From the US to China to Canada, the incumbent First Lady Michelle Obama speech at the Democrat National Convention is on everyone's minds. Dubbed "brilliant" and "one of the finest speeches ever delivered at a national political convention," this speech could be the turning point of the elections, according to some.
Obama talked about family values and hard work, traditional American values that address the current unrest in the country. While this is a smart move, delivered with oratorical skill, it remains unclear what exactly the speech had to do with her husband's politics.
Of course, the subtext related to ending unemployment so that men can be good fathers to their children by providing them with opportunities. This statement seems trite and rigid, falling into the same old American Dream that has been failing so many for so long.
First Lady Obama painted the Republican candidate Mitt Romney as a child of privilege, out of touch with the people. While her subtlety is perhaps to be applauded, the overall speech appealed more to emotionality than any real promise.
"We'll take care of you," she said in substance. "Like parents taking care of helpless children." Should Americans be insulted? Probably not, but like any political strategy from any political camp, this truthfully inspiring Michelle Obama speech has much more to do with evoking support through empty promises than through a concrete and realistic resolution of the current situation.
Political theater at its finest.