All of today, the speeches, and signs, and videos of Michelle’s baby pictures, the story of her Dad who had MS but still worked a blue collar job at the water filtration plant, and the testimonial by her basketball coach brother of how she played piano to calm him before big games,… everything was a build-up to this one paragraph that Michelle Obama just uttered (emphasis mine):
“And you know, what struck me when I first met Barack was that even though he had this funny name, even though he’d grown up all the way across the continent in Hawaii, his family was so much like mine. He was raised by grandparents who were working class folks just like my parents, and by a single mother who struggled to pay the bills just like we did. Like my family, they scrimped and saved so that he could have opportunities they never had themselves. And Barack and I were raised with so many of the same values: that you work hard for what you want in life; that your word is your bond and you do what you say you’re going to do; that you treat people with dignity and respect, even if you don’t know them, and even if you don’t agree with them.”
Oh and wait for it, wait for it..:
“All of us driven by a simple belief that the world as it is just won’t do – that we have an obligation to fight for the world as it should be. That is the thread that connects our hearts. That is the thread that runs through my journey and Barack’s journey and so many other improbable journeys that have brought us here tonight, where the current of history meets this new tide of hope. That is why I love this country. ..”
We can all go to bed now.