I just got done watching the first night of the 2012 National Democratic Convention. I was floored by Michelle Obama's speech bringing the first night to a close. I'm also rather floored that it's already posted in its entirety on YouTube for you all to replay.
I believe it connected with many Americans in a very personal way. It highlighted the struggles to improve one's station in life and that though it may not be realized in one's own life, it can happen through one's children or one's children's children. It's not dissimilar to the story of my own family, immigrating from Hong Kong in search of a better life. How my mom's family lived together in one apartment and I was cared for by all family members when I was born. How my parents, grandparents, and uncles began on food stamps. How my family worked its butt off to allow me, my brothers, and my cousins to be where we are today.
She tactfully touched upon all the social issues that President Obama has in some way championed - women's rights, healthcare reform, gay rights and marriage, and support for veterans. She humanized him in a way that only she would be able to do. She gracefully didn't lampoon the Republicans, something very refreshing to see. It's easy to see why she's the most popular woman in the US.
I do agree with the news commentator on the TV - the Democrats have the social issues in hand, lock and step, but they need to refocus a good portion of the remaining nights of the Convention on the economic issues. True, the economy has recovered and is growing, albeit slowly. But they still need to bring that to the forefront.