When it comes to doing the right thing for the American people, First Lady Michelle Obama says you can be certain that President Barack Obama has that covered. On the first night of the 2012 Democratic Convention, Michelle Obama made an eloquent appeal that voting the president back into office would be a prudent choice if you’re looking for someone who is going to have the same high values whether he has power and influence or not. She admitted that initially she was worried the pressures of being president would change her husband, but that after watching him serve in office, she had an epiphany: “being president doesn’t change who you are – no, it reveals who you are.” “You see, I’ve gotten to see up close and personal what being president really looks like. And I’ve seen how the issues that come across a president’s desk are always the hard ones – the problems where no amount of data or numbers will get you to the right answer; the judgment calls where the stakes are so high, and there is no margin for error. And as president, you're going to get all kinds of advice from all kinds of people. But at the end of the day, when it comes time to make that decision, as president, all you have to guide you are your values and your vision, and the life experiences that make you who you are,” said the first lady. Teary-eyed at moments, Obama recounted instance after instance where she and President Obama have learned about sacrifice, hard work and respect for others. She received a thunderous ovation when she reinforced one of Obama’s top campaign messages in stating that “you don’t take shortcuts or play by your own set of rules; and success doesn’t count unless you earn it fair and square.” She and President Obama have been encouraged by individuals from all walks of life, said Mrs. Obama. Her speech resonated that when people experience difficult times, the president is compelled to take action because he takes it personally. “Barack knows what it means when a family struggles. He knows what it means to want something more for your kids and grandkids. Barack knows the American Dream because he’s lived it,” she said. Self-described as “mom-in-chief,” for Michelle Obama, the vision she has for her daughters’ future is what drives her to advocate for women’s rights and equity in the workplace, and that President Obama shares that vision. She made it equally clear that the president respects a woman’s right to choose what she wants to do with her body. “He believes that women are more than capable of making our own choices about our bodies and our health care. That’s what my husband stands for,” said the first lady. Mrs. Obama’s speech energized the first night of the events and overshadowed any negativity generated from protesters who marched outside the convention earlier in the day. The Democratic National Convention will run through Thursday night, Sept. 6, with President Barack Obama accepting the Democratic nomination for president. The convention is being held at the Charlotte Convention Center with the main program and keynote addresses taking place at the Time Warner Cable Arena.
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