Oakland Clintonite lauds Michelle Obama’s speech

Oakland attorney Meredith Brown, a Hillary Clinton delegate to the Democratic National Convention, sent me a dispatch in the wee hours of this morning saying she was extremely impressed with Michelle Obama‘s speech Monday night: “Michelle made us love her. People cried and cheered as if Michelle was running for president. Now we, as Democrats, delegates, women and mothers are invested in the Obama family.”

Read Brown’s full report, after the jump…

“The big buzz tonight is Michelle Obama. Michelle Obama set a new milestone for a potential First Lady this evening. After today, a political wife has to deliver a convention speech as well as her candidate husband and talk about key political issues. This is a welcome change.

“All day there was a sense of expectation and excitement at the opportunity for many of us to meet Michelle Obama and hear her speak for the first time. The issues in this race to the presidency are so compelling that Michelle did not have to sweep us off of our feet to win our support for her husband’s candidacy. But, Michelle was compelling and passionate as she spoke about national issues that are of major concern to all of us; like the difficult struggles of working families; the lack of health care, faith, joblessness and commitment to hope and national unity. Michelle spoke of her love and hopes for her own family in a way that made us feel like each of us we were the only person in the room with her; and that she cared about how we felt personally. Michelle made us love her. People cried and cheered as if Michelle was running for president. Now we, as Democrats, delegates, women and mothers are invested in the Obama family. I expected a bright articulate attorney to deliver an appropriate political encouragement speech. Man, was I short on that one. Michelle will certainly make it easier to give political donations to the Obama Campaign after a long primary season, with her awesome ability to communicate with people. Earlier today, Hillary Clinton spoke at the New York delegation breakfast and called on the delegation to make telephone calls, raise money and campaign to support Barack Obama. With each day, the convention delegates are growing more cohesive and collegial with each other and connecting to Barak Obama as the democratic nominee for president. I guess this is what conventions are for?

“Iowa Republican Jim Leach provided a stunningly honest speech about the limitations of the Republican Party. Some of the leaders in our California delegation were within my earshot when Jim Leach was speaking and they too were surprised by the quality of insight that Leach revealed in his unprecedented speech to the Democratic Party as an active Republican. Leach said that “something was out of kilter” in the Republican Party, such that the Republican Party that once stood for individual rights, had moved to regulating values. He went on to say that the party that had stood for fiscal responsibility has erased the national surplus and more than doubled the national debt. Leach also said that the party that stood for military responsibility has taken us to war with a country that did not attack us.

“I and the Democrats that I have talked with had given up on the idea that bipartisanship could work with the brand of politics practiced by Republicans in these less than cordial years under the Bush Administration. Tonight, Leach demonstrated bi-partisanship and the DNC accepted him cordially.”

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.