FLOTUS Michelle Obama Comes to Maine, Urges Support for Mike Michaud for Governor (VIDEO; Text)

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MRS. OBAMA:  Hey, Maine! Oh my goodness, thank you guys!  Thanks so much.  Wow, you guys are really fired up and I love it! 

I am so thrilled to be back in Maine — I just wish I could stay longer.  But let me start by thanking our friend, the next governor of Maine, Mike Michaud. 

I don’t know about you, but — I don’t know why you’re here but I’m here for Mike.  I’m here for Mike. And just listening to him backstage, he is a decent man.  He is an honest man.  He is a hard-working man.  And I am very proud to be here in support of him.  Mike understands what families here in Maine are going through — he knows.  And as you all know, the entire time he was serving in your state legislature, he was working on the mill floor at the Great Northern Paper Company.  He worked there for more than 29 years.

So when it comes to creating jobs and making sure folks get a decent paycheck for their work, Mike understands what’s at stake in people’s lives.  And Mike doesn’t get caught up in partisanship or politics.  He was unanimously elected president of the Maine Senate by 17 Democrats, 17 Republicans and one independent.  And he worked hard to bring those folks together to do great things for this state like raise the minimum wage, and cut taxes for small businesses, and so much more.

DSC_0135And Mike brought that same spirit to Congress — working across the aisle to improve benefits for our veterans, and promote clean energy, and make sure our military uniforms are 100 percent made here in the U.S., including right here in Maine. 

So whether it’s strengthening the economy, or expanding access to health care, or ensuring that women get equal pay for equal work, Mike will wake up, as he said, every day ready to fight for hard-working families.  And so, once again, I’m so proud to be here on his behalf and I think you all for being here to support him as well.

AUDIENCE MEMBER:  We love you! 

MRS. OBAMA:  I love you, too. 

I also want to recognize Senator Emily Cain. Yes, Emily.  And Emily’s mom. Emily has led the charge in your state legislature for economic development and better schools and more affordable health care, and I know that she will be an outstanding Congresswoman for the people of the 2nd district, so be sure to vote for Emily along with Mike on November the 4th.  Yay, Emily! 

And I also want to give a big hello to Cecile Richards who has been such a strong, passionate advocate for women and families across this country — and I’m thrilled — it was a pleasure, I know for all of you, to hear from her today. 

And thanks also — I’ve got a lot of people to thank here in Maine.  You guys have made my visit so special, I want to thank the president of this university, Susan Hunter, for her outstanding leadership and for hosting us here today. 

But most of all, I want to thank you guys, I really do.  Yes, I see so many wonderful faces — folks who have been with us from the beginning, folks who are new to this whole endeavor.  I remember some of you were with us back when we were out in Iowa and New Hampshire, talking about hope and change and getting all fired up and ready to go — remember that?  Yes! 

And then you all were with us when Barack first took office. And he had a moment to step back and take a good look at the mess he had been handed. And wondered what on Earth he’d gotten himself into. 

But let’s go back for a moment, because I want you to remember how bad things were back then — because it’s easy to forget, particularly for the young people because you all were young, you weren’t paying attention.

But when Barack first stepped into office, this country was in full-blown crisis mode.  Our economy was literally on the brink of collapse.  If you can imagine, Wall Street banks were folding.  Businesses were losing 800,000 jobs a month.  Folks on TV on the news were panicking about whether we were headed for another Great Depression –- and that wasn’t just talk, that was a real possibility.   And there was more — that was just domestically.  But that’s just some of what Barack walked into on day one as President.

DSC_0149Now, I want to bring you to today.  And I want you to look at where we are less than six years later.  By almost every economic measure, we are better off today than when Barack took office.  And here is why. Our businesses have created more than 10 million new jobs since 2010.  And that’s including the 236,000 jobs created just last month.  This is the longest uninterrupted run of private-sector job growth in our nation’s history.  You understand that?  In the history of this nation. 

The unemployment rate has dropped from a peak of 10 percent back in 2009 to 5.9 percent today.  (Applause.)  And right now — and this is important for our young people — right now, more job openings are available than at any time since 2001. 

Last year, the number of children living in poverty decreased by 1.4 million –- that is the largest drop since 1966.  And today, our high school graduation rate is at a record high.  More of our young people are graduating from college than ever before.  And as you know, because of the Affordable Care Act, health care costs are growing at the slowest rate in nearly 50 years, and millions more Americans finally have health insurance. 

And just think about how different our country looks to children growing up today.  Think about how our kids take for granted that a black person or a woman can be President of the United States.  (Applause.)  They take for granted that their President will end hurtful policies like don’t ask, don’t tell and will speak out for equality for all Americans. 

This is the kind of change that can happen when we elect leaders who share our values and who listen to our voices.  And that’s what this election is all about.  It’s about whether we’re going to elect leaders who will fight for our families and for the kind of world we want to leave for our kids and grand kids.

That’s the kind of leadership people here in Maine deserve.  And that’s why we need to elect Mike Michaud as governor of this state.  Mike — we need him. And that’s why I’m here.

See, Mike, he understands that there is nothing we wouldn’t do for our children — nothing.  We always put our kids’ interests first.  We wake up every morning and go to bed every night thinking and worrying about their health, their happiness, their futures.  Yes, young people, you drive us nuts. 

So we deserve leaders like Mike who believe that no matter how our kids start out in life, if they’re willing to work for it, they should have every opportunity to fulfill their boundless promise and they should have every opportunity to get a good education, build a decent life for themselves and a better life for their own kids.  That’s the American Dream we all believe in.  And that’s what this election here in Maine is all about.

Now, it’s true that there is too much money in politics.  And, yes, it’s true that — it’s true that special interests have too much influence.  But here is what I want you to remember:  They had plenty of money and influence back in 2008 and 2012, and we still won those elections. 

I want you to understand the power that all of you have.  You want to know why we won?  Because we showed up and we voted.  And at the end of the day, the folks running those special interest groups, the folks who poured millions of dollars into those elections –- they each have just one vote, just like we do.

And ultimately, the only thing that counts are those votes.  That’s what decides elections in the United States of , and that’s why Barack Obama is President right now.  He is President because a whole bunch of folks who never voted before showed up to vote in 2008 and 2012.  And a lot of people were shocked when Barack won because they were counting on folks like us to stay home — but we proved them wrong.  Barack won because record numbers of women and minorities and young people showed up to vote.

But, see, then when the midterms came along, too many of our people just tuned out — and that’s what folks are counting on, on the other side this year.  Because when we stay home, they win.  So they’re assuming that we won’t care.  They’re hoping that we won’t be organized.  And only we can prove them wrong. 

And as Mike said, this race is going to be tight.  We know that races like this can be won or lost by just a few thousand — even just a few hundred votes.

DSC_0151I want you to just think about what happened in the governor’s race here in Maine back in 2010.  The outcome of that election — yes, you guys are like, ooh.  But the outcome of that election was decided by about 9,800 votes.  And while that might sound like a lot, when you break down that number, that’s about eight votes per precinct.  Do you understand that?  That’s eight votes.

Now I know that every single one of you knows eight people who can get to the polls, right? You know eight people who didn’t vote in those elections. You know eight people who are thinking in their minds that their vote doesn’t count.  You know those folks.  You know them.  They say, why should I vote, what does it matter.  Well, it made the difference in last year’s election for governor — 2010.  So let’s be clear:  This is on us.  We can’t wait around for anyone else to do this for us.  It’s on us to get people energized.  It’s on us to get folks out to vote on November the 4th.

And that’s where you all come in.  We need all of you out there every day — do you hear me?  Every day.  Not every other — every day between now and November 4th we need you knocking on doors and making calls and getting everyone you know out to vote for Mike because it will be that ground game that makes the difference.  It’s that kind of hard work for anybody who worked on our campaign — you know how valuable that kind of day-to-day work is.  Don’t ever underestimate it.  And it may seem tedious, and it may be a little bit frightening knocking on a stranger’s door, but it’s that kind of interaction with your neighbors that makes all the difference.

And you can sign up to volunteer right here and right now — just find one of the organizers with the clipboard.  They’re all here.  And I want every single one of you to sign up for at least one shift for the final four days of the election — that’s essential.  It’s those last four days, that last big push.

And then, on Election Day, when you head to the polls to vote for Mike, I want you all to bring eight people with you. Okay?  Bring your eight people with you.  Bring folks from your family, your neighborhood, your church, your school, your classmates, your dorm mates.  Don’t leave anyone behind.

