Renewed Hope and Change

You just have to make it so

Not so long ago, the nation watched Michelle Obama, who in January could become the first African-American first lady, give a personal and sentimental account of life with her husband and two daughters, Natasha and Sasha. Before she spoke, though, the convention had the opportunity to view a short video describing her early life on Chicago’s South Side and her relationship with Obama, who joked that she had been won over when he bought her an ice cream cone. Michelle, introduced by her brother, Craig, spoke about their early life together and how Craig had insisted to her that she would one day be the first lady. Her mother was also in the audience that night. Michelle maintained that in spite of all his success since he launched his White House campaign 19 months ago,

“The Barack Obama I know today is the same man I fell in love with 19 years ago.” Then relayed how Obama lived his life imbued with American values. Although he has been a regular presence on U.S. television screens all this year, his life story and politics are still relatively unknown to most Americans. Michelle portrayed Obama as having come from humble beginnings, and as a patriot who shared American values. He had worked as a community organizer in Chicago alongside people who believed, “Like you and I believe, that America should be a place where you can make it if you try.”

At the end of her speech, Michelle was joined via satellite by Obama who, unable to attend in person, had watched the Convention from a supporter’s living room in Missouri. He was clearly moved by Michelle’s words, and praised her accordingly. He also invited his children to comment on her speech. “I think she did good,” one of them said. The children then waved at the video screen saying, Love you, Daddy. And those in the audience at the Convention were left with a renewed hope and the sense that everything happens when it is meant to happen.

BOLA TANGKAS