Advertisement

HindustanTimes Fri,12 Sep 2014
First lady leads charge
Yashwant Raj, Hindustan Times
Washington, September 05, 2012
First Published: 09:01 IST(5/9/2012)
Last Updated: 15:53 IST(11/10/2012)
US first lady Michelle Obama addresses delegates during the first session of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Reuters)

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.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/Popup/2012/9/06_09_12-metro17.jpg


comment Note: By posting your comments here you agree to the terms and conditions of www.hindustantimes.com
blog comments powered by Disqus

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Copyright © 2014 HT Media Limited. All Rights Reserved