DSC_0002And start reaching out to those folks today just to tell them to mark November 4th on their calendars.  This race will be so close.  And on election night, as the results are coming in, I want you to be able to look back and know that you did everything you could to elect Mike as the next governor of Maine, because the stakes this year simply could not be higher.

And if we don’t show up at the polls this November, if we don’t elect leaders like Mike who will put people first instead of just fighting for special interests, then we know exactly what will happen.  We will see more folks interfering in women’s private decisions about our health care.  We’ll see more opposition to raising the minimum wage and ensuring access to health care for hard-working folks. 

So I want to be very clear:  If you think people who work 40 or 50 hours a week shouldn’t have to live in poverty in the wealthiest nation on Earth, if you think women should get equal pay for equal work, if you want your kids to have quality preschool and the college education they need to fulfill every last bit of their God-given potential, then you need to step up and get everyone you know out to vote this November.  That’s what’s at stake in these elections — the kind of country we want to leave for our kids and grandkids.  That’s what’s at stake. 

And here is what I want you to remember:  Those kids, our kids, are counting on us to stand up for them this November.  And there are so many of these kids all over the country who I meet every day who are counting on us.  Kids like a young man named Lawrence Lawson who I met earlier this year.

This kid lost his father — he died when he was just eight years old.  And at the age of nine, Lawrence suffered a major seizure and had to learn to read, and walk and speak again.  When he was twelve, his mom passed away, and Lawrence was passed from his aunt in Atlanta to his sister in Baltimore.  But no matter where he was, Lawrence did his best in school.  He joined the marching band, interned at John’s Hopkins hospital, and he graduated as the valedictorian of his high school class. 

And I share this story — there are so many like them — because as I travel across the country, I meet so many kids just like Lawrence.  Kids who wake up early and take the long route to school to avoid the gangs.  Kids who juggle after school jobs to support their families and then stay up late to get their homework done.  Kids whose parents don’t speak a word of English, but who are fighting every day to realize their dream of a better life. 

These kids have every reason to give up.  They have every reason to give up, but they don’t because they are so hungry to succeed.  They are so desperate to lift themselves up.  And that’s why we’re here today — because those kids never give up, and neither can we. 

So between now and November, we need to be energized for them.  We need to be inspired for them.  We need to pour everything we have into this election so that they can have the opportunities they deserve to build a better life.

And here is what I know:  As First Lady of the United States, I have learned that if we do that, if we take all our energy and passion and caring and good intention, and we pour it into this election, and we bring others along with us, then I know that we can keep on making that change we believe in.  I know that we can elect Mike Michaud as governor of Maine.  And I know that, together, we can build a future worthy of all our children.

Thank you all so much.  Good luck.  We are with you every step of the way.  Don’t get tired.  We love you.  Thank you. 

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Weekly Address of President Obama: Wishing the American People a Happy Thanksgiving

Posted on November 22, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , |

On behalf of the Obama family – Michelle, Malia, Sasha and Bo – I want to wish everyone a very happy Thanksgiving.

For us, like so many of you, this is a day full of family and friends; food and football. It’s a day to fight the overwhelming urge to take a nap – at least until after dinner. But most of all, it’s a time to give thanks for each other, and for the incredible bounty we enjoy.

That’s especially important this year. As a nation, we’ve just emerged from a campaign season that was passionate, noisy, and vital to our democracy. But it also required us to make choices – and sometimes those choices led us to focus on what sets us apart instead of what ties us together; on what candidate we support instead of what country we belong to.

Thanksgiving is a chance to put it all in perspective – to remember that, despite our differences, we are, and always will be, Americans first and foremost.

Today we give thanks for blessings that are all too rare in this world. The ability to spend time with the ones we love; to say what we want; to worship as we please; to know that there are brave men and women defending our freedom around the globe; and to look our children in the eye and tell them that, here in America, no dream is too big if they’re willing to work for it.

We’re also grateful that this country has always been home to Americans who see these blessings not simply as gifts to enjoy, but as opportunities to give back. Americans who believe we have a responsibility to look out for those less fortunate – to pull each other up and move forward together.

Right now, as we prepare to gather around our dinner tables, there are families in the northeast who don’t have that luxury. Many of them have lost everything to Hurricane Sandy – homes, possessions, even loved ones. And it will be a long time before life goes back to normal.

But in the midst of so much tragedy, there are also glimmers of hope. Over the last few weeks, we’ve seen FEMA personnel, National Guard and first responders working around the clock in hard-hit communities. We’ve seen hospital workers using their lunch breaks to distribute supplies. Families offering up extra bedrooms. The fire department advertising free hot showers. Buses full of volunteers coming from hundreds of miles away. Neighbors sharing whatever they have – food, water, electricity – and saying again and again how lucky they are to have a roof over their heads.

It would have been easy for these folks to do nothing – to worry about themselves and leave the rest to someone else. But that’s not who we are. That’s not what we do.

As Americans, we are a bold, generous, big-hearted people. When our brothers and sisters are in need, we roll up our sleeves and get to work – not for the recognition or the reward, but because it’s the right thing to do. Because there but for the grace of God go I. And because here in America, we rise or fall together, as one nation and one people.

That’s something to be grateful for – today and every day.

So to all the Americans doing your part to make our world a better place – it is my privilege to serve as your President. To all our servicemembers – it is my honor to be your Commander in Chief. And from our family to yours, happy Thanksgiving.

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(VIDEO) Happy 20th Anniversary, Barack and Michelle!

Posted on October 3, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , |


Sign Barack and Michelle’s 20th anniversary card.

“Today is President Obama’s and First Lady Michelle Obama’s 20th wedding anniversary. Take a look as the President and First Lady describe the first moment they met, their first date and their first kiss.

They share how the little moments keep their love strong and how their family inspires them every day.”

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ICYMI: Selected Live Tweets from #DNC2012, Day 1

Posted on September 5, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , |

DemConvention ‏@DemConvention
The #dnc2012 has begun! @dwstweets gavels open the convention — watch live at http://demconvention.com  http://instagr.am/p/PKve08FAee/


Latinos for Obama ‏@LatinosforObama
Watch #DNC2012 livestream at 10 p.m. ET as @JulianCastro delivers the keynote speech.
http://OFA.BO/enVivo  #Latinos2012 pic.twitter.com/qXdCH8em


Jennifer Granholm ‏@JenGranholm
FACT: #DNC2012 more diverse than any in history. Delegates: 50% women.
RT if you are proud of this #Current2012 #Women2012


DemConvention ‏@DemConvention
Third graders lead the #dnc2012 recitation of Pledge of Alliegance.
Proud moment for parents! http://instagr.am/p/PKv5nYlAey/


DemConvention ‏@DemConvention
Closed caption of @MsAmberPRiley singing anthem on #dnc2012
jumbotron at most open and accessible convention


The Democrats ‏@TheDemocrats
Our chair, @DWStweets, has officially gaveled in the
46th quadrennial national convention of the Democratic Party. #DNC2012


Obama 2012 ‏@Obama2012
Kathleen Sebelius asks LGBT caucus, “Are you better off than you were four years ago?”
Deafening applause. #DNC2012


David Shuster ‏@DavidShuster
Obama officials: Last 2 days of internals show Obama +9 over Romney in Ohio.
GOP has NEVER won the Presidency without OH. #Current2012


Mike O’Brien ‏@mpoindc
Wow, Charlie Gonzalez says Romney “has embraced the racial profiling policies
of Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer and Sheriff Joe *Arpaio.”

Barack Obama ‏@BarackObama 
A tribute to the late, great Senator Ted Kennedy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQ7GixLTWPY’

Roger Simon ‏@politicoroger
Being there for Ted Kennedy’s “the dream shall never die” speech
was the best moment I’ve ever had at a convention.


Imani ABL ‏@AngryBlackLady
ICYMI AT #ABLC: DNC Tribute to Ted Kennedy…
http://bit.ly/R5c4NW by@bwaycarl #p2 #TFY


Classless Dems use tribute video of deceased Ted Kennedy to attack Mitt #Romney


.@Reince is so offended by that “classless” shot
that he’s yelling at an empty chair.


Donna Brazile ‏@donnabrazile
Hey, no one attacked Romney. We just pulled some old video from the past.
Thought Republicans loved old movies, old times, good ole days.



Will McAvoy ‏@WillMcAvoyACN
Listen, @Reince, you can’t air a guy yelling at a chair he’s pretending is POTUS
for 12 minutes then complain about the other guy’s class.



