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Biden hails Michelle Obama’s speech as pivotal

August 26, 2008

As far as vice presidential candidate Joe Biden is concerned, Michelle Obama has given what will prove to be the most pivotal speech at the four-day Democratic Convention.

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And Biden predicted on Tuesday that her prime-time address at the opening of the convention on Monday will help propel her husband, Barack Obama, to the White House.

“Wasn’t that the most incredible speech you ever heard,” Biden, who addresses the convention on Wednesday, a day before Barack Obama steps to the podium, told a breakfast meeting of convention delegates from Biden’s home state of Delaware.

“Mark my words,” Biden said.

“When this convention is over and three to four years from now they are commenting on why the Democrats won, they are going back and say the single most significant event that occurred at the Democratic convention is Michelle Obama — not Barack Obama, not Joe Biden, not Ted Kennedy — but Michelle Obama’s speech.”

“She gave a window to the American people who she is, who he is and what really is the American dream,” Biden said.

Michelle Obama used the address to introduce herself as a working mother, sister, daughter and wife who has much in common with her husband’s humble roots.

With Republicans accusing her husband of being an out of touch elitist, Michelle Obama described him as a Harvard-educated lawyer turned community activist and now a U.S. senator dedicated to helping the downtrodden.

Democrats hope her convention speech, along with those of other this week, give Omaha’s a boost in the polls in his razor-close race with Republican John McCain to replace President George W. Bush in the November election.

Michelle Obama said in her remarks, “What struck me when I first met Barack was that even though he had this funny name, even though he’d grown up all the way across the continent in Hawaii, his family was so much like mine.”

“He was raised by grandparents who were working class folks just like my parents, and by a single mother who struggled to pay the bills just like we did,” she said.

“Like my family, they scrimped and saved so that he could have opportunities they never had themselves,” she said.

“Barack and I were raised with so many of the same values — that you work hard for what you want in life; that your word is your bond and you do what you say you’re going to do.”

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I saw the speech, and it was everything that Senator Biden claims. I think we may have seen the torch of women’s rights being passed last night, from Senator Clinton to Michelle Obama.

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Sorry, but there was nothing spectacular about her or the speech. Considering her bitter comments and angry looks in the past, the speech seemed somewhat fake.

 

I think that Michelle Obama gave a wonderful speech. The only person missing was his Grandmother in Hawaii. Sorry Joyce, you were going to criticize her for breathing God’s oxygen. It would not have mattered to you what she did.

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