Report from Denver: Michelle Obama’s Speech

By August 26, 2008General

(Note: NAM’s Executive Vice President Jay Timmons is blogging from the National Democratic Convention in Denver this week.)

The Convention floor last night was electrified with the appearance of Michelle Obama.  And with good reason.  If Americans put aside partisanship, no one could help but to be awe-struck by Mrs. Obama’s poise, message and sincerity. She told her life story in a poignant and personal way that solidly connected with real people in the real world. (Text of her speech.)

She is clearly a skilled politician.  And she deftly responded to previous concerns about her love of America, which arose from a statement that many believe was taken wildly out of context.  

Most touching was the glimpse of the Obama’s interacting as a family.  Little seven year old Sasha grabbed the microphone when her father came on screen and wouldn’t let go.  Finally big sis Malia took the mic away so she too could tell her Dad hello. 

Many American families can relate to the Obamas.  That’s good for the U.S. because the next President will need to relate to workers and families as well.  Once the rhetoric of the campaign subsides, the next Chief Executive will be faced with the choice of moving the American economy forward with sensible tax, energy, workforce and regulatory policies, or resorting to typical partisan politics.  Resisting the urge to pit one group against another requires real leadership.  The next two months will be critical in determining which candidate for President is best able to accomplish that.

Regardless of the give and take of a political campaign, however, should Michelle Obama be our next First Lady, she would represent our country incredibly well.

Jay Timmons

Jay Timmons

Jay Timmons is president and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the largest manufacturing association in the United States representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector.
Jay Timmons

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