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Remarks: Michelle Obama at the DNC

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Michelle Obama closed the first day of the Democratic National Convention with an impassioned speech about her life, values, and support for her husband. (Video: AP. Editor: Jacqueline Refo /

Michelle Obama addressed the Democratic National Convention on its opening night. Her remarks, as prepared for delivery, follow below:

As you might imagine, for Barack, running for President is nothing compared to that first game of basketball with my brother Craig.

I can't tell you how much it means to have Craig and my mom here tonight. Like Craig, I can feel my dad looking down on us, just as I've felt his presence in every grace-filled moment of my life.

At six-foot-six, I've often felt like Craig was looking down on me too...literally. But the truth is, both when we were kids and today, he wasn't looking down on me - he was watching over me.

And he's been there for me every step of the way since that clear February day 19 months ago, when - with little more than our faith in each other and a hunger for change - we joined my husband, Barack Obama, on the improbable journey that's brought us to this moment.

But each of us also comes here tonight by way of our own improbable journey.
I come here tonight as a sister, blessed with a brother who is my mentor, my protector and my lifelong friend.

I come here as a wife who loves my husband and believes he will be an extraordinary president.

I come here as a Mom whose girls are the heart of my heart and the center of my world - they're the first thing I think about when I wake up in the morning, and the last thing I think about when I go to bed at night. Their future - and all our children's future - is my stake in this election.

And I come here as a daughter - raised on the South Side of Chicago by a father who was a blue collar city worker, and a mother who stayed at home with my brother and me. My mother's love has always been a sustaining force for our family, and one of my greatest joys is seeing her integrity, her compassion, and her intelligence reflected in my own daughters.

My Dad was our rock. Although he was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in his early thirties, he was our provider, our champion, our hero. As he got sicker, it got harder for him to walk, it took him longer to get dressed in the morning. But if he was in pain, he never let on. He never stopped smiling and laughing - even while struggling to button his shirt, even while using two canes to get himself across the room to give my Mom a kiss. He just woke up a little earlier, and worked a little harder.

He and my mom poured everything they had into me and Craig. It was the greatest gift a child can receive: never doubting for a single minute that you're loved, and cherished, and have a place in this world. And thanks to their faith and hard work, we both were able to go on to college. So I know firsthand from their lives - and mine - that the American Dream endures.

And you know, what struck me when I first met Barack was that even though he had this funny name, even though he'd grown up all the way across the continent in Hawaii, his family was so much like mine. He was raised by grandparents who were working class folks just like my parents, and by a single mother who struggled to pay the bills just like we did. Like my family, they scrimped and saved so that he could have opportunities they never had themselves. And Barack and I were raised with so many of the same values: that you work hard for what you want in life; that your word is your bond and you do what you say you're going to do; that you treat people with dignity and respect, even if you don't know them, and even if you don't agree with them.

And Barack and I set out to build lives guided by these values, and pass them on to the next generation. Because we want our children - and all children in this nation - to know that the only limit to the height of your achievements is the reach of your dreams and your willingness to work for them.

And as our friendship grew, and I learned more about Barack, he introduced me to the work he'd done when he first moved to Chicago after college. Instead of heading to Wall Street, Barack had gone to work in neighborhoods devastated when steel plants shut down, and jobs dried up. And he'd been invited back to speak to people from those neighborhoods about how to rebuild their community.

The people gathered together that day were ordinary folks doing the best they could to build a good life. They were parents living paycheck to paycheck; grandparents trying to get by on a fixed income; men frustrated that they couldn't support their families after their jobs disappeared. Those folks weren't asking for a handout or a shortcut. They were ready to work - they wanted to contribute. They believed - like you and I believe - that America should be a place where you can make it if you try.

Barack stood up that day, and spoke words that have stayed with me ever since. He talked about "The world as it is" and "The world as it should be." And he said that all too often, we accept the distance between the two, and settle for the world as it is - even when it doesn't reflect our values and aspirations. But he reminded us that we know what our world should look like. We know what fairness and justice and opportunity look like. And he urged us to believe in ourselves - to find the strength within ourselves to strive for the world as it should be. And isn't that the great American story?

It's the story of men and women gathered in churches and union halls, in town squares and high school gyms - people who stood up and marched and risked everything they had - refusing to settle, determined to mold our future into the shape of our ideals.
It is because of their will and determination that this week, we celebrate two anniversaries: the 88th anniversary of women winning the right to vote, and the 45th anniversary of that hot summer day when Dr. King lifted our sights and our hearts with his dream for our nation.

I stand here today at the crosscurrents of that history - knowing that my piece of the American Dream is a blessing hard won by those who came before me. All of them driven by the same conviction that drove my dad to get up an hour early each day to painstakingly dress himself for work. The same conviction that drives the men and women I've met all across this country:

People who work the day shift, kiss their kids goodnight, and head out for the night shift - without disappointment, without regret - that goodnight kiss a reminder of everything they're working for.

The military families who say grace each night with an empty seat at the table. The servicemen and women who love this country so much, they leave those they love most to defend it.

The young people across America serving our communities - teaching children, cleaning up neighborhoods, caring for the least among us each and every day.

People like Hillary Clinton, who put those 18 million cracks in the glass ceiling, so that our daughters - and sons - can dream a little bigger and aim a little higher.

People like Joe Biden, who's never forgotten where he came from, and never stopped fighting for folks who work long hours and face long odds and need someone on their side again.

All of us driven by a simple belief that the world as it is just won't do - that we have an obligation to fight for the world as it should be.

That is the thread that connects our hearts. That is the thread that runs through my journey and Barack's journey and so many other improbable journeys that have brought us here tonight, where the current of history meets this new tide of hope.

That is why I love this country.

And in my own life, in my own small way, I've tried to give back to this country that has given me so much. That's why I left a job at a law firm for a career in public service, working to empower young people to volunteer in their communities. Because I believe that each of us - no matter what our age or background or walk of life - each of us has something to contribute to the life of this nation.

It's a belief Barack shares - a belief at the heart of his life's work.

It's what he did all those years ago, on the streets of Chicago, setting up job training to get people back to work and afterschool programs to keep kids safe - working block by block to help people lift up their families.

It's what he did in the Illinois Senate, moving people from welfare to jobs, passing tax cuts for hard working families, and making sure women get equal pay for equal work.

