My initial response to both the Michelle Obama and Ted Kennedy speeches (and related introductions): the Dems flirted with mawkishness, but might just convince Democrat and independent rank-and-file that the Dems are human first, political animals second. I was impressed with Michelle Obama’s performance, with its hint of a tremulous voice. I can imagine how the Republicans will mock the abundance, in David Brooks’ terms (I was watching the PBS coverage), how she failed to downplay her husband’s messiah status, but I thought she and her daughters were genuine. The Republicans risk throttling up the scorn and satire.
One further reflection: Michelle’s performance leads me to believe, that Barack’s personal history has created a unique politician sui generis. But, it is Michelle’s personality, with her family history, that grounds and motivates him.
Kennedy’s performance was also emotional, in the sense, that the Kennedy sentinel has so little time left, and at times he seemed doddering.
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