HuffPost Politics ‏@HuffPostPol
Rep. Jared Polis: “I’m Jewish, I’m gay, I’m a father … but most importantly
I’m an American” http://huff.to/OVUKZV #DNC2012




Zack Ford ‏@ZackFord
Thank you Jared Polis for recognizing not just gay and lesbian
Americans, but non-believers!! #DNC2012 #atheist


Waymon Hudson ‏@WaymonHudson
Hey- remember the openly gay elected official that spoke at
#GOP2012? Yeah, exactly… #DNC2012 #JaredPolis #lgbt


Bill Harnsberger ‏@BillinPortland
Did any Republican speakers say they were gay?


Benjy Sarlin ‏@BenjySarlin
Speeches are a lot more varied than RNC, where first day
was basically 50 cookie cutter “You didn’t build that”s #DNC2012

Cascokid ‏@cascokid
#DNC Pyromaniacs shouldn’t blame the firefighter. — mayor of Minneapolis.


The Democrats ‏@TheDemocrats
NARAL's Nancy Keenan: "Put simply, women in America cannot trust Mitt Romney."
#DNC2012 #WomenForObama

“We are ready to do the hard work. We are ready to stand together.
We are ready to re-elect President @BarackObama!”

Daily Kos ‏@dailykos
Tomorrow’s fit: the Reagan-worshiping GOP condemning people
for showing video of dead politicians.


David Badash ‏@davidbadash
RT @thinkprogress: “We believe that rape is rape.” –
NARAL President Nancy Keenan #p2 #lgbt #topprog
#tlot #DEM #GOP #GOP #DNC2012#teaparty


Jennifer Granholm ‏@JenGranholm
Republicans say they want to talk jobs, but only mention jobs 45 times
in platform. Dems mention 77 times. #DNC2012 #Current2012


The Daily Show ‏@TheDailyShow
#TDSBreakingNews Planned Parenthood launches “Yes, We Plan” effort
at #DNC2012. Better than other idea: “the Audacity of IUD.”


Roll Call ‏@rollcall
Tammy Duckworth (@Tammy4Congress), who is running for #IL8,
is now speaking. Duckworth lost both of her legs while serving in the Iraq War.


L. Joy Williams ‏@ljoywilliams
“thank God for food stamps, public education, and pell grants”



Waymon Hudson ‏@WaymonHudson
.@Tammy4Congress is really great- proud she’s from my state of #Illinois!
Meanwhile, Joe Walsh is screaming at an empty chair somewhere.


Michelle ‏@Misha44_Sorry @ewerickson this is the DNC. There will be even more vaginas you sexist pig.


Jhana ‏@HI4me
What is “classless” @Reince is RNC delegates throwing peanuts at a camera woman
& telling her this is what we feed our animals! #RNC2012

Waymon Hudson ‏@WaymonHudson
.@Tammy4Congress gives a shout out to #DADT repeal
for making us stronger as a nation. #DNC2012


emptywheel ‏@emptywheel
So what are we? 8,000 more words on the sacrifices of service
men and women than the GOP managed in their Convention?


NatashaChart ‏@NatashaChart
RT @drgrist Nice work, @CNN RT @michaelscherer Classy.
RT@EWErickson: First night of the Vagina Monologues in Charlotte going as expected.


Denis Dison ‏@DenisDison
I don’t understand how supposed small-govt Republicans can favor
govt-forced, unnecessary medical procedures for women.


Zack Ford ‏@ZackFord
When Democrats cheer “USA!” it’s because they SUPPORT
the person who is speaking. 😉 #DNC2012


David Shuster ‏@DavidShuster
Do you @EWErickson still work for @CNN? You tweeted,
” First night of the Vagina Monologues in Charlotte going as expected.” #Current2012

Top Conservative Cat ‏@TeaPartyCat
Rep. Joe Walsh: “How DARE Tammy Duckworth show off her war injuries!
She should pretend she has legs so the election can be about policy.”


Roll Call ‏@rollcall
Rhode Island Gov. @LincolnChafee is now speaking.
Chafee, an independent, left the Republican Party in 2007. #DNC2012


Andrea Mitchell ‏@mitchellreports
#Tammy Duckworth delivering powerful speech about being wounded in Iraq
saved by her crew crowd on its feet #DNC2012 @nbcpolitics


Tammy Duckworth ‏@Tammy4Congress
This election is about whether we will do for our fellow Americans
what my crew did for me. #DNC2012 #IL08


Bill Harnsberger ‏@BillinPortland
Another chance to say THANK YOU, PROVIDENCE,
for putting out the red carpet for Netroots Nation in June.


Susan Gardner ‏@SusanGDailyKos
Lincoln Chafee: There is nothing conservative about today’s Republican Party. So true.


Jonathan Capehart ‏@CapehartJ
RT @ThePlumLineGS: David Gergen, on CNN just now:
Excitement at Dem convention “more palpable” than at GOP convention #DNC2012


merickles ‏@merickles
@EWErickson Better than four nights of angry d*cks in Tampa.


Andrea Parkinson ‏@andiparkinson2
@ZackFord Guessing that ALL #MEDEM Delegates will be seated by
#DNC2012 unlike #MEGOP counterparts #RonPaul #tcot


Andrea Parkinson ‏@andiparkinson2
@DavidShuster @EWErickson @CNN Like the NFL: “Not For Long”!
#DNC2012 #vagina


Brian Anthony Bowen ‏@TheBedKeeper
If @Reince is this upset about Kennedy debating Mitt #Romney on video,
just wait til Pres #Obama does it in person! #p2 #gop #dnc2012 #lgbt


Rachel Pike ‏@rachepike
Tammy Duckworth talked about Afghanistan. Those of us w/family there, or just returned,
appreciate that we aren’t forgotten #DNC2012


Boston.com News ‏@BostonDotCom
“Obamacare provides my family security and release.” – Stacey Lihn,
mom to Zoe, 2, who was born with a congenital heart defect #dnc2012



Ben Goodman ‏@BenGoodman
“Obamacare provides my family security and relief…
Governor Romney repealing #HCR is something we worry about every day.”


Bill Harnsberger ‏@BillinPortland
That child REALLY doesn’t want Mitt to get elected. No argument here.


Jonathan Capehart ‏@CapehartJ
Supreme Court upholding of Obamacare gets standing ovation.#DNC2012


Jonathan Capehart ‏@CapehartJ
Vice President Biden and son Hunter are in the house now. #DNC2012


Roll Call ‏@rollcall
RT @StevenTDennis: Tonight is the most aggressive I’ve seen Dems pushing health care
in a long, long time. Real people, not statistics.


Roll Call ‏@rollcall
Former Ohio Gov. @Ted_Strickland is now speaking at #DNC2012.
He previously served in #OH6 from 1997-2007.


Peter Hamby ‏@PeterHambyCNN
Ted Strickland, the man who would be DNC Chairman, about to drop some bombs on Romney


Current TV ‏@current
“Barack Obama refused to let the auto industry die!” —
Ted Strickland at#DNC2012. #Current2012


Lisa Desjardins ‏@LisaDCNN
If Mitt Romney “were Santa Claus, he would fire the reindeer and outsource the elves.”


The Fix ‏@TheFix
“If Mitt Romney was Santa Claus, he would fire the reindeer and fire the elves.”
— Ted Strickland. #dnc2012


NatashaChart ‏@NatashaChart
RT @BeachPeanuts: “Mitt Romney’s money needs a passport.”
– Ted Strickland #DNC2012 #fb


Waymon Hudson ‏@WaymonHudson
Seriously– this #DNC2012 is exactly what it should be: showing what progressive values are.
Meanwhile, #RNC2012 just attacked Obama.


Jennifer Hayden ‏@Scout_Finch
“Even his money needs a passport.” Ted Strickland just delivered an upper cut.


Joan McCarter ‏@joanmccarter
Yay! A Dem who finally says Romney lies.


Boston.com News ‏@BostonDotCom
“Barack Obama saved the American auto industry. Mitt Romney saved on his taxes.”
– Former Ohio Gov. Strickland http://bit.ly/OVY6e1 #dnc2012


The Young Turks ‏@TheYoungTurks
Ted Strickland just brought the lead pipe and blow torch out! #
DNC2012 #Current2012


Roll Call ‏@rollcall
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius now up at #DNC2012.


Ben Goodman ‏@BenGoodman
“To Mitt Romney, all profits are created equal whether they were created on this shore or not.”


