At this year’s Democratic National Convention, Michelle Obama was selected by the party committee to give the final speech of the first day in front of thousands of delegates in Charlotte, North Carolina. Over the course of 25 minutes, the First Lady wove a compelling story that touched on achieving the American Dream, the strength of the American Spirit and the love she had for her husband, Barack Obama.
While she was on stage and in the moments after it was over, social media was bursting at the seams from Obama supporters who were electrified by her remarks. On Twitter, there was even an informal call for Michelle to run for president in 2016.
The power of her convention speech along with her continued support of the President during his firm term in office points to the political potency that the Obama’s share as a team. Even though Michelle Obama has said outwardly her primary role in the White House is to raise the couple’s daughters, Sasha and Malia, strategists have leveraged her undeniable popularity on more than one occasion in order to boost her husband’s ratings, as Jodi Kantor of the New York Times discussed earlier this year in conversation at the Commonwealth Club.
Just this week, Michelle Obama and the President joined ABC’s Barbara Walters in her first post-election interview. Though she denied any interest in running for office, the wide-ranging chat was once again an in-depth look at not only their strength as a couple, but their political savvy as well.
(And speaking of political savvy, we can’t help but also offer a nod to Malia Obama’s poise on stage in Chicago back in November just after her father was reelected.)
From the Commonwealth Club at #3, New York Times Arts and Leisure editor Jodi Kantor discusses the “political potency” of the Obamas in our Top 10 of 2012.