The new Michelle
“Near the end of Michelle Obama’s speech to the Democratic National Convention [Aug. 25], I got an email from a friend who had been with me at another speech by Mrs. Obama, in Charlotte, N.C., last May, on the eve of that state’s primary,” Byron York writes at National Review Online (www.nationalreview.com).
“ ‘This isn’t the Michelle we know,’ my friend said. And indeed, Mrs. Obama’s speech to the delegates here in Denver was worlds away from her address in Charlotte,” Mr. York said.
“In Denver, Michelle Obama described America as a place of hope, a place where people find success during the course of ‘improbable journeys.’ In Charlotte, her America was a dark and ugly place, where people who work hard are knocked down by sinister forces — a place where even young children burst into tears when they realize the deck is stacked against them.
“In Denver, Mrs. Obama said, ‘My piece of the American Dream is a blessing hard won by those who came before me.’ Those forebears, she explained, were ‘driven by the same conviction that drove my dad to get up an hour early each day to painstakingly dress himself for work — the same conviction that drives the men and women I’ve met all across this country. . . . That’s why I love this country.”
“In Charlotte, Mrs. Obama said, ‘We’re still living in a time and in a nation where the bar is set, right? . . . You start working hard and sacrificing and you think you’re getting close to that bar, you’re working and you’re struggling, and then what happens? They raise the bar . . . keep it just out of reach.’ “