I could keep it 100% superficial and start this conversation with–wow, Michelle Obama looked absolutely sensational in her Tracy Reese dress, as she almost floated across the stage as the epitome of grace while Stevie Wonder sang, “Signed, Sealed, Delivered,” but that would so grossly devalue how phenomenal the First Lady’s speech truly was. I felt like I was watching Michelle slay a delicate performance, something that she’d rehearsed all her life–like she was hand-picked by God to be the woman beside a man so regal, so inspirational, so handsome–to inspire us all to reach higher than we thought possible.
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It’s obvious Michelle has been, and is, a hands-on First Lady. In her speech last night she she noted, “I have gotten to see up close and personal what being president really looks like, and I’ve seen how the issues that come across a president’s desk are always the hard ones. You know, the problems where no amount of data are members will get you to the right answer.” Various media outlets attempted to make it a story that Michelle wrote her own speech. Why wouldn’t she? She’s a Harvard graduate and beyond that, she’s been the First Lady for the last four years. She’s got more than what it takes to write a rousing speech supporting her husband.
Michelle was endearing, personal and insightful. Sigh. There’s just something about this woman that makes me feel my life has a bigger purpose than I know. As a black woman, it is so inspiring to see a Black woman as the focal of the media in such a positive light. I sat in a still sense of pride as I watched the First Lady deliver her speech.
Check out a few of my favorite moments from Michelle’s DNC speech below:
“See our life before moving to Washington was filled with simple joys. Saturdays at soccer games, Sundays at grandma’s house, and a date night for Barack and me with either dinner or a movie because as an exhausted mom, I couldn’t stay awake for both.”
“And the truth is, I loved the life we had built for our girls. And I deeply love the man I built that life with and I did not want that to change if he became president. I loved Barack just the way he was. You see, even back then, when Barack was a Senator and 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.”
“You see Barack and I were both raised by families that did not 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.”
“We learned about dignity and decency. That how hard you work matters more than how much you make. That helping others means more than just getting ahead yourself. We learned about honesty and integrity. That the truth matters. That you don’t take shortcuts are played by your own set of rules. Success doesn’t count unless you earn it fair and square.”
“Well today, after so many struggles and triumphs and moments that have tested my husband in ways I never could have imagined, and I have seen firsthand that being president does not change who you are. No, it reveals the you are.”
“So when it comes to rebuilding our economy, Barack is thinking about folks like my dad and like his grandmother. He’s thinking about the pride that comes from a hard day’s work. That is why he signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act to help women get equal pay for equal work. That’s how he brought our economy and the brink of collapse to creating jobs again. Jobs you can raise a family on, good jobs. Right here in the United States of America.”
“When it comes to the health of our families, Barack refused to listen to those folks who told him to leave health reform for another day. Another president. He didn’t care whether it was the easy thing to do politically. That is not how he was raised. He cared that it was the right thing to do.”
“Barack knows that like me and so many of you, he never could have attended college without financial aid. And believe it or not, when we were first married, our combined monthly student loan bill was actually higher than our mortgage. We were so young, so in love, and so in debt.”