August 25th, 2008
11:41 PM ET
15 years ago

Obama a spectator as Michelle takes center stage

KANSAS CITY, Missouri (CNN) – Hands cupped under his chin as he sat in a family’s living room, Barack Obama smiled as they watched Michelle Obama introduced on their television screen.

Obama held a short photo-op at the beginning of his wife’s address to the convention. He was in the home of a family in battleground Missouri, the candidate sitting in between on a couch in front of the television.

“This is nerve-wracking,” he said, as the Girardeau family laughed.

As his wife took the podium, Obama relaxed a bit, and said “she looks pretty cute.”

About 300 people gathered outside the two-story home in the Kansas City neighborhood, chanting Obama’s name while he was inside. It wasn’t hard to figure out where he was. Besides the security presence, a satellite truck sat outside to beam his remarks to the convention floor after she wrapped up.

On the giant screen, he told the cheering delegates, “now you know why I asked her out so many times, even though she kept saying no.” Playing into the family theme of the night, Obama spoke with his daughters, who said “hi, Daddy” to the screen on stage next to their mother.

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  1. dimiessler

    So, NOT that I don't ENJOY the endless droning of commentators on these political events, but I was waiting to see the moderately-touted "video about Barack Obama" that had been listed as "later" in the text for, oh, a couple hours. Then, when I finally reached the moment where instead of "next", it said "now" (!), all I could see was occasional, distant glimpses of the video in the background, while the same droning commentators continued to, like, comment. Dang. Double dang.

    What's up with that? I wanted to see the video but apparently CNN, in its superior wisdom, knew that I needed to hear still more commentary. Uh, thanks, CNN. I guess.

    August 26, 2008 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  2. Joe

    Just watched the Democratic Convention.
    Before I roll with my thoughts, I feel I need to let you know how I stood going into this evening.
    I was a STRONG supported of Hillary Clinton, one, because I wasn't familiar with Obama, Two, McCain will be another Republican puppet. I DID NOT like Michelle Obama from the get go, she just rubbed me wrong...
    Well...., times are a changing! Sometimes as Americans we take for granted the obvious. I do not consider myself to have a prejudice bone in my body, that is true. What I didn't realize is you don't have to be prejudiced to block out somebody that looks different. My eyes have finally seen the light. Mrs. Obama was not the problem, I was the problem. We as Americans are the problem. Its time as she said to look at this world as it should be and not how it is. Its time for TRUE Americans to swallow our old ways of thinking and rise to the level our fore-fathers. Our time had come and gone once before with JFK, we didn't have the chance to see his dreams fulfilled. I found the person that could carry the torch of promise and hope, I saw it in his wifes eyes and felt it in my heart. I was to young when JFK was around, I only know of his promise because my family would tell me of what we almost had, and how it was taken too soon. I won't sit by and then have to tell my kids the same story.
    We won't get another opportunity again like this for a long time, if we ever do again. I don't care if your Republican, Democrat, Independent, Communist, Atheist, well... You get the idea. We are Americans FIRST!
    John McCain is one of our greatest Americans to ever grace our country, honor, service and integrity. He's got it all. Or does he... I don't want a war hero as my President, I want an American who wants what is best for all Americans not the few priviledged.
    If you are a true American, think like one, and for once do the right thing for everyone. In the end it will benefit you 10 fold.
    Obama for President

    August 26, 2008 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  3. CitizenS

    Michelle O….a resounding applause to you! There were many, many people shown in the crowd during her speech that were moved to tears. Just seeing how she is imploring the American people to see that Barack is a normal person with the same red blood running through him as you and I. He just happens to have darker color on his skin. Should Americans sit back while the world watches and waits to see if we fall in this test of the world power that we are because of our own inadequacies to transcend the color of mere skin and not look to the bigger picture? No, we need to RISE UP and show the world we are a MIGHTY power indeed and will be reckoned with for our tenacity in holding a mighty nation together! OBAMA/BIDEN 08

    August 26, 2008 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  4. sneksen

    Please tell me what part of that scene was anti-American?

    August 26, 2008 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  5. PoliticoMike

    This was a genuine night. CNN, let's try to leave it at that. No more hate!

    August 26, 2008 01:04 am at 1:04 am |
  6. Sen.McCain't Change

    I swear that the pride i saw in that man's eyes when he popped up on that screen was PRICELESS..and he had every reason to be

    August 26, 2008 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
  7. McKAY

    CNN is so bias they couldn't even cover the House Speaker Pelosi, and Sen. Claire's speeches– It is obviously who CNN is supporting. I can't get it why they couldn't cover House speaker's speech–pathetic. The same thing CNN was doing 8 and 4 years that got stupid man elected twice. MSNBC or ABC should have covered this Democratic convention not CNN. All they were showing us 're bored people like Glory, Bill Schneider and James Carville.

    August 26, 2008 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  8. Soldier for OBAMA

    Rosen very true. This is where America meet the truth and as the good word say, the truth will set you free. The times they are CHANGING! As Elanor Rosevelt, Hillary Clinton, so too Michelle O will reshape the role of the First Lady and they will not just be cookie cutter first lady, that put on an image that is bland, dumb and supportive of Husbands that are less than honorable. I can't wait for Powell, Hagel and others to endorse Obama on Thursday!

    Also, "WHERE IN THE WORLD IS OSAMA BIN LADEN" We know they will find a tape or him around October 15th, just Like McCain, Bush, Cheney conspire to start a WAR in Georgia, but it backfired, they pull that lever too fast and YES that "Ole Dog" won't bite! "O-BIDEN" N O8

    August 26, 2008 01:11 am at 1:11 am |
  9. Proud

    WOW!! Did Barack ever pick a WINNER!!!!!!!!!

