Washington: US First Lady Michelle Obama has made an impassioned speech backing her husband for another four-year term at the White House.
Closing the first night of the Democratic convention, she also noted the ‘extraordinary privilege’ of serving as First Lady.
She urged Americans to give her husband another chance at the White House so that he is able to implement changes he had promised in 2008.
According to Fox News, she said that, amid a tough campaign, “Barack never lets himself get distracted by the chatter and the noise.”
She lovingly praised her husband and said that he is a ‘man we can trust’ to revive the nation’s weak economy as President.
She credited her husband with bringing the ‘economy from the brink of collapse to creating jobs again’ and appealed on behalf of her husband for more time.
Defending Obama’s Healthcare, which has been attacked by Republicans, she said: “When it comes to the health of our families, Barack refused to listen to all those folks who told him to leave health reform for another day, another president,” she said.
“He didn’t care whether it was the easy thing to do politically. No, that’s not how he was raised. He cared that it was the right thing to do,” Michelle added.
According to the report, she said that the two of them were ‘raised by families who didn’t have much in the way of money or material possessions but who had given us something far more valuable – their unconditional love, their unflinching sacrifice, and the chance to go places they had never imagined for themselves’.
“So in the end, for Barack, these issues aren’t political – they’re personal. Because Barack knows what it means when a family struggles. He knows what it means to want something more for your kids and grandkids,” she added.
She said that since moving to the White House, the challenges have “tested” but not changed her husband, the report said.
Though she did not mention Mitt Romney once in her speech, there were subtle moments in which she appeared to contrast Obama’s story against that of an unnamed wealthy foil, the report said.
“For Barack, success isn’t about how much money you make, it’s about the difference you make in people’s lives,” she said.
President Obama will formally accept the nomination on Thursday, and face Republican Romney in November.