NatashaChart ‏@NatashaChart
“barack obama saved the american auto industry. mitt romney saved on his taxes.”
– strickland #DNC2012


HuffPost Politics ‏@HuffPostPol
Strickland: “Barack Obama is an economic patriot. Mitt Romney is an outsourcing pioneer”
http://huff.to/OVUKZV #DNC2012


Chuck Todd ‏@chucktodd
Not since the 1992 Dem convo has the party made such an overt pitch on abortion.


Joe Sudbay ‏@JoeSudbay
Strickland did have some great lines,”Barack Obama is betting on the American worker.
Mitt Romney is betting on a Bermuda shell corporation”


Joe Sudbay ‏@JoeSudbay
Strickland, getting right to the core of Mitt:
“Barack Obama saved the American auto industry. Mitt Romney saved on his taxes.”


daveweigel ‏@daveweigel
When the HHS secretary says “Obamacare is a badge of honor,”
I guess the “Obamacare is a slur” stuff is over.


Daniel Pino ‏@DanielJohnPino
SO happy #DNC2012 is reclaiming #obamacare as a badge of honor – YES!


Daily Kos ‏@dailykos
Sebelius: “What’s missing from the Romney/Ryan plan for Medicare, is Medicare”


Roll Call ‏@rollcall
.@RahmEmanuel, Chicago Mayor/former White House Chief of Staff to
@BarackObama, now speaking at #DNC2012.


an evil weasel ‏@Anevilweasel
RT @cenkuygur “The Dems are mentioning Mitt Romney more
than the Republicans did at the GOP convention.”
– @CenkUygur #Current2012#DNC


David Axelrod ‏@davidaxelrod
. @MassGovernor up soon… “Mitt Romney talks a lot about all the things he’s fixed.
I can tell you that Massachusetts wasn’t one of them.”


Matt Yglesias ‏@mattyglesias
LEAKED TEXT OF RAHM’S SPEECH: Fuck Mitt Romney! #dropsmic


Jonathan Capehart ‏@CapehartJ
Ready the beep button…Here comes Rahm Emanuel. #DNC2012


Ben Goodman ‏@BenGoodman
Is C-SPAN on a 7-second delay right now?


HuffPost Politics ‏@HuffPostPol
Rahm: “Fortunately for all of us, we have a once-in-a-generation president”
http://huff.to/OVUKZV #DNC2012


Andrea Parkinson ‏@andiparkinson2
C’mon, Rahm- Make My Day!


Sam Stein ‏@samsteinhp
Real Rham speech: “I was there that night when they said if you wanna save the autos,
GM has to go under… i said F–K NO!”


Rania Khalek ‏@RaniaKhalek

Remember when Rahm Emanual spearheaded the purging of progressive dems

from Congress in exchange for Bluedogs? #DNC2012


David Corn ‏@DavidCornDC

Rahm plays the 3 am phone call card! #dnc2012


Rahm F-in Emanuel ‏@RahmtheMayor

I’m fuckin talkin DNC, listen the fuck up! #dnc2012


John Fugelsang ‏@JohnFugelsang
Santa Mitt just had @OutsourcedElf strap Rudolph to the top of the sleigh.
#DNC2012 #Current2012


L. Joy Williams ‏@ljoywilliams
Same here RT @karenhunter: conflicted about Rahm Emanual.
What’s going on in Chicago right now with the murders is unconscionable.


Roll Call ‏@rollcall
.@KalPenn, best known for his roles in the Harold and Kumar series, now speaking.
He served in the White House Office of Public Engagement.


Arlette Saenz ‏@ArletteSaenz
Kal Penn: I am honored to accept your nomination for POTUS. Wait this is not my speech.
Prompter guy, can we pull up my speech please?
Retweeted by ABC World News


Jake Tapper ‏@jaketapper
Kal Penn mentions OBL killing, gay marriage, says,
“thank you invisible man in the chair, for that.”


David Corn ‏@DavidCornDC
Pell grants? Huh, I didn’t hear anyone in Tampa talking about Pell grants.#dnc2012


Mario Moretto ‏@riocarmine
Whoa. Kumar is surprisingly eloquent. #DNC2012


Rea Carey ‏@rea_carey
Standing on floor of #DNC loving Kal Penn! #DADT #LGBT
Retweeted by Kathy Plate


Zack Ford ‏@ZackFord
#sexyface #DNC2012


The Hill ‏@thehill
“Let’s keep fighting for a president who has never stopped fighting for us.”
-Actor Kal Penn #sexyface #DNC2012


HuffPost Politics ‏@HuffPostPol
Now speaking: Barack Obama’s sister and Michelle Obama’s brother


Rea Carey ‏@rea_carey
Rainbow flags flying in #DNC hall tonight #LGBT @TheTaskForce
Retweeted by The Task Force


Boston.com News ‏@BostonDotCom
RT @lauraehouston: Kal Penn: Rahm Emanuel is a Mayor so he can’t use four letter words.
But I can… vote.


Lee Roberts ‏@leolabeth
Charming brother and sister on the #cspanDNC #DNC2012 Lovely.


Andrea Parkinson ‏@andiparkinson2
@rea_carey @TheTaskForce Pix of rainbow flags, pls? #lgbt #DNC2012


Bruce Bourgoine ‏@BruceBourgoine
Interesting how the diversity on stage actually reflects that on #DNC2012
floor unlike #GOP last week. #mepolitics


ABC News ‏@ABC
One hour until Michelle Obama takes the stage. #DNC2012
Story: President Obama Gets “Misty” When The First Lady Speaks


Jonathan Larsen ‏@jtlarsen
Aaaaand, #sexyface is the top trending topic in the country.
Retweeted by Christopher Hayes


Erin Mazursky ‏@emazursky
The #LilyLedbetter Act: So #women don’t have to choose
between being a good employee & being a good mom.” @barackobama #DNC2012


Katrina vandenHeuvel ‏@KatrinaNation
Lilly Ledbetter =equal pay 4 equal work for women. “It’s an American value.”


Waymon Hudson ‏@WaymonHudson

I love some Lilly Ledbetter… #WarriorForWomen #Equality #DNC2012


HuffPost Politics ‏@HuffPostPol

Ledbetter: “I think it says something about his priorities that the first bill

he put his name on has my name on it too” #DNC2012


Markos Moulitsas ‏@markos

Republicans think it’s silly that women be paid the same as men.

They fought this tooth and nail.


Howard Fineman ‏@howardfineman

Charlotte hall|so different from Tampa: thousands more delegates packed in,

louder cheers, more background noise, more colors, ethnicities.


HuffPost Politics ‏@HuffPostPol

Ledbetter: “Maybe 23 cents doesn’t sound like a lot to someone

with a Swiss bank account” http://huff.to/OVUKZV #DNC2012


Andrea Purse ‏@drepurse

Remember those painful seconds after a reporter asked romney camp

if they supported fair pay and they had no answer? Yeah, me too. #dnc


Waymon Hudson ‏@WaymonHudson

Ledbetter is bringing the heat!! I love this fighting spirit in the dems tonight!!

about time!! #DNC2012


Joan Walsh ‏@joanwalsh

So proud that I got to be on @NowWithAlex with Lilly Ledbetter. She just rocked it.


Phil Bartlett ‏@PhilMaine

Lilly Leadbetter telling it like it is! President Obama stood up

for equal pay for equal work. Pay differences shouldn’t be based in gender.


Katrina vandenHeuvel ‏@KatrinaNation

Lilly Ledbetter is rocking it because she has experienced what politics

@ its best is all about –improving condition of peoples’ lives.


Laurel Ramseyer ‏@LaurelRamseyer

woot woot #Deval!


Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick is on stage at #DNC2012

Zack Ford ‏@ZackFord
The #DNC2012 is way more heartening than #RNC2012 was disheartening,
and I couldn’t be more grateful or proud.


Lisa Desjardins ‏@LisaDCNN
NOW BACK TO RED MEAT: Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick will go after Romney.


Gov. Patrick: “More than any one candidate or policy,
what’s at stake is the American dream.” #DNC2012


Nancy Giles ‏@nancygilesnyc
I am a #ProudDemocrat and am almost in tears watching #DNC2012
and such a diverse, energized group that truly represents my beloved country.

Retweeted by Jon Hinck


Scott Wooledge ‏@Clarknt67
This is just rocking it out. I am so much more proud of the America I see
on the #DNC2012 stage than those crazy people last week. #SexyFace


Andrea Parkinson ‏@andiparkinson2
@LaurelRamseyer SO jealous of you, having a gov like #Deval! #DNC2012


eclecticbrotha ‏@eclecticbrotha

The man who had to fix Romney’s shit in Massachussetts.



