August 25th, 2008
11:05 PM ET
15 years ago

Rosen: Michelle hits it out of the park

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Hillary Rosen is a CNN contributor. "]DENVER (CNN) - Wow. That was impressive. The poise, the energy, the dignity, the intelligence and the pride! I think she hit it out of the park. How do I define the home run?

Given her personal story, the Republicans won't suceed in future attacks on her patriotism. This woman beamed her pride in her American opportunity. Women can relate to her modern struggle of caring for her children and constantly worrying about their future.

Watch: Michelle Obama: "The American dream endures."

She showed us that she isn't just following Barack - she understands and believes in what he stands for. She showed us that she will stand by her convictions, ignore her critics and redefine, once again, the role of first lady.

"A current of history meets a new tide of hope."

A winner.

soundoff (205 Responses)
  1. Rick K

    I'm listening to call in shows and looking over the blogs, and what I see are TONS of middle Americans saying they didn't know who these people were.

    The huge majority are communicating, "wow, smart lady – down to earth, shares my values." – it's not my way of picking a candidate, and probably not the favorite for either policy wonks (that's me) or media sensationalists, but from what I can see, it out-and-out worked.

    It would have been a HUGE risk to try to mix that message with aggressive Bush/McCain contrast.

    That's what Hillary, Bill, Joe and Barack are going to do.

    August 26, 2008 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  2. Garth Hewitt

    Pretty easy to hit it out of the park with a Harvard education. Guess the Dems will change their "it's the economy Stupid" to "get an education Stupid". I got a feeling of being talked down to, a feeling of being inferior to the Obama's who are better than everyone because of their ability to overcome. Guess what, not everyone has been able to "pull up their socks" even though they work as hard and probably at times harder. I hope that if/when the Obama's win the Whitehouse that the media will focus on the fact that they talked a good game to get elected, but after their four years they failled to follow through on anything!!!

    August 26, 2008 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  3. Lacey

    The hatred in America is getting real old!
    Can't people see that we get further if we combine our efforts? It's a shame the comments that are posted. The hatred jumps right off the page!
    What makes us so different?

    August 26, 2008 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  4. Wrob in GA

    What a powerful story, these two amazing Americans. Thank you for caring enough to sacrifice so much for all of us.

    August 26, 2008 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  5. Case

    Grew up in a two bedroom apt on South side of Chicago.....father with potential First Lady. I don't be grudge Cindy McCain's privileged upbringing and life but really.... how can she compete with Michelle Obama' and story. Its a lot easier to be a humanitarian when all of your life needs are already met.

    August 26, 2008 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  6. Marcie

    I can't believe anyone would think the speech given by Michelle was very effective. It was very contrived.

    August 26, 2008 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  7. Maria

    I wish I could join in and laud Mrs. Obama's speech to high heaven, but frankly I thought that I would've appreciated it more had I just read the text. Mrs. Obama was just too rehearsed and the speech, as delivered, seemed very crafted and (while, I trust, factually sound) not from the heart, despite all the obvious effort to make it seem so.

    August 26, 2008 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  8. petena

    Can anyone imagine Cindy Mccain giving that speech?

    August 26, 2008 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  9. Lyle

    Mrs. Obama is not much of an actress. Her new-found love of America may read well on paper, but her delivery leaves much to be desired. This speech will not win her any awards and will not win her husband any votes. Although we heard several times tonight that she will be the First Lady, I suggest that she not quit her day job just yet.

    August 26, 2008 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  10. Kurtis in CT

    again, very well practiced. Nice hair.

    August 26, 2008 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  11. archiesteel

    Richard, *everyone* reads from teleprompters in this game, even McCain. That in itself does not provide grounds for criticism.

    Now, if you can actually find something wrong with what she had to say, please enlighten us...

    August 26, 2008 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  12. Obama For President/Biden For Vice President

    Michelle is a great role model for young women. Her speech was very moving and I like the audience was tearing. She did us proud. WE LOVE YOU MICHELLE.

    August 26, 2008 12:11 am at 12:11 am |

    Richard, McSame CAN'T Talk without NOTECARDS!!!

    It's McWrinkle that uses notes a CRUTCHES ! ! ! ! !

    He NEVER says more than seven words without looking at note cards.

    August 26, 2008 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  14. Bode


    August 26, 2008 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  15. George

    Michelle Obama's speech was beautiful and inspirational! Sadly, though, it comes from a political party that will not budge on abortion on demand. How many millions of lives that might also have aspired to wonderful acts of service been ended, in a brutal manner, due to America's tragic policies on abortion?

    August 26, 2008 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  16. Chuck

    WOW. Now we have two sources of information on Barack Obama; a book he himself wrote and his wife.

    Ya call that "vetting?"

    August 26, 2008 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  17. activistmom

    She's brilliant, she's honest in her emotions, she's obviously a GREAT mom, she cares about this country, she's beautiful. Michelle Obama will be a GREAT first lady.

    August 26, 2008 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  18. the truth

    I just got a call from a co-worker who said after hearing Michelle's speech she and her husband are going to vote for Obama.

    Wonderful speech for all women ... I cried too.

    August 26, 2008 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  19. Mery

    She was great. She is from humble background , who is well educated and has a great vision/ dream for the future of this country.

    August 26, 2008 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  20. Kathy

    Michelle Obama is an amazing woman and she gave a magnificent speech tonight!

    August 26, 2008 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  21. Always Been 4 Obama

    Michelle hits it out the park, out of Denver, and into the hearts of Americans every where.

    I hear complaints already that Michelle had a written speech. I question the importance of pointing that out. Is your goal to say she didn't mean it from the heart? Is your goal to some how suggest that a written speech is less meaning full then one that is not written? You may want to check your history books. You might discover that most of the greatest moving speeches were written down and recited into the history books.

    I feel that if the best you can do is, tear down Michelle and Baracks ability to write and read a speech, than we Democrats have nothing to fear.

    I place Americas interest above petty spite, fear, and rumors. I will give my vote to the candidate that is the most qualified person of the office of the presidency. Barack Obama will get my vote.

    August 26, 2008 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  22. Amusa, New Carrollton, MD

    I had all the trepidation waiting for Michelle to speak tonight. I was quite anxious that she might say something that might be used against Barack. However, did she deliver the best speech I have heard in a long time? She made Barack speeches seem so crafted and boring. This woman is IT.
    If you have ever given a speech, you will realise how difficult it is to talk while moving around, and using a very emotional voice. You risk looking unsure and "shifty". On the other hand, if you do it just right, the message you convey is that even as big and good what you are talking about is, you are actually trying to convey to listeners something much bigger, something much better than words could.
    That is exactly what Michelle did tonight. As she spoke, I actually saw the dream she was talking about, and I knew it was my dream. She was talking about ME.

    August 26, 2008 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  23. Sharon

    I didn't watch but two of my Obama supporter friends said she seem stiff and they were not impressed and Obama did not know what city he was in just like being 57 states and 10,000 people killed in a tornado. He is getting as bad as Bush about misspeaking without a teleprompter. But at least he can read, I'm not sure Bush can.

    August 26, 2008 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  24. Independent99999

    I wish Obamas are Republicans with Right Ideas to implement. I know they can get the job done. It is too sad they will make us more Socialists and Liberals instead. They are going to make the US like how IndIa was in 1970s and 80s before reinventing itself with right ideas such as lower taxes, attracting jobs, corporations with incentives, etc.

    August 26, 2008 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  25. Ray

    Michelle is great! anyone who couldn't see that tonight is blind.

    August 26, 2008 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
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