Michelle: Stand by My Man

'You don't slam door of opportunity shut behind you,' says Obama
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Sep 4, 2012 8:45 PM CDT
Updated Sep 4, 2012 9:35 PM CDT

(Newser) – Michelle Obama sashayed to the Democratic National Convention podium tonight to Stevie Wonder's "Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I'm Yours," intent on delivering a one-two punch to Ann Romney and her husband. The first lady confessed her trepidation about her husband becoming the commander in chief when he ran four years ago. "I was certain he would make an extraordinary president," Michelle said, but she was worried about the effect on their children, their relationship, and their family life. But now, she said, she realizes that "being president doesn't change who you are; it reveals who you are." So who is he? Someone forged by economic struggle who believes "truth matters, that you don't take shortcuts or play by your own set of rules," said the first lady. He also believes "our grandparents should be able to afford their medicine, our kids should be able to see a doctor, and that women are more than capable of making our own choices about our bodies and our healthcare"—and that "when you walk through that door of opportunity you don't slam it shut behind you," she added.

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"My most important title is still mom in chief," she concluded. "My daughters are still the heart of my heart. If I truly want to leave a better world for my daughters, and all our sons and daughters ... then we must work like never before, and we must come together and stand together for the man we can trust to keep moving this great country forward: my husband, our president, President Barack Obama." One viewer who was a pushover for the speech was the president, who said earlier he "gets all misty" when his wife—"the star of the Obama family"—steps up to a podium, reports CBS News. He watched from the White House with the couple's daughters, and planned to "try to not let them see their daddy cry," he said. (Read more Michelle Obama stories.)

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