The Democratic National Convention finally go started in Denver. It really must be cool to attend such a historic event. I’m almost envious of a few of my colleagues (journalists) who are attending. Sure they are working; nonetheless, it still must be exciting.
Since I could not be there in person, decided to watch the keynote address by Michelle Obama on television—because I must prepared for the “office discussion” tomorrow. I think she did a great job—very comfortable, cool, calm and collected in front that crowd of millions. I liked the video that they put together about her life. It really made her “real.” And I noticed some tears in the audience when she spoke about the day they brought their 10-year-old daughter home from the hospital.
[…] And in the end, And in the end after all that’s happened these past 19 months, the Barack Obama I know today is the same man I fell in love with 19 years ago. He’s the same man who drove me and our new baby daughter home from the hospital ten years ago this summer, inching along at a snail’s pace, peering anxiously at us in the rearview mirror, feeling the whole weight of her future in his hands, determined to give her everything he’d struggled so hard for himself, determined to give her something he never had: the affirming embrace of a father’s love. […]
And as I tuck that little girl in and her little sister into bed at night, You see I think about how one day, they’ll have families of their own. And one day, they — and your sons and daughters — will tell their own children about what we did together in this election. They’ll tell them how this time, we listened to our hopes, instead of our fears. How this time, how this time, we decided to stop doubting and to start dreaming. How this time, in this great country — where a girl from the South Side of Chicago can go to college and law school, and the son of a single mother from Hawaii can go all the way to the White House — that we committed ourselves, we committed ourselves to building the world as it should be.
I had to get a pen and write down the quote, “…this time, we listened to our hopes, instead of our fears.” For the last 8 years this country has been operating of fear. The Bush administration has “ruled” using lies and fear. And if you didn’t agree with them, they labeled you unpatriotic and a supporter of terrorism. It’s time for this country to move out of the shadow of fear, and get back to hope.
If you still need more Michelle Obama, Time has an article, Michelle Obama’s Savvy Sacrifice, posted online.