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In praise of Michelle praising her man

By LaShawnda

Behind every strong man is a stronger woman. Michelle Obama exudes confidence, strength and bedrock support for her husband, Sen. Barrack Obama. Her speech on Monday kicking off the 2008 Democratic National Convention was by far one of the best and most comprehensive illustrations of American family values that we strive toward and work to maintain on a daily basis. And we were blessed to see rare, unscripted family interaction when young Malia and Sasha Obama were shown onto stage to congratulate their mother and greet their father via satellite.

Michelle spoke of the improbable journey she and her husband have traversed individually and together, in both their personal lives and public. She proclaimed her life and his as evidence that the American dream endures. She spoke of simple life principles they live by: Your word being your bond and treating people with dignity and respect even if you don’t know them and don’t agree with them.

She spoke of everyone’s right to believe in America being a place where you can make it if you try. She spoke of how she and Barack share their experiences and vision of the great American story by not looking at the world as it is, but looking at the world as it should be.

She continued to speak as the audience screamed, applauded thunderously and approvingly waved signs that read: Michelle and Common Values/Common Purpose. Michelle Obama’s speech spoke to our common values and our common purpose as Americans.

Her closing kept her narrative on a continuum: “In honor of my father’s memory and my daughters’ future, let’s stand together to elect Barack Obama President of the United States of America!

* Check out 22 photos of the family from last night here

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