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First Lady Michelle Obama's Moving, Eloquent, DNC Speech on Progressive Values, Family: VIDEO


Stepping on to the DNC stage in a rosy luminescent Tracy Reese dress, First Lady Michelle Obama launched into a speech about progressive values, working families, and her own experience in and out of the White House.

“Well, today, after so many struggles and triumphs and moments that have tested my husband in ways I never could have imagined," said the First Lady to huge cheers, "I have seen firsthand that being president doesn’t change who you are. No, it reveals who you are.”

She hit on the President's health care challenges:

“When it comes to the health of our families, Barack refused to listen to all those folks who told him to leave health reform for another day, another president. He didn’t care whether it was the easy thing to do politically. No, that’s not how he was raised — he cared that it was the right thing to do.”

And gave at least two nods to gay people, such as this one: "Barack knows the American Dream because he’s lived it, and he wants everyone in this country to have the same opportunity, no matter who we are, or where we’re from, or what we look like, or who we love.”

Adding, “For Barack, success isn’t about how much money you make, it’s about the differences you make in people’s lives.”

Watch the whole speech, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. come on, what was the other one? Something about bravery and standing at the alter?

    Posted by: banshiii | Sep 5, 2012 7:08:58 AM

  2. Actually, the example of showing courage by standing at the alter probably had more of a connection than say mentioning Stonewall, which, unfortunately, many viewers, may not fully understand.

    Posted by: AngelaChanning | Sep 5, 2012 7:21:03 AM

  3. and if proud Americans can be who they are and boldly stand at the altar with who they love…then surely, surely we can give everyone in this country a fair chance at that great American Dream.

    Posted by: banshiii | Sep 5, 2012 7:56:34 AM

  4. Thank you, Michelle. I am not American, but I count on America to lead the way in social progress. What your husband has done so far is show to the world the best side of the American character, after inheriting the consequences of most of its worst in the last two hundred years.

    Posted by: Manny Espinola | Sep 5, 2012 8:09:25 AM

  5. Thank you Michelle, for the courage your family has shown. Thank you President Obama.

    Posted by: RobWest | Sep 5, 2012 8:20:25 AM

  6. Unfortunately for her, "Bur-rock", and the fawning panty-wetting media, people are still unemployed, businesses closing and fortunes evaporating. We don't give a sh!t about your dating history and that he's a saint.

    Posted by: Markus | Sep 5, 2012 9:08:42 AM

  7. Wonderful speech up lifting inclusive modern relevant not a Betty Crocker speech like the Ann Romney speech!

    Posted by: VDUFFORD | Sep 5, 2012 9:32:40 AM

  8. The unfortunate times we live in are the result of the Republican policies carried out for eight unrelenting years. Unrelenting, that is, until the very end of Bush's term when the sh*t hit the fan so bad they were forced in a panic to act to keep the financial system from collapsing. Marcus, do you think that had anything to do with your current problem?

    Then Obama cleaned up the mess. And now we are beginning to see daylight at the end of that dark long tunnel of Republican control of the government.

    If a Republican really wants to worry about something worry about Michelle. I think she's the next Hilary Clinton. Maybe years from now running for the Senate. She's a natural.

    Posted by: i could go on, but I won't | Sep 5, 2012 9:32:50 AM

  9. One of the best most inspirational speeches I've ever heard. She's beautiful, honest and probably the best First Lady America has ever had.

    Yes, there are people still unemployed, but look no further than the GOP to see why.

    Posted by: Bobby | Sep 5, 2012 9:35:39 AM

  10. Brilliant, and inspiring.

    Posted by: Roger Newcomb | Sep 5, 2012 10:31:28 AM

  11. Michelle 2016!

    Posted by: Graveetas | Sep 5, 2012 10:37:27 AM

  12. Magnificent!

    Posted by: Michael in Toronto | Sep 5, 2012 11:42:08 AM

  13. J'adore this woman.

    Her incredible words, of course, are drawing nothing but anger from the conservative white boys who are furious that this Liberal Black First Family show more grace, love and support to the LGBT community than their own white conservative families ever have and ever will.

    Love ya Obamas!

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Sep 5, 2012 12:06:35 PM

  14. Best speech I've ever heard by a first lady ever and better than many, many politicians I've heard. She's really come into her own and reminded me how wrong I was when I viewed her as an icy b*tch who was a liability to her husband. How wrong and judgemental I was.

    Posted by: breckroy | Sep 5, 2012 12:53:05 PM

  15. 2016.

    Posted by: David R. | Sep 5, 2012 1:38:30 PM

  16. Ah Markus, still bitter after all these years.

    Posted by: Jakeinlove | Sep 5, 2012 2:17:35 PM

  17. Mrs O's dress (made by an African-American woman) = $350. vs Ann's dress (made by Oscar de la Renta, from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) = $1500. Sound middle class to me. NOT!

    Posted by: M. Scott Hernandez | Sep 5, 2012 3:56:34 PM

  18. I caught Michelle Obama's speech on getting kids moving on youtube and it was stunningly brilliant; I was mesmerised. she really understood the issues and was genuinely passionate about the subject. you can see why she's a lawyer..

    Posted by: atheist | Sep 5, 2012 5:52:11 PM

  19. Uplifting? Only to the uninformed. What a joke!

    Posted by: Johnny | Sep 5, 2012 6:06:51 PM

  20. johnny is a bit jealous....unlike the repugnacans the first lady did not stoop to insult but chose the high road.

    Posted by: John Normile | Sep 5, 2012 6:10:59 PM

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