Michelle Obama Preps for Her Big Night
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
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