Michelle Extols Barack's Values

In convention's first major speech, Mrs Obama seeks to reassure America
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 25, 2008 10:27 PM CDT
Michelle Obama, wife of Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., speaks during the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Monday, Aug. 25, 2008.    (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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(Newser) – Michelle Obama declared "I love this country" Monday as she sought to reassure America that she and husband Barack share their bedrock values, the AP reports. In the first major address at the Democratic National Convention, Obama described herself as a daughter, a sister, a wife, and a mother, no different from many women. She told a boisterous crowd that she and her husband feel an obligation to "fight for the world as it should be" to ensure the promise of a better life for their daughters and all children.

Daughters Sasha and Malia joined Michelle on stage after the speech and exchanged in a give-and-take with Barack via video. Michelle's mission was to humanize her husband and tell skeptical voters that he's not so different, despite his unusual name and exotic background. Her address was the first big step in a weeklong effort to reassure dubious voters that the nominee understands their problems and beliefs.