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Day One: Michelle, Nancy, Teddy, and Dan Rather!

I cannot tell a lie y'all, it's pretty awesome here. The evening's speeches are just wrapping up, and the surprise appearance by Teddy Kennedy was unbelievable. There wasn't a dry eye in the house, his included. The roar from the crowd was fitting for the lion of the Senate. Agree with him or no, you have to give the man credit for appearing and giving a really kick-ass speech.

We have so many things to tell you, from Jim Webb to Joe Scarborough, and it's coming soon! We finagled our way into the Nancy Pelosi event tonight (who also looked stunning). In the meantime, here's a little tease of what we've seen! What did you think of Michelle's speech?


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kastarte2 kastarte2 8 years
Lil, I thought it was him but I wasn't sure! Thanks for clarifying. I guess I just didn't understand how it was a criticism. The speech was supposed to show that she is a regular person just like anyone. And his criticism was that she is just like anyone. If that's what you walked away from the speech with, doesn't that mean she did a good job? I agree it wasn't ground breaking. I don't think people will be referencing it in the years to come, but I agree with you when you say the speech achieved its purpose. If she spoke about any professional or academic achievements she's had, it would have erased any good the speech did. She would still be thought of as "elitist." Likewise I think that if the speech had been too good or too polished or if she seemed too much like some stoic professional woman, she would still be seen as "elitist" or "black militant." I think she had a tough job to do with public perception of her being what it is.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
Kastarte, it probably was Ben Stein from the Red Eye commercials. He's one of Hollywood's few conservatives. And I can't really disagree with what he's saying. I mean, the purpose of the speech was to show that she is like everyone else and the speech achieved its purpose and was a good speech, but there was nothing remarkable about it. Even the Dems I've talked to have admitted that they like Michelle and enjoyed the speech, but that it wasn't anything particularly groundbreaking.
thelorax thelorax 8 years
I think she's kind of a commie and her husband creeps me out but I LOVE Michelle. The woman is impossible to dislike, she comes across as being SO down to earth and empathetic.
kastarte2 kastarte2 8 years
All week on Larry King they are only showcasing republicans and getting a red reaction to the convention. The first guy called upon (his name escapes me but he looks like the guy in the red eye commercials) to give his opinion about how MO did said somehting along the lines of, "I didn't see anything special about her speech. So she's a mother. So what? Lot s of women are mothers. So her parents had to struggle to send her to college. So what? A lot of people have to struggle for education. So her father was sick. So what? A lot of people have sick parents. I don't see how this speech proved she's anything special." But wasn't that the point? :? To prove she's just like anyone?
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
I just had the chance to watch the speech and I thought it was pretty good. It's not a speech we're going to be talking about for years to come or anything, but it accomplished its purpose and said what it needed to say. I thought her delivery was just OK. You could tell that she was nervous (at least I thought so), but I can't imagine very many people who wouldn't be nervous in this situation!
stephley stephley 8 years
If anything, I thought Michelle sounded like a movie heroine, rallying the townfolk around the good sheriff. I thought she was great.
princess_eab princess_eab 8 years
yea Michelle! and big props to Sasha and Malia for being so cute.
Molambert Molambert 8 years
She was fabulous. the speech was heartfelt, sincere, and exactly what needed to be said. She's a remarkable woman, graceful, enormously intelligent, with a passion for helping others and a heart for people. I don't think that this country has ever had the luxary of having a First Lady as capable and proactive as Michelle would be. As for the scripted comments, every speech is scripted and she's not a a paid orator so considering the circumstances I thought her delivery style was perfectly adequate, and I thought the content was sparkling. Additionally, the "preacher-like style" critism I definitely don't understand that, her style was nothing like a Baptist preacher, not in delivery or content, maybe the connection is that she's black, i don't know know if that's true but as someone who has seen many black baptist preachers speak, I would never make that connection from this speech and the blackness factor is the only link I see. And that's not a judgement, just an observation.
milosmommy milosmommy 8 years
I unfortunately missed her speech. But I caught Sen. Kennedy's and thought it was awesome. I too got teary.
amybdk amybdk 8 years
I care about 25% about Michelle Obama's "tone" and her ability to speak (albeit scripted... gasp! :wink:). Of course many people would prefer to have a First Lady who can hold her own, and even look great while doing it. Great. She proved she can do that. Yay...... But what about the content of her speech? Jude said it well:"I think she did absolutely marvelously, with the perfect combination of passion and poise, and I loved how easily and naturally she illuminated her and Obama's background, and framed their community service work and choice to opt out of higher-paying jobs for more community-oriented ones in terms of their families, upbringings,and values." It was a good formal introduction to the American people. That's just what I needed from her. Nothing more. Nothing less.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 8 years
I loved Michelle Obama's speech, it was so heartfelt and inspiring.
Kelliegrl Kelliegrl 8 years
"she just had a tone that I've heard at evangelical churches - especially Black Baptist ones" - yes I gathered that's what you meant. All I was saying is that I disagree that she delivered her speech in this tone. I don't think she sounded like that at all.
