The speech — and the evening’s other speeches — lacked the spice offered in 2008 when the campaign repeatedly emphasized candidate Barack Obama’s exotic middle name, Hussein, or his foreign father.
In fact, the first lady was preceded by a soft-focus video, in which the president praised Michelle Obama.
This evening, Obama’s geographically absent dad remained rhetorically absent, either from the first lady’s wrap-up speech, or any of the many speakers who preceded her.
However, the speech did include a few portions of poll-tested meat.
Obama “believes that when you’ve worked hard, and done well, and walked through that doorway of opportunity … you do not slam it shut behind you,” she said.
“He’s the same man who started his career by turning down high paying jobs … because for Barack, success isn’t about how much money you make, it’s about the difference you make in people’s lives,” said the first lady.
“If I truly want to leave a better world for my daughters, and all our sons and daughters. … We must once again come together and stand together for the man we can trust to peep moving this great country forward, my husband, our president, President Barack Obama.”
“Thank you, God bless you, and God bless America,” she said as she ended her speech suddenly.