The soft version was on display Monday night in Denver and the lady does have a soft side and I'm not talking about her soft flowing hair. As she said, she's a daughter, a mother, a wife, and a proud American. I mean that totally covers the bases doesn't it? It was not only the content, but the constant smile and humble spirit that was on display.
Michelle Obama, whose husband calls her "the star" of their family, introduced herself Monday to the Democratic convention in a heartfelt speech invoking the dreams of her father and the hopes of her husband for the nation. "Barack and I were raised with so many of the same values: that you work hard for what you want in life; that your word is your bond and you do what you say you're going to do," Obama said. "You treat people with dignity and respect, even if you don't know them, and even if you don't agree with them."
The self-described daughter, wife and mother also gave a nod to Hillary Rodham Clinton, Barack Obama's chief rival for the Democratic nomination. She hailed the New York senator as someone who put "18 million cracks in the glass ceiling" by winning nearly that many votes in state nominating contests.
She told those watching on television that, like them, she and the candidate value strong family ties, a belief in hard work and upward mobility, and a determination to create "the world as it should be."
And then there was Teddy!
Sen. Edward Kennedy declared there was "new hope" for the nation in his surprise appearance at the Democratic National Convention, while Michelle Obama addressed critics of her patriotism and stressed her love for the country. "Nothing is going to keep me away from this special gathering tonight," Kennedy told an arena of teary-eyed delegates as he pledged to see Barack Obama to the White House and his own return to the Senate floor.
So, the Democratic Convention is off and rolling: with Hillary and Bubba to follow. :-)