lula29 lula29 8 years
Scripted is a silly critique, IMO. I thought so when watching Fox and that's really the only place I've heard that. It's kind of like criticizing for the sake of it because there's nothing really there to critique. But that's just my honest opinion. The Baptist preacher thing is funny too. WTF?
Vespa Vespa 8 years
I thought the speech itself was sort of cliched (like I said above) but I'm surprised people are saying she sounded "scripted" if they mean stiff, because I thought her delivery was really good. Sort of surprisingly good. I went to the Fox website to watch the streaming video, and I did think it was interesting that they had an article up (before her speech started) about how crucial this speech was for her since most people know her best for the proud-of-America comment. I can't find it now, but it contrasted with what was up on cnn and msnbc. I don't know if that indicates a bias on fox's part for bringing it up and then devoting a long article to that gaffe or if it indicates a bias from the other networks for not rehashing it. I see why they do it, but it seems weird to haver speak anyways. She's not an elected official or anything.
jenintx jenintx 8 years
I liked her speech overall, but I also think that she was probably extremely nervous and that showed in her speaking. I've never heard her speak, so I don't know how often she does it, but I would imagine that getting up in front of an audience like that would be a little nerve-wracking. As far as her mannerisms went, I think she seemed a little awkward, but so did my English professor today who's been lecturing for years and years and years. Some people are a little more naturally charismatic, and I think if Obama wins (and I obviously hope he does) that she will become more comfortable with it over time...So I'm giving her a pass on all of that and just focusing on the message, which I felt was fantastic.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
Why is (scripted) the attack word of the day today? Every network acknowledged it is a scripted event. Most of the Rep. & Sen. interviewed mentioned scripted. Hell even BBC mentioned scripted a few times, so it's scripted we all knew that going in so what the hell's the problem (I say lovingly)?
piper23 piper23 8 years
YOu would think, right? I mean he was the most important civil rights leader of his time. Or any time IMO.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
I agree with you to some extent, Piper. They do have similar speaking styles, which I see as a compliment to Obama.
MrsJigglesworth MrsJigglesworth 8 years
Ted Kennedy's clip, speech, and presence was inspirational to me. I had to hold back the tears. Michelle Obama looked and sounded great, imo.
rivrchild rivrchild 8 years
"And when I said she sounded like a preacher it's not that she sounded 'preachy' in a 'do what i say' sort of way - she just had a tone that I've heard at evangelical churches - especially Black Baptist ones." Is that supposed to be a criticism or just a general observation? And if it is a criticism ... I don't understand what the problem is ... I think she spoke with passion and sincerity and like so many other female viewers, I was moved to tears. Of course it was scripted, as I'm sure everyone's speeches were, but I still feel she was speaking from the heart. My admiration for her grows every time I see her.
Jillness Jillness 8 years
Everyone is entitled to their opinion, and it is natural that people will have different impressions. I didn't think her delivery was at all ANYTHING like a Baptist Preacher. It kind of blows my mind that we are talking about the same speech. IMO, she was very poised, and not loud or aggressive or as boisterous as a Baptist preacher. That was one of the most natural speeches I have seen from anyone this entire election year (including Clinton, McCain, etc). Not that I think it is "wrong" that you think had a different impression, but it sure is interesting! :)
piper23 piper23 8 years
Careful, Elizabeth. I once mentioned that Barack Obama's speaking style reminded me of the Martin Luther King and I meant that he sounded preachy like MLK did. The comments after mine said that they found my comments "disturbing". Not sure what they meant by "disturbing" but it kind of felt like they were saying I was being racist. But honestly, who cares? He does sound like Martin Luther King IMHO.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
The insulting comment wasn't meant for you, Elizabeth! I just take too long to comment. :oops:
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
That's extremely insulting. I'm sure the commenters who didn't care for Michelle's speech are intelligent enough to critique it on their own and are not just regurgitating what Fox commentators said. I haven't seen the speech yet (I had to work last night and am at work again this morning), but as a general principle, even though all major speeches are scripted/pre-written (duh!), the delivery of some seems a lot more natural than the delivery of others. I'm sure the commenters who said that her speech seemed scripted realize that of course it's going to be pre-written, but thought that her delivery was less natural than it could have been. Obama himself gives scripted speeches all of the time, but they don't seem that way because his delivery style is natural. I cannot judge Michelle's delivery style yet, but I don't think that anyone here actually thought she would give a speech like this off the cuff, just making it up as she went along.
ElizabethRae ElizabethRae 8 years
I didn't watch Fox News, and scripted was my immediate reaction. I didn't expect an off the cuff speech, but the parts I saw seemed a little awkward and uncomfortable. That is what I meant by scripted. And when I said she sounded like a preacher it's not that she sounded 'preachy' in a 'do what i say' sort of way - she just had a tone that I've heard at evangelical churches - especially Black Baptist ones. I'll grant that she may be a good speaker in general, I just thought she was trying too hard last night. I don't expect anyone to agree with me, but that is my honest reaction to it. And the hair comments - totally true. I noticed how shiny and healthy it looked as soon as she came on.
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