Gov. Patrick: “As governor, [Mitt Romney] was more interested in having the job

than doing the job.” #DNC2012


Waymon Hudson ‏@WaymonHudson

Dem speakers are passionate about progressive values & ideas

a t#DNC2012— such a stark difference from

#RNC2012 #RageAgainstTheObama


Jason Gooljar ‏@wfpman

.@mittromney Deval Patrick’s talking smack about you. Saying you left MA broke yo.

You gonna take that? 🙂


Zack Ford ‏@ZackFord

Damn… that cheering for marriage equality, open service, and nondiscrimination

protections does NOT get old. #DNC2012 #LGBT


Amy Fried ‏@ASFried

Ann Romney: I love you women! Lily Lebetter: Barack Obama stood

up for equal pay, Romney doesn’t.


Luke Russert ‏@LukeRussert

Deval is fired up, in ’06 he beat #Romney ‘s hand picked successor 56-35



Laurel Ramseyer ‏@LaurelRamseyer

HUGE applause for: “Today in MA you can marry whomever you love”

~ Gov. Deval Patrick #DNC2012



Gov. Patrick: “We are on a better track because we placed our faith

not in trickle-down fantasies & divisive rhetoric but in our values..”


HuffPost Politics ‏@HuffPostPol

Patrick: “Never mind that not one of the governors who preached that gospel

in Tampa last week has the results to show for it” #DNC2012


Waymon Hudson ‏@WaymonHudson

#DevalPatrick celebrates #MarriageEquality is his speech… Loving it,#DNC2012


Bill Harnsberger ‏@BillinPortland

I swear, tonight’s speakers must be hooked up to a Red Bull IV right before

they come out. The GOP was positively dreary compared.


Windy City Times ‏@WindyCityTimes1

#DNC2012 #DevalPatrick We believe that freedom means

keeping government out of our most private affairs, including on choice and marriage!



Gov. Patrick: “It’s time for Democrats to grow a back bone and stand for what we believe.” #DNC2012


Scott Wooledge ‏@Clarknt67

Love Gov. Patrick pointing out small gov’t means supporting

women’s reproductive choice and #MarriageEquality. Take note, #GOP. #DNC2012


Conor Friedersdorf ‏@conor64

Noteworthy that you never hear Republicans tout Mitt Romney’s record in MAssachusetts.


Jon Hinck ‏@jonhinck

Deval Patrick: This is the president who delivered the security of affordable health care

to every single American after 90 years of trying.


Mario Moretto ‏@riocarmine

Dems are gonna go for the jugular on the abortion question.

Republicans are wishing a pox on the House Akin. #DNC2012


Michael Crawford ‏@dmcrawford

Remember that talk about a Democratic enthusiasm gap?

See the Democratic Convention. #DNC2012


Dave Rubin ‏@RubinReport

After watching both the #RNC2012 and the #DNC2012

I’ve officially diagnosed America with bipolar disorder. @LOLGOP


Andrea Parkinson ‏@andiparkinson2

Lily Ledbetter hit it out of the park, so Deval Patrick came up to bat- and did the same! #DNC2012


Jonathan Capehart ‏@CapehartJ

Deval Patrick tops Ted Strickland as the night’s best speaker so far.#dnc2012


Zack Ford ‏@ZackFord

I think Deval Patrick gets the award for being the first speaker of either convention

to be so fired up he made himself hoarse. #DNC2012


Markos Moulitsas ‏@markos

I need a cigarette. #starbursts


Roger Simon ‏@politicoroger

Deval Patrick made himself a national figure tonight. #DemCon2012


Roll Call ‏@rollcall

Md. Gov. Martin O’Malley is now speaking. He is the chair of the Democratic Governors Association


Luke Russert ‏@LukeRussert

Tonight liberal chattering class will anoint Deval as who #Obama should be


Christopher Hayes ‏@chrislhayes

Half thought O’Malley might get Nancy Kerrigan’ed by Andrew Cuomo’s folks

so glad to see he’s made it to the stage.


L. Joy Williams ‏@ljoywilliams

Edwards, Moore, Clarke #women RT @TheREAL_MBrooks:

Booker, Patrick, Obama… What New Political Black Leadership looks like#DNC2012


C Moch ‏@Nimbus_79

@TheYoungTurks #DNC2012 #Current2012

Deval Patrick absolutely incredible speech… This guy hit a home run no question!!



MD Gov O’Malley is #prochoice & his state earned an A on choice-related laws.

Go Maryland! http://bit.ly/OMPzth #DNC2012


David Corn ‏@DavidCornDC

I hope O’Malley’s band comes on at the end and they jam. #dnc2012


Waymon Hudson ‏@WaymonHudson

#DevalPatrick knocked it out of the park. #DNC2012 #JustWow


Mario Moretto ‏@riocarmine

Listen up O’Malley: Don’t start your speech with a history lesson. It’s boring.


Martin O’Malley ‏@GovernorOMalley

Progress is a choice. Whether we move forward or back, this too is a choice.

That is what this election is all about. #DNC2012


Boston.com News ‏@BostonDotCom

RT @realitygal: Deval Patrick 2016 #DNC2012


The Daily Show ‏@TheDailyShow

Tonight! Charlotte, North Carolina is full of Democrats —

it’s either the Apocalypse or the #DNC2012! 11/10c.


Penny Lusk ‏@CaptPirateLady
So this is what a convention looks like when you’re proud of positions,
policy you’ve enacted. #DNC2012 #Current2012 http://bit.ly/OVQSZ4″


Leo Murrieta ‏@TheLMurrieta
WOO!!!!! Joaquin Castro – Candidate for TX House Rep,
doing intro for his brother, Julian! #DNC2012 #latism #Latino


Top Conservative Cat ‏@TeaPartyCat
I’ve been saying Obama and the #DNC are communists and
finally I can PROVE it– a guy named Castro is giving the keynote. Check and mate!


Joe Fitrzyk ‏@JoeFitrzyk
This #DNC has everything! Blacks, whites, gays–AND TWINS!

Chuck Todd ‏@chucktodd
First major contrast between this keynote and Christie’s:
Castro mentioned “Obama” 2 mins in. Christie waited over 15 min for “Romney”


Bruce Bourgoine ‏@BruceBourgoine
Julián and Joaquín Castro double trouble for #GOP! #mepolitics


Roger Simon ‏@politicoroger
So who was the genius who decided Deval Patrick shouldn’t speak in prime time?


Michael Crawford ‏@dmcrawford

Julian Castro: No matter who you are or where you’re from, the path is always forward.



HuffPost Politics ‏@HuffPostPol
Castro: “The dream is universal, but America makes it possible.
And our investment in opportunity makes it a reality”


POLITICO ‏@politico
Castro: “The dream is universal, but America makes it possible.”#DNC2012


DCCC ‏@dccc
House Democratic candidate @JoaquinCastroTX is a @DCCC Majority Maker.
Help us elect more Democrats to Congress


Mario Moretto ‏@riocarmine
FYI: The Castros are descended from Rosie Castro, a leader of La Raza in the 1970s
. #TheMoreYouKnow #DNC2012


Andrea Mitchell ‏@mitchellreports
First Latino keynoter #Julian Castro shows how much dems want to turn Texas
some day as Hispanic population grows @nbcpolitics #DNC2012

Lane Hudson ‏@tlanehudson
RNC gets a hurricane. DNC gets a rainbow. #signsfromabove


HuffPost Politics ‏@HuffPostPol
Castro: “Mitt Romney, quite simply, doesn’t get it”


Joshua Starr ‏@mcpssuper
Julian Castro “you can’t be pro-business if you’re not pro-education”


Bruce Bourgoine ‏@BruceBourgoine
Fast Fact: Julián Castro was elected Mayor of San Antonio, Texas in 2009 w/56% of vote
and re-elected in 2011 with 83%! #mepolitics #DNC2012


POLITICO ‏@politico
Castro responds to Romeny’s ‘borrow money from your parents line’,
“Gee, why didn’t I think of that?”


Luke Russert ‏@LukeRussert
Castro: “Romney is a good guy, he just has no idea how good he has had it.” #NBCPolitics


Chuck Todd ‏@chucktodd
“he has no idea how good he’s had it” was that Castro’s attempt to channel Ann Richards’
“poor George” refrain?


Obama 2012 ‏@Obama2012

Julian Castro: “When it comes to letting people marry who they love, Mitt Romney says no.”


CJ Werleman ‏@rationalists

The GOP may hate him, but I bet there are plenty of Republican wives

now changing the name of their vibrator to Julian Castro.


