Jill Biden on love and work (and how they’re sometimes the same thing) at the DNC. (9/6/2012)
It’s funny. Ann Romney kept saying she wanted to talk about love during her speech at the RNC, but she didn’t really make her case. I don’t think any of us came away understanding why she loved her husband or why we should love him as a candidate.
Contrast that with Michelle Obama’s speech from Monday. Put aside any partisan feelings and the whole Flesch-Kincaid readability score thing. The two speeches just felt different. One felt like being talked at and the other felt like being talked to. It’s a subtle distinction, but it matters.
I read this somewhere this afternoon. It makes the distinction between the FLOTUS and would-be FLOTUS speeches so sharp: It’s easier to be authentic than to act authentic.
These speeches at the DNC, and the accompanying camera pans to the audience and the spouses - and the photos released of the family members who weren’t at the convention itself - exude real and natural love.
They exude love and pride and the very act of sharing these moments with the nation gives a sense of shared commitment. We’re all in this together. Our candidates’ fight is our fight. They care and so should we.