Michelle Obama's DNC Speech Garners Praise From Voters and Pundits

Michelle Obama gave the Democratic National Convention what they wanted last night: a rousing, passionate defense of Barack Obama’s record as president that also provided voters a look at the personal lives of Michelle and Barack. Reactions from voters and the media show that Michelle Obama hit a homerun.

Michelle Obama talked about her and Barack’s upbringing, and how that has informed the Obama presidency. Here’s a short excerpt, courtesy of the Washington Post:

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’s why he signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act to help women get equal pay for equal work. That’s why he cut taxes for working families and small businesses and fought to get the auto industry back on its feet.

The New York Times described convention-goers as “excited,” and reported that Obama’s remarks “electrified the party faithful.” The Washington Post reports that she “delivered her speech with an assurance that had delegates cheering and at some points weeping.”

TV pundits, too, swooned over Michelle Obama’s speech--including FOX News. The Huffington Post rounded up some pundit reactions:

Fox News' Chris Wallace called her delivery "masterful." Fox News' senior political analyst Brit Hume said that it was clear that Obama is an "extremely impressive and attractive woman." He added that her delivery was better than the speech itself, and that she "effectively vouched for her husband."

Fox News contributor Karl Rove also agreed that Obama's speech was "very well delivered," particularly when she spoke about personal moments. According to Rove, however, Obama did not do as well when she discussed the "political sphere."

Over at MSNBC, Rachel Maddow responded simply to Obama's speech. "Oh my god," she said, immediately following the first lady's remarks. MSNBC's Steve Schmidt said the speech was "brilliantly written and brilliantly delivered." Chuck Todd, who was reporting live from the convention floor, said, "Michelle Obama owned this convention in a way that no speaker owned the floor of the convention in Tampa."

Yahoo! News curated 9 voter reactions, and the vast majority of them were glowing with praise for the speech. “Michelle Obama addressed a crowd that looked like the America I remember and the United States I want to live in, and she reminded us that she and her husband are real people, real people who had real dreams and real debt, real love and real obstacles. Yet there she stood, a role model, a mother, a wife, and our First Lady,” one voter said.

Another wrote: “Resplendent in rose-petal pink, Michelle Obama fired up the crowd with an impassioned, powerful speech at the Democratic National Party Convention's opening night...As a teacher and mother, I found her remarks deeply resonated with me.”

Michelle Obama’s speech also lit up social media sites. As Twitter noted in a blog post about her speech:

Among tonight’s keynotes, First Lady Michelle Obama’s (@MichelleObama) primetime speech peaked at 28,003 Tweets per minute (TPM) at its conclusion — nearly double Republican candidate Mitt Romney’s (@MittRomney) 14,289 peak. One line in her speech this evening — “we've got so much more to do” — saw 22,004 TPM.

AlterNet / By Alex Kane

Posted at September 5, 2012, 6:35am

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