It's what he's done in the United States Senate, fighting to ensure the men and women who serve this country are welcomed home not just with medals and parades, but with good jobs and benefits and health care - including mental health care.

That's why he's running - to end the war in Iraq responsibly, to build an economy that lifts every family, to make health care available for every American, and to make sure every child in this nation gets a world class education all the way from preschool to college.

That's what Barack Obama will do as President of the United States of America.

He'll achieve these goals the same way he always has - by bringing us together and reminding us how much we share and how alike we really are. You see, Barack doesn't care where you're from, or what your background is, or what party - if any - you belong to. That's not how he sees the world. He knows that thread that connects us - our belief in America's promise, our commitment to our children's future - is strong enough to hold us together as one nation even when we disagree.

It was strong enough to bring hope to those neighborhoods in Chicago.

It was strong enough to bring hope to the mother he met worried about her child in Iraq; hope to the man who's unemployed, but can't afford gas to find a job; hope to the student working nights to pay for her sister's health care, sleeping just a few hours a day.

And it was strong enough to bring hope to people who came out on a cold Iowa night and became the first voices in this chorus for change that's been echoed by millions of Americans from every corner of this nation.

Millions of Americans who know that Barack understands their dreams; that Barack will fight for people like them; and that Barack will finally bring the change we need.

And in the end, after all that's happened these past 19 months, the Barack Obama I know today is the same man I fell in love with 19 years ago. He's the same man who drove me and our new baby daughter home from the hospital ten years ago this summer, inching along at a snail's pace, peering anxiously at us in the rearview mirror, feeling the whole weight of her future in his hands, determined to give her everything he'd struggled so hard for himself, determined to give her what he never had: the affirming embrace of a father's love.

And as I tuck that little girl and her little sister into bed at night, I think about how one day, they'll have families of their own.

And one day, they - and your sons and daughters - will tell their own children about what we did together in this election.

They'll tell them how this time, we listened to our hopes, instead of our fears. How this time, we decided to stop doubting and to start dreaming.

How this time, in this great country - where a girl from the South Side of Chicago can go to college and law school, and the son of a single mother from Hawaii can go all the way to the White House - we committed ourselves to building the world as it should be.

So tonight, in honor of my father's memory and my daughters' future - out of gratitude to those whose triumphs we mark this week, and those whose everyday sacrifices have brought us to this moment - let us devote ourselves to finishing their work; let us work together to fulfill their hopes; and let us stand together to elect Barack Obama President of the United States of America.

Thank you, God bless you, and God bless America.

Posted at 10:38 PM ET on Aug 25, 2008  | Category:  Primary Source
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OK...enough. I have been reading all of you "white people" comments. Sad to say the day has come that the wrong black man will or could be the President. As a black man who has worked my whole life at becoming better I have found less racism from white people toward blacks than I have black towards white. Most of my people hate you folks for one ignorant reason or another. The race card pulled by Obama grabbed up black people in droves through hatred. No one is actually thinking of the policies. Let me tell you stupid white people something. This mans economic plan will ruin this Republic. We dont need more welfare, or handouts. As a self employed plumber I..repeat I cannot afford more taxes. I am barely making it because of the government as it is. Cut my taxes in half and watch me grow. Add them on and watch me struggle. Just so we can support the ignorant and lazy? I will gladly help the disabled and the old but when someone says they cannot find a job..well, you have two feet. If there are no jobs in your area , move. Dont tell me you have no gas to look for a job or no money to move..remember the "two feet"? No more excuses. Its bad enough my own race has been duped by this man, but you white people should know better. And by the way, I am a life long Democrat. And I am ashamed the party that was trying to make up for all the damage they did in the 40's- 70's is now claiming to be the party of race. Clinton fooled us now we have a black man doing the same. NO MORE.
Deep Blue? You might want to start thinking instead of feeling. Our party is not the party of "all races" unless you wish to say that as in our party wanted slavery and is continously doing the wrong thing in regards to financial needs of the people. GIVE MY PEOPLE FREEDOM INSTAD OF HANDOUTS!!! McCain sucks..but he is obviously the best we have this term.

Posted by: Ronald | August 27, 2008 8:12 PM

The ignorance of McCain's and Hillary's Croonies is clear. They can't spell, they can't logically reason, and they just can't stand that there are intelligent BLACK men AND women. I'm sure you prefer when Michelle does her usual Ghetto persona, but not tonight please, her Harvard Law school friends are watching.

Posted by: JD | August 26, 2008 7:10 PM

This shows how masterful this anti-american michelle o mama is in delivering lies after lies scripted by someone else ;-) with zero conviction.

Posted by: mitchel | August 26, 2008 6:10 PM

:-) This shows how masterful is this anti-american Michelle o mama is to pander lies on the stage.. Remember her earlier remarks about this great country and wonderful people?

Look how the crooks trained her to change tone to fit the situation.. and deliver lies after lies in a deciteful manner.. I do not believe a word she utterred as we already know whats there deep inside her..

she was just reading what amercans wants to hear... with zero conviction

Posted by: mitchel | August 26, 2008 6:08 PM


Please. Step back from the keyboard. Relax and take a deep breath.

Not every blog you may read has something called, truth. And you apparently found a bunch with talking points.

And those aren't black helicopters flying over your house at night.

And the man is a Senator of the US, please show some respect (as I'm sure you would ask the idiots that insist on always using the full name of Sen. Obama as if it meant anything) and use his real name, and not some silly first grade name calling bit.

Posted by: toritto-dorito | August 26, 2008 4:08 PM

Hey quizzical: Old man McSame is just another copy of the militarist we have all seen before - one who thinks the military is the answer to all of our problems.

Of course he can't help it what with being the son and grandson of admirals. That's how he got into Annapolis over more qualified candidates. Think affirmative action for white military kids.

Comes Vietnam and our careerist Top Gun is flying his silver space ship, blasting those "commie gooks" in their cities and rice fields. Many in the world would consider him a war criminal.

Our hero gets shot down (or crashes) - he's lucky he wasn't killed on the spot. After all, that's what he was doing to them.

Our POW hero comes home (one of many) and notices that his woman is not the tall, svelte model she used to be - she gained a few pounds and she limps from an auto accident. Not the kind of woman suitable for our hero.