Lane Hudson ‏@tlanehudson

First DNC keynote to mention #marriageequality. Yes to Julian Castro!#dnc2012


David Corn ‏@DavidCornDC

Castro: “the American dream is not a sprint, or even a marathon, but a relay.” #dnc2012


Anthony De Rosa ‏@AntDeRosa

“First they called it trickle down, then supply side, then Romney/Ryan or is it Ryan/Romney”

– Julian Castro #DNC2012


Paul Begala ‏@PaulBegala

Castro is having SO much fun. So is the crowd. This is masterful.

Retweeted by David Axelrod

































































Mike O’Brien ‏@mpoindc

An Obamaesque line from Castro: ‘If we sever the threads that connect us,

the only people who will go far are those who are already ahead.”

Retweeted by Amy Fried
James Skylar Gerrond ‏@JimmySky

Sitting in our nation’s capital, watching the Latino mayor of San Antonio,

give a speech supporting the first Black President on al Jazeera.


Andrea Mitchell ‏@mitchellreports

This is a combo of inspirational bio and attack –

it’s working with the crowd in the hall all fired up @nbcpolitics #DNC2012


Daily Kos ‏@dailykos

“My mother fought hard so instead of a mop, I could hold this microphone.”

Julian Castro is awesome.


Michael Crawford ‏@dmcrawford

Castro: “Mom, I’m even more proud of you.” That’s the line that reduced me to tears. #DNC2012


Andrea Mitchell ‏@mitchellreports

#Julian Castro my mother fought hard for civil rights so instead of a mop

im holding this microphone @nbcpolitics #DNC2012


Chris Bowers ‏@ThisBowers

Damn, DNC attendees are way more excited than their RNC counterparts.

Dems are really going to clean up this year.


PoliticsNation ‏@PoliticsNation

You always get extra love for the #momshoutout –

Nice one,@JulianCastro #dnc2012 #msnbc2012


Waymon Hudson ‏@WaymonHudson

.@JulianCastro has just cemented his political rock star status.

Great speech. Wow. #DNC2012


TBogg ‏@tbogg

Jan Brewer wants to see that little girls papers.


Luke Russert ‏@LukeRussert

Little Castro girl doing her hair in the camera was what the kids say “adorbs.”


Michael Crawford ‏@dmcrawford

How many amazing speeches can the Democrats pack into one night?#DNC2012


Willard Mitt Romney ‏@MlTTR0MNEY

I know about struggles, Julian Castro. Once I tried to tip the doorman,

but he couldn’t break a 50! #demcon2012 #dnc2012


Roll Call ‏@rollcall

First lady @MichelleObama up next at #DNC2012.

She is the final speaker for this evening’s programming.


Michelle Obama ‏@MichelleObama

Keep an eye on @Obama2012 for the full live-tweet of the First Lady’s#DNC2012 speech.


Andrea Mitchell ‏@mitchellreports

Biggest difference between GOP and DEM keynotes:

#Julian Castro talked about Barack Obama


Ezra Klein ‏@ezraklein

If you’d told me in 04 that the 08 Dem convention would feature a guy named Castro

and a guy named Hussein Obama, I’d have been skeptical


Michael Cohen ‏@speechboy71

When Michelle walks out on stage this place is basically going to lose its collective shit.


Waymon Hudson ‏@WaymonHudson

#MichelleObama video… I literally get chills every time I see her and hear her speak. #DNC2012


Dominic Holden ‏@dominicholden

I don’t mean to be totally three years and eight months ago,

but seeing a black First Family still makes me a little verklempt.


Linsey Pecikonis ‏@cr8progress

Totally tearing up with this #firstlady video. Seriously,

can we take a moment just to #love our #firstfamily? #DNC2012


Jonah Goldberg ‏@JonahNRO

This is the best part of the convention and the best part of Obama —

he’s a decent and good dad, and that’s a good thing.


POLITICO ‏@politico

Michelle Obama walks out to “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” #dnc2012



The Hill ‏@thehill

“I have seen the very best of the American spirit.” Michelle Obama has taken the stage. #DNC2012


Andrea Mitchell ‏@mitchellreports

Huge cheers for @michelleobama tells Elaine Brye “we will always have your back”

focus on military families @DNC2012 @NBCPolitics


HuffPost Politics ‏@HuffPostPol

Obama: “A date night for Barack and me was either dinner or a movie,

because as an exhausted mom, I couldn’t stay awake for both” #DNC2012


Cenk Uygur ‏@cenkuygur

This is a million times better than the RNC so far. They are crushing.#current2012


HuffPost Politics ‏@HuffPostPol

Obama: “When Barack started telling me about his family –

that’s when I knew I had found a kindred spirit”


Luke Russert ‏@LukeRussert

Mrs. Obama selling “normal.” politics of the personal, keep the lead in the likability gap

. ‘we’re just like you.’ #NBCPolitics


Obama 2012 ‏@Obama2012

“Barack & I were raised by families who didn’t have much in the way of money

but gave us something far more valuable: unconditional love.”


Andrea Mitchell ‏@mitchellreports

this is most personal account by @michelleobama of her reluctance

to run before 08 campaign @nbcpolitics #DNC2012


rickjacobs ‏@rickjacobs

#michelleobama reignites my fire. She speaks to the soul. #dnc2012


Gregory A. Cendana ‏@gregorycendana

Things just got real when @MichelleObama walked onto the stage!

REAL!#DNC2012 @DemConvention


Luke Russert ‏@LukeRussert

True story, like Mrs. Obama when my dad was courting my mom

she could see the pavement from under the passenger side floor.


Raven Brooks ‏@ravenb

There’s not a dry eye in Charlotte tonight. #DNC2012


L. Joy Williams ‏@ljoywilliams

Already crying…..#DNC2012


Waymon Hudson ‏@WaymonHudson

See, I actually believe the amazing @MichelleObama when she tells her real,

relatable story of work & accomplishments. #DNC2012


POLITICO ‏@politico

Michelle Obama speaks about her Dad’s struggle with MS,

revisits family history of sacrifice for her and her brother. #DNC2012


ABC News ‏@ABC

RT @ceciliavegaabc: #DNC2012 #FLOTUS focusing on her upbringing

and jokes about her husband (he wore shoes a half size too small)


Kaili Joy Gray ‏@KailiJoy

I know it’s not a contest between the wives, but Michelle won. Just sayin’.


Frank Bruni ‏@FrankBruni

Ann Romney, I see you your tuna pasta and I raise you Barack’s rusty car.#Michelle #DNC.


Obama 2012 ‏@Obama2012

Michelle Obama: “If you work hard, you should be able to build a decent life

for yourself & an even better life for your kids & grandkids.”


Joan Walsh ‏@joanwalsh

“The truth matters” is biggest applause line so far.


DemConvention ‏@DemConvention

“We learned that how hard you work matters more than how much you make.”

– @MichelleObama #DNC2012


Roger Simon ‏@politicoroger

Michelle: “For my Dad, that’s what it meant to be a man…

being able to earn a decent living that allowed him to support his family.”


JeffreyFeldman ‏@JeffreyFeldman

The idea that men feel a loss of self when they lose a paycheck..

.hugely important–very glad she mentioned that.


Ben Goodman ‏@BenGoodman

RT @DemConvention: “We learned that how hard you work

matters more than how much you make.” – @MichelleObama #DNC2012


Christopher Hayes ‏@chrislhayes

This section of the speech is a very very deft rebuttal to the

John Galt, We-Built-This nonsense.


ThinkProgress ‏@thinkprogress

“The truth matters… you don’t take shortcuts.” — Michelle Obama


DemConvention ‏@DemConvention

RT @dncdesantis: you can hear a pin drop as Michelle tells her dads story-

alot of talk of values tonight- very moving, relatable #DNC2012


Katrina vandenHeuvel ‏@KatrinaNation

Michelle Obama “We learned that the truth matters–

you don’t play by your own set of rules…& so many had a hand in our success.”


Lisa Desjardins ‏@LisaDCNN

IMPORTANT LINE THERE: Michelle Obama stressing her family and POTUS’

admired success and others who had more. Sounds like new Dem key msg


Zack Ford ‏@ZackFord

After an evening of firebrand speeches, Michelle Obama speaks with such grace

and dignity befitting a real first lady. #DNC2012


Sedef Piker ‏@SedefsCorner

Michelle Obama is amazing especially when compared to Ann Romney

#dnc2012 #current2012


Boston.com News ‏@BostonDotCom

“Barack knows the American dream because he has lived it.” –

Michelle Obama #DNC2012


Obama 2012 ‏@Obama2012

FLOTUS: “For Barack, these issues aren’t political—they’re personal.

