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From the Floor: Mile-High Michelle

Katina Rojas Joy

Katina Rojas Joy is a Maryland alternate delegate to the Democratic National Convention who will be blogging for Maryland Moment from Denver. She is from Prince George's County.

My party has sent me to Denver to get fired up. After watching Michelle Obama Monday night, I must say, "Mile high city, you are on fire."

The suggestion that Michelle is not a proud American or may not be "black enough" is mistaken and laid to rest.

She, like many of us who were raised in less than modest homes, know we are blessed. Naysayers need to acknowledge that Michelle did exactly what her community expected of her. Work hard, get an education, start a family- after marriage - and become a role model.

Michelle may recognize what the brilliant comic and social commentator Chris Rock says his father warned him growing up "If you have six and the white guy has five, you lose." Working harder, I believe, is what ascended her to that podium last night.

Her marriage, amongst many other note-worthy accomplishments, is a timely example of hard work at its finest. Marriage is in a state of crisis, particularly in the black community. A crisis that is further augmented by the Spitzer/Edwards/Clinton scandal. A successful, healthy and fulfilling marriage is no easy task. (I've been married for three years, my in-laws thirty nine, my parents married when I was an adult, divorced shortly thereafter, my mom was assingle mom.) Michelle makes it look effortless and speaks about her marriage with pride.

A frivolous yet important observation about last night was the hair. Message to her hairstylist, Chicago native Johnny Wright (Frederik Fekkai salon in LA) "you did your thing". The curls and locks were flowing with just the right amount of teasing and popping.

On another note, yesterday I commented on the unusual endorsement McCain received from a famous Puerto Rican reggaeton artist, a pseudo-macho type figure who tends to promote a thug like image.

Someone should appraise him of the fact that McCain's five favorite songs do not include any of his! Not even the genre, no tropical salsa, not even the Miami Sound Machine! Curious to see if a 2009 tour will be under written by McCain beer.

To be fair, Senator Obama's top five do not include Wisin y Yandel, Juanes or Shakira. However, that can be easily rectified by adding their names to the short list of performers to be considered to sing at Obama's inauguration.

By Anne Bartlett  |  August 26, 2008; 7:41 PM ET
Categories:  At the 2008 Conventions  
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