Along comes tall, svelte, rich sorority girl. Now this is more like it!!

McSame is 72 years old and still doesnt' believe Vietnam was a mistake. He "honors" the 58,000+ kids on the black wall in Washington who, considering my bedroom set was "made in vietnam" and U. S. corporations are flocking to the "commie" state, died for nothing.

I served and my brother served. I learned.

When Pols talk about "bringing the troops home with honor" it means someone else's kid will have to die for an empty slogan.

McCaine should join me down here in Shady Rest in Florida with the rest of the old geezers.

Posted by: toritto | August 26, 2008 3:58 PM


Gee thanks for ruining the end of Sen. Obama's acceptance speach: arms raised in the air "....I'm the King of the World!"

Posted by: James | August 26, 2008 3:36 PM

Talking about taking sloppy seconds; Senator Biden couldn't get more than 1% from his own party in Presidential primaries in 2004 and 2008, and now we are supposed to embrace him as the VP (one heart beat away from the Presidency)?

If 93% of white voters were for McCain - would they be racist?

If giving great speeches and performances are the qualifaction for election, wouldn't this be the Oscar's instead of the election of the President of the US?

Posted by: Quizzical | August 26, 2008 3:20 PM

Heehee! Next week we get to watch the Repubs open with the two most popular leaders of the world.....W and Dick!!

Sounds like the making of a great beer party!! McSame gonna come out and hug 'um?

Just think....The Repubs picked W as their 2000 standard bearer over McSame.

Now they want us to take their sloppy seconds reject.

Not this time. Not this year.


Posted by: toritto | August 26, 2008 3:07 PM

Am I going to be the first to point out that a Ted Kennedy "tribute" video should never begin and end with WATER?!

Posted by: JakeD | August 26, 2008 2:39 PM

Everyone who exploited your children on National TV last night, please raise your hand.

No, that's OK Mrs. Obama, we already have you down.

Posted by: Pollster | August 26, 2008 2:38 PM

Let the haters hate. They'll see where that gets them...

Character determines fate. And some of you people have some serious soul searching to do.

Posted by: Deep Blue | August 26, 2008 12:37 PM

Wouldn't you love to see Michelle Obama debate Cindy McCain?

Posted by: AdrickHenry | August 26, 2008 12:33 PM

Wouldn't you love to see Michelle Obama debate Cindy McCain?

Posted by: AdrickHenry | August 26, 2008 12:33 PM

Michelle is a good speaker, but the content of her speech seemed very scripted, and probably written by a crack team of speech writers. I'm sure she rehearsed it for several days. The speech said all the right things, but was hardly recognizable from her unscripted words spoken over several years ... like "America is a mean country' ... 'In my adult life, I've never been proud to be an American until now" ... and does not reflect the many years as the follower of Jeremiah Wright's black liberation philosophy ... which she also exposed her young daughters to for several years ... hardly the typical American family that they're now trying to package and sell to the Amerian people. Michele's speech more accurately resembles an expedient attempt at damage control by way of an immediate severe, and not very believable magical massive makeover. Furthermore, Barack and Teddy, who would like you to believe they are above reproach, have been elevated to sacred cow status. Sorry about Ted Kennedy's illness, but Mary Joe Kopechne's life was snuffed out at age 29 ... so, you might want to revisit:

Posted by: Gina | August 26, 2008 11:39 AM

I've read Michelle's speech twice but found no reference to her husband teaching political science at U of Chicago Law School for 12 years. And it was his longest employment.

Posted by: pete | August 26, 2008 11:30 AM

No matter how much media production, no matter how high and fluffed the helmet hair on Michelle Obama's head gets lifted to make her face look less angry, no matter how much fatuous and glowing media praise gets heaped on the Democratic nominee...

you can't change the fact that he's shallow, inexperienced and unqualified to be president.

The Democratic party's left-wing ideologues need some kind of intervention. And we need to muzzle the shallow, dim-bulb media during Democratic primary season because every time they focus on and push the worst elitist phony in the field of candidates.

Posted by: AsperGirl | August 26, 2008 11:20 AM

>>easyenough wrote: "Aspergirl...your remarks are so racist..."

Didn't you get the memo? Netroots are supposed to drop the cynical tactic of smearing all the Obama critics as "racist". It's backfiring on the candidate to keep screaming that he's being subjected to racist attacks when he's criticized. You just make him look like the race card playing cynical liar that he has been.

That's also like how the netroots were supposed to stop complaining of cheating and setups every time Obama loses a debate. After losing every debate so far this election cycle (what is it up to now, twenty-three?) his accusations of cheating and setups sound frankly incompetent and cynical.

Look in your email inbox, maybe the "stop using racist smears and accusing those who beat him in debates" memo is there.

Posted by: AsperGirl | August 26, 2008 11:01 AM

Maybe Hillary can go form some kind of Jones town where her followers can bring their vibrators and worship her all they want.

Obama has a handful of hours now to throw in the towel on his grudge and animosity and ask Biden to graciously step aside, so that Hillary Clinton can serve as his VP.

Posted by: AsperGirl | August 26, 2008 10:16 AM

Posted by: Anonymous | August 26, 2008 10:37 AM

Obama has a handful of hours now to throw in the towel on his grudge and animosity and ask Biden to graciously step aside, so that Hillary Clinton can serve as his VP.

Posted by: AsperGirl | August 26, 2008 10:16 AM

Can we start off by spelling her name correctly?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 26, 2008 10:16 AM

Can we start off by spelling her name correctly?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 26, 2008 10:16 AM

Michelle, You Go Girl!!! Great speech, beautiful husband and kids...Keep on keeping on my sista. All of you bigots can continue to say what you want about the Obamas...I hope to be laughing all the way to the White House with them come January '09. HeheheheHeeheheeHeee

Posted by: MsE | August 26, 2008 10:08 AM

Michelle, You Go Girl!!! Great speech, beautiful husband and kids...Keep on keeping on my sista. All of you bigots can continue to say what you want about the Obamas...I hope to be laughing all the way to the White House with them come January '09. HeheheheHeeheheeHeee

Posted by: MsE | August 26, 2008 10:08 AM


your remarks are so racist...

and i suppose you rose to the high status you now enjoy in life without anyone's help....