    If you are half as good at president as you are a picking a life mate and a running mate, Barack, America has got a winner!!!

    Michelle is a GEM !!

    She makes us Proud!!

    August 26, 2008 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
  10. Paula

    This will be such a refreshing change for America.Finally some peace and harmony.

    August 26, 2008 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
  11. Ben

    Dear republicans –

    Obama has as much experience as Ronald Regan, Abraham Lincoln, and 15 other past presidents. What are you afraid of?
    I thought democrats were supposed to be the wusses.

    August 26, 2008 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
  12. Latangy

    Lagrange ,ga loves Obama.

    McCain will reopen the draft and he coiming after your sons and daughter.
    Have anyone every counted how many times the word war comes out of he's mouth. He's a bitter man about his time in the war.On the Forum with Rick Warren the other week he was asked about evil, Remember? and he when right to my friends I will catch Bin Laiden even if I have to follow him to the gates of hell, Thats what he said and people still want to vote for him! Come on America we dont need this . Its time for a change,
    I didnt vote Bush in the White yall did the McCain supports and look at us, Half of america people cant even vote but pay taxs. What kind of world is this, If McCain wins and he will come after your kids and grandkids, Its your fault you gave them to him. McCain you can't have my boys,

    Vote Barack Obama 08

    August 26, 2008 01:20 am at 1:20 am |
  13. clarence

    Michelle obama gave a heartwarming speech letting america know we all can achieve great success by beleiving in ourselves. An example is barack started on the south side of chicago.

    August 26, 2008 01:21 am at 1:21 am |

    You people in the press don't have a clue. I strongly suggest you go back and listen to some of your irrelevant and inane comments. I
    wonder if you are watching the same convention I am.
    It is becomming apparent the majority of the people are too stupid to be governed,and the press knows it. The press also knows they can tell the people anything and they will believe it. The truth is you are too stupid to be listened to and eventually will become irrelevant.

    August 26, 2008 01:23 am at 1:23 am |
  15. Latangy

    And anyway McCain
    what makes you think that people want to follow you to the gates of Hell looking for man and giving there soul to the Devil you are crazy,
    No draft ,no McCain
    Obama for Change

    August 26, 2008 01:29 am at 1:29 am |
  16. dwight rawlins

    in my opinion the American people should build on family core values because, the family is the back bone of all societies. without the family where are. You have to remember charity begins at home and every member of any family has an important role to play no matter how small because every bit counts so kudos to Michelle Obama for taking such an active part in her husband bid for the next American President

    August 26, 2008 01:32 am at 1:32 am |
  17. Sam Christian, Ohio

    Most seem to agree: Michele's was the finest speech by a presidential candidate's wife in living history! I like the way she celebrated Hillary's accomplishments. She wove her family's touching story with the enormous contribution of women and mothers to the American dream. Our family watched it together. This will no doubt represent one of our most inspirational collective experiences.

    August 26, 2008 01:33 am at 1:33 am |
  18. John Smith

    I look forward to hearing from Cindy McCain; I hope they do not hide her by giving false excuses during the Republican convention!!! If she can match what Michelle did, I'd change from Independent to Republican, otherwise Obama has my vote...

    August 26, 2008 01:33 am at 1:33 am |
  19. pb

    Hopefully, America will see that the Obamas are like you and me! They don't grow tails at night! I am sure they love their families, worry about their future and care about the concerns that we as Americans have. Some of you are so hateful that you cannot see them as regular people. He has told you so much about himself, yet you continue to say "we don't know him." You should be finding out about the character and values of McCain. He is the one who is ruthless, have more lobbyist in his pockets than Bush and Cheney combined. Cheating and adulterous husband, involved with Keating 5 scandal, warmonger, and people are so tired of hearing about his POW experience that happened over 40 years ago. I feel his pain as a POW, but he continues to use that reason for every time he cannot answer questions of solving American issues.

    August 26, 2008 01:40 am at 1:40 am |
  20. aware

    The hokey family scene was just another Obama family vignette similar to all the magazine covers.

    Michelle looked softer than usual but not as striking.

    She gave a fair stump speech, shared some family history, and softened her mean America comment to the "huge gap between where America is and where America should be...!"

    But she did not share any warm, authentic information that would make Barack seem more down to earth and accessible!

    And, her message was too left-wing Liberal to sway anyone outside the inner circle!

    This former democrat will still vote for McCain 08! He is a moderate in touch with mainstream America! 🙂

    August 26, 2008 01:49 am at 1:49 am |
  21. Rob indetroit

    Michelle was fantastic,and so was the girls. take that Mcbush.

    August 26, 2008 02:07 am at 2:07 am |
  22. Ken

    What Obama did tonight after his wife spoke was childish and did nothing to help himself.

    Michelle Obama only did what any good wife would do for the husband regardless if they were a bad couple or a good couple, for this was just a showing for the American people. So I give her 0 points for her show.

    Obama has chose the wrong person to be his VP and doing so started his own downhill slide. The democrat party will NOT win back the White House.

    I am one of those Hillary Clinton supporters that is going to vote for McCain. That way at least we will know that we have someone as our President that knows what is needed to get done.

    August 26, 2008 03:28 am at 3:28 am |
  23. Another REPUBLICAN for OBAMA!

    I was just moved...deeply moved by the Obama family tonight! What a couple, What a President and First lady. Oprah was right this is his time!!!!!

    August 26, 2008 04:06 am at 4:06 am |
  24. Frank, California

    To be a good republican one has to be:
    – Dumb
    – Phony church goer
    – Pretentious patriot

    August 26, 2008 04:12 am at 4:12 am |
  25. Joe Potts

    Michelle was wonderfull. Best speach I ever heard a woman make. She was so lvery real

    August 26, 2008 04:34 am at 4:34 am |
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