Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Michelle Obama Makes Me Proud to Be An American

I felt the best part of Michelle Obama's speech Tuesday night at the democratic national convention was when she described Barack Obama when she first started going out with him. She said he had a car that was so rusted out she could see the street through the passenger side door. She also said his prized possession was a coffee table out of a dumpster. He had one nice pair of shoes but they were a half size too small.

Her short story and the rest of her speech paints a picture of a real person. Someone who I know has been in the same state of existence I have experienced directly. Compare that with Mitt Romney, who has never known what it is like to struggle every day. He has not for one minute known what it is like to be poor. This matters to me. I do not begrudge the success of Romney's family, but I cannot help identifying with and connecting with Barack Obama's life experience directly. This is just a plain fact.

I know what it's like to be poor. To eat noodles and butter for dinner because that is all you have. To ride the bus for 3 hours a day every day to get to work and back. To choose which utility you're going to pay that month and which one might get shut off. To be behind on rent, working every day, getting farther in debt and feeling like you're on an inescapable cycle. Barack knows what this is. Mitt Romney has no idea. NO IDEA what is like to struggle and appreciate the most simple things. As Michelle said in her speech, “For Barack, success isn’t about how much money you make, it’s about the difference you make in people’s lives.”

I also liked how the first lady talked about how Barack Obama (and herself) became successful by getting student loans and working hard in school. But when they first were married they were extremely in debt, having more in student loans to pay each month than their mortgage. She said Barack turned down high paying jobs so he could be a community organizer and work with people and in neighborhoods where he knew he was helping on a grass roots level. Giving back to the same grass roots that helped him grow up and be successful. Michelle's message really hit home for me.

Michelle Obama's speech was really brilliant and heartfelt. If you haven't seen it you should watch it. Everyone in America and the world should be impressed. I know I was. How could anyone listen to that and not feel moved to get behind Barack Obama and America. She confirms strongly that he is the right choice for President of the United States. Let's finish what we started.

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