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First Lady Makes Case For 2nd Term

First Lady Michelle Obama addresses the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012.(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

photo of Naureen Khan
September 4, 2012

Michelle Obama told the Democratic National Convention that her husband is "the man we can trust to keep moving this great country forward."

  • The first lady said her husband is the same man who inspired people four years ago. After moments that have tested him “in ways I never could have imagined,” she said, “I have seen firsthand that being president doesn’t change who you are. No, it reveals who you are.” She urged voters to stick with her husband, calling him "the man we can trust to keep moving this great country forward."
  • “Change is hard, and change is slow, and it never happens all at once,” Obama said, an acknowledgment of the disappointment many have felt about her husband’s first term in office.  “But eventually we get there, we always do.” 
  • Obama, who has focused on military families during her time in the White House, made sure she mentioned what Republican nominee Mitt Romney did not: U.S. troops and the war in Afghanistan. She said she had seen the American spirit “in our men and women in uniform and our proud military families; in wounded warriors who tell me they’re not just going to walk again, they’re going to run, and they’re going to run marathons; in the young man blinded by a bomb in Afghanistan who said, simply, “I’d give my eyes 100 times again to have the chance to do what I have done and what I can still do.”
  • The first lady cast Obama as a devoted father and husband as well as a leader. She shared an oft-told story about the rusted out car her husband used on their first dates, mentioned his conversations with his daughters around the dinner table, and described his concern about the plight of the middle class. “I hear the determination in his voice as he tells me, “You won’t believe what these folks are going through, Michelle. It’s not right.  We’ve got to keep working to fix this.  We’ve got so much more to do,'” she said.  
  • Like Ann Romney before her at the Republican National Convention, Obama also made appeals to women voters who will be critical to the election. She noted the president’s push for the Lilly Ledbetter Act, which makes it easier for women to sue over equal pay, and said “women are more than capable of making our own choices about our bodies.”  She also described her husband’s upbringing by “a single mother who struggled to pay the bills” and a grandmother who “hit a glass ceiling” at the community bank where she worked.

 

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