Michelle Speech Brings Obamas Back to Earth

Portrayal of an ordinary American family balances hubby's lofty rhetoric
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 26, 2008 3:14 AM CDT
Michelle Obama and daughters Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7, wave to the audience the Democratic National Convention in Denver yesterday.   (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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(Newser) – Michelle Obama's rousing speech at the Democratic National Convention kept things down to earth where her husband has the tendency to soar skyward, Roger Simon writes in Politico. She introduced herself as a sister, wife and mother, underscoring the campaign's effort to show the Obamas as an ordinary American family.

Michelle hit on the campaign's major talking points and gave careful praise to Hillary Clinton, notes Simon. But she made the speech her own, and drove home her central point that "Barack Obama is a human being just like you. He is not an 'other,' he is not a 'celebrity.' He is a father, a husband, a person," Simon writes.