My daughter came in during Michelle Obama's speech Tuesday night and commented on how great she looked and what a great job she was doing with the speech.
"I know," I said. "She's doing awesome. I think she would do a much better job as president," I said.
Like most first ladies, Michelle Obama retains popularity even when her husband is unpopular. She had to go out and hit a home run with her speech at the Democratic National Convention, and she did.
The speech pointed out the great dilemma of our time. A significant segment of the population wants validation of their lifestyle choices, and wants reassurance that the person in charge of approximately half of our economy is thinking of them. These are their only priorities. Little else matters, like more than $51,000 of federal debt per each man, woman and child living in the United States -- including, presumably, the Obama children.
Michelle Obama confirmed this during her speech, with repeated assertions that "proud Americans can be who they are and boldly stand at the altar with who they love." Translation: gays -- hope for gay marriage, "we" are on your side.
After telling the story of her family and Barack's family, Michelle said, "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."
On the DNC convention floor, it's the thought that counts.
This was a remarkably honest speech, with the position of the White House clear in every line. Mrs. Obama asserted that "he believes that when you work hard and done well and walk through that doorway of opportunity, you do not slam it shut behind you."
Absolutely correct in the Obama perspective. "You," as in those listening to the speech, do not slam shut the door of opportunity. The failed Obama presidency will take care of that task.
And, in the appeal to the group of Americans who think someone else will "do it for them," the conclusion of the speech also stated the clear position of the Obama campaign. This reflects the language found on DNC websites and campaign materials for at least the past three years:
". . . if we want to give all of our children a foundation for their dreams, and opportunities worthy of their promise, if we want to give them a sense of that limitless possibility, their belief that here in America, there is always something better out there if you are willing to work for it, then we must work like never before, and we must once again come together, and stand together for the man we can trust to keep moving this great country forward.
"My husband, our president, Barack Obama."
The faithful do believe this is the task at hand. Their future rests in the hands of Barack Obama, who says what they want to hear, and whom they trust, because he tells them he is "thinking of them."