Posted by: easyenough | August 26, 2008 10:01 AM

Patients on the University of Chicago Medical Center:

"Also, the billing department will continuously invoice you for the discount your health insurance guarantees - it's all very shady and all of the employees in billiing are CLUELESS and RUDE. As far as the quality of care goes-- I was misdiagnosed twice. GO SOMEWHERE ELSE to avoid the headaches."

Posted by: Yolanda | August 26, 2008 9:57 AM


Michelle Obama spent the Democratic Primary season stumping around calling Americans slobs and cynics. As described in the New Yorker:

"... [Michelle] Obama begins [her stump speech] with a broad assessment of life in America in 2008, and life is not good: we're a divided country, we're a country that is "just downright mean," we are "guided by fear," we're a nation of cynics, sloths, and complacents. "We have become a nation of struggling folks who are barely making it every day," she said, as heads bobbed in the pews."

She also said her husband doesn't need a lot of experience to become President because, according to her, "it's not rocket science."

Michelle Obama absolutely meant what she said about not being proud of America. It was part of a composed speech: she said it not once (spontaneously) but she said it TWICE on that day. The first time she said it, she said that it was the first time she was proud of her country. It was during the second time, that she added the word "really" to the phrase.

These attitudes of disrespect for white America aren't fleeting. You can see earlier versions of them in Michelle Obama's senior thesis. in it, she asks whether or not educated blacks who succeed and integrate with white people and become "integrationists/assimilationists" lose their identity and thereby become ignorant. It's true, read her thesis online at

Posted by: AsperGirl | August 26, 2008 9:55 AM

Michele only skipped off the teleprompter a few times, I'll give her that. But as far as the speech being her own, and sincere, I'm not convinced.

Anyone can read a teleprompter and smile if they practice the speech enough, and if they are coached.

Michele's "plastic-like" appearance didn't convince me at all that she would not be willing to lash out with words at certain groups in America given the chance.

This speech certainly didn't make me want to faint and hit my head on the stage.

The best part of the speech was when she finished and the little Obamas came out.

The little Obamas appear to still have their true selves intact.. hopefully Pastor Wright will not ever sink into their minds and do what he's done to mama and papa.

Democrat for McCain '08

Posted by: Jim | August 26, 2008 9:52 AM

Michelle Obama:

"We're just like you... except in those ways in which you are obviously inferior to people like us."

Michelle Obama confuses the racial preferences and affirmative action she and her husband benefitted from with inherent superiority over others.

If she and her husband had advanced on merit and substantial works instead of affirmative action and racial preference, he would have a substantial record of action, a body of professional works to point to instead of two self-reverential autobiographies, and a solid base of experience. Instead, he's running for president on the "movement" to elect First Black President.

The Obamas are repulsive to blue collar whites and those who work for a living and advance on merit, because they are clearly a affirmative action, racial preference blessed couple, who sneers down at the implied inferiority of those who don't make it and the corrupt, "old" racism of those who don't embrace their shallow and self-referential "movement".

After all these months of telling us how and why they are special and better than us, and how we need them to lift us out of some partisan ignorance they imagine we live our ignorant, low-information lives in, they are now insisting that they are "just like us".

Michelle Obama's practiced, memorized speech was good, but a production and an act.

Posted by: AsperGirl | August 26, 2008 9:49 AM

Man, the haters are out in full force. Funny, their full of anger, and yet they vote for the party that is not looking out for their best interests - the party that is crapping on their dreams and aspirations and opportunities.

It may make them feel better to direct their anger at Ms. Obama today - but the ones they should be angry with is themselves. They've allowed themselves to be duped by the gop over and over again, and are apparently having a hard time with the reconicilliation. Deep Blue said it well.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 26, 2008 9:44 AM

On Michele's glorious medical center, whom Axlerod's ASK company pockets $$ from...

"This new health initiative is not really about helping the residents of the South Side of Chicago. It is simply a way for the University of Chicago Medical Center to save money and reduce costs by serving fewer poor people without health insurance."

Appears helping the poor is not central to Michele's aided hospital, read for yourself here:

Sounds like another Rezko-an way to make money. We all know where that put Tony Rezko....
But with the Obamas it's not what you know, or even how long you've served, it's about who you can make a deal with.

Democrat for McCain '08

Posted by: Kyle | August 26, 2008 9:44 AM

On the "community servant" hospital where Michelle is supposedly working wonders...

"Quentin Young, a local physician whose five-doctor medical office lists Barack Obama among its patients, said that in past decades the South Side often viewed the institution as a "citadel of exclusion," more interested in research than the well-being of its neighbors."


"More than a few staff members -- particularly medical staff -- express strongly worded concern or disappointment with UCMC in its commitment to the community," the report said.

Sounds like another Tony Rezko situation. But hey, it's not what you know for the Obamas, it's who you can make a deal with.

Democrat for McCain '08

Posted by: Anonymous | August 26, 2008 9:38 AM

Michelle's story was a tear jerker. Especially her talk about children and how she and Barack sacrifice for their children and worry about their future. However, the reality set in when she mentioned that she often campaigned for her husband while her mother took care of their children. She did not mention her professional career nor the fact who took care of her daughters then. The sad part of it all was that Barack Obama, the dad, appeared on the screen after the speech greeting his family from … Kansas City. Both daughters look a bit confused looking for a real dad behind the screen. There goes the talk as opposed to the reality where parents’ careers and personal ambitions take over their family life. There is never an ideal solution for families, however, you do not placate your love of family and sacrifice for your children when the reality contradicts your words. This is something that we have witnessed from Obama in last several weeks repeatedly.

Posted by: Wiel | August 26, 2008 9:10 AM

Michelle is no Jackie O. You talk about lack of style-- her bra strap was showing--tacky!

So where was Obama's brother? The one that lives is a hut in Nairobi, has no toilet, and $12 per year?

Posted by: elena | August 26, 2008 9:08 AM

OUTSTANDING!!!! THAT is how you start the convention! Amazing performances from outstanding people. Furthermore, I absolutely enjoyed watching the enlightening spirits of the entire thing, dancing, and decorations, flags, smiles....a great blend of all people. Fantastic.

Kennedy was a major highlight of the entire thing. That is a man of strong will. Obama is lucky to have a strong wife, who can support him beyond the sidelines; she can face the crowd and deliver such a message. The extent to which she supports her husband, and she by herself has enough credibility. Michelle did outstanding. Obama stands by his wife, and his wife by him, firm.

