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Michelle Obama DNC Speech Video: Democratic National Convention 2012 Highlights [Watch]

By Staff Reporter, EnStars
on Sep 04, 2012 11:15 PM EDT
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  • U.S. first lady Michelle Obama smiles as she arrives to address delegates during the first session of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, September 4, 2012.
  • U.S. first lady Michelle Obama smiles as she arrives to address delegates during the first session of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, September 4, 2012. (Photo : Reuters)

The 2012 Democratic National Convention opened Tuesday in Charlotte, North Carolina. The DNC which will officially elect President Obama and Vice President Biden as the democratic candidates, featured First Lady Michelle Obama who took to the stage at 10:30 PM ET to address her highly anticipated speech.

Michelle Obama's speech, which was considered the climax of the Democratic National Convention, mirrored that of Ann Romney's at the Republican Nation Convention. Mitt Romney's wife gave testimony of her immigrant parents and the American dream, as well as her early, modest years married to the Republican nominee.

The First Lady took to the stage wearing a stunning salmon-colored dress to a standing ovation from the wild crowd.
She spoke about her and President Obama's background, saying their families didn't have much in the way of money but they were given something more valuable - "their unconditional love, their unflinching sacrifice, and the chance to go places they had never imagined for themselves."

"My father was a pump operator at the city water plant, and he was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis when my brother and I were young," she said. "And even as a kid, I knew there were plenty of days when he was in pain...I knew there were plenty of mornings when it was a struggle for him to simply get out of bed.

"But every morning, I watched my father wake up with a smile, grab his walker, prop himself up against the bathroom sink, and slowly shave and button his uniform. And when he returned home after a long day's work, my brother and I would stand at the top of the stairs to our little apartment, patiently waiting to greet him...watching as he reached down to lift one leg, and then the other, to slowly climb his way into our arms.

"But despite these challenges, my dad hardly ever missed a day of work...he and my mom were determined to give me and my brother the kind of education they could only dream of."

After speaking about her struggles, hopes, and dreams, she concluded the keynote speech by saying, "Because today, I know from experience that if I truly want to leave a better world for my daughters, and all our sons and daughters...if we want to give all our children a foundation for their dreams and opportunities worthy of their promise...if we want to give them that sense of limitless possibility - that belief that here in America, there is always something better out there if you're willing to work for it...then we must work like never before...and we must once again come together and stand together for the man we can trust to keep moving this great country forward...my husband, our President, President Barack Obama."

Read the full transcript of Michelle Obama's speech here.

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