Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Isn't She Lovely!

For anyone not yet acquainted with the Michelle Obama Watch blog, today is probably as good day as ever to stop by for links to all things Michelle. And for MOW founder Gina's blow by blow from the floor of the convention, go here.

Personally, I thought Michelle rocked the house last night. Seen any particularly interesting commentary or analysis out there? Feel free to post links in comments!

6 comments:

urbanartiste said...

I think it is a bad sign that the DNC and Obama camp have to reintroduce Barack and Michelle as "jsut like every other America." There are quite a few dems. that ran for the nominee that have not been around as long as McCain that do not have this issue.

Deborah Siegel said...

You raise an excellent point, urbanartiste. What's UP with that? Is it because people supposedly don't "know" them or because they simply aren't white?

smilla's simple life said...

I'm finding this response from K. Marsh at The New Republic interesting:

http://tnr.com/politics/story.html?id=0170cbc1-25bd-4b51-88a7-cd9cd6481fb6

As a working mother, feminist, and Obama supporter I didn't find Michelle's speech last night to be too safe, or too cookie-cutterish - I heard it as a sisterly, feminist, proud speech. Whenever Michelle talks about the tradeoffs in deciding how to spend time with her children, how to pay student loans, how to balance a family with the insanity of running for president, her honesty about those tradeoffs *are* to me, moments of feminism in action.

While I do hesitate to put to much stock into candidates' relationships it comforts me to see a relationship that looks so much like mine, that confronts so many of the issues I confront in my marriage - and to see a couple that at least seems playful and respectful. I wonder how much it does tell us about a candidate, when we look at who s/he marries??

All said, I think Michelle would be a wonderful first lady -- and more.

-Renee

smilla's simple life said...

I'm finding this response from K. Marsh at The New Republic interesting.

As a working mother, feminist, and Obama supporter I didn't find Michelle's speech last night to be too safe, or too cookie-cutterish - I heard it as a sisterly, feminist, proud speech. Whenever Michelle talks about the tradeoffs in deciding how to spend time with her children, how to pay student loans, how to balance a family with the insanity of running for president, her honesty about those tradeoffs *are* to me, moments of feminism in action.

While I do hesitate to put to much stock into candidates' relationships it comforts me to see a relationship that looks so much like mine, that confronts so many of the issues I confront in my marriage - and to see a couple that at least seems playful and respectful. I wonder how much it does tell us about a candidate, when we look at who s/he marries??

All said, I think Michelle would be a wonderful first lady -- and more.

-Renee

frau sally benz said...

I think the reason they have to present themselves as "just like all of you" is mostly b/c of race, although it is also b/c they are new to the scene. We have to face it, people who aren't paying as much attention still think he's a Muslim, still confuse him with Saddam Hussein, etc. And race is a big issue for a lot of people. Several have not even been afraid to say it, so imagine everyone else behind them keeping quiet.


I have a post up about why I loved her speech - mainly b/c it made me internalize (for the first time) that this is truly a historical campaign.

zakstar from SchizoFrenetic also has a great post up about how undeniable it is that Michelle and Barack love this country.

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