Monday, August 25, 2008


Michelle's (And Sasha's) Moment

It's easy to see why Obama did the unusual move of having his wife speak on the first night.
She gave a very poised, heartfelt address that while obviously laudatory and 'political', didn't seem contrived. She sounded like a woman who loves and respects her husband and the father of her children. Prepared text can be found here. Video is here.

My favorite line:
He's the same man who drove me and our new baby daughter home from the hospital ten years ago this summer, inching along at a snail's pace, peering anxiously at us in the rearview mirror, feeling the whole weight of her future in his hands,
determined to give her everything he'd struggled so hard for himself, determined
to give her what he never had: the affirming embrace of a father's love.

And, proving that if you ever want to have a golden unscripted political moment, make sure you bring a young kid along.

After Michelle finished her speech, she brought out her two daughters. After they walked around the podium a couple of times, Barack appeared on a big screen. He explained he was in Kansas City. The youngest daughter, Sasha, said "Hello, Daddy" into a microphone. Okay, that part was scripted (otherwise, why would they have given a seven-year old a mic?). After, Barack said a couple of things, Sasha apparently decided she wasn't finished and asked, "What city are you in?" After his whereabouts were once again determined, she finished off with an, "I love you, Daddy."

Absolute sweetness. Pure television gold. Somehow, I don't think Michelle and Barack minded being upstaged by their daughter.

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