Because Barack knows what it means when a family struggles.”


DemConvention ‏@DemConvention

RT if you agree, #WeLoveMichelle. @MichelleObama speaking at the#DNC2012 now.


Planned Parenthood ‏@PPact

.@MichelleObama on POTUS: “He believes that women are more

than capable of making our own choices about our bodies and our health care.”


Moya Watson ‏@moyalynne

You can’t help but notice the diversity of this audience —

in stark difference to the audience of last week.


Luke Russert ‏@LukeRussert

huge ovation for Mrs. Obama when she says “don’t slam the door of opportunity behind you.”



MoveOn.org ‏@MoveOn

Obama “wants every young person to fulfill their promise & be able to attend college without a mountain of debt.” — @MichelleObama#DNC2012


Bloomberg TV ‏@BloombergTV

“In the end, for Barack, these issues aren’t political — they’re personal.”@MichelleObama


ThinkProgress ‏@thinkprogress

“Its not about how much money you make, it’s about the difference you make in people’s lives”

— Michelle Obama


Andrea Mitchell ‏@mitchellreports

FLOTUS says husband believes when you walk thru that door of opportunity

u do not slam it shut behind u- huge cheers @nbcpolitics#dnc2012


Jamelle Bouie ‏@jbouie

Michelle’s speech, more than anything, is a direct repudiation of the entire Romney narrative.

And she does it with such a wonderful smile.


Sara Hottinger ‏@SaraHottinger

“When you’ve walked through that doorway of opportunity,

you do not slam it behind you. You reach back…” —Michelle Obama #DNC2012


HuffPost Politics ‏@HuffPostPol

Obama: “Today, I love my husband even more than I did four years ago…

even more than I did 23 years ago, when we first met”



Michelle Obama just made a gay reference during her keynote, respecting our love.

Mitt Romney made a gay ref too, he slammed our marriages.


Jon Hinck ‏@jonhinck

I certainly confess to thinking that our first lady is indeed very special.

Thanks @MichelleObama #DNC2012


Jonathan Karl ‏@jonkarl

You are watching Barack Obama’s most popular advocate–

Michelle Obama’s favorable rating is well over 60 percent. #DNC2012


paulhogarth ‏@paulhogarth

Amen, Marta!! RT @venice4change: I want to live in Michelle Obama’s America,

not Ann Romney’s with the rest of “you people.”


Katrina vandenHeuvel ‏@KatrinaNation

Michelle O: “We are playing a long game here.Change is hard.

But we get there,eventually.” Yes.


The Hill ‏@thehill

“Doing the impossible is the history of this nation..

.It is how this country was built.” -Michelle Obama #DNC


Shane Goldmacher ‏@ShaneGoldmacher

Smart take on the night from @ron_fournier: It’s all about women, women, women


Ezra Klein ‏@ezraklein

Barack Obama always jokes that Michelle gives the better speech.

I’m starting to think that’s actually true.


Matt Thorn ‏@matt_thorn

“so many of us stand here tonight because of our parents swallowed their fears

and doubts and did what was hard.” #dnc2012 #msnbc


Bill Harnsberger ‏@BillinPortland

And they think Obama will have trouble filling the stadium Thursday? Really??? Silly pundits.


Melissa Ryan ‏@MelissaRyan

Wow. #DNC2012


Laurel Ramseyer ‏@LaurelRamseyer

The audience is in tears #DNC2012


Lisa Desjardins ‏@LisaDCNN

MICHELLE OBAMA: killed it.


Jeffrey Toobin ‏@JeffreyToobin

Sen. Michelle Obama (D-IL), elected 2016? #dnc2012


Joe Sudbay ‏@JoeSudbay

Um, yeah, @MichelleObama was kinda awesome tonight. Maybe even beyond awesome. Duly impressed.


JeffreyFeldman ‏@JeffreyFeldman

Ladies and gentleman…THAT is a great American. Home run. O…M…G…#flotus


Katrina vandenHeuvel ‏@KatrinaNation

Rachel Maddow –what an ” excellent speech”


Dan Savage ‏@fakedansavage

Holy shit. Not just a reference to “who thye love,” but Michelle put us “at the altar.”

That’s gonna wind up in NOM videos. #DNC2012


DemConvention ‏@DemConvention

Thank you, Michelle Obama, for representing the best of America.#DNC2012


Scott Wooledge ‏@Clarknt67

This is insanely sweet: RT @elizakern Barack and the girls watching Michelle’s speech: http://j.mp/OWcTFs #DNC2012


























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DNC Day 1 Wrap-Up: Speech of FLOTUS Michelle Obama (ICYMI Video, Text)

Posted on September 5, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Magnificently done. Somehow, what was a strong night of speeches (more to be shared later) was all a lead-up to the best address yet- that of FLOTUS Michelle Obama. Goodness knows how the rest of the week or the President himself will top this!

This opening DNC clip was shown before the First Lady was introduced to the crowds by military mom Elaine Brye:

Then Michelle Obama came out, looking spectacular in a Tracy Reese designed pink dress, and delivered a truly masterful speech that she herself took a month to write:

“Over the past few years as First Lady, I have had the extraordinary privilege of traveling all across this country.
And everywhere I’ve gone, in the people I’ve met, and the stories I’ve heard, I have seen the very best of the American spirit.

I have seen it in the incredible kindness and warmth that people have shown me and my family, especially our girls.

I’ve seen it in teachers in a near-bankrupt school district who vowed to keep teaching without pay.

I’ve seen it in people who become heroes at a moment’s notice, diving into harm’s way to save others…flying across the country to put out a fire…driving for hours to bail out a flooded town.

And I’ve seen it in our men and women in uniform and our proud military families…in wounded warriors who tell me they’re not just going to walk again, they’re going to run, and they’re going to run marathons…in the young man blinded by a bomb in Afghanistan who said, simply, “…I’d give my eyes 100 times again to have the chance to do what I have done and what I can still do.”

Every day, the people I meet inspire me…every day, they make me proud…every day they remind me how blessed we are to live in the greatest nation on earth.

Serving as your First Lady is an honor and a privilege…but back when we first came together four years ago, I still had some concerns about this journey we’d begun.

While I believed deeply in my husband’s vision for this country…and I was certain he would make an extraordinary President…like any mother, I was worried about what it would mean for our girls if he got that chance.

How would we keep them grounded under the glare of the national spotlight?

How would they feel being uprooted from their school, their friends, and the only home they’d ever known?

Our life before moving to Washington was filled with simple joys…Saturdays at soccer games, Sundays at grandma’s house…and a date night for Barack and me was either dinner or a movie, because as an exhausted mom, I couldn’t stay awake for both.

And the truth is, I loved the life we had built for our girls…I deeply loved the man I had built that life with…and I didn’t want that to change if he became President.

I loved Barack just the way he was.

You see, even though back then Barack was a Senator and a presidential candidate…to me, he was still the guy who’d picked me up for our dates in a car that was so rusted out, I could actually see the pavement going by through a hole in the passenger side door…he was the guy whose proudest possession was a coffee table he’d found in a dumpster, and whose only pair of decent shoes was half a size too small.

But when Barack started telling me about his family – that’s when I knew I had found a kindred spirit, someone whose values and upbringing were so much like mine.

You see, Barack and I were both raised by families who didn’t have much in the way of money or material possessions but who had given us something far more valuable – their unconditional love, their unflinching sacrifice, and the chance to go places they had never imagined for themselves.

My father was a pump operator at the city water plant, and he was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis when my brother and I were young.

And even as a kid, I knew there were plenty of days when he was in pain…I knew there were plenty of mornings when it was a struggle for him to simply get out of bed.

But every morning, I watched my father wake up with a smile, grab his walker, prop himself up against the bathroom sink, and slowly shave and button his uniform.

And when he returned home after a long day’s work, my brother and I would stand at the top of the stairs to our little apartment, patiently waiting to greet him…watching as he reached down to lift one leg, and then the other, to slowly climb his way into our arms.

But despite these challenges, my dad hardly ever missed a day of work…he and my mom were determined to give me and my brother the kind of education they could only dream of.

And when my brother and I finally made it to college, nearly all of our tuition came from student loans and grants.

But my dad still had to pay a tiny portion of that tuition himself.

And every semester, he was determined to pay that bill right on time, even taking out loans when he fell short.

He was so proud to be sending his kids to college…and he made sure we never missed a registration deadline because his check was late.

