DNC 2012: Michelle Obama Says Change Takes Time, Urges Another Term [Video]

Michelle Obama pleaded that “change is hard and change is slow” on Tuesday night, as she tried to assure Americans that her husband deserved four more years in the White House despite ongoing economic woe.

“He reminds me that we are playing a long game here, and that change is hard, and change is slow, and it never happens all at once,” Michelle Obama told the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. “But eventually we get there. We always do.”

According to LA Times, the first lady’s enthusiastically received remarks were designed to reintroduce her husband, in intimate terms, and to counter diminished enthusiasm for his reelection among members of his 2008 coalition.

“I have seen first-hand that being president doesn’t change who you are. No, it reveals who you are,” she said in closing the first day of the Democratic National Convention. “When people ask me whether being in the White House has changed my husband, I can honestly say that when it comes to his character, and his convictions, and his heart, Barack Obama is still the same man I fell in love with all those years ago.

“Barack knows the American Dream because he’s lived it,” Mrs Obama told the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday in an address intended to reassure voters that her husband share their values – hard work, perseverance and optimism – while also drawing a contrast between him and Mitt Romney.

She briefly praised her husband for his policy achievements – for pushing through his controversial overhaul of the US health care system, for having “brought our economy from the brink of collapse” and for passing legislation to ensure parity in pay for women and protect the rights of minorities.

While the first lady never referred to the President’s opponent by name, the implicit contrast with Mr Romney – a quarter-billionaire raised by wealthy parents and styled by Democrats as a ruthless capitalist – was clear throughout Mrs Obama’s address, writes The Telegaph.

“For Barack, success isn’t about how much money you make, it’s about the difference you make in people’s lives,” Michelle Obama said, a reference to multimillionaire Romney’s past as a private equity executive.

The first lasy pointed out that having been accepted to university, she struggled to pay the fees. “Nearly all of our tuition came from student loans and grants,” Mrs Obama said. “But my dad still had to pay a tiny portion of that tuition himself.”

Ann Romney said in a 1994 interview that she and her husband paid their way through university using profits from stockholdings given to Mr Romney by his father, which they would “sell off a little at a time”.

Mrs Obama painted a portrait of a leader who knows first-hand the struggles of everyday Americans, who listens to them as president, and who pushes an agenda with their interests in mind.

“That’s the man I see in those quiet moments late at night, hunched over his desk, poring over the letters people have sent him,” she said. “I see the concern in his eyes … and I hear the determination in his voice as he tells me, `You won’t believe what these folks are going through, Michelle . it’s not right. We’ve got to keep working to fix this. We’ve got so much more to do.””

And, according to The Huff Post, she told stories about a president who still takes time to eat dinner with his daughters nearly every night, answering their questions about the news and strategizing about middle-school friendships.

Members of the media immediately praised Michelle Obama’s speech.

CNN’s Anderson Cooper tweeted that he has “never heard such a well delivered speech by a first lady ever.”

Fox News contributor Karl Rove also agreed that Obama’s speech was “very well delivered,” particularly when she spoke about personal moments.

Former President Bill Clinton, who presided over economic boom times in his 1990s White House years, is the main Wednesday speaker.

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