Michelle Obama took center stage in Charlotte DC today, capping off the opening of the three day Democratic National Convention to a cheering audience. And if reactions online are any indication, it could be President Michelle Obama in 2016.
Obama took off where Ann Romney left off in the battle to entice female voters, delivering a speech of rousing liberal themes that outlined how her husband is going to fight the presidential election.
She used the impassioned speech to share the personal journey she and President Obama had taken to get to the White House, and how she had reinvented herself as “mum in chief”.
“In the end, these stories aren’t political. They’re personal,” she said.
The First Lady portrayed her husband as a hard-working son of a single mother and a devoted family man. And she appears to have done a better job than Romney in convincing American women.
Though Romney attempted to humanise her husband during the RNC, sharing the story of their early years of marriage, it wasn’t enough to persuade those Americans who don’t believe she has the authority to talk about the difficulties of poor, working-class or even middle-class Americans.
In a subtle dig at the Republicans, Obama took a shot at Romney’s stance on abortion, saying that the President believes that “women are more than capable of making our own choices about our bodies and our health care”.
The Democratic stance on gay marriage and birth control is benefitting them in retaining the gender voting gap.
Obama also reiterated that the president had signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which makes it easier for women to sue for equal pay if they earn less than their male counterparts.
Her speech already eclipsed the GOP in the twitter stakes, garnering nearly double the tweets-per-minute than Mitt Romney’s speech.