By Aurora Saldivar, Coachella Unincorporated, and Dasire’e Norman, VoiceWaves
CHARLOTTE, NC — First Lady Michelle Obama tugged on American heartstrings Tuesday night at the Democratic National Convention. Taking a slightly different approach from her speech last campaign, she harnessed her maternal power in a passionate appeal that connected with families across the nation.
Her eyes shone as she spoke about family values and the power of the American spirit. She has that rare quality most politicians would swap their right arms for — the ability to relate to others. The First Lady was stunning and the crowd was hooting for her.
She wasn’t the only woman with a dominant soul to take the stage. Kamala Harris, Mary Kay Henry, Nydia M. Velázquez, Tammy Duckworth and Lilly Ledbetter all stood onstage representing mothers, daughters, sisters, leaders, workers, and more.
The First Lady’s speech focused on her home life and marriage. America watched her defend her husband in a way that was appropriate and timely. She spoke on behalf of the working class family who struggles to make ends meet. She spoke on behalf of the everyday person who wakes up early everyday, “barely scraping by.” She made the crowd weep and laugh. She spoke words of truth and wisdom. The First Lady, with her radiance, shone and the millions watching received her warmth.
It was a very powerful first night for ladies of the 2012 DNC.
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