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Michelle Obama Preps for Her Big Night

The morning walkthrough before the start of the DNC. Here, Michelle Obama stands at the podium during her morning walkthrough. (Susan Biddle/The Washington Post)

By Kevin Merida
DENVER -- Michelle Obama walked the stage and tested out the convention podium this morning, but she didn't have a whole lot to say about her big speech tonight. A few persistent scribes and photogs certainly tried their hardest.

"Michelle, are you excited?"

"You looking forward to making the speech, Mrs. Obama?

"Mrs. Obama, what do you hope to accomplish tonight?"

"Is this going to be a harmonious convention?

"The race is still very close, isn't it?

For the most part, Obama had her game face on, huddling with officials about the evening's procedures, looking oh so serious. Tonight was the night she would lift up her husband, the soon-to-be Democratic nominee, and tell the world how wonderful he is. And in the process, define herself a little bit more.

VIDEO | Michelle Obama Previews Pepsi Center Stage

She gazed out on the Pepsi Center hall, checking the Teleprompter situation. At one point, she couldn't read something, so oldest daughter Malia volunteered, "I'll read it to you." Her words were picked up by the microphone, drawing a "sshh" from Michelle to her daughter.

The kids seemed to be having the most fun -- youngest daughter Sasha playfully held on to Malia's arm. Malia pounded the wooden gavel on the lectern, surprised at the loud sound that emanated. So, then, Michelle Obama tried. Bang! "Order," she said.

Also accompanying Obama was her mother, Marian Robinson, and brother, Craig Robinson, who will introduce her tonight. Barack Obama's sister Maya Soetoro-Ng also was at the walk-through, along with her daughter and husband.

The scribes and the photographers were told Michelle Obama would be taking no questions. But you know how pesky journalists are, especially the foreign press (no offense fellas).

"Any words to the Swedish women?" one asked, informing Obama that the women of Sweden loooved her.

"Tell them, thank you," she replied.

When she left, she waved. "Bye-bye."

Posted at 2:29 PM ET on Aug 25, 2008  | Category:  Conventions
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Sorry we failed you, Hillary. We should had worked harder - we should had worked smarter. Now we must accept Obama (the modern JFK) as our Commander-In-Chief, tutored by Biden (our new Dick Cheney) ... then again, perhaps not ...

Posted by: Louie | August 25, 2008 6:33 PM

We all know a woman like Michele Obama - don't we. Walking around with a huge chip on her shoulder, just begging for someone to bump in to her - so she can rant about racism and supposed slights. All the while she leads a charmed life. A job with a made-up title and a huge salary. A house in a ritzy neighborhood, financed at below market rates. Heck, she even complains that it costs 12k for her daughters' to take dance and gymnastic lessons. Well, Michele, must be nice to have problems like yours.

Posted by: David | August 25, 2008 6:26 PM

oh yeah!
we are waiting for more lies and anti-american rants disguised sweatness in the wizard prepared script for tonight :)

Haven't we had enough of this lady?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 25, 2008 6:07 PM

wup, wup!

Posted by: RECOGNIZE!!!! | August 25, 2008 3:28 PM

How pathetic that the best questions "scribes" can come up with is "Michelle, are you excited?"

If Kevin Merida and his friends were real reporters they'd press her on her various anti-American statements, like this:

Hopefully some non-Dem bloggers there will offer real reporting, because we aren't going to get it from the WaPo.

Posted by: 24AheadDotCom | August 25, 2008 3:15 PM


Posted by: JakeD | August 25, 2008 3:02 PM

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