First lady leads charge

  • Yashwant Raj, Hindustan Times, Washington
  • Updated: Oct 11, 2012 15:53 IST

No one has quite the same view of the Obama presidency as Michelle Obama. And who better than her to lead the appeal for our more years for President Barack Obama.

And she did it with a mix of stories from the first family’s past, and Obama’s performance based on his values. Her appeal was straight to the middle class. The Democratic convention opened in Charlotte Tuesday with party leaders laying out the central message: We are proud of Obama’s performance, he deserves another term.

They defended him vigorously on the economy — his weakest point — and talked about saving the auto industry, which Romney wanted to be left to die. The first lady was clearly the star attraction of the day, unlike Ann Romney, who was forced by thunderstorm Isaac to share the limelight with keynote speaker Chris Christie.

And she zoomed in on the middle class, focussing on issues like rising cost of higher education, equal pay for women and the administration’s big-ticket healthcare reform.

She didn’t seem loath to take a few swipes at the opposition. “So many people had a hand in our success, from the teachers who inspired us to the janitors who kept our school clean.” It was a veiled response to Romney campaign’s criticism of Obama’s comment that businesses are not built solely by entrepreneurs.

Other speakers at the convention, however, went after Romney openly, accusing him of pushing a regressive economic agenda, tailored to benefit only the rich.
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