The Democratic National Convention set the Internet reeling this past week courtesy of speeches by President Bill Clinton, who electrified the audience with his rousing endorsement of President Obama, and Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren, who offered a stirring defense of the American middle class. But not even President Obama acceptance speech could top the one his wife gave on Tuesday night.
If you consider “tweets per minute” as a metric for success, Michelle Obama knocked it out of the park by peaking at 28,000 at one point in her speech. Not only did she generate more tweets than Clinton, she doubled the total of tweets that occurred during Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s speech.
On Wednesday Jodi Kantor annotated Michelle Obama’s speech for the New York Times; she also described the influence the First Lady has as a seemingly reluctant yet potent political player in the White House at a Commonwealth Club event last spring.