First Lady Michelle Obama has been celebrated before on TSM and it is such sheer pleasure to celebrate her again. Her opening night speech at the DNC was nothing less than phenomenal! She is amazingly candid and authentic. This is not a Stepford Wife. Our First Lady is her own woman who loves her family and loves her country. Her candor allows us to see how human she is and that she is a spitfire,which I love. Her speech leaves us all inspired and hopeful. Michelle Obama’s speech is being hailed as one of the best convention speeches delivered in the Modern Era.
While, yes, I did cry while hearing her speech (she actually made me proud to be an American), I was also in awe of her ability to really reach all Americans and all families — the poor, the middle class, black, white, multi-racial, gay, straight, Jews, Latino, veterans — she spoke to America and the very rich and complicated fabric of people who make up this country. At no time did she “other” (marginalize) any population. Her inclusion of speaking to all Americans speaks to making the entire country feeling safe — that no one will be scapegoated. Her simply mentioning decency, dignity, and integrity and “how we need to value everyone’s contributions,” easily starts the water works for me.
I need to add that she wrote her own speech and declined to accept the speech written for her. Yes, she wrote:
Being President does not change who you are; it reveals who you are.
For me the choice is quite easy. I will vote for President Obama because he is truly working for and representing ALL Americans. He has not vowed to take away my rights as a gay man, nor will he repeal the rights of women, or protect only the wealthiest of Americans. President Obama is truly working for all of us.
If you have not seen First Lady Michelle Obama’s speech, click here to see it.