US First Lady: Barack Obama Lived American DreamWorld | September 5, 2012, Wednesday // 12:47| views
US First Lady Michelle Obama closed the first night of the Democratic Convention in NC with a passionate speech in support of her husband. Photo by BGNES
US First Lady Michelle Obama delivered Tuesday an emotional speech in support of husband, President Barack Obama, and his run for a second term in office.
Cheered by the crown in closing the first night of the Democratic convention, the First Lady spoke of the vision and values that guided him as president; shared memories from their 23-year relationship, and noted that she had found a "kindred spirit" in a man whose values were similar to hers. She also said it was "extraordinary privilege" to serve as first lady.
"Barack and I were both raised by families who didn't have much in the way of money or material possessions but who had given us something far more valuable - their unconditional love, their unflinching sacrifice, and the chance to go places they had never imagined for themselves. Barack knows what it means when a family struggles. He knows what it means to want something more for your kids and grandkids. Barack knows the American Dream because he's lived it... and he wants everyone in this country to have that same opportunity, no matter who we are, or where we're from, or what we look like, or who we love," said Mrs. Obama
Earlier during the session, shortly after the convention opened, delegates cheered their backing for the party's new platform in an open voice vote.
Tuesday also saw a series of Democratic governors, congressmen, mayors and electoral candidates speak in support of Barack Obama and his policies, most notably his much-criticized healthcare reform.
Julian Castro, the Hispanic Mayor of San Antonio, Texas, gave the keynote address immediately before Obama.
A video tribute to the late Senator Edward Kennedy included clips from his 1994 Senate debate with current Republican nominee Mitt Romney.
Obama will formally accept the nomination on Thursday, when he and his Vice President Joe Biden will deliver what many see as the most important speeches in their lives.
A recent opinion poll shows Obama with a narrow lead over Romney.
However, an ABC News/Washington Post poll released as the convention got under way in Charlotte, North Carolina, showed Obama with the lowest pre-convention favorability for an incumbent president since the 1980s.
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