Everyone did great. Now, I'll have to watch this again. Hillary's up next. I am looking forward to it.

Posted by: Obama2008 | August 26, 2008 9:04 AM

The real speech of the convention will be Clinton's. That's when we'll hear from the woman who should be president next year, and who probably will be president in 2013.

Obama's speech will be the speech of the one who will squander the Democrats powerful mandate and lose the White House this Fall.

Posted by: AsperGirl | August 26, 2008 8:52 AM


The lack of respect shown ofClinton and her supporters continues with the crude portrayals of us as "holdouts" and criticism as to why we're not "unifying" with Obama.

If a chunk of the base won't go to a leader, it's usually considered a leadership issue, not a "unity" problem. Given all of Obama's snubbing of Clinton, and all the work it's taken just to force him to keep with traditions for the minimum gestures of unity (helping retire the campaign debt of the runner up in a close race and putting her name in nomination and having roll call), it's clear that Obama's personal animosity and disrespect for Clinton and her supporters is more important to him than unity. That means it's a leadership issue.

"... it is usually the job of the party nominee to build unity once a vanquished rival has conceded and made the right gestures. Unless the loser happens to be a woman"

Clinton's Thankless Job - Marie Cocco, Indianapolis Star

It's a biased and socially impoverished commentator who tells sections of a disrespected and unsupported group, to "show unity" and get behind the leader. The operative word isn't "unity", which is a word that projects the responsibility for a failure of leadership onto those who fail to unite. The operative word is "leadership", the first rule of which is that the prospective leader must induce people to follow him.

What we're seeing isn't a failure to "unify" but a "leadership" failure. The disrespectful signals and snubs that Obama and his supporters constantly send out, that are critical toward the Clintons and her supporters, and that reinforce a growing consensus that he holds a personal animosity and grudge toward her, is a failure of Obama's prospective "leadership", not a failure of her followers to show "unity".

Posted by: AsperGirl | August 26, 2008 8:45 AM

Too memorized, obviously choreographed with practiced gestures and "smile now" programming.

Great makeover.

Phony, manufactured performance.

Good luck pushing the reformulation of these two as genuine people of the people instead of affectations of political elite Northeast Democrats.

Posted by: AsperGirl | August 26, 2008 8:44 AM

I've read Michelle's speech twice but found no grammar errors. Those who found them, evidently don't know what grammar is or are lying like a true Bushie.

Posted by: jhbyer | August 26, 2008 7:16 AM

GreenMeansGo is absolutely right. Let the haters be repellent! What fools you are to be heedless of creating a backlash, especially among younger voters, who grew up without hearing such old-fashioned ugliness. Go ahead: tell young Americans how totally uncool is the McCain campaign.

Posted by: jhbyer | August 26, 2008 7:01 AM

Wylie, a convention is not a campaign, which is why Michelle didn't talk issues. Both parties' conventions are private, invitation-only soirees. Speakers, in a sense, "toast" the nominees with praise. Campaigning is done out in public.

[I can't believe have to explain that.]

Posted by: jhbyer | August 26, 2008 6:36 AM


Posted by: JOHNATHAN | August 26, 2008 5:13 AM

I have to agree with Anonymous, race should not be the reason that any of us cast our vote. Neither should the ability of a candidate's wife to deliver a speech. We should all be doing our research to determine the character and the track record of the candidates. I have done my research and McCain is my choice, though I respect that your's may be different.

As for Michelle Obama's speech...she began by sounding as though she were reciting the speech, then it started to sound like a sermon, finally she became more comfortable and ended very well. I had to laugh though when Mrs. Obama, along with taped comments by Barack, told the story of when the two first met.

In a nut shell, she found him quite charismatic but was not comfortable with an inner office romance, he persisted, she caved in, the rest is history. What I found humorous is how well they paralleled Barack Obama to Bill Clinton. After all, Bill Clinton is very charismatic and is quite fond of inner office romances. Bad move on their part.

Posted by: JustMeToo | August 26, 2008 1:41 AM

I do not support Obama, but I wish people wouldn't stoop so low with racists comments.
The color of his skin has nothing to do with why he is not the best candidate. There are plenty of areas to voice your views on that will/could open the minds of the obamas supporters that have NOTHING to do with race!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 26, 2008 1:04 AM

Blah, Blah, Blah! I as well as you have a right to my opinions. The man has the gift to gab but he doesn't have the experience America needs!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 26, 2008 12:58 AM

Hey, Im so happy

You'll still get your checks,
even if he loses.

Posted by: so so | August 26, 2008 12:49 AM

Do any of you all think you can stand up there and did what she did. How would you all feel if it was one of your parents. My bad, i'm assuming most of you all are to young to understand. Do you ever take a look at yourselves sometimes and ask "Am I really that nieve".She is human just like any body else. I see you can't change people, it has to start with people changing themselves. I'm sure if it were one of your parents, you wouldn't want people talking about them. That's the problem with the world today, it changes but bias, and negative people like some of you never will. You are what you are...but that's for you all to figure out what that means...

Posted by: Anonymous | August 26, 2008 12:46 AM

The chickens have come home to roost. I love to read comments from haters, when President Obama is sworn in, I hope it tears your rotten hearts out.

Posted by: Im so happy | August 26, 2008 12:44 AM

Carrie G., You seem to be a well spoken person, don't you think Michelle's articulate
speech should have been contained proper grammar? Don't assume this is hatred or criticism, really it is just facts.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 26, 2008 12:37 AM

It is disheartening for me to read so many posts filled with hatred and criticism. Michelle O. did a fabulous job with her speech tonight, and I would defy those of you who mock her to stand up in front of a crowd like that, never mind the millions watching on TV, and be as poised and articulate as she was. Seeing an intact, loving family with a genuine interaction is what America needs.

Posted by: Carrie G. | August 26, 2008 12:33 AM

Deep Blue:

Don't use race as an EXCUSE for Obama not being the most qualified to be the Democratic Nominee. Not to mention his questionable ties to Rezko, Woods Fund, Chicago Combine, Ayres and sitting in a church that gave racist sermons.

