September 4th, 2012
07:57 PM ET
10 years ago

Military mom introduces Michelle Obama

Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) - When Elaine Brye sent Michelle Obama a Christmas card last holiday season, she probably had no idea the small guesture would lead her to the stage of the Democratic National Convention to introduce the first lady herself eight months later.

But in a series of events, that's precisely how Brye wound up in Charlotte, North Carolina, this week where she's set to share the spotlight with another, though slightly more famous, mom.

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Hailing from Columbiana County in the swing state of Ohio, Brye is a mother of five children, four of whom are in different branches in the military. Her husband has been deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan, and she was in Air Force ROTC for two years.

Brye originally sent a the letter to Mrs. Obama last winter, thanking her for her involvement with military families. Mrs. Obama, two weeks later, invited Brye to attend a state dinner held for British Prime Minister David Cameron in March, where she and her husband sat at the head table with the Obamas and the Camerons - and George Clooney.

She told the Cleveland Plain Dealer she was asked to introduce Mrs. Obama just last week.

"I am going to talk about my connection with Mrs. Obama, and how crazy this is," says Brye, who described herself in the paper as an independent voter but who has registered as a Republican.

What else will she say in her remarks? She'll just be "speaking mom to mom," according to her interview with Voice of America.

- CNN White House Correspondent Brianna Keilar contributed to this report

soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. katfreemason

    Before G.W. Bush and 8 years of GOP Congress, we had a surplus, living-wage jobs aplenty, women's, voter's and worker's rights, peace and prosperity. After Bush and 8 years of GOP dictatorship, we had the worst economic disaster since WWII, a huge deficit, unpaid for and lied-into wars, outing of undercover CIA agents, loss of rights, and hemorrhaging job losses. And they want to do even more damage. Like we're going to make that HUGE mistake again!!! LOLOLOL

    September 5, 2012 02:05 am at 2:05 am |
  2. CAgirl

    Why are the commentators (not the speakers of course) of the Democratic National Convention more divisive than in last week's program? Does Sheldon Adelson own you too CNN?

    September 5, 2012 02:50 am at 2:50 am |
  3. Chris South Africa

    Can't help noticing the rivalry, bitterness, mud slinging going on in the US elections and all of this in a 1st world country.

    Try living in the so called "new" South Africa. Try dealing with a government thats drenched with corruption, not getting work due to the colour of ur skin, heads of police that gets sacked one after the other for being alleged criminals. All of this in a days work!!!!

    One side u have the fat cats, getting millions because of the right political connections. The other side the guy that's still living in a shack with no food on the table, and believe this or not there's also the guys (fat cats) that's actualy using the poor masses suffering for personal gain!!

    That's my South Africa, the most beautifull country in the world being inflamed by mindless people. People that's pushing for the nationalisation of mines, urging workers to strike (illegaly) and making the mines unmanageable.

    Keeping in mind that apartheid has been gone for nearly twenty years everything still gets blamed on it. Six months into the year and still there's schools with no text books for students to work.

    The real new South Africa gets depicted as a rose, but for the citizens of this country sake please bare in mind that this rose is full of thorns, thorns created by greedy, irresponsible people.

    We hear about the American dream and yet the people in the world that's got the means of doing something about our situation aren't doing nothing. Hw about our farmers that's targeted and slained day after day, a 2 year old that's shot point blank? Stop fighting amongst urself, ull end up where we are now. Ull feel like a 2nd hand citizen in ur own country. Where is the Madibas of this country and the world (madiba-Nelson Mandela). One of the greatest leaders in history, fighting for the people, uniting the people!

    Please hear our plea for a truly free and democratic sound South Africa. Help ur leaders, paticipate and don't let ur American dream turn into the American nightmare.

    September 5, 2012 05:22 am at 5:22 am |
  4. Ash

    Remember the only reason poor Whites that vote GOP are doing so just because of racism coming into play somehow... how else can you explain the fact that you vote for a part that kills American jobs, outsources jobs, wants to remove insurability for all Americans and making things affordable for all. Why elect a Corporate Party that has nothing in common with all of us?

    September 5, 2012 05:43 am at 5:43 am |
  5. notea4me

    Wow. Michelle's very hot and intellegent. I could easily see her as a future president if she wanted to be.

    September 5, 2012 06:05 am at 6:05 am |
  6. Mainer

    I love the Obamas.

    We need to eliminate every GOp/Tea Nut in Congress, THAT is the only way forward. WE THE PEOPLE must help Mr Obama to succeed.

    September 5, 2012 06:25 am at 6:25 am |
  7. Ronnie

    Democrats hijacked the military and veteran votes.. Poor republicans are in real trouble going forward...

    September 5, 2012 06:31 am at 6:31 am |
  8. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    What can I say? That speech by First Lady Michelle Obama was no doubt the greatest speech ever politically or otherwise! Perhaps it will take another century for someone to deliver a great speech like this one. And I know that our President is great with speeches but this one is a speech for the ages! That speech was without a doubt, the greatest speech in history. The greatest speech ever delivered! Ever!

    September 5, 2012 06:58 am at 6:58 am |
  9. Vincent

    Im not realy a huge fan of either party, but as far as the quality of the speeches, the Demcratic speakers gave some great ones. They spoke about their values and how they saw America and the opportunities that are possible with hard work and determination. Each speaker gave a rousing speech, and it was capped off byMichelle Obama telling us about herself, the president, and their shared values as a family that has struggled and worked hard to get to where they are in life.
    These speeches blew away most of the self-interest speeches by the republican speakers.

    September 5, 2012 07:19 am at 7:19 am |
  10. Dale

    I have said all along the Obamas are 'common" folks. The romney group does not get it. Michelle went out and bought her own shoe's for her speech and paid 250.00 for her dress. Mrs. Romney paid just under 2000.00 for her dress and was a ascar de lapenta dress.Looking at the Republican convention now, looking back – Maybe they were desperate – that party got excited when Ryan was added to the ticket, and over all the convention had a tone to 'humanize " romney maybe they should have had some one else since he is so out of touch, non a common person. No – Obama probably didn't do everything as expected , but with a lame congress , i do not totaly blame him , but i give him more credit than most. He is for the middle class and poor and belive it or not also the rich, but he believes they need to do more of thier fare share.

    September 5, 2012 07:32 am at 7:32 am |
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