Castro, the Latino Mayor of San Antonio, Texas which was followed by the speech of Michelle Obama.
The Gallup poll in May showed Michelle’s approval rating at 66 percent which has remained more or less the same even today after 4-months – hence it is reasonable to assume that she can influence decisions, especially of the undecided lot.
Her message to the supporters was quite clear - give the President a chance to complete his unfinished jobs and fulfill the promises that he had made in 2008 and, therefore, pull out all the stops to ensure that he gets elected as the 45th President of the USA.
The gist of what she said boils down to some hard truth - a period of 4-years is inadequate to fulfill all promises but a beginning had been made and in order to maintain continuity, it is necessary that the man himself remains at the helm.
This has been reported in foxnews.com of dated 5th of September 2012.
In Michelle’s words Barack Obama never succumbs to distraction. In fact – it is a long game and the change is slow but there is always light at the end of a dark long tunnel – success invariably comes, we eventually get to our target.
Moreover, borrowing the style of Ann Romney, the First Lady also shared bits of her personal life with Barack Obama with the audience and termed it as a ‘story of hope’ and dwelt on the days of hardship they went through before becoming the First Lady.
She avoided taking any potshots at Barack Obama’s adversary but she did mention in details about the Obamas struggled in life and how they came to the position that they now hold. It required plenty of dedication and determination – the two main qualities that had made Barack what he is today.
He never equated success with money – his philosophy is not how much money one can make but how one can change the lives of others.
Time only will tell whether Michelle’s speech has worked wonders and whether it has been able to boost the chances of Barack Obama and widen the gap between him and the Republican nominee Mitt Romney.
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