This election is not about being bitter about class elite dividing this country.
It is about Hillary Clinton getting railroaded by the DNC even though she had the most popular votes and being the most qualified. They also gave Obama ALL the undeclared votes from Michigan and pledged delegates that should have been Hillary's. Also, in Florida, they gave Obama pledged delegates, after he
violated the DNC regs by running TV Ads during the primaries in Florida. He should have been penalyzed. Now, Obama is being magnamous by saying all the delegates from Michigan and Florida should be seated. Too little, too late.

Talking about elites, Michelle and Obama, are the epitome of the word elite. Don't be fooled.

Hillary should have been the nominee because time and again, the polls showed she could beat McCain and Obama can't. After naming Biden VP, Obama should have received the normal bump in polls, guess what? He's tied with McCain.

The DNC blew it and blew it big time!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 26, 2008 12:26 AM

OMG! - Deep Blue is sooooo stereotyping everyone for sure. I hope he takes some vicadin and gets some sleep and wakes up with a happy face tomorrow. I did go to a land grant university. I finished second in my 5th grade spelling bee, that's true (I spelled theater the british way, with an re on the end - I thought that wasn't fair to disqualify me). I make mid six figures but I guess that's just because I'm lucky know...white. Peace out, bro.

Posted by: daman1 | August 26, 2008 12:26 AM

I have been trying to get past Rev. Wrongs ignorance but I just can't do it. I will never understand how a person who repeatedly
sang his praise & sat & listened for all of those years can truly disown him only when it becomes in his campaigns best interest. He must share in his beliefs. I really hope and pray he doesn't. A wise person once said if you play with " " you will get " " on.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 26, 2008 12:19 AM

Deep Blue
Please don't leave, we need your wisdom
and twisted thoughts.

Posted by: Oh no | August 26, 2008 12:19 AM

I like to repeat myself to you people because I know that most of you Republicans are a little, shall we say, slow on the uptake. That is why you are so racist and angry, right? Didn't do well in school, didn't get a good job. And because you are frustrated with life you need to *blame* someone. And instead of blaming the fact that you were a bunch of tools who didn't respect your parents, didn't do your homework, and never learned to read, write and think, you want to blame a black person for affirmative action or some such thing. It's pathetic.

If your average white person were black he'd be your average black person. And vice versa. People are people. You racists need to get over yourselves.

Good night, and I hope you work out your sh*t sometime soon. For your sake.

Posted by: Deep Blue | August 26, 2008 12:14 AM

There's some funny posting here.
better then TV

Keep it up guys and gals

Posted by: Dan G | August 26, 2008 12:13 AM

Amazing! Unbelievable! Earthshaking!

Michelle Obama thinks her husband should be president.

I was skeptical about Obama, but this sure convinced me that he is the right man, by golly.

Posted by: WylieD | August 26, 2008 12:13 AM

Where has Oprah been?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 26, 2008 12:10 AM

What was it Jesse Jackson said? Something about cutting his " " off.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 26, 2008 12:01 AM

Is that why his voice sounds higher?

Posted by: Rick | August 26, 2008 12:09 AM

Every time Michelle Obama smiled, it looked like her face would split apart with hypocrisy. I respect more her contempt for mainstream america than her pandering herself and kids to look lovable. Her comment "For the first time I"m proud to be an american" can not be patched over with the simple phrase "I love this ciountry."

Posted by: ann | August 26, 2008 12:07 AM

Wow, Deep Blue, you've written the post about white slavery twice. What did you just read a Wikipedia entry on this. Thanks for impartin'(like the Obamas, I drop the 'n's to connect) the knowledge, man.

Posted by: The Two | August 26, 2008 12:06 AM

Edward M. Kennedy
What a giant head!!

Need a wider screen.

Posted by: Wow | August 26, 2008 12:05 AM

The ego needed to give a self indulgent speech like this and agree to have it followed by the song "Isn't she lovely, isn't she wonderful" is worrisome.

Posted by: SIGH | August 26, 2008 12:05 AM

Kum by ya my Lord, kum by ya
Kum by ya my Lord, kum by ya
Kum by ya my Lord, kum by ya
Oh, Lord kum by ya.
Someone’s crying Lord, kum by ya
Someone’s praying Lord, kum by ya
“ singing “
“ laughing “
Come by here my Lord, come by here.

Posted by: Again | August 26, 2008 12:02 AM

What was it Jesse Jackson said? Something about cutting his " " off.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 26, 2008 12:01 AM

Are you kidding??

PBS has a left-wing bias.
Get with it, News is a business.

Posted by: OK | August 26, 2008 12:01 AM

The democratic party is strong enough to love you racists through your hatred.

Anyhow, you racist people should just remember that white slavery persisted in this country long after Lincoln freed the slaves. Check out the Mann Act of 1910.

The corrupt elite, who have used race to divide people in this country, used to bring poor Irish girls to this country and send them, unwittingly, into prostitution. They even went to farms here in America and lied girls into bondage.

The moral to the story: if you are poor white trash then you shouldn't be pissed at blacks, you should be pissed at the greedy, corrupt ruling class that has been abusing you folks for the longest time.

Posted by: Deep Blue | August 26, 2008 12:00 AM

daman1....are you so confused that you think Obama is God? Well, that explains it all. lol Good night...I have better things to do than to talk to an idiot. See ya...don't wanna be ya!

Posted by: Elect Lady Kim | August 26, 2008 12:00 AM

I don't get it,
Obama is white, a white mother makes you white.

He'll win because of a pigment shift.

Posted by: real | August 25, 2008 11:57 PM

Hey...God Bless you too, bro. Don't hate the playa, hate the game.

Posted by: daman1 | August 25, 2008 11:55 PM

I watched the Convention on PBS. The reporters and analysts actually waited till the various speeches were finished before they gave their take.

Turned on NBC and FOX after Michelle finished and found both stations had ads on while Senator Obama was addressing the convention from Kansas City on ABC, CBS and PBS. I think I'll be staying with PBS for the rest of the convention, at least they employ adults.

PBS also wondered if the media was trying to create a division between the Obama and Clinton people. PBS didn't find much talk of division among the delegates. I guess they couldn't find the 9 PUMAs.

Posted by: Idaho Treasures | August 25, 2008 11:54 PM

Dear Racists:

DIanne72, daman1: please keep posting; we need more comments from RACIST MORONS for McCain!

god bless you and god bless America.

