Can you imagine Tim Matheison being asked to kick off Julia Gillard’s next election campaign? Can you picture Margie Abbott taking the stage to tumultuous applause to tell everyone why Tony Abbott was the right man to lead the country? Yeah…. Notsomuch.
But in the United States of America that is just how it goes. Being the spouse of a presidential candidate is not just a full time job – it comes with an obsessive fan-following and a level of public scrutiny that only Lady Gaga could sympathise with
Earlier today, First Lady Michelle Obama opened the Democratic National Convention to tell Americans why they should vote her husband, Barack Obama, into a second term of office.
Here’s what she had to say:
Now obviously there are a lot of take away messages from this speech – but for a moment let’s skip over the policy debates, the political issues and the reflections on Obama’s first term – and let’s talk about love.
There is so clearly a whole heap of love going on in the Obama White House.
Between Michelle and Barack. Between the couple and their children. Between the family and their country.
It’s not soppy sickly love and it’s not hand-on-your-heart patriotism either. This is a family who are living their lives 100% in the public eye but yet they’re sticking together. If anything, their closeness seems to have strengthened and not weakened over the past four years.
Here are some of our favourite lines from the self-described “Mum in chief’s” speech today:
On her husband Barack: