No matter what side of the political spectrum you find yourself, you have to admit that Michelle Obama‘s speech last night was amazing. As I watched people’s responses on both Twitter and Facebook, words like “chills” and “tears” seemed to be most prominent in regards to how she was making people feel with her words. As far as speeches by First Ladies go, it was definitely one of, if not the best one, we’ve seen in a very long time. Honestly, Ann Romney‘s didn’t hold a candle to Michelle’s — and I say that without political prejudice.
While Michelle spent her speech covering education, health care, her love for Barack, and family issues, she managed to stay focused. Ann, on the other hand, always came back to the fact that she’s the mother of five boys. That has been her job her entire life; frankly, that’s all she knows. I’m not knocking her choice to be a stay-at-home mother, but that strong hold on her life could not be removed from her speech. While she spent her time at the Republican National Convention reminding everyone that she’s a woman and how strong women — mothers specifically — are, Michelle left the obvious out of the picture.
Michelle didn’t feel the need to drive home the fact that she is a woman and a mother — we all already know that. And when it came to women she mentioned the forever crushing glass ceiling we have to face and how her husband knows “women are more than capable of making our own choices about our bodies and our health care.” Ann spoke almost specifically to mothers, as opposed to career women, even at one point suggesting that deep love can only be fathomed by a mother. Again, this is all she knows. Ann has never faced a glass ceiling, she’s never had to; and as for reproductive rights, we’re not even going to get into that.
As someone who sat down and watched both these speeches back to back last night, furiously scribbling down notes, I present you a gallery of some of the most memorable statements that were said by these women. My political agenda aside, both of these women should be commended for getting up there on those stages and giving it their all. They were both rockstars in their own right to their parties, but like I said earlier, Michelle really killed it.