Peace out.

Posted by: tackle | August 25, 2008 11:51 PM

Didn't Jesus hang with santa clause?

Posted by: Please | August 25, 2008 11:51 PM

Some of you are so twisted- oh, how I love this country. You know Jesus spent his time healing the sick- he didn't hang with the healthy people. But I digress...

If Obama had wanted to play this for the maximum bounce he would have had Al Gore highlight the first night. But he went with his lady - a black woman, the double whammy in this country - and to, me, that shows that he intends on winning this race on his terms. He's good.

Posted by: Deep Blue | August 25, 2008 11:49 PM

Isn't She Lovely.....Isn't She Wonderful...a fitting tribute for an outstanding, elegant, classy Beautiful Black Woman! All I can say is....go on Mrs. Obama! THE BEST IS YET TO COME!!!! GOD is on your side and there isn't a thing anyone can do about it!

Posted by: Elect Lady Kim | August 25, 2008 11:46 PM

Of course GOD is on her side...she's married to him isn't she?

Posted by: daman1 | August 25, 2008 11:48 PM

What a bunch of crap her speech was. It was so obvious she was trying so hard no to let the real Michelle out. I especially love the Hillary comment, what a fraud. The best part is when she pimped her daughters out on stage at the end to wave to their daddy on the screen. Didn't buy one bit of it. She and her white, American hating husband will never get my vote.

Posted by: rukiddingme | August 25, 2008 11:47 PM

MIchelle was beautiful!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 25, 2008 11:47 PM

Isn't She Lovely.....Isn't She Wonderful...a fitting tribute for an outstanding, elegant, classy Beautiful Black Woman! All I can say is....go on Mrs. Obama! THE BEST IS YET TO COME!!!! GOD is on your side and there isn't a thing anyone can do about it!

Posted by: Elect Lady Kim | August 25, 2008 11:46 PM

She does have some 'junk in the trunk'.

Posted by: daman1 | August 25, 2008 11:45 PM

It is pathetic that a women that thinks she is fit to be Americas 1st lady can't even speak the language properly.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 25, 2008 11:45 PM

Diane72 You are the most heinous example in this section of the kind of disgusting, racist dumba** that brings this county down. I feel sorry for you and everyone you are related to. And everyone you come in contact with. In fact, I feel sorry for those who actually care about the future of this country who had to read your postings. Is it too much to hope you die young?

Posted by: Darla75 | August 25, 2008 11:44 PM

Honestly, Michelle was outstanding! Talk about poise elegance! Her remarks were really powerful , especially when describing Barack as a father. She was touching!

Posted by: Jeff | August 25, 2008 11:43 PM

Did I miss Ted Kennedy getting the Michael Phelps Lifetime Achievement award for swimming? God Bless Mary Jo and her family. What a scumbag. What a great hero for the Dems to roll out.

Posted by: daman1 | August 25, 2008 11:42 PM

Gritting her teeth
"and Hillary Clinton cracked the ceiling"

Posted by: My My | August 25, 2008 11:42 PM

Proof once again that hope triumphs over hate. Michelle's family played by the rules, overcame adversity, grabbed the opportunities available to them (yes, affirmative action), and are paying it forward to the next generation. What more can you ask of anyone?

Posted by: DemoDevil | August 25, 2008 11:42 PM

Michelle Obama, like her husband, can deliver a great speech. However motivational words are, they remain only words. Barack Obama may be a wonderful husband and father, but he has no credentials to be a candidate for the presidency of the U.S., much less to be the president. He has received a number of opportunities, but he has turned none of those opportunities into notable accomplishments. In his latest opportunity as a first-term U.S. senator, he has been absent more than present because of campaigning and has never even held a meeting of the Subcommittee on European Affairs, which he chairs. That's his pattern, jumping from opportunity to opportunity without achieving anything but notice and the "right connections" for himself. Even his 2 books are all about him! He is an opportunist, and the Democratic Party is complicit in advancing the selfish "hope" of this neophyte on the American nation.

Posted by: judithod | August 25, 2008 11:42 PM

Michelle Obama's father must be looking down, so proud, knowing that she married well. Is the Democratic party only for poor people, enlisted military personnel, and people whose parents went to work everyday? I really enjoyed the way those children were forced out front for a little more prime time exploitation. The whole evening was worse than one of those NBC Olympic Gold Moments. Even those Olympic Moments were followed up with a Bob Costas reach-around. This convention - sound and fury signifying nothing. I thought Mrs. Obama's objective was to give us insight to Barry. But now I know now that she worked for a big law firm and gave it all up en route to a $327,000 job with a Chicago Hospital. Oh, I'm sorry she forgot to mention that. I will say this, I think that Michelle Obama has more management experience than her husband.The Obama's gradual shift to the corn pone accent to connect with the guns and bitterness sect reminds me of the SNL skit where David Allen Grier plays Bryant Gumbel, Anyhoo, I raced from the television after the "speech" to give John McCain 50 more dollars.

Posted by: The Two | August 25, 2008 11:41 PM

Did it seem like she was acting to anyone else? Didn't seem real sincere. She strikes me as angry black woman who is trying to cover up her true feelings about America. Carville said the Dems blew it over on CNN.

Posted by: daman1 | August 25, 2008 11:38 PM

I noticed she never talked about their time in church with Rev Wright ... who married them and baptized their daughters ... nice spin though on words the folks want to hear ... just not exactly honest.

Posted by: Cassandra Washington | August 25, 2008 11:38 PM

It's not anger,

Just snored my last line.

Posted by: John G | August 25, 2008 11:37 PM

She was gorgeous and inspiring. What a delightful family!

Posted by: Becky | August 25, 2008 11:37 PM

Well said, Deep Blue. These comment forums are very important in that they allow the hateful among us to vent their anger in a safe and controlled manner. The anonymity it provides allows the hatemongers to feel to sense of power they crave, so they don't end up actually physically hurting someone in the "real world". Censorship is wrong. Let them release their hate on here tonight, lest they explode at work tomorrow and do some real damage.

Posted by: GreenMeansGo | August 25, 2008 11:35 PM

Chuck Todd at NBC counted up the number if times she had to say "America" LOL!!!

Posted by: JakeD | August 25, 2008 11:35 PM

Kum by ya my Lord, kum by ya Oh, Lord kum by ya...