You see, for my dad, that’s what it meant to be a man.

Like so many of us, that was the measure of his success in life – being able to earn a decent living that allowed him to support his family.

And as I got to know Barack, I realized that even though he’d grown up all the way across the country, he’d been brought up just like me.

Barack was raised by a single mother who struggled to pay the bills, and by grandparents who stepped in when she needed help.

Barack’s grandmother started out as a secretary at a community bank…and she moved quickly up the ranks…but like so many women, she hit a glass ceiling.

And for years, men no more qualified than she was – men she had actually trained – were promoted up the ladder ahead of her, earning more and more money while Barack’s family continued to scrape by.

But day after day, she kept on waking up at dawn to catch the bus…arriving at work before anyone else…giving her best without complaint or regret.

And she would often tell Barack, “So long as you kids do well, Bar, that’s all that really matters.”

Like so many American families, our families weren’t asking for much.

They didn’t begrudge anyone else’s success or care that others had much more than they did…in fact, they admired it.

They simply believed in that fundamental American promise that, even if you don’t start out with much, if you work hard and do what you’re supposed to do, then you should be able to build a decent life for yourself and an even better life for your kids and grandkids.

That’s how they raised us…that’s what we learned from their example.

We learned about dignity and decency – that how hard you work matters more than how much you make…that helping others means more than just getting ahead yourself.

We learned about honesty and integrity – that the truth matters…that you don’t take shortcuts or play by your own set of rules…and success doesn’t count unless you earn it fair and square.

We learned about gratitude and humility – that so many people had a hand in our success, from the teachers who inspired us to the janitors who kept our school clean…and we were taught to value everyone’s contribution and treat everyone with respect.

Those are the values Barack and I – and so many of you – are trying to pass on to our own children.

That’s who we are.

And standing before you four years ago, I knew that I didn’t want any of that to change if Barack became President.

Well, today, after so many struggles and triumphs and moments that have tested my husband in ways I never could have imagined, I have seen firsthand that being president doesn’t change who you are – it reveals who you are.

You see, I’ve gotten to see up close and personal what being president really looks like.

And I’ve seen how the issues that come across a President’s desk are always the hard ones – the problems where no amount of data or numbers will get you to the right answer…the judgment calls where the stakes are so high, and there is no margin for error.

And as President, you can get all kinds of advice from all kinds of people.

But at the end of the day, when it comes time to make that decision, as President, all you have to guide you are your values, and your vision, and the life experiences that make you who you are.

So when it comes to rebuilding our economy, Barack is thinking about folks like my dad and like his grandmother.

He’s thinking about the pride that comes from a hard day’s work.

That’s why he signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act to help women get equal pay for equal work.

That’s why he cut taxes for working families and small businesses and fought to get the auto industry back on its feet.

That’s how he brought our economy from the brink of collapse to creating jobs again – jobs you can raise a family on, good jobs right here in the United States of America.

When it comes to the health of our families, Barack refused to listen to all those folks who told him to leave health reform for another day, another president.

He didn’t care whether it was the easy thing to do politically – that’s not how he was raised – he cared that it was the right thing to do.

He did it because he believes that here in America, our grandparents should be able to afford their medicine…our kids should be able to see a doctor when they’re sick…and no one in this country should ever go broke because of an accident or illness.

And he believes that women are more than capable of making our own choices about our bodies and our health care…that’s what my husband stands for.

When it comes to giving our kids the education they deserve, Barack knows that like me and like so many of you, he never could’ve attended college without financial aid.

And believe it or not, when we were first married, our combined monthly student loan bills were actually higher than our mortgage.

We were so young, so in love, and so in debt.

That’s why Barack has fought so hard to increase student aid and keep interest rates down, because he wants every young person to fulfill their promise and be able to attend college without a mountain of debt.

So in the end, for Barack, these issues aren’t political – they’re personal.

Because Barack knows what it means when a family struggles.

He knows what it means to want something more for your kids and grandkids.

Barack knows the American Dream because he’s lived it…and he wants everyone in this country to have that same opportunity, no matter who we are, or where we’re from, or what we look like, or who we love.

And he believes that when you’ve worked hard, and done well, and walked through that doorway of opportunity…you do not slam it shut behind you…you reach back, and you give other folks the same chances that helped you succeed.

So when people ask me whether being in the White House has changed my husband, I can honestly say that when it comes to his character, and his convictions, and his heart, Barack Obama is still the same man I fell in love with all those years ago.

He’s the same man who started his career by turning down high paying jobs and instead working in struggling neighborhoods where a steel plant had shut down, fighting to rebuild those communities and get folks back to work…because for Barack, success isn’t about how much money you make, it’s about the difference you make in people’s lives.

He’s the same man who, when our girls were first born, would anxiously check their cribs every few minutes to ensure they were still breathing, proudly showing them off to everyone we knew.

That’s the man who sits down with me and our girls for dinner nearly every night, patiently answering their questions about issues in the news, and strategizing about middle school friendships.

That’s the man I see in those quiet moments late at night, hunched over his desk, poring over the letters people have sent him.

The letter from the father struggling to pay his bills…from the woman dying of cancer whose insurance company won’t cover her care…from the young person with so much promise but so few opportunities.

I see the concern in his eyes…and I hear the determination in his voice as he tells me, “You won’t believe what these folks are going through, Michelle…it’s not right. We’ve got to keep working to fix this. We’ve got so much more to do.”

I see how those stories – our collection of struggles and hopes and dreams – I see how that’s what drives Barack Obama every single day.

And I didn’t think it was possible, but today, I love my husband even more than I did four years ago…even more than I did 23 years ago, when we first met.

I love that he’s never forgotten how he started.

I love that we can trust Barack to do what he says he’s going to do, even when it’s hard – especially when it’s hard.

I love that for Barack, there is no such thing as “us” and “them” – he doesn’t care whether you’re a Democrat, a Republican, or none of the above…he knows that we all love our country…and he’s always ready to listen to good ideas…he’s always looking for the very best in everyone he meets.

And I love that even in the toughest moments, when we’re all sweating it – when we’re worried that the bill won’t pass, and it seems like all is lost – Barack never lets himself get distracted by the chatter and the noise.

Just like his grandmother, he just keeps getting up and moving forward…with patience and wisdom, and courage and grace.

And he reminds me that we are playing a long game here…and that change is hard, and change is slow, and it never happens all at once.

But eventually we get there, we always do.

We get there because of folks like my Dad…folks like Barack’s grandmother…men and women who said to themselves, “I may not have a chance to fulfill my dreams, but maybe my children will…maybe my grandchildren will.”

So many of us stand here tonight because of their sacrifice, and longing, and steadfast love…because time and again, they swallowed their fears and doubts and did what was hard.

So today, when the challenges we face start to seem overwhelming – or even impossible – let us never forget that doing the impossible is the history of this nation…it’s who we are as Americans…it’s how this country was built.

And if our parents and grandparents could toil and struggle for us…if they could raise beams of steel to the sky, send a man to the moon, and connect the world with the touch of a button…then surely we can keep on sacrificing and building for our own kids and grandkids.

And if so many brave men and women could wear our country’s uniform and sacrifice their lives for our most fundamental rights…then surely we can do our part as citizens of this great democracy to exercise those rights…surely, we can get to the polls and make our voices heard on Election Day.

If farmers and blacksmiths could win independence from an empire…if immigrants could leave behind everything they knew for a better life on our shores…if women could be dragged to jail for seeking the vote…if a generation could defeat a depression, and define greatness for all time…if a young preacher could lift us to the mountaintop with his righteous dream…and if proud Americans can be who they are and boldly stand at the altar with who they love…then surely, surely we can give everyone in this country a fair chance at that great American Dream.

Because in the end, more than anything else, that is the story of this country – the story of unwavering hope grounded in unyielding struggle.

That is what has made my story, and Barack’s story, and so many other American stories possible.

And I say all of this tonight not just as First Lady…and not just as a wife.

You see, at the end of the day, my most important title is still “mom-in-chief.”

My daughters are still the heart of my heart and the center of my world.

But today, I have none of those worries from four years ago about whether Barack and I were doing what’s best for our girls.

Because today, I know from experience that if I truly want to leave a better world for my daughters, and all our sons and daughters…if we want to give all our children a foundation for their dreams and opportunities worthy of their promise…if we want to give them that sense of limitless possibility – that belief that here in America, there is always something better out there if you’re willing to work for it…then we must work like never before…and we must once again 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.

Thank you, God bless you, and God bless America.”

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