Posted by: Everyone now | August 25, 2008 11:32 PM

I thought she did great!

Posted by: Jim Herndon | August 25, 2008 11:31 PM

I think it is great that people can be honest in here. Some people in America are racist. But there are more people, many more, who are good people. I'm glad that the WaPo is not censoring these posts. This country needs to come to rational terms with *reality*- and too many realities have been denied for too long.

Very few people know that slavery in the 19th (and 20th) century in America cut both ways. There was the slavery of blacks from Africa, and there was white slavery where European young girls were brought into this country and prostituted. That is the reality. Slavery wasn't just a black/white thing, is was a GREED thing.

There are other realities we need to face: the importance of education and health care in the new global knowledge-based economy, energy independence and environmental awareness, peace and prosperity.

We can handle the truth. We MUST handle the truth. Censorship is the last thing we need in this country right now. So, if you've got some stuff, let it out. And then get over it so we as a country can come together and do what we have to do.

Posted by: Deep Blue | August 25, 2008 11:28 PM

What a bizarre, over the top, hyperbolic presentation of a spouse. The spouse has the superstar treatment?

These two are unbelievable.

Posted by: AsperGirl | August 25, 2008 11:25 PM

I was surprised at the sense of hope that Mrs Obama stimulated.
She is a woman of character and has my kind of values. Michelle could only be married to a person of similar character.

Her brother was very impressive as well. The theme of the importance of family was well presented. I hope that others were as pleasantly disposed as I was.

Posted by: Gator-ron | August 25, 2008 11:25 PM

"Read the terms for posting, nutcase."

Too vague.

Posted by: Laywer 123 | August 25, 2008 11:23 PM

Wonderful speech. I wish the Obama family every success in the campaign and the Obama administration. The dream is still alive, and we will make it happen in November. God bless Senator Kennedy and his family. We cannot fail.

Posted by: Karl in MD | August 25, 2008 11:22 PM

Don't censor the bigots! We need to stop pretending these people don't exist. It's not like these people's words are going to actually influence anybody who doesn't already share their views. These are the same type of people (older now) who 11 years ago had the audacity to sit in a movie theater in southwestern Virginia and BOO a movie preview for "Waiting to Exhale", and like the person running the projector who cut off the preview in response. These are people who simply hate Black women. Let them hate. Their hate will prevent them from being happy and will corrupt their souls. Michelle was fabulous tonight. She's a real ordinary American who has done quite well for herself and her family. I am proud of her.

Posted by: GreenMeansGo | August 25, 2008 11:21 PM

For the fist time in my life - I'm proud of Michelle Obama!

When does Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton speak?

Posted by: Jmand | August 25, 2008 11:20 PM

Dear HelpUS,

Hitler went to prison in 1934. He should have been sentenced to death.

No freedom of speech for Nazis.

Posted by: stearm | August 25, 2008 11:20 PM

Read the terms for posting, nutcase.

Posted by: glacialerratic | August 25, 2008 11:20 PM

Wow that was a great speech. That was very moving. I cried too. I wish her father could have seen her, he would have been very proud of his daughter. Congratulation Michelle.

Posted by: Scott F. | August 25, 2008 11:18 PM

"Please remove the contemptibly racist posts below."

Freedom of speech, Nazi.

Posted by: Help Us | August 25, 2008 11:16 PM

This is the end of the GOP

Posted by: No Surrender | August 25, 2008 11:16 PM

Bring on the racist comment you scum. The boot will be on YOUR necks soon

Posted by: No Surrender | August 25, 2008 11:14 PM

Because it's fun!

"Also, why are the comments section, on any newspaper's response page, always so devoid of substance? Why do they always represent people's worst instincts?"

Posted by: Why Ask | August 25, 2008 11:13 PM

It was certainly adequate. She did her job and got the convention started off on the right note. McCain will need to get hammered from now on, though.

Posted by: matt | August 25, 2008 11:12 PM

Please remove the contemptibly racist posts below.

Posted by: John Godfrey | August 25, 2008 11:12 PM

I'm a white independent; I give Michelle's speech 15 out of 10. Obama has my vote

Posted by: Anonymous | August 25, 2008 11:12 PM

was great i cried...



Posted by: sodesper8 | August 25, 2008 11:11 PM

What an amazing speech. I am a white man who is an independent but she got me balling like a baby. I want their vision for my children. I want the future they aspire to for my country. Simply a hard working, moral, and dedicated couple. If we deserve it, they will lead our country come January.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 25, 2008 11:10 PM

Could the Post staff please remove the bigoted comments from this page? (See above).

Also, why are the comments section, on any newspaper's response page, always so devoid of substance? Why do they always represent people's worst instincts?

Just asking.

Posted by: formerdcresident1 | August 25, 2008 11:09 PM

Her brother was also great!

Posted by: stearm | August 25, 2008 11:09 PM

Say whatever negative you want about her. I know she connected with ordinary people.

Posted by: Asja | August 25, 2008 11:09 PM

To criticize Michelle tonight is really unpatriotic.

To insult her is close to Nazi Propaganda.

She was great!!!

Obama 08 -erase the neocons from the White House!

Posted by: stearm | August 25, 2008 11:07 PM

Posted by: Nice | August 25, 2008 11:07 PM

Posted by: Other one | August 25, 2008 11:04 PM

It's refreshing to see two people from blue collar backgrounds who, through there own hard work, have achieved so much, They did not have daddy or grandpa to leave them fortunes or grease their career paths.

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Posted by: voter2008 | August 25, 2008 11:02 PM

Lost my lunch.

Posted by: Feed | August 25, 2008 11:01 PM

Hey GOP - Michelle just pwned you. I wonder if they are going to let Stepford Cindy speak at their convention, or if women speaking in public is frowned upon by pig Repugs.

What an outstanding woman and a great first lady to be!

Posted by: SWB2 | August 25, 2008 11:00 PM

How did they de-monkey Michelle Obama's looks?

Posted by: you | August 25, 2008 10:59 PM

South Park?

Posted by: watching DNC | August 25, 2008 10:58 PM

She hit it out the park!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 25, 2008 10:55 PM

Shut her up!

What a phoney.

Posted by: Watching DNC | August 25, 2008 10:52 PM

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